Nikon is doing fine in terms of specifications. Canon is just messing with facelift and a mere increase of specifications only. Yeah, I’m talking about the latest DSLR by both of them, namely Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 50D. If you place Canon EOS 40D and 50D side by side, you can hardly tell the difference between them, let it be physically or via specs sheet whereas Nikon D90 is way ahead of Canon’s in terms of everything.
As of late, it is slightly (if not more) disturbing to see Canon users are changing to Nikon. I have friends talking about it. I have friend’s friend quitting the red logo for the yellow one. I do admit that Nikon is doing really good of late. Their D300, D700 and D90 just make my friends awe in wonder. I do like the Nikon D300 too.
Most of them change system because of the fact that the new Nikon DSLRs perform way better than Canon’s. If you are to put D300 in the same arena as 40D, one needs to wonder whether is there really a need to have a comparison between them at all. 51 points over 9 points. 8 fps (with battery grip) over 6.3 fps (with/out battery grip). Let’s not even think about comparing the LCD screen because Canon’s ………… *speechless*
Faster AF, better colour production, yada yada yada and the list goes on. But the thing that I always wonder the most is that whether do they, the users, really really fully utilise those stuffs. I do understand that those who change brand because their excellent pics are their main source of income. But what about the rest? Fully utilising it is one matter but fully utilising them at all freaking time is another.
I read a statement from the ever famous photographer, Ken Rockwell, which I probably have to agree on;
Photographic Reality: Digital cameras are a rich man’s sport. Let’s be serious: I’m supposed to drop another $1,000 on a new D90 just because it does movies, as if my D80 (or D40) from last week suddenly isn’t good enough anymore?
When it comes to photos, or anything in life, it’s the man, not the tools………
– Posted on 28th August 2008.
As for me, I doubt I will ever ‘jump ship’ nor will I change to a better camera soon. No, I’m not a fanboy of Canon. Mind you, my previous PnS (both of them) were from Sony. Well, it is because a) I’m enthusiast just a part-time hobbyist and b) I doubt I could ever maximize my camera’s capabilities, seriously. Besides, my reservoir is quite limited, ya know. It is hard enough to fund for a new lens let alone funding for a new system, a new brand and new set of lenses.
But hey, who am I to judge or say on one’s upgrade purchase? All I know is that, no matter what system you are getting, you’ll have my support, morally of course. Let it be Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Samsung, Fuji, Kodak, Hasselbald and etc. Just make sure you have a solid reason behind your expensive yet wonderful gears.
As for now, let’s see what Canon can do about their replacement model for Canon EOS 5D… (hint : link)