I’m a Canon shooter as opposed to a Nikon shooter, which seems to put me in a minority in the Midwest (I’d guess that about 75% of the pro or semi-pro photographers I know around here shoot with Nikon). But what’s funny is that I was talking to my friend Nick in Florida recently, and he says just the opposite — he’s the only Nikon shooter he knows in the South, where everyone else shoots with Canon.
If you ask me, the two brands are interchangeable. It used to be that Nikon had a reputation for having slightly better lenses — and by slightly, I mean that 99% of us wouldn’t really notice the difference — but I think that’s even changed. I chose my brand loyalty on one principle: Canon cameras feel right in my hands. Nikon cameras always feel too big and cumbersome, and the functions are not placed intuitively.
This being said, I’m ridiculously intrigued and a bit envious of the recently announced Nikon D3S, which has a maximum ISO setting of 102,400, which is approaching night vision capabilities — to give you a comparison, my newest camera has a maximum ISO setting of 3200.
I’m tempering my envy by reminding myself that I just bought a new camera and so I don’t need to go out and spend over $5,000 on a new toy. And by thinking about the article I posted the last time I chose to bore you with a photography-related exposition; which says that it’s not the equipment that matters, it’s what you do with it. And by considering that’s it’s not very often that I want to sit in the forest in the middle of the night and wait for a bear to arrive on the scene. But still, I’m most impressed.