Opinion: Canon versus Nikon, why so serious?

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Opinion: Canon versus Nikon, why so serious?

Chris Nicholls can't help but get a little happy when he reads any forum topic on Canon versus Nikon. It's fun reading such vitriol time and time again.

People get so passionate when it comes to cameras. This is a good thing. Without passion, none of use would ever shoot anything. Certainly little that’s good.

But it’s also a bit depressing. Canon and Nikon users have been slinging the same old mud for years. Nikons are better built; Canon makes better lenses; Nikons shoot better at high ISOs; Canon gives you more choice in bodies and lenses. The list goes on.

These points are all valid. Nikon is, or has been, the choice of both the US military and NASA, which suggests yes, they are very tough.

Canon does make some very good lenses. Its 70-200mm f/2.8 L2 is a case in point.

Nikons do shoot better at high ISOs in general. 5D MKII aside, I have yet to find a Canon that shoots as well in low light as an equivalent Nikon.

Canon does have more choice in both lenses and bodies. Just look at their respective catalogues.

But to suggest that just because Nikon has better low light capability, or that its cameras are tougher, it is a better brand, is stupid. 

Similarly, just because Canon has better lens and body selection, and makes a few outstanding pieces of glass, does not make it the best brand, either.  

Why? Because it’s all about what works for you. Camera purchasing is a complex decision. It’s not just about features and benefits. It’s how it feels in your hand. What you value.

The recently released Canon 60D and Nikon D7000 are cases in point.

The 60D is smaller than the D7000 and better suited to smaller hands. It is also lighter as it uses a plastic body.

The D7000’s tougher magnesium body means it may last longer. But it is also heavier and has a larger handgrip.  

Now, Nikon users and forum haters may deride the person who bought a 60D. But they would have purchased it for a reason. As would a D7000 purchaser.

The fact of the matter is this. If you have the luxury of choosing a system, never be afraid that one brand’s accessories and lenses are better than the other.

It’s the photographer that makes the difference, and it’s what you need that should guide your purchase. 

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