*DISCLAIMER - THIS BLOG POST IS NOT SPONSORED BY CANON*
If you are a Canon shooter, the release of the Nikon D850 and Sony A7RIII may worry you. In fact, you may be like me with thousands of dollars in Canon gear, and all of the sudden are thinking about selling your gear to make the switch.
If you have had these thoughts, you aren’t alone.
If you are thinking about switching over to the Nikon D850 or Sony A7RIII for their FPS, 8K time-lapse capabilities, or a higher resolution (45 Megapixels), I'd like to offer my thoughts on why I waited to see what Canon has to offer in less than 600 words.
As a director and photographer whose work revolves around late nights, early mornings, and often times sub-zero temperature and while riding in the back of a Humvee on dusty roads, I need a camera that isn’t going to fail during the last inning.
With that said, here is why I decided to stay with Canon:
Lens Selection - One of the deciding factors on why I debated on whether or not to switch revolved around x or y companies lens selection. I decided early on that when I buy lenses, I would get the best (L Lens, Nikkor, G Master) because in the last inning, I don't want to worry about weather sealing, color quality, image sharpness, autofocus performance, etc.
Nikon and Sony definitely have unique lenses just like Canon, but for me, the availability and price as well as selection of ultra-wide angel to super-telephoto has allowed me to cover every aspect of visual storytelling.
Canon's selection of lenses and build is one of the reasons why I decided to not jump ship and switch to Nikon or Sony. I knew that if I did switch to Sony, I would have to use a lens adaptor, and though I haven't used one, it wasn't something that I wanted to worry about.
Motion - I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a Nikon D5 shortly after it was released. I must say that I absolutely love it, and am extremely impressed with the speed, internal time-lapse capabilities and image size (20.8 megapixels), however, the lack of a LOG profile that replicated a film-like look made me hesitate my decision to switch.
Canon LOG and the ability to upload technicolor CINESTYLE to Canon's camera bodies has enabled me to have more control of color and style in post production. Though this option may not be attractive to all visual creatives, it has allowed me to find my own color grading style.
Call me old school, but I love the look of "film." Ever since I started shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II, I fell in love with the way it looked, and admittedly, shooting with this camera has greatly influenced my decision to stay with Canon.
Though this may be perceived as a one sided argument, it is in fact circumstantial based on my situation and style, and not based on other creatives in this industry.
Nikon and Sony have incredible cameras and lenses, and if I wasn’t so heavily involved in filmmaking, I would be more willing to make the switch, however, for the work that I do, Canon makes the most sense, and that’s really what it comes down to.
What are your thoughts? Are you thinking about making the switch? If so, why?
Let us know in the comments below.
Here’s Why Canon Does Not Need to Innovate: https://fstoppers.com/originals/heres-why-canon-does-not-need-innovate-201130
Canon Lagging Innovation: https://petapixel.com/2018/01/09/canon-lagging-innovation/
Canon’s Corporate DNA: http://global.canon/en/corporate/pdf/pdf/canon-story-2017-2018-e.pdf