Choices–Nikon or Canon?

Zion's Sandstone Walls with Late Autumn Snow by Jay Goodrich

Zion's Sandstone Walls with Late Autumn Snow © Jay Goodrich

I am not looking to start the usual war, I am actually looking for some sound advice. I have come to a crossroads with my photography equipment. All of my Canon lenses are out of date and I could upgrade at least one of my bodies. This is where the dilemma comes in. Do I continue shooting with Canon or move on to Nikon? It is not an easy choice. Which is why I would like to here what you have to say. If you shoot one or the other, let me know why and what you like most about your choice. Here are some of the pros and cons that I see right now with the research that I have done.

Nikon

  • Unbelievable high ISO noise reduction
  • All of the pro level cameras have full frame sensors
  • All of the pro level cameras shoot a fairly fast frame rates
  • Sharp glass
  • Ah that 200-400mm zoom everyone keeps talking about
  • Not as much HD Video included in the line
  • Better autofocus
  • Don’t remember the system that much at this point

Canon

  • Not so good high ISO noise reduction
  • All full frame cameras have slow frame rates
  • Poor autofocus – even though the 1D Mark IV is better it still isn’t that great (from personal testing)
  • All new upcoming lenses
  • Some really sharp glass
  • Ah that 17mm tilt/shift lens and the upcoming 8-15mm fisheye
  • Better video component to the entire line
  • Suffering image quality out of some of the cameras due to better video
  • I know it like the back of my hand at this point

Now I am not one of the most techie, gear guys out there. I truly believe that the equipment is just a tool, and the vision of the user is what creates a successful image. However, when the gear begins to progress with new features, then it is time for an upgrade. So what do you think? Should I stay or should I go?