The Story On My Switch to Nikon

I’ve been shooting Canon for 17 years (other than a brief six month affair with both Canon and Nikon when the DX2 came out.)

Before I shot Canon, I shot Minolta, Hasselblad and Nikon. So I have been there before.

I recently purchased the 1DS MK III being very interested in what a 21.1 megapixel camera could do.

I’ve made some amazing images with the MKIII and think it’s a great camera. But in my case, it’s not the right camera for me.

I shoot mostly wildlife and nature – with some studio stuff thrown in for good measure. The MKIII is a great studio camera. But these days, people don’t buy big prints. In fact, they don’t always buy prints at all. Most younger people are content with digital files or pictures online. So 21.1 megapixels don’t matter in those situations (for the most part.)

And as nice as the MKIII is, it isn’t fast enough for wildlife. The 1DMK II and MKII N which I used for years were tops in this category when they were released. But the new version of that camera, the 1D MKIII has been plagued with focusing problems. And I am not comfortable with it. I am also not at all comfortable with Canon’s lack of response and forthrightness to this issue.

Since the 1D MK III (not the S) is the camera that most closely fits my shooting style, I compared it with a D3. It’s no contest. The D3 wins hands down. Bigger sensor, faster FPS, full – frame, better LCD, HDMI out, better high ISO performance, etc.

I am particularly glad about simpler mirror lock up on the Nikon and Auto ISO. For years I have BEGGED Canon to put a good old fashioned mirror lockup switch on their cameras. They still require several button presses and menu choices to make this happen. And Auto ISO is brilliant. Using this feature I’ll never miss a shot again because I needed more ISO.

Comparing the D3 to the Canon 1DS MK III isn’t fair. They’re too different animals.

I am also really impressed with the D700. I have to wait to test it to make sure it lives up to its hype, but if it does, it signals a big shift in the market. It will make a great backup to the D3 and allow full-frame shooting without compromise or big bucks.

Now let’s look at lenses. When Nikon came out with the 200-400 F/4 VR lens I thought to myself, “Surely Canon will react.” They didn’t. For a sports or wildlife shooter, the 200-400 is a dream lens. Yes it’s spendy but it’s worth it. This lens combined with a D3 offers the pro sports/wildlife shooter the ultimate kit.

Canon used to have an advantage over Nikon lenses in that the Canon lenses focused faster and offered image stabilization. Older Nikon lenses, those without Silent Wave motors and IS couldn’t keep up. Now Nikon is incorporating SW and vibration reduction (VR) into most of its flagship lenses, so Canon lost the advantage there.

I had toyed with keeping both systems. But frankly, I have so much photo gear hanging around both my office and my condo that I trip over it. Adding to that pile didn’t make sense.

I also had a chance to really shoot with the D3 recently. My thoughts of owning both systems left me when I realized the D3 w/200-400 was the kit I had been waiting for.

To sum up. I think Canon makes an awesome system. I love “L” glass. I think Canon will be a dominant force in photography for a long time. They are a much larger company than Nikon and will no doubt issue new cameras and lenses to match the Nikon offerings. But I am tired of waiting.

In the end there are no wrong choices here. Each brand has its strength and weaknesses. The good news is that each makes fine gear and it really comes down to personal choice/preference when selecting which one to use.

Some have asked me if I will be sad when Canon comes out with an answer to all this new Nikon gear. The answer is no. I’ll be happy. Competition is good for everyone. And I can always switch back if the scales tilt Canon’s direction :)

PS: I know some people will attack me for this decision – feel free to do so in the comments section as long as you are civil – but you won’t sway me and I won’t be offended. Life goes on. It’s just a camera – not a religion!

Join the conversation! 240 Comments

  1. welcome… I hope I beat you to getting a D700

  2. welcome… I hope I beat you to getting a D700

  3. I can’t wait for the next podcast when you guys discuss this! I laugh every time you comment on the D3′s wallet photo size capable prints.

  4. I can’t wait for the next podcast when you guys discuss this! I laugh every time you comment on the D3′s wallet photo size capable prints.

  5. This is a historical day!, Scott leaving Canon!

  6. This is a historical day!, Scott leaving Canon!

  7. Wow, I must say that’s quite a suprise but earlier in the year I was thinking about going for the D300 instead of upgrading my 400D to a 5D, mainly because I didn’t want to wait for the 5D MKII. In the end I waited and I’ll see what Canon come out with but if it’s not spectacular then I might be joining you. I’m not 100% happy with my current lens selection so switching would give me an ideal opportunity to sort that out too.

  8. Wow, I must say that’s quite a suprise but earlier in the year I was thinking about going for the D300 instead of upgrading my 400D to a 5D, mainly because I didn’t want to wait for the 5D MKII. In the end I waited and I’ll see what Canon come out with but if it’s not spectacular then I might be joining you. I’m not 100% happy with my current lens selection so switching would give me an ideal opportunity to sort that out too.

  9. @Marc thanks fixed the link.

  10. @Marc thanks fixed the link.

  11. Great decision. I would be tired of waiting if i were a Canonian – it seems to take too long for what is a rumor to become reality.

  12. Great decision. I would be tired of waiting if i were a Canonian – it seems to take too long for what is a rumor to become reality.

  13. that link isn’t working for me, just takes me to wordpress.com

  14. that link isn’t working for me, just takes me to wordpress.com

  15. @Phillip sorry it works for me.

  16. @Phillip sorry it works for me.

  17. So your giving away the 1DS as next weeks Flickr contest prize right?

  18. So your giving away the 1DS as next weeks Flickr contest prize right?

  19. Welcome to the Lighter Side!

    Connor P
    bblog

  20. Welcome to the Lighter Side!

    Connor P
    bblog

  21. Wow, my whole world has changed. Next thing, you will be getting a sprint instinct :-)

  22. Wow, my whole world has changed. Next thing, you will be getting a sprint instinct :-)

  23. Very well articulated and it really proves the value of innovation and customer service in the marketplace. If a company can’t articulate something to a high profile individual (especially one in media), then they really don’t have their ducks in a row.

    Admit it though, it was the siren song of Fred snapping off shots during the show since he got his D3 that did it.

  24. Very well articulated and it really proves the value of innovation and customer service in the marketplace. If a company can’t articulate something to a high profile individual (especially one in media), then they really don’t have their ducks in a row.

    Admit it though, it was the siren song of Fred snapping off shots during the show since he got his D3 that did it.

  25. Wow, I never thought this day would come! Welcome to Nikon! (again :D ) Like you said, right now, Nikon is showing more advancements in their cameras, then again Nikon makes mostly just optical gear while Canon has other things they do create; therefore leaving the camera’s somewhat less upgraded.

    Hope you really do enjoy switching!

    Andrew

  26. Wow, I never thought this day would come! Welcome to Nikon! (again :D ) Like you said, right now, Nikon is showing more advancements in their cameras, then again Nikon makes mostly just optical gear while Canon has other things they do create; therefore leaving the camera’s somewhat less upgraded.

    Hope you really do enjoy switching!

    Andrew

  27. Well at least Scott hasn’t left Canon completely behind – he still has his G9. ;-)

  28. Well at least Scott hasn’t left Canon completely behind – he still has his G9. ;-)

  29. OK, Scott, I’ll admit, you’re right. There are no wrong decisions here.

    But I’m a Nikon shooter and I’m tellin’ ya…you’re making a mistake.

    You don’t need a new camera system, what you need is some patience. You know well that in a brief time, Canon will not only match this new Nikon gear, it will trump it in some way. Then in some time after that, Nikon will trump the new Canon gear…and on, and on, and on. So again I say…get some patience, not some more camera gear.

  30. OK, Scott, I’ll admit, you’re right. There are no wrong decisions here.

    But I’m a Nikon shooter and I’m tellin’ ya…you’re making a mistake.

    You don’t need a new camera system, what you need is some patience. You know well that in a brief time, Canon will not only match this new Nikon gear, it will trump it in some way. Then in some time after that, Nikon will trump the new Canon gear…and on, and on, and on. So again I say…get some patience, not some more camera gear.

  31. The Nikon sounds like an awesome camera.
    You say, “No problem w/ Canon – D3 just serves my needs better. Selling old gear” on your website, but it sounds like you have several problems with them.
    1. No mirror lockup switch
    2. Got tired of waiting for 200-400.
    3. “…never miss a shot again because I needed more ISO”

    Not that it really matters, but I’m just saying it sounds like you are irritated and fed up with Canon.

    Love your podcast. Keep up the good work.

    -Rob

  32. The Nikon sounds like an awesome camera.
    You say, “No problem w/ Canon – D3 just serves my needs better. Selling old gear” on your website, but it sounds like you have several problems with them.
    1. No mirror lockup switch
    2. Got tired of waiting for 200-400.
    3. “…never miss a shot again because I needed more ISO”

    Not that it really matters, but I’m just saying it sounds like you are irritated and fed up with Canon.

    Love your podcast. Keep up the good work.

    -Rob

  33. Well handled. When I saw your twitter I though: 1. There had better be a blog coming quick or Scotts going to get over run with @reply’s and 2. I can’t wait for this weeks TWIT.

    You will get some ribbing that you kinda deserve re the postage stamp comments but it truly shows what you all have stated, that you can’t really go wrong you just need to find what fits your needs.

    Way to put your money where your mouth is.

  34. Well handled. When I saw your twitter I though: 1. There had better be a blog coming quick or Scotts going to get over run with @reply’s and 2. I can’t wait for this weeks TWIT.

    You will get some ribbing that you kinda deserve re the postage stamp comments but it truly shows what you all have stated, that you can’t really go wrong you just need to find what fits your needs.

    Way to put your money where your mouth is.

  35. I was curious if Nikon finnnalllly accepting the fact that they need to make camera bodies with full frame sensors had much to do with switching to Nikon.

  36. I was curious if Nikon finnnalllly accepting the fact that they need to make camera bodies with full frame sensors had much to do with switching to Nikon.

  37. Thanks for the honesty Scott. I only have Nikon gear so I really don’t know the difference in brands. It is nice to know you are not in the bag for anyone. Look forward to the show this week!

  38. Thanks for the honesty Scott. I only have Nikon gear so I really don’t know the difference in brands. It is nice to know you are not in the bag for anyone. Look forward to the show this week!

  39. If you can afford it, perhaps it would be wise to NOT sell your lenses, at least not the cream of the crop. If you decide to switch back in 5-10 years, you may be glad you kept the best “L” glass.

  40. If you can afford it, perhaps it would be wise to NOT sell your lenses, at least not the cream of the crop. If you decide to switch back in 5-10 years, you may be glad you kept the best “L” glass.

  41. This is some real food for thought. I am switching from Olympus and debating the whole Nikon / Canon issue. Every time I think I made my choice as to a brand to commit to, something like this happens and makes me stand back and want to re-examine my decision.

  42. This is some real food for thought. I am switching from Olympus and debating the whole Nikon / Canon issue. Every time I think I made my choice as to a brand to commit to, something like this happens and makes me stand back and want to re-examine my decision.

  43. Scott, I’m just thinking of the backpedaling you’ll be doing on the TWIP podcast. I can’t wait to hear Fred and you go at it. I guess those wallet size prints are going to have to do for now.

    I’m new to photography and my first camera was the D40 and recently upgraded to the D80. My gf shoots Canon and, after playing with hers, I’m pretty happy with my choice of brand. Welcome to Nikon! Like you, I like the auto ISO function. Are you saying that Canon doesn’t have this feature??

  44. Scott, I’m just thinking of the backpedaling you’ll be doing on the TWIP podcast. I can’t wait to hear Fred and you go at it. I guess those wallet size prints are going to have to do for now.

    I’m new to photography and my first camera was the D40 and recently upgraded to the D80. My gf shoots Canon and, after playing with hers, I’m pretty happy with my choice of brand. Welcome to Nikon! Like you, I like the auto ISO function. Are you saying that Canon doesn’t have this feature??

  45. Scott, as long as the show keeps coming and great information is shared it is great. I have bought my first Canon a couple of months ago, but I’m not worried about what brand of gear you have but how you use that gear. Just promise that the podcasts will keep coming!

    p.s. Don’t forget to update your camera gear app on Facebook!

  46. Scott, as long as the show keeps coming and great information is shared it is great. I have bought my first Canon a couple of months ago, but I’m not worried about what brand of gear you have but how you use that gear. Just promise that the podcasts will keep coming!

    p.s. Don’t forget to update your camera gear app on Facebook!

  47. I think you have to do what’s right for you. If you can better achieve your vision with a Nikon, that can’t be wrong. This decision probably wasn’t easy. I can’t imagine what a pain it’s gonna be to recycle your entire kit.

  48. I think you have to do what’s right for you. If you can better achieve your vision with a Nikon, that can’t be wrong. This decision probably wasn’t easy. I can’t imagine what a pain it’s gonna be to recycle your entire kit.

  49. This just shows that the best tools for the job always win out. If Canon don’t make customers their number one priority, then they deserve to lose support. If they can’t look after people who drop $10000 on a camera, how are they ever going to look after people like me who can barely afford the G9.

    To all the fanboys out there for Nikon and Canon – keep an open mind, just because you’ve been loyal to the brand doesn’t mean that the brand is staying loyal to you.

    Good for you Scott – enjoy your new camera(s).

  50. This just shows that the best tools for the job always win out. If Canon don’t make customers their number one priority, then they deserve to lose support. If they can’t look after people who drop $10000 on a camera, how are they ever going to look after people like me who can barely afford the G9.

    To all the fanboys out there for Nikon and Canon – keep an open mind, just because you’ve been loyal to the brand doesn’t mean that the brand is staying loyal to you.

    Good for you Scott – enjoy your new camera(s).

  51. I never thought it would happen. I feel sort of betrayed but I’ll live with it. VIVA Le Canon!

  52. I never thought it would happen. I feel sort of betrayed but I’ll live with it. VIVA Le Canon!

  53. You keep saying in the posts that you don’t need the money. *I* need the money to buy all that gear. Except for the 70-200. Got that one already.

    BTW, I suspect you’re in for a drubbing on the next TWIP from one, say, Frederick Van…

  54. You keep saying in the posts that you don’t need the money. *I* need the money to buy all that gear. Except for the 70-200. Got that one already.

    BTW, I suspect you’re in for a drubbing on the next TWIP from one, say, Frederick Van…

  55. Wow … after I saw the title of this post on my RSS feed I thought that your first sentence was going to be “Just kidding!” ;)

    I’ve been a Nikon shooter for years … ever since I bought my F4 back in the day. I’ve always been happy with them (currently shoot with a D200). I’m looking forward to your review on the D700, btw … can’t really afford a new camera body right now but it’s still fun to drool over the new stuff.

  56. Wow Scott, I am really looking forward to the next podcast. :-)

    I am a long time Canon user, amateur photographer who has built up a fairly large collection of Canon glass including 17-40L and 70-200 2.8 L – I don’t rely on Photography to earn a living and as I am a geek at heart I always look forward to new gear… I guess I have a choice of waiting for the 5D MkII (I have a 5D currently) and spending £2k on it (maybe keeping the 5D for backup!) or.. exchanging my Canon kit for Nikon and spending the £2k on Nikon glass…

    I love to learn new technology and am impressed by the Nikon gear of late… it would be great fun to switch and try a D700 (D3 is a bit too pro for my needs, as indeed is the 1DS MKIII)

    Kudos to you for your decision. I value your opinions and will look forward very much to hearing more from you on this subject and specifically your experience with Nikon.

    Chris

    PS/ I couldn’t resist picking up a G9. You guys rabbit on about this camera so much I thought it must be worth a look. Must say I am very impressed with it so far. I carry it around all the time for those ‘special’ occasions when I would normally kick myself for not having a decent camera with me…

  57. Wow Scott, I am really looking forward to the next podcast. :-)

    I am a long time Canon user, amateur photographer who has built up a fairly large collection of Canon glass including 17-40L and 70-200 2.8 L – I don’t rely on Photography to earn a living and as I am a geek at heart I always look forward to new gear… I guess I have a choice of waiting for the 5D MkII (I have a 5D currently) and spending £2k on it (maybe keeping the 5D for backup!) or.. exchanging my Canon kit for Nikon and spending the £2k on Nikon glass…

    I love to learn new technology and am impressed by the Nikon gear of late… it would be great fun to switch and try a D700 (D3 is a bit too pro for my needs, as indeed is the 1DS MKIII)

    Kudos to you for your decision. I value your opinions and will look forward very much to hearing more from you on this subject and specifically your experience with Nikon.

    Chris

    PS/ I couldn’t resist picking up a G9. You guys rabbit on about this camera so much I thought it must be worth a look. Must say I am very impressed with it so far. I carry it around all the time for those ‘special’ occasions when I would normally kick myself for not having a decent camera with me…

  58. @Trent just trying to discourage the low ballers who want to offer $100 for something worth $1000 thinking they found someone hard up.

  59. @Trent just trying to discourage the low ballers who want to offer $100 for something worth $1000 thinking they found someone hard up.

  60. Wow, big news Scott!! Can’t wait for the next podcast. You have a break from your first podcast and end up making the DSLR headlines!!

    What’s bigger, the new Nikon D700 or Scott Bourne switching!!?? ;-)

  61. Wow, big news Scott!! Can’t wait for the next podcast. You have a break from your first podcast and end up making the DSLR headlines!!

    What’s bigger, the new Nikon D700 or Scott Bourne switching!!?? ;-)

  62. To all the Canon shooters I am still your brother – I proudly carry my G9 everywhere I go!

  63. To all the Canon shooters I am still your brother – I proudly carry my G9 everywhere I go!

  64. telf, why do you think it is a great decision? Scott is going to spend 10′s of thousands of dollars switching and he’s not gaining all that much. Is it going to make Scott a better photographer. No it’s not. He has all the top of the line Canon stuff and clearly knows how to take pictures. Just look at the photos on this blog. Scott claims these are the advantages “Bigger sensor, faster FPS, full – frame, better LCD, HDMI out, better high ISO performance”. How does a bigger sensor and full frame (aren’t they the same) help with Scott’s bird pictures? It really doesn’t. How about faster FPS? How fast does it really need to be? A faster FPS means the buffer is going to fill faster. What I would like to see is a variable FPS. A better LCD? I’m not sure how that makes you a better photographer anyways. HDMI out? How often are you going to hook the camera up to an HDTV? That’s not going to make you a better photographer. So that leaves better high ISO performance? Is this really worth five figures?

    To me all this means is Scott say Nikon come out with the D3 and now the D700 and got tired of waiting for Canon to release a new toy for Scott to play with.

    Now don’t confuse what I’m saying. I’m glad Scott is doing this. It keeps the economy going. He has enough money to bounce back and forth every other year if he wants and we get to buy his old stuff at a really attractive price, but if anyone thinks this switch to Nikon is going to get Scott many more sellable pictures then if he wouldn’t of switched is just kidding themselves.

  65. telf, why do you think it is a great decision? Scott is going to spend 10′s of thousands of dollars switching and he’s not gaining all that much. Is it going to make Scott a better photographer. No it’s not. He has all the top of the line Canon stuff and clearly knows how to take pictures. Just look at the photos on this blog. Scott claims these are the advantages “Bigger sensor, faster FPS, full – frame, better LCD, HDMI out, better high ISO performance”. How does a bigger sensor and full frame (aren’t they the same) help with Scott’s bird pictures? It really doesn’t. How about faster FPS? How fast does it really need to be? A faster FPS means the buffer is going to fill faster. What I would like to see is a variable FPS. A better LCD? I’m not sure how that makes you a better photographer anyways. HDMI out? How often are you going to hook the camera up to an HDTV? That’s not going to make you a better photographer. So that leaves better high ISO performance? Is this really worth five figures?

    To me all this means is Scott say Nikon come out with the D3 and now the D700 and got tired of waiting for Canon to release a new toy for Scott to play with.

    Now don’t confuse what I’m saying. I’m glad Scott is doing this. It keeps the economy going. He has enough money to bounce back and forth every other year if he wants and we get to buy his old stuff at a really attractive price, but if anyone thinks this switch to Nikon is going to get Scott many more sellable pictures then if he wouldn’t of switched is just kidding themselves.

  66. @ Mark W
    I think that as a professional shooter you need gear that fits you and you need it immediately, not just theoretically in the future. The thrust is that Canon has been very unresponsive to Nikon’s advancements and even less responsive in dealing with questions about their flagship product and that’s just not good.

  67. @ Mark W
    I think that as a professional shooter you need gear that fits you and you need it immediately, not just theoretically in the future. The thrust is that Canon has been very unresponsive to Nikon’s advancements and even less responsive in dealing with questions about their flagship product and that’s just not good.

  68. I have been waiting and waiting for Canon to be kind to me. I am NEARLY ready to switch camps. The D700 looks fantastic, and at the perfect price point.
    Congrats on your decision. WAKE UP CANON!

  69. I have been waiting and waiting for Canon to be kind to me. I am NEARLY ready to switch camps. The D700 looks fantastic, and at the perfect price point.
    Congrats on your decision. WAKE UP CANON!

  70. Cool news, I am waiting to put my hand on one. Once you get one please let us hear the sound of the 5 fps shutter. :)

  71. Cool news, I am waiting to put my hand on one. Once you get one please let us hear the sound of the 5 fps shutter. :)

  72. Welcome to the dark side Scott! I ordered my Nikon D700 and SB-900 AF Speedlight last night. My D300 will be my backup body. So now its time to sell my D100 and D200 kits.

    Now Scott, its time to load up on 2.8 or faster glass!

  73. Welcome to the dark side Scott! I ordered my Nikon D700 and SB-900 AF Speedlight last night. My D300 will be my backup body. So now its time to sell my D100 and D200 kits.

    Now Scott, its time to load up on 2.8 or faster glass!

  74. >>It’s just a camera – not a religion!

    I don’t understand… It isn’t? :o :p

  75. >>It’s just a camera – not a religion!

    I don’t understand… It isn’t? :o :p

  76. NOOOOOOOOO! My fellow Canonizer has fallen to the dark side of evil Nikonian Jedis!!!
    I agree that Canon’s gotta step it up, and fast. They’ve gotta get something HUGE out and fast, but in reality, I think they’re working on something far greater than I can even imagine. I’m pretty sure they’re not just going to let this new Nikon monster just get by. I prefer Canon, but after playing with the D300 I was unsure whether I should shoot Canon or Nikon… but in the end, my love for Canon won me over.

    So now I’m getting the 40D. Too bad you didn’t post this sooner because I would’ve liked to get your camera instead…All the stuff your selling is stuff that I want…but doesn’t quite fit my high school kid budget.

    Anyway. Have fun with your new D700 once you buy it. You’ve gotta tell everything about it in the next podcast once you buy it because I am definitely curious.

    NIKON WILL NEVER CLAIM ME!

    - Alvin

  77. NOOOOOOOOO! My fellow Canonizer has fallen to the dark side of evil Nikonian Jedis!!!
    I agree that Canon’s gotta step it up, and fast. They’ve gotta get something HUGE out and fast, but in reality, I think they’re working on something far greater than I can even imagine. I’m pretty sure they’re not just going to let this new Nikon monster just get by. I prefer Canon, but after playing with the D300 I was unsure whether I should shoot Canon or Nikon… but in the end, my love for Canon won me over.

    So now I’m getting the 40D. Too bad you didn’t post this sooner because I would’ve liked to get your camera instead…All the stuff your selling is stuff that I want…but doesn’t quite fit my high school kid budget.

    Anyway. Have fun with your new D700 once you buy it. You’ve gotta tell everything about it in the next podcast once you buy it because I am definitely curious.

    NIKON WILL NEVER CLAIM ME!

    - Alvin

  78. I can see Scott’s point about wanting to switch – I think all of us Canon people wish that Canon hadn’t botched their response to the autofocus issue on the 1D MkIII as badly as they did. For a wildlife photographer, the 1D MkIII promised to be just about the perfect camera: Canon L glass coupled with a fast focusing camera capable of pushing a lot of frames per second. That said, Canon did their reputation a huge disservice by at first denying the problem and then taking so long to correct it (if indeed they have).

    The 1Ds really is more aimed at (it seems to me) studio & landscape photographers who don’t need the fps, especially those who might be printing in large formats (or doing a lot of manipulation in photoshop) where the extra pixels would make a difference. Isn’t the 1Ds really an alternative to a medium format camera but with many more choices on glass?

    That said, the L glass seems definitely superior to Nikon & that’s one of the big reasons I’ll stay with Canon. Once you’ve got a reasonable investment in good glass, it’s hard to consider making a change.

  79. I can see Scott’s point about wanting to switch – I think all of us Canon people wish that Canon hadn’t botched their response to the autofocus issue on the 1D MkIII as badly as they did. For a wildlife photographer, the 1D MkIII promised to be just about the perfect camera: Canon L glass coupled with a fast focusing camera capable of pushing a lot of frames per second. That said, Canon did their reputation a huge disservice by at first denying the problem and then taking so long to correct it (if indeed they have).

    The 1Ds really is more aimed at (it seems to me) studio & landscape photographers who don’t need the fps, especially those who might be printing in large formats (or doing a lot of manipulation in photoshop) where the extra pixels would make a difference. Isn’t the 1Ds really an alternative to a medium format camera but with many more choices on glass?

    That said, the L glass seems definitely superior to Nikon & that’s one of the big reasons I’ll stay with Canon. Once you’ve got a reasonable investment in good glass, it’s hard to consider making a change.

  80. How did Leo take the news?

  81. How did Leo take the news?

  82. What’s next? Alex Lindsay switches to ZUNE?

  83. What’s next? Alex Lindsay switches to ZUNE?

  84. I’m stoked about the D700 too.
    Basically a D3 for $2000 less.
    Drool… :D

    But everyone stand back for what Canon’s got up their sleeve to replace the old 5D…it’ll be killer too.
    What a great time to be in photography!!

  85. Congrats. That D700 looks REALLY tempting. I sold off my Canon 5D for a 1D MkIII and it is great, but I’m not in love with it. I’ve been shooting Canon my whole life, along with a Mamiya 645 at one point, and some silly Nikon film camera. Film?

    I’ve invested in a lot of Canon glass over the last few years, and that would be my only hang up going over to Nikon. But that D700 is just the right size and feature set for my stuff. Please keep blogging about your progress. I might be following.

  86. Congrats. That D700 looks REALLY tempting. I sold off my Canon 5D for a 1D MkIII and it is great, but I’m not in love with it. I’ve been shooting Canon my whole life, along with a Mamiya 645 at one point, and some silly Nikon film camera. Film?

    I’ve invested in a lot of Canon glass over the last few years, and that would be my only hang up going over to Nikon. But that D700 is just the right size and feature set for my stuff. Please keep blogging about your progress. I might be following.

  87. Scott, I was in the same position back in November. I originally started with a Canon 300D and upgraded to a 20D when I started to find that the camera was holding me back. Then Canon came out with the 30D, I didn’t even bother looking at it as I was more than happy with my 20D. Then halfway through last year I started to find the 20D holding me back, so I had a good look at what Canon had available. Firstly the 40D, well I had a look and a play and wasn’t impressed. It just wasn’t a big enough jump to give me the longevity I wanted out of my investment. So then I looked at the 5D, it just wasn’t suitable for wildlife photography. So all that was left was the 1D range, the problem was that the 1D mkIII was having focusing issues. At this point I thought I’d wait for it to be fixed.

    Then I attended the UK press launch of the Nikon D300 as a favour to a friend and all I can say is it blew me away. There was a camera at a good price and a big enough jump to keep me happy. But what also impressed me was listening to the Nikon reps / presenters and it wasn’t what they said about the camera, but more about how they valued there customers and wanted to respond to their needs and requests. Over the three years I was a Canon customer I never felt valued and was quite disgusted in the way they treated the 1D MK III customers with the focussing issues it was suffering.

    So I jumped ship and haven’t looked back.

  88. Scott, I was in the same position back in November. I originally started with a Canon 300D and upgraded to a 20D when I started to find that the camera was holding me back. Then Canon came out with the 30D, I didn’t even bother looking at it as I was more than happy with my 20D. Then halfway through last year I started to find the 20D holding me back, so I had a good look at what Canon had available. Firstly the 40D, well I had a look and a play and wasn’t impressed. It just wasn’t a big enough jump to give me the longevity I wanted out of my investment. So then I looked at the 5D, it just wasn’t suitable for wildlife photography. So all that was left was the 1D range, the problem was that the 1D mkIII was having focusing issues. At this point I thought I’d wait for it to be fixed.

    Then I attended the UK press launch of the Nikon D300 as a favour to a friend and all I can say is it blew me away. There was a camera at a good price and a big enough jump to keep me happy. But what also impressed me was listening to the Nikon reps / presenters and it wasn’t what they said about the camera, but more about how they valued there customers and wanted to respond to their needs and requests. Over the three years I was a Canon customer I never felt valued and was quite disgusted in the way they treated the 1D MK III customers with the focussing issues it was suffering.

    So I jumped ship and haven’t looked back.

  89. I was only a tiny bit surprised. In reality it would seem that you made this decision with the same level headed business acumen used to do a podcast or buy a wedding studio. On par with everything I’ve heard you say over the last couple of years “on air”. This reminds me of one of the first lessons I learned from a pro photographer; it’s not about the brand etc. but do you have the right tool for the job. Congratulations! It’s an exciting time to be a photographer.

  90. I was only a tiny bit surprised. In reality it would seem that you made this decision with the same level headed business acumen used to do a podcast or buy a wedding studio. On par with everything I’ve heard you say over the last couple of years “on air”. This reminds me of one of the first lessons I learned from a pro photographer; it’s not about the brand etc. but do you have the right tool for the job. Congratulations! It’s an exciting time to be a photographer.

  91. Welcome to the good life!

  92. Welcome to the good life!

  93. Thanks for the really well written posting. I’m not at a stage where I could afford either of the top level Canon or Nikon cameras, however I really appreciate the fact that you describe making the decision based on real practical reasons based on the type of photography you do. Really important, as it’s the photographer that creates the image. I hope you enjoy the camera and let us see some of the results online!

  94. Thanks for the really well written posting. I’m not at a stage where I could afford either of the top level Canon or Nikon cameras, however I really appreciate the fact that you describe making the decision based on real practical reasons based on the type of photography you do. Really important, as it’s the photographer that creates the image. I hope you enjoy the camera and let us see some of the results online!

  95. Too much camera gear… I wish I had that problem…

  96. Too much camera gear… I wish I had that problem…

  97. So is this the seventh sign. This is scary. The end is near. This should make the next couple of podcasts interesting.

  98. I’m a new shooter, I shoot with a sony Alpha 100 :) currently I am toying with the switch to Nikon, their stuff is so appealing and innovative, slightly confusing though with the different models and lens tpyes, at least with my sony it fits my lenses and it auto focus’s and the body has image stabilization built in :)

    so I have a similar dilemma… switch to d300 or a700, i’m glad you made your mind up though, with your glass it must be tough.

    i really wish manufacturers would come up with a standard mount, surely they would sell more glass :)

  99. I’m a new shooter, I shoot with a sony Alpha 100 :) currently I am toying with the switch to Nikon, their stuff is so appealing and innovative, slightly confusing though with the different models and lens tpyes, at least with my sony it fits my lenses and it auto focus’s and the body has image stabilization built in :)

    so I have a similar dilemma… switch to d300 or a700, i’m glad you made your mind up though, with your glass it must be tough.

    i really wish manufacturers would come up with a standard mount, surely they would sell more glass :)

  100. I hate it when people make rational, well thought out decisions. Ruins it for those of us who make our decisions on hype and marketing speak… and then defend those choices by insulting the intelligence of anyone who deigns to differ.

    John ‘Canon for Life’ Wright

  101. I hate it when people make rational, well thought out decisions. Ruins it for those of us who make our decisions on hype and marketing speak… and then defend those choices by insulting the intelligence of anyone who deigns to differ.

    John ‘Canon for Life’ Wright

  102. Welcome home Scott. Oh, and since you got your wildlife kit you might consider the 200 f2 as a studio “kit” lens, acutally it’s great for Hummingbird set ups.

  103. Welcome home Scott. Oh, and since you got your wildlife kit you might consider the 200 f2 as a studio “kit” lens, acutally it’s great for Hummingbird set ups.

  104. Sigh … somewhat sorry to lose the Canon-Nikon ribbing on TWIP, but in the end if it makes sense for you then good for you!

    From my perspective, the main cost of switching are the difference between the glass resale values (a quick EBay search can give a quote for this) and the new glass pricing from your preferred merchant of glass. Aside from that, it’s a camera body upgrade (albeit, without the benefit of the option of using the old body as a backup).

    To me, it’s not worth it. My glass isn’t the super-high-end ‘L’ glass (which seems to hold value quite well in the resale market), which means I don’t have tens of thousands of dollars invested, but also means I won’t get a whole lot from it in resale. The overall price to switch to the Nikon line is approximately equivalent to three mid-range camera-body-only replacements. That is, buy a new camera body and just toss the old one in the trash.

    The advantages moving to the Nikon range are definitely real. For me, though, they just aren’t more than a single camera body upgrade. I can’t afford a new body every year or two, and so expect to skip at least two body upgrades in the line before jumping. Three upgrades, then, is about eight or nine years worth of body upgrades.

    Nikon seems about 6-12 months beyond Canon now, and 12 months back Canon was 3-6 months beyond Nikon. IMHO, it’s not a good time for the average shooter to “jump ship”. It *IS* a good time for the average shooter to have invested in Nikon equipment, no doubt. The differences just aren’t large enough to make up for the cost.

    BTW, my 40D has auto-ISO. I didn’t realize that hadn’t made it into the MkIII. Obviously, it will be in the MkIII’s successor (and the 5D successor), but you have to be willing to wait another year or so for that.

    IMHO, my next camera wish list includes at the top:

    * In-body IS/VR/whatever you want to call it, compatible with in-lens IS for telephotos
    * Ultra-high ISO capability (D3-range)
    * 6+ FPS drive, 3FPS drive (my 40D has both of these and it’s very useful and there’s just no turning back!) : ideally 12FPS ultra-high-speed drive
    * Enhanced “live view”
    * GPS tagging built in (could be via bluetooth GPS device or GPS device built into the camera, but the “antenna” needs to be able to be moved from where the camera sits in my bag so that it works well when hiking through woods).

    In the end, the most convincing argument is the glass. One way of looking at Scott’s switch is that it is a *really* expensive 200-400 lens (which happened to come with a different camera body). I can’t afford to pay that much to get a lens, but obviously Scott can, so more power to him!

  105. Sigh … somewhat sorry to lose the Canon-Nikon ribbing on TWIP, but in the end if it makes sense for you then good for you!

    From my perspective, the main cost of switching are the difference between the glass resale values (a quick EBay search can give a quote for this) and the new glass pricing from your preferred merchant of glass. Aside from that, it’s a camera body upgrade (albeit, without the benefit of the option of using the old body as a backup).

    To me, it’s not worth it. My glass isn’t the super-high-end ‘L’ glass (which seems to hold value quite well in the resale market), which means I don’t have tens of thousands of dollars invested, but also means I won’t get a whole lot from it in resale. The overall price to switch to the Nikon line is approximately equivalent to three mid-range camera-body-only replacements. That is, buy a new camera body and just toss the old one in the trash.

    The advantages moving to the Nikon range are definitely real. For me, though, they just aren’t more than a single camera body upgrade. I can’t afford a new body every year or two, and so expect to skip at least two body upgrades in the line before jumping. Three upgrades, then, is about eight or nine years worth of body upgrades.

    Nikon seems about 6-12 months beyond Canon now, and 12 months back Canon was 3-6 months beyond Nikon. IMHO, it’s not a good time for the average shooter to “jump ship”. It *IS* a good time for the average shooter to have invested in Nikon equipment, no doubt. The differences just aren’t large enough to make up for the cost.

    BTW, my 40D has auto-ISO. I didn’t realize that hadn’t made it into the MkIII. Obviously, it will be in the MkIII’s successor (and the 5D successor), but you have to be willing to wait another year or so for that.

    IMHO, my next camera wish list includes at the top:

    * In-body IS/VR/whatever you want to call it, compatible with in-lens IS for telephotos
    * Ultra-high ISO capability (D3-range)
    * 6+ FPS drive, 3FPS drive (my 40D has both of these and it’s very useful and there’s just no turning back!) : ideally 12FPS ultra-high-speed drive
    * Enhanced “live view”
    * GPS tagging built in (could be via bluetooth GPS device or GPS device built into the camera, but the “antenna” needs to be able to be moved from where the camera sits in my bag so that it works well when hiking through woods).

    In the end, the most convincing argument is the glass. One way of looking at Scott’s switch is that it is a *really* expensive 200-400 lens (which happened to come with a different camera body). I can’t afford to pay that much to get a lens, but obviously Scott can, so more power to him!

  106. Good call Scott!

    Check out http://www.nikonians.org for helpful tips/analysis/discussions!

  107. Good call Scott!

    Check out http://www.nikonians.org for helpful tips/analysis/discussions!

  108. I’m not going to yell and call you a traitor. You’re an adult and make informed decisions based on your personal needs, I get that. I do however fear that I will get less out of this site and your podcast without the balanced “discourse” between the highend Canon and Nikon shooters on the panel

  109. I’m not going to yell and call you a traitor. You’re an adult and make informed decisions based on your personal needs, I get that. I do however fear that I will get less out of this site and your podcast without the balanced “discourse” between the highend Canon and Nikon shooters on the panel

  110. I actually don’t think this was a rational well thought out decision. Scott is spending at least 5 figures to switch. I know he will recoup some of that by selling all his Canon stuff, but based off the prices he has up there now it’s not even close to what he’s going to have to spend to get all new Nikon stuff. Do you think the Nikon stuff is that much better? I think Scott just wanted something new and Canon wasn’t doing it fast enough.

  111. I actually don’t think this was a rational well thought out decision. Scott is spending at least 5 figures to switch. I know he will recoup some of that by selling all his Canon stuff, but based off the prices he has up there now it’s not even close to what he’s going to have to spend to get all new Nikon stuff. Do you think the Nikon stuff is that much better? I think Scott just wanted something new and Canon wasn’t doing it fast enough.

  112. @Morgan your comment is a perfect example of what’s wrong with the whole religion between Nikon and Canon owners. You’ve just decided, without any evidence, that things won’t be balanced. You ignore the fact that two other hosts are Canon shooters. You also ignore the value of having someone on the panel who is learning Nikon and has a great deal of experience with Canon so comparing and contrasting will be even better.

    Try to take emotion out of your thought process here. It’s JUST a camera.

    @Stephen you got it. I just had 20k laying on the couch and thought what the heck…I’ll go Nikon!

  113. @Morgan your comment is a perfect example of what’s wrong with the whole religion between Nikon and Canon owners. You’ve just decided, without any evidence, that things won’t be balanced. You ignore the fact that two other hosts are Canon shooters. You also ignore the value of having someone on the panel who is learning Nikon and has a great deal of experience with Canon so comparing and contrasting will be even better.

    Try to take emotion out of your thought process here. It’s JUST a camera.

    @Stephen you got it. I just had 20k laying on the couch and thought what the heck…I’ll go Nikon!

  114. If I read your post right you have 2 MKIII bodies that you paid almost $17K to buy within the past 3 months. I have to question the advice you give others on the podcast and blog if you think it is a good decision to spend $17K on bodies and then after 3 months decide to get rid of them and all your expensive glass. All your reasons for switching to Nikon were valid..and were the same reasons why you should never have purchased the MKIII’s in the first place. It would have been an interesting exercise if you would have kept both systems and taken them both with you on shoots. I think it would have been instructive to see the output from both kits to see if there really is much of a difference between the two brands when handled by a pro.

  115. If I read your post right you have 2 MKIII bodies that you paid almost $17K to buy within the past 3 months. I have to question the advice you give others on the podcast and blog if you think it is a good decision to spend $17K on bodies and then after 3 months decide to get rid of them and all your expensive glass. All your reasons for switching to Nikon were valid..and were the same reasons why you should never have purchased the MKIII’s in the first place. It would have been an interesting exercise if you would have kept both systems and taken them both with you on shoots. I think it would have been instructive to see the output from both kits to see if there really is much of a difference between the two brands when handled by a pro.

  116. @Brad I thought about keeping both systems. But frankly after shooting the Nikon D3 w/200-400 I was sold. What I do with my money is my business. I find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.

    As for my decisions there were reasons to buy the Canons that included wanting to have a longer term test for the show than I could have arranged with Canon.

    In any event, wether or not my reasons were valid in your opinion or anyone else’s opinion – it’s my money. So nobody has to worry about the financial ramifications but me.

  117. @Brad I thought about keeping both systems. But frankly after shooting the Nikon D3 w/200-400 I was sold. What I do with my money is my business. I find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.

    As for my decisions there were reasons to buy the Canons that included wanting to have a longer term test for the show than I could have arranged with Canon.

    In any event, wether or not my reasons were valid in your opinion or anyone else’s opinion – it’s my money. So nobody has to worry about the financial ramifications but me.

  118. Well, I have to admit to agreeing about the 200-400 VR thing. When Nikon introduced that lens I thought it would be maybe six months until Canon answered the challenge. I even sold my Canon 100-400L IS in anticipation of the new offering. But here we sit, several years later, and still nothing. As a motorsports photographer I could really use something that goes out to 400 again, but I’m still making do with a 70-200L f2.8 IS and a 1.4X TC. I really didn’t like the design of the old 100-400 that much, but I’ve wished several times that I had kept it. The LEAST Canon could do is introduce a new version of that lens (with twist zoom, hopefully).

    I’m not changing brands, but I’m seriously bummed by what appears to be a general lack of Canon interest lately in the pro sports/journalist market. How many prosumer bodies has Canon introduced since Nikon’s 200-400? Four? Five?

    Voodoo Bob

  119. Well, I have to admit to agreeing about the 200-400 VR thing. When Nikon introduced that lens I thought it would be maybe six months until Canon answered the challenge. I even sold my Canon 100-400L IS in anticipation of the new offering. But here we sit, several years later, and still nothing. As a motorsports photographer I could really use something that goes out to 400 again, but I’m still making do with a 70-200L f2.8 IS and a 1.4X TC. I really didn’t like the design of the old 100-400 that much, but I’ve wished several times that I had kept it. The LEAST Canon could do is introduce a new version of that lens (with twist zoom, hopefully).

    I’m not changing brands, but I’m seriously bummed by what appears to be a general lack of Canon interest lately in the pro sports/journalist market. How many prosumer bodies has Canon introduced since Nikon’s 200-400? Four? Five?

    Voodoo Bob

  120. Interesting move. I too am looking forward to hearing about this on next weeks TWIP.
    Nikon was slow out of the gate but has really been kicking it up lately and Canon seems to have no answers to Nikon.

  121. Interesting move. I too am looking forward to hearing about this on next weeks TWIP.
    Nikon was slow out of the gate but has really been kicking it up lately and Canon seems to have no answers to Nikon.

  122. Admit it; it was my appearance on the show that swayed you. ;-)

  123. Admit it; it was my appearance on the show that swayed you. ;-)

  124. I’d love to hear what you think about that 14-24 f/2.8 lens. Being a current DX format guy, I’m torn between said lens and the 12-24 f/4 DX lens. I think I’ll wait to hear what you have to say. Sigh … I suppose faster and future is better. Who needs a filter on his or her wide angle anyway? Never mind.

  125. I’d love to hear what you think about that 14-24 f/2.8 lens. Being a current DX format guy, I’m torn between said lens and the 12-24 f/4 DX lens. I think I’ll wait to hear what you have to say. Sigh … I suppose faster and future is better. Who needs a filter on his or her wide angle anyway? Never mind.

  126. Wow! I saw the headline on Alltop and thought it was a joke! Well, if you have the (financial) ability to pull off a complete switch like this, why not? More power to you, Scott, and don’t let them rag on you too much next week!

  127. Wow! I saw the headline on Alltop and thought it was a joke! Well, if you have the (financial) ability to pull off a complete switch like this, why not? More power to you, Scott, and don’t let them rag on you too much next week!

  128. Cameras are like Cars.
    If they serve your purpose fine, if not get another one.

    Ernie

  129. Cameras are like Cars.
    If they serve your purpose fine, if not get another one.

    Ernie

  130. Cameras are like cameras… if the system doesn’t deliver for you, switch.

    The only caveat for most is that the industry is fast moving and soon enough the
    options available will change, potentially making a switch unnecessary.

    Chris

  131. Cameras are like cameras… if the system doesn’t deliver for you, switch.

    The only caveat for most is that the industry is fast moving and soon enough the
    options available will change, potentially making a switch unnecessary.

    Chris

  132. Scott,
    Good for you to be bigger than a label. If some people used to call you a Canon man, that’s their use of language not yours or mine. Similarly, I don’t see how you can be called a Nikon man. For me you are a great photographer who, with your TWIP friends, is making a significant contribution to the DSLR community. If I were the head of marketing for Nikon I would have given you at least on new D700 body with a lens of your choice. Best wishes Stephen p.s. my cameras carry the label Canon, not me

  133. To be clear, I haven’t decided, just expressed concern. Yes you do have a number of Canon shooters and with guests, will likely have even more. But few approached the Canon world with the enthusiasm (or resources) that you did. Most of the useful information I’ve gleaned from the show has been camera agnostic theory of DOF or techique. But when conversation turns to the nitty grity details of what the newest- top of the line – bar setting equipment is, the guy who’s most likely to have shot with it will now be talking Nikor.
    I’ll keep listening, the crew has a great dynamic and lots of good stories tips and tricks. But the flagship titans of battling bodies Scott’s 1DMiii and Fred’s D300 will be missed

  134. To be clear, I haven’t decided, just expressed concern. Yes you do have a number of Canon shooters and with guests, will likely have even more. But few approached the Canon world with the enthusiasm (or resources) that you did. Most of the useful information I’ve gleaned from the show has been camera agnostic theory of DOF or techique. But when conversation turns to the nitty grity details of what the newest- top of the line – bar setting equipment is, the guy who’s most likely to have shot with it will now be talking Nikor.
    I’ll keep listening, the crew has a great dynamic and lots of good stories tips and tricks. But the flagship titans of battling bodies Scott’s 1DMiii and Fred’s D300 will be missed

  135. err and that should be D3

  136. err and that should be D3

  137. [...] Scott Bourne, Host of This Week In Photography (TWIP), after 17 years as a Canon shooter is switching to Nikon gear. [...]

  138. [...] Scott Bourne, Host of This Week In Photography (TWIP), after 17 years as a Canon shooter is switching to Nikon gear. [...]

  139. I agree with Scott. It is only a camera. Yes, there is a great expense involved but Scott is a pro and it is a tool for him in his art and profession. He chose to go with the tool that fits his photography needs now.

    ps great Podcast and blog!

  140. I agree with Scott. It is only a camera. Yes, there is a great expense involved but Scott is a pro and it is a tool for him in his art and profession. He chose to go with the tool that fits his photography needs now.

    ps great Podcast and blog!

  141. Scott,
    Check out Nikonians.org It is a great online community of Nikon shooters. Very little “snarkiness” and some extremely knowledgeable and helpful participants. Great place for equipment information. Also has wonderful resources re the intricacies of the AF system, menus etc

    Marc

  142. Scott,
    Check out Nikonians.org It is a great online community of Nikon shooters. Very little “snarkiness” and some extremely knowledgeable and helpful participants. Great place for equipment information. Also has wonderful resources re the intricacies of the AF system, menus etc

    Marc

  143. @Scott:
    “To all the Canon shooters I am still your brother – I proudly carry my G9 everywhere I go!”

    There are rumors that Nikon is releasing the P6000 which will shoot in RAW. :) Maybe you’ll be a complete convert!

  144. @Scott:
    “To all the Canon shooters I am still your brother – I proudly carry my G9 everywhere I go!”

    There are rumors that Nikon is releasing the P6000 which will shoot in RAW. :) Maybe you’ll be a complete convert!

  145. I’ve got a buddy that just adores the 1DmkIII, crop size and all. (he likes that it’s a little be closer.) I know that only uses the center focus point in spot focus, though. That definitely seems to work. I”m not to familiar with the focusing problem, but I always wondered why no one on the show compared the D3 to the 1DmkIII

  146. I’ve got a buddy that just adores the 1DmkIII, crop size and all. (he likes that it’s a little be closer.) I know that only uses the center focus point in spot focus, though. That definitely seems to work. I”m not to familiar with the focusing problem, but I always wondered why no one on the show compared the D3 to the 1DmkIII

  147. Scott, I’m looking forward to your comments after the switch. I have been a 5D user for the past few years, and I am giving the D700 serious consideration. Regards, Amin

  148. Scott, I’m looking forward to your comments after the switch. I have been a 5D user for the past few years, and I am giving the D700 serious consideration. Regards, Amin

  149. @Marc Katz I note that Nikonians.org charges money for info. Maybe we should do that here at TWIP :)

  150. @Marc Katz I note that Nikonians.org charges money for info. Maybe we should do that here at TWIP :)

  151. [...] TWIP » TWIP Host Scott Bourne Switching to Nikon! (And selling off old Canon Gear) [...]

  152. [...] TWIP » TWIP Host Scott Bourne Switching to Nikon! (And selling off old Canon Gear) [...]

  153. My first thought when I heard of this: “Hmm… if a Pro like Scott is going in that direction, maybe I should re-think my love for Canon” (of course, I’m no Pro, but Pro’s always set the direction that amateurs point themselves at). Hearing that a longtime Canon pro was switching made me have a close look at the recently announced D700. I went over the specs on the D700 and must say I was quite impressed–fast, weather sealed, full frame, etc.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve considered switching to Nikon. My younger brother and I got DSLRs at roughly the same time–he got the D70 and I got the original Digital Rebel. I’ve always been somewhat jealous of his camera actually…it shoots way faster than mine (seemingly endless buffer, where the Rebel slows way down after 4 frames), and his SB800 flash recycles way faster than my 580EX.

    However, in the past 9 months or so, I’ve been slowly building up my glass collection in anticipation that I’ll be upgrading my camera body. Got the 17-40 f4L, and 50 f1.4 both of which I absolutely love (these join my 75-300IS, 28-135IS–which I hope to eventually replace with 70-200 f2.8IS L and 24-105 f4IS L some day). So, up until now it was a foregone conclusion that I’d buy the successor to the 5D….but with this confluence of events, I will be definitely giving the 5DMkII/7D a much closer look than I normally would. I still think I’ll be going Canon, since I don’t *really* want to have to re-buy all my glass (and while I’m at it, my “fantasy” glass)….but if push came to shove, I could probably *just barely* do it.

    So, in conclusion: First: Scott–congrats…D3 sounds like a fantastic camera (and holy crap that new lens you talked about costs more than the 4 Nikon lenses I’d buy if I switched–but like you said, it’s well suited to avian photography). Second: Canon, get thine ass in gear and *give* me a reason to *not* switch. The new 5D will have to cost around the same $2000 pricepoint, have higher resolution than the D700, and have usable ISO beyond 3200 (I don’t really care if it goes all the way to 12,000, though–that’s just silly), or I may just put off the Mac Pro I was going to buy and put that towards a switcharoo.

    Mike.

  154. I think the last line sums it up perfectly to me…

    “It’s just a camera – not a religion!”

    I shoot Canon, my buds shoot Olympus, Pentax, Canon, Nikon…. I don’t give a crap, just get out shooting. Congrats on the new kit Scott!

  155. I think the last line sums it up perfectly to me…

    “It’s just a camera – not a religion!”

    I shoot Canon, my buds shoot Olympus, Pentax, Canon, Nikon…. I don’t give a crap, just get out shooting. Congrats on the new kit Scott!

  156. @Ryan Brenizer

    I guess you can now forget about hoping to get a cut from saving Scott the money on making the switch. I guess that poor ISO 100 shooting wasn’t enough of a deterrent. ;)

  157. @Ryan Brenizer

    I guess you can now forget about hoping to get a cut from saving Scott the money on making the switch. I guess that poor ISO 100 shooting wasn’t enough of a deterrent. ;)

  158. I have the d300, debating if I should sell it and get the d700. I also have the 17-55 2.8 which is only made for dx sensors!

    I need money like you!

  159. I have the d300, debating if I should sell it and get the d700. I also have the 17-55 2.8 which is only made for dx sensors!

    I need money like you!

  160. Is anyone on the regular cast shooting Canon DSLR now? Not that it matters greatly, as slapstick and technique are why I tune in, but if there’s a D3 love-fest-tangent show us Canon users may not want to hear it.

    There’s no need to second-guess our amateur/pro-sumer purchases in this ongoing debate. When I eventually upgrade my 1D MKII body, it’ll be when Canon makes their inevitable next leap ahead, which will be just before Nikon’s…

  161. Is anyone on the regular cast shooting Canon DSLR now? Not that it matters greatly, as slapstick and technique are why I tune in, but if there’s a D3 love-fest-tangent show us Canon users may not want to hear it.

    There’s no need to second-guess our amateur/pro-sumer purchases in this ongoing debate. When I eventually upgrade my 1D MKII body, it’ll be when Canon makes their inevitable next leap ahead, which will be just before Nikon’s…

  162. Ron and Alex still shoot Canon as do I – I still have my G9!

  163. Ron and Alex still shoot Canon as do I – I still have my G9!

  164. @ Stephen Cupp
    I completely agree, and could not have said it better myself.
    Not to mention that Scott just recently got his 1DS MarkIII. This is going to be really interesting to watch play out over the next few months…..

  165. @ Stephen Cupp
    I completely agree, and could not have said it better myself.
    Not to mention that Scott just recently got his 1DS MarkIII. This is going to be really interesting to watch play out over the next few months…..

  166. I think what is key is despite using Canon for so long. With so much equipment, you decided what was best for you, ignoring brands. I hope you enjoy the extra speed the D3 gives you, and don’t get too much crap from everyone on the next podcast.

  167. I think what is key is despite using Canon for so long. With so much equipment, you decided what was best for you, ignoring brands. I hope you enjoy the extra speed the D3 gives you, and don’t get too much crap from everyone on the next podcast.

  168. Good luck with your new gear, Scott! I wish you all the best with it. In the end, just like you said, it’s only a camera brand… :)

    I am surprised at how many people mentioned waiting for Canon for “such a long time”. Hmmm… I seem to remember Nikonians waiting for Nikon to do something about their digital SLR and lens line-ups for several years! Even now, there are lenses that I just cannot buy from Nikon, lenses that are keeping me firmly anchored to the Canon side of the pond. I would simply miss my 35mm f/1.4 L, 85mm f/1.2 L MkII and 135mm f/2 L too much, and none of them have an equal in the Nikon line-up, AFAIK.

    That is not to say that Nikon don’t have some nice lenses, it just means that for now I will stick with my 5D and the extensive Canon “L”ens “L”ine-up that I currently have. I’m pretty confident that the 5D successor will be worth waiting for (that is when I will likely sell my 1D Mark II N and just keep my 5D “original” as my second body).

    Nikon are on fire right now, and the D700 is certainly calling out to me (even more than the D3 originally did). With my large investment in Canon “L”enses, I will wait some more before dipping my toes in the Nikon waters (last time I did, Nikon’s after-sales service was so horrible it turned me off the brand for several years). If Canon don’t respond to MY needs by the time I need a new camera body, then I might consider a Nikon in my future as well.

    One thing has to be underscored – this new competition is the best thing that has happened in this market for several years! Now I finally have somewhere else to go if Canon drop the ball with after-sales service! Before Nikon picked up its game, there was really no serious competitor to Canon in the marketplace. Now we all have a choice! Vive la competition!

  169. Good luck with your new gear, Scott! I wish you all the best with it. In the end, just like you said, it’s only a camera brand… :)

    I am surprised at how many people mentioned waiting for Canon for “such a long time”. Hmmm… I seem to remember Nikonians waiting for Nikon to do something about their digital SLR and lens line-ups for several years! Even now, there are lenses that I just cannot buy from Nikon, lenses that are keeping me firmly anchored to the Canon side of the pond. I would simply miss my 35mm f/1.4 L, 85mm f/1.2 L MkII and 135mm f/2 L too much, and none of them have an equal in the Nikon line-up, AFAIK.

    That is not to say that Nikon don’t have some nice lenses, it just means that for now I will stick with my 5D and the extensive Canon “L”ens “L”ine-up that I currently have. I’m pretty confident that the 5D successor will be worth waiting for (that is when I will likely sell my 1D Mark II N and just keep my 5D “original” as my second body).

    Nikon are on fire right now, and the D700 is certainly calling out to me (even more than the D3 originally did). With my large investment in Canon “L”enses, I will wait some more before dipping my toes in the Nikon waters (last time I did, Nikon’s after-sales service was so horrible it turned me off the brand for several years). If Canon don’t respond to MY needs by the time I need a new camera body, then I might consider a Nikon in my future as well.

    One thing has to be underscored – this new competition is the best thing that has happened in this market for several years! Now I finally have somewhere else to go if Canon drop the ball with after-sales service! Before Nikon picked up its game, there was really no serious competitor to Canon in the marketplace. Now we all have a choice! Vive la competition!

  170. I guess I’m both disappointed and excited that you’ve switched. I have a MKIIn and 20d, as well as a bunch of “L” glass. I wanted to buy the 1D MKIII when it was released and get rid of the 20d, but all of the problems were too much for me. I waiting as patiently as I can for Canon to release the successor to the 5d, but I must admit that my patience is running thin. If they don’t come out with it soon, I may have to follow your lead. I look forward to how the switch works for you. The D3 sounds very appealing, but replacing my lenses and learning a new menu system is too much for me. And, almost in a religious sense, I believe that Canon will come out with a strong competitor or I’m just rationalizing my fear of doing what you have done. Good luck, I’m sure it will be a steady topic on the show.

  171. I guess I’m both disappointed and excited that you’ve switched. I have a MKIIn and 20d, as well as a bunch of “L” glass. I wanted to buy the 1D MKIII when it was released and get rid of the 20d, but all of the problems were too much for me. I waiting as patiently as I can for Canon to release the successor to the 5d, but I must admit that my patience is running thin. If they don’t come out with it soon, I may have to follow your lead. I look forward to how the switch works for you. The D3 sounds very appealing, but replacing my lenses and learning a new menu system is too much for me. And, almost in a religious sense, I believe that Canon will come out with a strong competitor or I’m just rationalizing my fear of doing what you have done. Good luck, I’m sure it will be a steady topic on the show.

  172. I’m only disappointed because I assume you have sources within Canon that have indicated that the cameras I’m waiting for are not as close to release as I thought.

  173. I’m only disappointed because I assume you have sources within Canon that have indicated that the cameras I’m waiting for are not as close to release as I thought.

  174. Thank you for such a thorough review point by its a pleasure to read your decision making process It help one go through their own logically. I wish you luck with your new toy…

    and your right it’s not a religion but more ummmm…., is their a word for camera “xenophobia?” (lol)

  175. Thank you for such a thorough review point by its a pleasure to read your decision making process It help one go through their own logically. I wish you luck with your new toy…

    and your right it’s not a religion but more ummmm…., is their a word for camera “xenophobia?” (lol)

  176. Good luck with Nikon :)

  177. Good luck with Nikon :)

  178. Scott,

    You mentioned Canon not having something to compete with the 200-400. Is the 100-400 from Canon not that great of a lens? I know it is a stop slower, but I’m wondering about the IQ. I’ve been thinking about the Canon 300 f/4 for daytime sports, but I’m wondering if the 100-400 would be a better investment. I would use the 300 with a 1.4 converter for some stuff, but having the 100-400 might be a little easier. Any thoughts?

    James

  179. Scott,

    You mentioned Canon not having something to compete with the 200-400. Is the 100-400 from Canon not that great of a lens? I know it is a stop slower, but I’m wondering about the IQ. I’ve been thinking about the Canon 300 f/4 for daytime sports, but I’m wondering if the 100-400 would be a better investment. I would use the 300 with a 1.4 converter for some stuff, but having the 100-400 might be a little easier. Any thoughts?

    James

  180. @James Taylor IMO the Csnon 100-400 isn’t close. It’s slow to focus, is an older style lens and that stop makes a big difference for wildlife and sports photographers. The Canon 300 f/4 is a great lens but I need a zoom.

  181. @James Taylor IMO the Csnon 100-400 isn’t close. It’s slow to focus, is an older style lens and that stop makes a big difference for wildlife and sports photographers. The Canon 300 f/4 is a great lens but I need a zoom.

  182. I haven’t seen this kind of internet action since Henry Fox Talbot switched to the Daguerreotype. SS

  183. I haven’t seen this kind of internet action since Henry Fox Talbot switched to the Daguerreotype. SS

  184. I’ve got Canon gear (quite a bit) and have actually been having similar thoughts about switching to Nikon, but since I’m in no hurry, I’m going to wait to see what Canon comes up with to replace the 5D. Like Scott, I’m looking longingly at some of the additional features Nikon has like an easy mirror lock up, multiple exposures, etc. and can’t believe Canon still insists on putting a dedicated button for direct printing…stupid. Though if I do decide to switch, I’m still keeping my Canon gear. What I really wish is that I could use my Canon glass on a Nikon body ;)
    Best and good luck with the new kit Scott. I’ll be interested to hear how the switch goes and your thoughts on usability, IQ, etc. with the Nikon.

    Gary

  185. I’ve got Canon gear (quite a bit) and have actually been having similar thoughts about switching to Nikon, but since I’m in no hurry, I’m going to wait to see what Canon comes up with to replace the 5D. Like Scott, I’m looking longingly at some of the additional features Nikon has like an easy mirror lock up, multiple exposures, etc. and can’t believe Canon still insists on putting a dedicated button for direct printing…stupid. Though if I do decide to switch, I’m still keeping my Canon gear. What I really wish is that I could use my Canon glass on a Nikon body ;)
    Best and good luck with the new kit Scott. I’ll be interested to hear how the switch goes and your thoughts on usability, IQ, etc. with the Nikon.

    Gary

  186. Scott,

    While I am a Canon shooter, had I to do it all over again, I might select Nikon as well. But, ultimately, I could care less what gear a photographer owns. Respectfully, I just wanted to make a couple of points regarding your post.

    The first is that you have made a point of stating that good photography is less about the equipment and more about the photographer. I recall your allusion that having a high quality pen will not necessarily make one a as good a writer as Shakespeare. So, by all means do what you want, but your switch to Nikon would seem to contradict the primacy of photographer over equipment.

    The second point concerns your statement that you “…find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.” Well, when you post it on a public blog you invite these very opinions. Surely you expected such conspicuous consumption to incur negative reactions, no?

    At any rate, have fun with the new gear! :-)

  187. Scott,

    While I am a Canon shooter, had I to do it all over again, I might select Nikon as well. But, ultimately, I could care less what gear a photographer owns. Respectfully, I just wanted to make a couple of points regarding your post.

    The first is that you have made a point of stating that good photography is less about the equipment and more about the photographer. I recall your allusion that having a high quality pen will not necessarily make one a as good a writer as Shakespeare. So, by all means do what you want, but your switch to Nikon would seem to contradict the primacy of photographer over equipment.

    The second point concerns your statement that you “…find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.” Well, when you post it on a public blog you invite these very opinions. Surely you expected such conspicuous consumption to incur negative reactions, no?

    At any rate, have fun with the new gear! :-)

  188. After reading all the comments, I’m more confused than ever: is Nikon the dark side or the light side?

  189. After reading all the comments, I’m more confused than ever: is Nikon the dark side or the light side?

  190. Finally doing the right thing scott??? :P

  191. Finally doing the right thing scott??? :P

  192. Hey Guys,

    I have been a long listener to this podcast and I have to say I’m not surprised you switched. It seems like a natural choice for someone who is into action photography. I will however make a comment that there is more to photography than equipment. The laughing and giggling over equipment really bothers me and gets in the way of some valuable tips and conversation.

    Anyways good luck with nikon and I hope it can give you what the Canon couldn’t

    Myekie

  193. Hey Guys,

    I have been a long listener to this podcast and I have to say I’m not surprised you switched. It seems like a natural choice for someone who is into action photography. I will however make a comment that there is more to photography than equipment. The laughing and giggling over equipment really bothers me and gets in the way of some valuable tips and conversation.

    Anyways good luck with nikon and I hope it can give you what the Canon couldn’t

    Myekie

  194. I use both the D3 and the 1D MIII. I replaced my 1ds MK II with the D3. 90% of the time I had my 16-35 on my 1ds mk ii, so I bought the 14-24 Nikon for my D3. I use the 1D MKIII with all my other Canon L glass. At first I thought it would be a hassle to use both cameras at the same time, but it really isn’t a big deal. The 14-24 is a much sharper at 2.8 than the 16-35, so much so that even if Canon comes out with some new FF camera like the D700 or D3, I may stay with the D3 just to keep the lens.

    My point being is that you don’t have to necessarily “switch” all the way … just buy the best tool for the job. The D3′s lack of noise at high ISO and the auto ISO are incredible … it was a big step up from the 1Ds MK II, and the 1Ds MKIII was overkill for me.

  195. @Joshua McCloud – I totally agree that good photography is ALL about the photographer and not the gear. Me switching in no way invalidates that point any more than you buying the Canon gear in the first place does. Anyone making that argument has a very weak position to defend and is probably nothing more than a Canon fanboy.

    While I think I have demonstrated my photographic skills sufficiently on this blog, the point of the switch is simply to give me tools that will help me be better at getting the kind of images I am looking for as a creative. The fact that I am able to procure these tools doesn’t make me (or anyone else who makes similar choices) less a photographer. The entire “suffer for your art” approach to photography is frankly stupid in my opinion. Every photographer I know who can, does buy nice gear. Not every photographer can make nice images with said gear.

    Your second point shows that I may not have properly expressed myself or you may not have carefully read my post. You quoted…”…find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.”

    Those were my words. Then you said, “Well, when you post it on a public blog you invite these very opinions. Surely you expected such conspicuous consumption to incur negative reactions, no?”

    You see in addition to being amused, I also find it interesting that you automatically assume my statement to mean I didn’t expect to incur negative reactions. Perhaps you didn’t carefully read my post where I specifically (at the end no less) pointed out that I expected to be attacked. I know there are a lot of petty, jealous people out there. I have been in the media business for 37 years. So yes I expected it. I am also within my rights to be amused by it.

    The people who said or implied things like – “you shouldn’t spend your money on Nikon” are in fact very amusing to me. Does the fact that I accept these comments and moderate them through on the blog automatically now obviate my right to respond? No – so I can and will respond. If it’s fair for people who don’t even know me to take shots at me on my own blog, it’s fair for me to respond.

    And here’s why this is amusing. Those statements are akin to me saying – “You’re an idiot for buying that new car. You should have bought THIS new car instead.” How can I know what car you should buy any more than you/they should know what camera I buy? It’s silly and therefore, as I said – amusing.

    As for my “consumption,” well again, that’s a moot point. I am a pro – I use this gear to make money. By the results of our poll – 82% of the people reading are not pros and so therefore have no basis upon which to judge such a thing. But that’s the remarkable thing about the Internet. Anyone can say ANYTHING, whether or not they have any idea what they are talking about and accordingly, will look silly to someone who does.

    Thanks for reading.

  196. @Joshua McCloud – I totally agree that good photography is ALL about the photographer and not the gear. Me switching in no way invalidates that point any more than you buying the Canon gear in the first place does. Anyone making that argument has a very weak position to defend and is probably nothing more than a Canon fanboy.

    While I think I have demonstrated my photographic skills sufficiently on this blog, the point of the switch is simply to give me tools that will help me be better at getting the kind of images I am looking for as a creative. The fact that I am able to procure these tools doesn’t make me (or anyone else who makes similar choices) less a photographer. The entire “suffer for your art” approach to photography is frankly stupid in my opinion. Every photographer I know who can, does buy nice gear. Not every photographer can make nice images with said gear.

    Your second point shows that I may not have properly expressed myself or you may not have carefully read my post. You quoted…”…find it amusing that so many people have an opinion about what I should and shouldn’t buy.”

    Those were my words. Then you said, “Well, when you post it on a public blog you invite these very opinions. Surely you expected such conspicuous consumption to incur negative reactions, no?”

    You see in addition to being amused, I also find it interesting that you automatically assume my statement to mean I didn’t expect to incur negative reactions. Perhaps you didn’t carefully read my post where I specifically (at the end no less) pointed out that I expected to be attacked. I know there are a lot of petty, jealous people out there. I have been in the media business for 37 years. So yes I expected it. I am also within my rights to be amused by it.

    The people who said or implied things like – “you shouldn’t spend your money on Nikon” are in fact very amusing to me. Does the fact that I accept these comments and moderate them through on the blog automatically now obviate my right to respond? No – so I can and will respond. If it’s fair for people who don’t even know me to take shots at me on my own blog, it’s fair for me to respond.

    And here’s why this is amusing. Those statements are akin to me saying – “You’re an idiot for buying that new car. You should have bought THIS new car instead.” How can I know what car you should buy any more than you/they should know what camera I buy? It’s silly and therefore, as I said – amusing.

    As for my “consumption,” well again, that’s a moot point. I am a pro – I use this gear to make money. By the results of our poll – 82% of the people reading are not pros and so therefore have no basis upon which to judge such a thing. But that’s the remarkable thing about the Internet. Anyone can say ANYTHING, whether or not they have any idea what they are talking about and accordingly, will look silly to someone who does.

    Thanks for reading.

  197. @Len I actually didn’t plan to switch at all. Fred and I had actually talked about this. I was going to bring BOTH systems into the show and talk about the fact that there’s no reason folks can’t shoot both. It’s just that when I picked up that 200-400 and then worked with the system, something told me – you gotta do it – you gotta go all the way – so I did. Time will tell if I did the right thing. If I change my mind, I am lucky enough to be able to go back.

  198. @Len I actually didn’t plan to switch at all. Fred and I had actually talked about this. I was going to bring BOTH systems into the show and talk about the fact that there’s no reason folks can’t shoot both. It’s just that when I picked up that 200-400 and then worked with the system, something told me – you gotta do it – you gotta go all the way – so I did. Time will tell if I did the right thing. If I change my mind, I am lucky enough to be able to go back.

  199. Looking for an answer from scott or anyone with experience with both canon and nikon

    - I shot an manual-only film camera 10 years ago, and just recently got back into photography. I felt like I was able to pick up a canon and go, it made sense to me. Since then I”ve only taken a few shots with a nikon, but I couldn’t seem to find what I wanted.

    How do you feel the interface and ease of use compare between canon and nikon? I obviously favor the canon, but do I just need to use a nikon for a day to feel it out?

    (I’m sure this is different for many people, but with this “big news!” I’m curious what people have to say.)

  200. Looking for an answer from scott or anyone with experience with both canon and nikon

    - I shot an manual-only film camera 10 years ago, and just recently got back into photography. I felt like I was able to pick up a canon and go, it made sense to me. Since then I”ve only taken a few shots with a nikon, but I couldn’t seem to find what I wanted.

    How do you feel the interface and ease of use compare between canon and nikon? I obviously favor the canon, but do I just need to use a nikon for a day to feel it out?

    (I’m sure this is different for many people, but with this “big news!” I’m curious what people have to say.)

  201. Isn’t it amazing to see how a discussion of which camera brand people use, can reach levels that rival religious discussions?
    Canon vs. Nikon…Xbox 360 vs. PS3…PC vs. Mac…Does it really matter that much what someone else uses? Seriously….Why should it? So long as YOU are using the best tools for YOU to get YOUR job done, NOTHING else matters!
    Yes this post shocked me, just because of the banter between Scott and Fredrick on several shows… Both of them pressing the shutter button during the shows etc…But does it matter to me what Scott shoots with? Nope! Am I jealous? Nope! YES, It would be nice to be well off as Scott it to be able to afford to do what he did, and potentially switch back at a moments notice but again, he is the one who has busted his booty to be able to afford the kind of lifestyle he has, not me, not anyone else. Does the fact that I am an amateur enthusiast and not a pro make a difference? I don’t think it does!

    In closing…it is on this fourth day of July (Independence day), that I remind some people that we live in a country where we are afforded the privilege to make the choices that we deem right for ourselves. If you choose one game system, camera, computer, mobile provider over others, it’s your choice to. Surly we can all agree that these are not life and death choices, and we all reserve the right to change our minds and opinions as we seem fit.
    :)

  202. Isn’t it amazing to see how a discussion of which camera brand people use, can reach levels that rival religious discussions?
    Canon vs. Nikon…Xbox 360 vs. PS3…PC vs. Mac…Does it really matter that much what someone else uses? Seriously….Why should it? So long as YOU are using the best tools for YOU to get YOUR job done, NOTHING else matters!
    Yes this post shocked me, just because of the banter between Scott and Fredrick on several shows… Both of them pressing the shutter button during the shows etc…But does it matter to me what Scott shoots with? Nope! Am I jealous? Nope! YES, It would be nice to be well off as Scott it to be able to afford to do what he did, and potentially switch back at a moments notice but again, he is the one who has busted his booty to be able to afford the kind of lifestyle he has, not me, not anyone else. Does the fact that I am an amateur enthusiast and not a pro make a difference? I don’t think it does!

    In closing…it is on this fourth day of July (Independence day), that I remind some people that we live in a country where we are afforded the privilege to make the choices that we deem right for ourselves. If you choose one game system, camera, computer, mobile provider over others, it’s your choice to. Surly we can all agree that these are not life and death choices, and we all reserve the right to change our minds and opinions as we seem fit.
    :)

  203. Great topic. As already stated I hope that the show is well balanced and when the new Canon’s come out that we continue to get great and honest reviews. If Canon produces a dud, I want to know before I slap down $3000-$4000 for the new 5D (if it ever comes out). That’s why many of us listen-for brutal, honest opinions and excellent tips. Thanks for the show guys. Keep up the good work.

  204. Great topic. As already stated I hope that the show is well balanced and when the new Canon’s come out that we continue to get great and honest reviews. If Canon produces a dud, I want to know before I slap down $3000-$4000 for the new 5D (if it ever comes out). That’s why many of us listen-for brutal, honest opinions and excellent tips. Thanks for the show guys. Keep up the good work.

  205. [...] like I’m not the only one. Scott Bourne over at TWIP (This Week In Photography) is doing the same. Welcome to the club Scott, cookies and milk will be served [...]

  206. [...] like I’m not the only one. Scott Bourne over at TWIP (This Week In Photography) is doing the same. Welcome to the club Scott, cookies and milk will be served [...]

  207. Well, after much consideration of the Nikon, I’ve decided to stick with my Fujifilm S5700. ;-)

  208. Well, after much consideration of the Nikon, I’ve decided to stick with my Fujifilm S5700. ;-)

  209. @Scott: @Marc Katz I note that Nikonians.org charges money for info. Maybe we should do that here at TWIP

    Actually, the http://www.Nikonians.org has free access along with paying upgrades. You can upgrade your membership for some added features and lack of nag screens. Just like TWIP, the servers have to be paid for somehow but it allows for those who chose not to or can’t afford it :).

  210. @Scott: @Marc Katz I note that Nikonians.org charges money for info. Maybe we should do that here at TWIP

    Actually, the http://www.Nikonians.org has free access along with paying upgrades. You can upgrade your membership for some added features and lack of nag screens. Just like TWIP, the servers have to be paid for somehow but it allows for those who chose not to or can’t afford it :).

  211. @Johan we don’t have nag screens. Should we charge for SOME added features and leave the free stuff for those who choose not to pay or can’t afford it? Just curious.

  212. @Johan we don’t have nag screens. Should we charge for SOME added features and leave the free stuff for those who choose not to pay or can’t afford it? Just curious.

  213. @Scott: I’m sorry for the confusion: the “nag screens” for non-paying members, “added features for paid members” and the “upgrading of membership” I was writing about were on the Nikonians.org site. The membership fees on the Nikonians are used for keeping the servers up but they are from those who chose to participate. I just wanted to clarify your note that the Nikonians.org site charges for info, as their forums are free.

    I’m too new here to comment on your business model on this site but I presume there are some costs to recoup :).

  214. @Scott: I’m sorry for the confusion: the “nag screens” for non-paying members, “added features for paid members” and the “upgrading of membership” I was writing about were on the Nikonians.org site. The membership fees on the Nikonians are used for keeping the servers up but they are from those who chose to participate. I just wanted to clarify your note that the Nikonians.org site charges for info, as their forums are free.

    I’m too new here to comment on your business model on this site but I presume there are some costs to recoup :).

  215. The reasons for the switch makes sense to me, though it still is a surprise to me that you’d make that big of a jump. I agree that if the system doesn’t fit, it’s a good idea to get one that does. Photography is supposed to be about the photos, not the brand of the gear. The brand on the camera housing is not as important as the photos and the usability issues.

  216. The reasons for the switch makes sense to me, though it still is a surprise to me that you’d make that big of a jump. I agree that if the system doesn’t fit, it’s a good idea to get one that does. Photography is supposed to be about the photos, not the brand of the gear. The brand on the camera housing is not as important as the photos and the usability issues.

  217. Kudos to you Scott, I am happy to hear you have gone from Cannon to Nikon to fit your needs. I do not understand humans that can not allow others to strive or expand in ability or knowledge of what they do as a profession. What I see is most people are jealous (yes I am too) that they can’t have the latest and greatest. The difference I see here is you get paid to do what you do very well. Just think what the Wolves would have thought if you shot them with the Nikon gear, Oh My God!!! Keep on burning pixels, that is what they are for! PF.

  218. What Nikon doesn’t have is ultra fast lenses in shorter focal lengths. Canon has two excellent f/1.2 lenses, the 50mm and 85mm. I don’t have either one of them yet, but would like to get the 85mm f/1.2 some day soon. The ultra-fast lenses that Canon has is the reason I chose Canon gear to begin with. Camera bodies come and go, but good lenses stay with you for decades. Maybe Nikon has better lenses for wildlife and sports photography, I don’t know, but I mostly shoot pics of my family and friends. So, Nikon never had any lenses I was interested in.

  219. What Nikon doesn’t have is ultra fast lenses in shorter focal lengths. Canon has two excellent f/1.2 lenses, the 50mm and 85mm. I don’t have either one of them yet, but would like to get the 85mm f/1.2 some day soon. The ultra-fast lenses that Canon has is the reason I chose Canon gear to begin with. Camera bodies come and go, but good lenses stay with you for decades. Maybe Nikon has better lenses for wildlife and sports photography, I don’t know, but I mostly shoot pics of my family and friends. So, Nikon never had any lenses I was interested in.

  220. Enjoy the Nikons. I don’t use full frames, but the D300 does some amazing things for me with fairly inexpensive DX glass and a 50mm F1.4. I think Canon, Sony, and others simply didn’t get off the MegaPixel marketing bus soon enough. Pixels haven’t been a serious point of differentiation between pro, pro-am, and amateur models for the past 2 years for “most” applications in photography. I make an exception of large prints or billboard work. I knew Nikon had their act together for the long term when I taught a complete rookie how to use an SLR (D40X) inside of an hour. In another 20 minutes, I got them up and running on the D300 in full manual. Not to mention the studio lighting system I have put together on a tight budget. SB-800s are amazing lights and for less than $1500, you can do some serious studio work. Love the TWIP show.

  221. Enjoy the Nikons. I don’t use full frames, but the D300 does some amazing things for me with fairly inexpensive DX glass and a 50mm F1.4. I think Canon, Sony, and others simply didn’t get off the MegaPixel marketing bus soon enough. Pixels haven’t been a serious point of differentiation between pro, pro-am, and amateur models for the past 2 years for “most” applications in photography. I make an exception of large prints or billboard work. I knew Nikon had their act together for the long term when I taught a complete rookie how to use an SLR (D40X) inside of an hour. In another 20 minutes, I got them up and running on the D300 in full manual. Not to mention the studio lighting system I have put together on a tight budget. SB-800s are amazing lights and for less than $1500, you can do some serious studio work. Love the TWIP show.

  222. This is nice! Although I have nothing against Canon (I actually like it), I am a Nikon fan who definitely loves the D300. It is just nice to see someone change from Canon to Nikon for a change. There is a misconception out there that makes newbies believe that Canon is better than Nikon but in fact, they are both equally great brands, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

  223. This is nice! Although I have nothing against Canon (I actually like it), I am a Nikon fan who definitely loves the D300. It is just nice to see someone change from Canon to Nikon for a change. There is a misconception out there that makes newbies believe that Canon is better than Nikon but in fact, they are both equally great brands, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

  224. [...] post similar impressions. Also, if you are one of those who wants to attack me because I switched, do that in the comment thread HERE. I won’t allow those comments in this thread. If you want to question my conclusions here [...]

  225. [...] post similar impressions. Also, if you are one of those who wants to attack me because I switched, do that in the comment thread HERE. I won’t allow those comments in this thread. If you want to question my conclusions here [...]

  226. Nikon vs Canon. It will never end. Scott I’m glad you are able to dump a system that most of us would drool over just to even visit. I am a pro and I do make my living with photography and because I do I can’t afford a Canon MkIII or a Nikon D3. I have been “locked” into Nikon since my first Nikkormat. I have been slowly upgrading since that first lens/camera combination buying one lens at a time. I’m on my 5th Nikon body(I only own 1 at a time). When Nikon cameras were all APS sized sensors I kept all my lenses thinking they would go full frame as indeed Canon did. I waited and waited but Nikon never responded. The short end of my focal length lenses was lacking. I was manually stitching interior photos with a 20mm Nikkor and a D100 for the longest time because photoshop 7 wasn’t able to do it as well as I could. Finally after giving up I spent my money on wideangle DX lenses. I now would love to buy a D700 with a 14-24 but that’s 5 GRAND!!!! My business is good. I could go right out and get but these tools but do I really need to? I used to joke with friends that you could always tell a pro because their equipment was held together with elastic bands and duct tape and the amateurs had all this shiny new stuff but there is something to be said about being ready for the next opportunity around the corner. Maybe my next assignment might need a super fast wide full frame shot…

  227. Nikon vs Canon. It will never end. Scott I’m glad you are able to dump a system that most of us would drool over just to even visit. I am a pro and I do make my living with photography and because I do I can’t afford a Canon MkIII or a Nikon D3. I have been “locked” into Nikon since my first Nikkormat. I have been slowly upgrading since that first lens/camera combination buying one lens at a time. I’m on my 5th Nikon body(I only own 1 at a time). When Nikon cameras were all APS sized sensors I kept all my lenses thinking they would go full frame as indeed Canon did. I waited and waited but Nikon never responded. The short end of my focal length lenses was lacking. I was manually stitching interior photos with a 20mm Nikkor and a D100 for the longest time because photoshop 7 wasn’t able to do it as well as I could. Finally after giving up I spent my money on wideangle DX lenses. I now would love to buy a D700 with a 14-24 but that’s 5 GRAND!!!! My business is good. I could go right out and get but these tools but do I really need to? I used to joke with friends that you could always tell a pro because their equipment was held together with elastic bands and duct tape and the amateurs had all this shiny new stuff but there is something to be said about being ready for the next opportunity around the corner. Maybe my next assignment might need a super fast wide full frame shot…

  228. Scott, nice to see you have come over to dark side….i was wondering if you would like to buy a D3 for myself? Just thought I would throw that out there for ya.

  229. Scott, nice to see you have come over to dark side….i was wondering if you would like to buy a D3 for myself? Just thought I would throw that out there for ya.

  230. Welcome aboard Scott…

  231. Welcome aboard Scott…

  232. Hi All,

    New cameras will come & go. As the technology improves features in cameras will improve. What matters is the eye & the brain behind the camera – That makes great pictures. Gears will help to deliver what you have in mind but thats it.

  233. Hi All,

    New cameras will come & go. As the technology improves features in cameras will improve. What matters is the eye & the brain behind the camera – That makes great pictures. Gears will help to deliver what you have in mind but thats it.

  234. [...] I’ve been pretty happy with my Canon 30D and then, for the last year, or so, my Canon 50D. I’m a serious ama­teur, so the Canon xxD cam­eras have fit my niche pretty well. From time to time I have lusted after Nikon gear, par­tic­u­larly the Nikon 300D, but have always fallen back on my Canons as I have a fair amount of money tied up in Canon lenses. I sup­pose that’s the main reason most folks find the “right” brand for them and then stick with it. Unless, of course, you have the resources of Scott Bourne. [...]

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