Switching from Canon to Nikon
As some of you may know through Facebook and/or Twitter, I have made an announcement that I’m switching from Canon over to Nikon, and to sell all my canon gear (now). I have already purchased all my Nikon lenses. What’s left to do is sell off all my remaining canon gear to those who expressed interest. So, what I’m going to do is list my gear for sale below. After a week, the remaining gear will be on Craigslist, ebay, or amazon. The lenses I have available were bought brand new and are in great working condition. Email me if you have any questions.
CANON GEAR FOR SALE
Canon EOS 5d – $900
Canon EOS 5dm2 + 3 batteries – $1600 (not selling quite yet).
Canon EOS 40d – $400
Canon EOS-3 Film – $250
70-200mm f/2.8 IS L – $1700
24-70mm f/2.8 L – $1000 (not selling quite yet)
16-35mm f/2.8 L II – $1300
35mm f/1.4 L – $1100
85mm 1.8 – $300
50mm 2.5 macro – $175
15mm fisheye – $600
580 EX II Flash – $380
580 EX II Flash – $250 (diffusion cover + card needs to be replaced)
A brief explanation of why I’m crossing over to Nikon.
Let me start by saying, I don’t care to start any Canon vs Nikon arguments. I’m not going to share anything different from what has already been expressed in the last few years by others. You can read similar sentiments others have expressed here Switching from Canon to Nikon, or 20 Reasons to change from your Canon to Nikon, or From Canon to Nikon, or just Google it. I don’t want to blog another “why I switched over to Nikon” when there are many out there saying the same thing. So, I’ll keep this short.
I like Canon. The reasons I am changing over from Canon to Nikon simply have to do with AF (auto-focus) and ISO. Nikon’s AF does a killer job focusing in dim light and is a monster at tackling horrible lighting conditions. Canon performs poorly in low light. Canon hunts and misses many good moments in these typical conditions, like at many weddings. This 2011 year, I photographed forty weddings, a good handful with different versions of the 1D mark IV (along with my 5dm2 & 5d cameras) hoping the 1D mIV would be the fix. However, that camera hunts as well, even though it’s a step up from the 5dm2 in some regards. The 7D’s AF is supposed to be progress, but I’m not looking for cropped sensors.
Also, I can focus my camera on my subjects with the sun behind them (or back-lit) and Nikon grabs onto them instantly. Lastly, Nikon has amazing ISO capabilities. I like it that I can crank up the ISO to 3200 on the Nikon D3 and still get amazing quality images. You can read more about that online, but know that Nikon is the ISO king.
There are other reasons where Nikon can outperform Canon (flash system being a big one, skin tones, etc. ). However, my objections are minimal. The bottom line for me is I don’t want my camera holding me back from being creative, being artistic, and more importantly, doing my job efficiently. Nikon frees me and limits the errors and wasted time. I don’t have to worry about AF, specially in low light. I have contemplated this for the last year, and have had my cameras and lenses checked and serviced. I even had myself checked. (Maybe it’s me, like I’m the problem, but I know better than that). When I shoot the Nikon, it only confirms what I’m saying. Besides that, Nikon now has fast, sharp, and beautiful bokeh lenses. Canon can no longer use the argument that it has better lenses. Nikon not only has amazing cameras, but now top notch lenses that are on par, if not better, than Canon lenses. That’s enough for me to switch without looking back. Cheers.
So, what Nikon Gear did I purchase?
Nikon D3’s (I hope to get the D800 when it comes out).
Nikon F100 Film camera
SB-910 Flash (pre-ordered)
That’s it for now!