Why I Don’t Recommend Nikon for Video | Caleb Pike
People are passionate beings. When we fall in love with a product or brand, we will fiercely defend it with our very being. Be it Apple, Canon, Nikon or a flavor of coffee (Starbucks PSL, anyone?), every brand has its fanboys and girls and if anything disparaging is said about their beloved chosen product or brand, you might as well draw a line in the sand and declare it World War III.
So, if you’re a Nikon fan, the following video may have you foaming at the mouth. Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter just released a brief video with 4 reasons why he would not recommend Nikon cameras for video shooting. Before you skip the rest of this and start your angry tirade in the comment section, he prefaced in the video notes that he made the video because he is frequently asked why he chooses not to shoot with a Nikon, he has nothing against Nikon or its shooters and that this is just his subjective opinion.
4 Reasons Why Caleb Pike Does Not Recommend Nikon Cameras for Video
He states that with all the options out there for video shooting, such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony FS, A7s and all of Canon’s offerings, Nikon’s video capabilities are just not up to par. These are the reasons why:
1. Lens Mount: Though he uses almost exclusively Nikon lenses on his GH4 for stills, the design of the lens mount disallows the use of third party lenses on Nikon cameras.
2. Camera Menu and System: He prefers using the system that Canon, Panasonic and to an extent, Sony, have because they have better organization.
3. Nikon’s History With Video: Canon and Panasonic have a long history of working with video whereas Nikon only began video capabilities with the D90.
4. Professional Filmmakers Use Canon or Sony, Not Nikon: His argument is that pros use what works well and only a handful choose Nikon.
He is quick to add that he loves the Nikon glass and has nothing against Nikon shooters, just that in his opinion, he would not use Nikon for video. Check out the 5 minute video below and tell us what you think. (I’ll bring the popcorn while you guys battle it out!)