Equipment – Should I Buy a Canon or Nikon Camera?
As professional photographers, I think the question we get the most from budding amateur photographers is, “Which camera system should I buy, Canon or Nikon?” In fact, we have been asked this question so many times that we thought we would address the question right here on SLR Lounge for everyone to read and participate in discussing.
The first thing that I would say is that both Canon and Nikon make fabulous camera systems. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses. However, you can’t really go wrong with either purchase. In fact, were there a clear cut “better” brand, the other would have gone out of business long ago. Instead, year to year, usually one brand model will have an edge on the other. So, rather than actually comparing brand vs brand and telling you what brand you should buy (which would be pointless), I thought I would just give you three things to consider in deciding which system to go with. Also, I would love this to be an open discussion, so please throw down any additional ideas that you might have in the comments below.
1. What do your friends/family shoot with? I know this question seems sort of irrelevant, but in our opinion it is actually one of the biggest factors in making the decision. Why? Because if you choose the same camera system as your friend/family, that means you can share lenses, flashes, equipment, knowledge, everything! Essentially, you double or even triple your equipment for a fraction of the cost by shooting with what your friends/family uses.
2. What is your price range? Canon and Nikon are constantly trading places as to who has the “latest and greatest” camera available to consumers and professionals. Comparing brand to brand, it is difficult to say who is the clear cut winner because there is none! They are both great! However, comparing at different price points enables you to compare Canon to Nikon equivalents. In which case there usually is a clear cut “better camera” at a certain point in time and based on what you intend to do with the camera.
For example, currently at the professional level Canon’s 5D Mark II edges performs similarly (but not quite as well) to the Nikon D700 in terms of low light sensitivity, not to mention it also includes full HD video. However, the D700 has many more focal points to use as well, built in low light assist beam, as well as much more advanced flash systems. While there are many more differences between these two cameras, you can see that as you narrow the range to a specific price/model, you can start to compare exact features and see what fits your particular needs.
3. Marrying the brand. Regardless of which you choose, Canon or Nikon, keep in mind that you will essentially marry the brand as soon as you start purchasing additional equipment for your camera. While your camera body may only cost $1,000, a nice set of lenses and equipment can run you an additional $10,000. So, there is essentially no switching brands down the road (unless you are one of those fortunate “money is no object” types). So, make sure that you choose wisely.
Hopefully this has been of some help to those of you trying to make this decision. Please also add your comments and ideas below!
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Lin and Jirsa Wedding Photography