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Nikon or Canon?

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Nikon or Canon?

Postby Kay » Sat 8 Sep 2007 08:16 GMT

Nikon has long had the reputation of being the professional's choice. But I'm a Canon girl. Having had an AE1 for about 20 years, when it came to upgrading to a digi a few years back, I only looked at Canon. That's maybe stupid to restrict my choice in this way but I just wanted a Canon - brand loyalty?

I could've afforded a Nikon, unlike when I bought the first Canon on tick and took several years to pay for it.

I remember when Olympus was popular too because some celeb was associated with it (David Bailey?).

From what I've heard, these days maybe Canon is the market leader for digis. Who knows? Is one really better than the other or is it just personal preference? Is it just brand loyalty?

If it's brand loyalty, then that's a heck of a powerful marketing tool.
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Postby ruggie » Sat 8 Sep 2007 21:18 GMT

If you follow the photo magazine equipment tests, you will see how they keep leapfrogging one another in the battles for various sections of the market. For the pros and the serious amateurs, I think it is more a case of getting locked in to oneor the other on two counts:

- the user interface. You don't want to have to think how to drive the camera before you take a picture

- the lenses. You can't afford to replace your existing collection all at once

Among the pros, Canon seems to be the equipment of choice for wildlife photographers.
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Postby Dave » Sun 9 Sep 2007 08:26 GMT

ruggie wrote:Among the pros, Canon seems to be the equipment of choice for wildlife photographers.


Interesting. Any particular reason why that should be?

(Kay likes taking portraits, but I'd hesitate to go so far as to describe the denizens of our lane as wildlife... :wink: )
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Postby ruggie » Sun 9 Sep 2007 18:23 GMT

Dunno. I think it may be connected with very responsive target-following autofocus on big-aperture long-focus lenses... But again competition ensures that leapfrogging occurs there, too.
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Postby caroig » Sun 16 Sep 2007 21:08 GMT

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Postby Dave » Mon 17 Sep 2007 00:58 GMT

Thanks, Simon - just been for a quick look.

Even given Canon's reputation as being the market leader for digitals, I was quite taken aback to see their current dominance - nine out of the current top ten, and almost three times Nikon's number of clickthroughs in the "Most popular brands of the last five days" chart. It'll be interesting to see if Nikon have a surge in due course - or indeed if some other company does.
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