Hope you had a good weekend.
Ok so today I thought I’d kick the week off with an explanation…
Any of you who follow me on Social Media (Google+ , Facebook, Twitter) will likely be aware that there have been some changes going on around here lately with regards to equipment i.e. the move from Priolite to now using Elinchrom lighting and now most recent being the move from Nikon to Canon.
Now before I explain my reasons for moving I just need to make a few important things clear:
Firstly, I’ve not been sponsored by Canon nor indeed have I even spoken to Canon before or after this decision and I certainly don’t subscribe to the whole Nikon v Canon, Canon v Nikon mentality. In short my reasons for changing are purely down to what is now best for my business and my way of working / shooting.
I don’t think that one camera necessarily produces better images than the other and I have many Professional Photographer friends who shoot Nikon and will continue to do so. In fact no one is more surprised at the change to Canon than me because I’ve been with Nikon from Day 1 and the cameras I’ve owned have served me extremely well; I never thought I would need or want to change but then I guess as they…Never say Never!
We all hear the comment that it’s not the camera that makes the pictures it’s the Photographer and yeah I totally agree however the reasons I have changed to Canon IS a camera based decision but not masses of reasons; just a few that I’ve explained below…
99.9% of the time I shoot tethered to my MacBook PRO whether I be shooting for clients, personal shooting or teaching at a workshop but one thing that has always bugged me is that when shooting tethered with a Nikon, there doesn’t appear to be a way of seeing the images appear both on the computer AND the cameras LCD.
You might think “Why would you want to see the images on the camera when you’re tethered anyway?” and yeah I could understand you thinking that but for me I like to make a quick check on the back of the camera of the composition, that the lighting is still ok etc without stopping completely and going over to the computer. It’s also handy for me when shooting at a seminar or workshop when attendees can see the larger screen which is facing them that I can see the image on the camera rather than having to wander over to look at the ‘attendees’ screen too…does that make sense? In short it would give me a quick reference check and that for ME is important and how I shoot. with Canon I CAN see images on the back of the camera whilst tethering.
Also continuing on the subject of tethering, I’m paranoid about backing up, and shooting Nikon doesn’t do much to help with this. Maybe it is possible but I’ve never found a way when shooting tethered with a Nikon to have the image files write both to the camera AND the computer; all I can ever have, it seems, is the files being written to the computer.
When tethering I do also have an external drive plugged in to back up the files during the shoot as we go through it BUT there are times when shooting into Lightroom I have experienced issues with the files not coming through for some reason. I’ll be shooting away getting all excited, as I do, seeing files coming into the computer and then for some reason the tethering will hang and some of the shots I knew were spot on never appear. Having the files write to both Camera and Computer would and will prevent this happening from now on as Canon allows me to do exactly this.
Ok so this one is down to me and NOT Nikon’s fault / problem.
When I upgraded to the Nikon D800 I didn’t quite anticipate that it would mean upgrading each and every computer I use too because of the file size. Had I been the kind of person who only did a small amount of retouching on each image I’m sure this wouldn’t have been necessary however when some of my images can result in 60+ layers the files sizes do get a little large to say the least.
However the upgrading wasn’t such a bad thing; what was though was giving RAW files to workshop attendees to work on during a workshop. Not everyone has an all singing all dancing computer and D800 files when being worked on in Photoshop would very quickly cause them issues.
Quite simply I prefer the Canon range of lenses that are available; nothing more I can add to that. Oh and I’ll resist mentioning how fiddly I found screwing on a Nikon lens hood; not saying it is fiddly in general…I’m just saying the Canon ones I find very easy to click into place whereas the Nikon ones I found never quite went on straight away. Yeah…petty I know and hardly a reason to change but as we’re on the subject I though I’d mention it anyway 🙂
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So there you have it…nothing earth shattering, not a stream of likes and dislikes and maybe nothing you’re surprised at now you’ve read it.
Certainly none of this “Canon are much better than Nikon” baloney but rather my explanation as to why I felt the need to change brands was best for my business and my way of working and what I do. Canon is just another essential creative tool BUT one that is more Fit for Purpose…and again, for me…not necessarily for you!
Let me finish by saying this…
I still have a soft spot for Nikon. My old D3 that I sold a while back was a total work horse…great piece of kit. My D800 also great although if I’m honest I never really needed to upgrade from my D3 because it was perfectly adequate. Nikon had been with me from the very first day I started shooting and my portfolio to this point has been made using only Nikon. I was never left stranded because of a camera breaking down on me or anything like that and if anyone ever asks me what camera brand I should buy I’ll never answer a straight Canon, Nikon or other brand but rather ask what they intend to do with it.
However, I’m very excited to now be shooting Canon with the 5D Mark III being my camera of choice and the 24-105mm f4.0 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 MK II being my ‘Go To‘ lenses; rest assured I’ll keep you posted with how I get on.
So I hope you can see and understand my reasoning here in that this is 100% a business / work practice decision because when all is said and done the most important thing is that your kit allows you to do what you want / need to do and there’s no point sticking with a brand ‘just because’ … well, that’s my opinion anyway 🙂
Catch you tomorrow,