Canon v. Nikon DSLRs – Does it Really Matter?

By ænux on 6:48 AM

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Over the years I've heard far too much ego & bullshit about cameras, so when I found this I wanted to reblog it. It's likely the simplest comparison I've heard/read. Strip the ego and you're left with an honest appreciation for both.

October 26, 2010


Out of the thousands of questions I’ve received here at Photofocus, Nikon v. Canon is right at the top of the list. People ask me this question as if the right answer will be the difference between a successful photo or a failure. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am in a unique position to know that. I own and use both systems.

Like clockwork – if I post a review or a news item related to Nikon, the Canon fans accuse me of being a Nikon fanboy – merely for posting the information mind you. Also, if I post a review or a news item related to Canon, the Nikon fans accuse me of being a Canon fanboy – again – merely for posting the information.

Now this doesn’t bother me a bit. You should see my email. I get called much worse all the time. But I thought I would take this topic on in a serious manner, for those few out there with an open mind. Once and for all, I want to settle the Nikon v. Canon debate.

The real answer to which you should use boils down to three simple things.

1. Which you can afford
2. The one you like the most
3. The one your friends use

I’ll break these down individually.

1. Price

In GENERAL, the Nikon gear costs a bit more than the Canon gear. Depending on the body/lens choices you make, that may not be the case. But for most people, the cost will be anywhere from marginally higher to noticeably higher. So if price is an issue, Canon tends to win more than it loses – but not by much.

2. Preference

Since both brands do an excellent job, choosing between them often merely boils down to nothing more than personal preference. Things that cannot be quantified such as look and feel might play a part here. One brand may offer a particular body/lens configuration that just better suits your INDIVIDUAL style. Does this mean that configuration will be right for the next photographer? Nope. It just means it’s right for you. And that’s okay.

3. Access

The reason that your friend’s choice of DSLR is important is simple. This means you’ll have a better chance at being able to share lenses and other peripherals. It also means you’ll have a broader support network to answer your gear questions and give you tips. If you’re the lone wolf in your group, you might miss out on lots of advantages.

So what is the answer?

It doesn’t really matter all that much! That’s the answer. Other than the three criteria above, there’s very little reason to pick one over the other. Buy what you want. But don’t assault and assail other photographers who make a different choice. THEIR choice doesn’t impact YOUR choice in ANY way. So why do you care?

Conclusion

It’s important to compare camera features, NOT name recognition. You won’t look any “cooler” shooting one over the other. Each company has it’s high and low points. Neither is perfect. Both make great cameras. Both make cameras that are probably superior to the skill levels of the photographers who use them.

So pick the one you like. Don’t worry about what the posters on the camera forums say. At this point in the game, both Nikon and Canon are very similarly situated. Between them they have almost 90% of the DSLR market. They dominate for a reason. They both make great gear. So flip a coin if you have to and move on. There’s no need to defend or second guess your choice. In the time you spend worrying about and debating the Nikon v. Canon wars, you could have been out making great photos.

Studio Attempt - Beatrix Mae

By ænux on 12:47 PM

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Beatrix Mae © me!

Another from my shoot with Beatrix Mae, wearing some sexy girdle bound vintage panties.

Vacbed Video - NSFW

By ænux on 9:22 AM

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It's my last day before going back to school, so Jonas called in sick and we're having a lazy rubber day. So while browsing the net I found this awesome video by Kink Engineering of their super awesome vacbeds, and I thought it was too cute not to share.

The Bonz

By ænux on 2:12 PM

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Miss Beatrix Mae in the studio - © aenux (me!)

I don't have a name for my 'photography' yet so I'll keep posting the shots to a minimum, but I figured it's been a while since I posted some boobs. This was my first attempt at in studio lighting/shooting & editing. There are more from the shoot but I'm gonna hang on to them for a bit yet.

Shooting

By ænux on 7:25 AM

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I haven't felt inclined to write much recently, as you can tell. However it's not for a lack of interesting goings on!

I've been thrust into the other side of photography and it's been fairly consuming. Kevin Stenhouse had talked to me about getting into shooting weddings with him and we'd planned to have me shadow his other assistant to learn the ropes. Well, she unfortunately wound up with an injury and I jumped in and took over as for a string of weddings in the last month. It's been really great and I very much like being the one wielding the camera.

It's funny being such an internet lurker, the forums are plastered with photographers complaining about how horrid shooting weddings can be. They have endless gripes and it reads as if a pretentious child had written it - but in real life shooting weddings isn't that bad at all. In fact it's kinda awesome if you're into photography and people watching, which I happen to be. Kevin being totally skilled and wicked badass might help in that regard too...

In fact on weekends that we're not shooting, I miss it. Not that I'm all that surprised really, I got into photography in highschool and started by developing my own film. Over the years I've maintained a solid involvement in photography by being my families main picture taker. Being in front of a lens or two over the years might of helped too...

Anyways, must get ready. Kevin is picking me up to go help him out on some engagement sessions today! Yay!

DD on Deviantart

By ænux on 12:30 PM

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I just about posted this picture the other night, and boy and I glad I didn't. Cause not I can share it with you and say proudly that it got a DD on Deviantart. ^_^

I'm not naturally submissive but I love *love love!* my hood and the look of it is rather submissive, so while we were shooting I tried to take on the demeanor of a sub as much as I could, and remarkably it came across! So far everyone has commented about the eyes and the lighting. It makes me a very happy model when people can see exactly the sentiment I put into a shot, no matter how subtle.

The DD was given to Aarons page, but I'm tickled pink either way. tehe!

Camera: Mamiya RB67 + Polaroid back
Film: Fuji FP-100C

*click & it gets bigger*

Polaroid Playtime

By ænux on 1:03 PM

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I know I am!

It's a whirlwind with family visiting and tomorrow I'm assisting a friend shoot a wedding all day! So I thought for those of you like me, not out traveling this lovely long weekend - I'd share one of the newest shots from when Aaron Dunn and I got together to shoot.

Film: Polaroid 600

I seem to be slowly coming out of my writers block but for some reason I never had a writers block on twitter. So remember, if you're not already following me on twitter to do so immediately!

Oh and if you're local remember to check out Crimson's Hollywood Party starring the stunning Miss Mosh. I unfortunately can't make it cause I'll be helping my friend shoot a wedding but it'll be a killer event and you really should try to make it out. I even heard a rumor Mosh will be debuting a new set, definitely a must see. Dress code is formal or fetish, no fucking around.