I am not going to blog (much) about PopTech because so many other great bloggers are.
However, fellow photogs, a conversation with my friend and real deal photographer Asa Mathat here at PopTech is inching me yet closer to abandoning the Nikon platform for Canon. I’ve been considering it a lot over the past six to nine months, but I’m really at the end of my Nikon rope.
Why, you ask?
Several reasons. First, Nikon is getting their lunch and dinner eaten by Canon from an R&D perspective. That’s depressing. Second, Nikon hasn’t made a significant product or technology announcement regarding their digital SLRs for nearly a year. That’s frightening. Third, there’s been no communication with their loyal customers about the near-term product pipeline.
And Nikon still haven’t made an effort to better stratify their product lineup for semi-pros and pros. You either buy a prosumer camera that’s a year behind the competition or you buy a professional camera that’s about equal to the competition. Nothing in between. They’ve fueled a few rumors about a D200, but the product is sorely overdue and as a result, no matter how good it is when it comes out it will be too little, too late. Now, Canon comes along with their amazing 5D – and my preliminary observations of the product have me very excited. It offers broader ISO range, double the resolution of my D70, a WiFi transmitter, and several other features I’d really like to have. The price is about $3k – right in the middle of the higher end pro cameras and the lower end prosumer cameras. And the 5D is not just announced, it is shipping. It looks like (for me), it may be the porridge that Goldilocks ate.
And frankly, seeing the incredible strides Canon is making over Nikon have me embarassed to be a Nikon customer.
I have invested a considerable amount of money in Nikon glass and accessories. My lighting equipment is, of course, platform-agnostic, but nonetheless switching will be expensive. Yet, I’m very close to the point where I’m ready to leap. I could probably offset about half of the cost of a 5D and a couple new Canon lenses by selling my D70 and lenses… hmmm