12/28/2006

GN Photography adds a Canon!

It's not usually a big deal with a photographer gets a new camera. It's like a builder getting a new hammer or saw, or a nurse getting a new stethoscope. But when switching from Nikon to Canon...that's a big deal. I guess it would be like Tiger Woods switching to left-handed golf clubs or Phil Mickelson switching to right-handed clubs. Now that would be a big deal! After all, everything on the camera does work backwards from a Nikon. (Disclaimer: I probably shouldn't have compared us to Tiger or Phil, but I just picked those two guys because if I had picked some young punk on the tour that hadn't won anything and no one had heard of, my golf analogy would've been worthless. And you know how I love golf analogies...LOL!)

I digress. So a couple weeks ago we added a Canon 5D to our collection of Nikon cameras. Our goal is to simply find out which one we prefer, and then determine if we should switch to Canon altogether, stay with Nikon, or use both.

It sat lonely on the shelf, in the box, for a couple weeks. We were too busy. Finally, I played around the house with it a little bit at Christmas, but never had the opportunity to do a real shoot until a couple days ago in Charleston, SC, while we were visiting Joy's family for Christmas. And here's what we got...










My initial thoughts are that I'm not crazy about the Canon body or the functionality. Obviously, that's partially due to the fact that I'm used to something else and there's a natural learning curve. BUT, when it comes to the image quality straight out of the camera, the Canon wins hands down.

We've got another shoot in a few hours and I can't wait to see how it does again!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

would be interesting to note how the Canon beat it, what aspects of image IQ you liked most?

rethought said...

You didn't think I was sticking with Canon for sheer stubborness, did you? :)

At the moment, I'd weighing the 5D against something a little less pricey. I don't know which will win out, yet.

Roger said...

Nice, I just switched as well.

luke walker said...

nice shots there tiger!

Anonymous said...

I assume you just bought the 5D - glad you like it. What finally enticed you to switch? Pure reputation?
Which Nikon were you shooting?
But is it enough to switch systems completely?

I've been at a couple weddings you shot - Sandra Higgins/John Will in July, and Whitni MacDonald/Aaron Roche in December (I'm the guy with the giant bounce flash at art-gallery reception).

Nice work

Anonymous said...

I love the lighting, angles and composition here... simply fabulous!

Davina said...

I love love love the canon in low light...I'm so on the verge...

eadwine said...

its about timeeeeee!!! Canon rocks!!! comeon over to the "darkside" muahahahar...

just kidding. personally i feel its always the lens factor and not so much of the camera body

MsBunn.com said...

My starter camera is a Canon Rebel XTi and, again, it was just a "starter." But, I learned to manipulate light when I didn't have enough yet I still wasn't happy with out-of-camera images. Okay, so I'm talking about a Rebel here. I just got a Nikon D300 and I usually shoot ISO 400 in lightly shaded areas at f/1.6; but, no matter where I had the shutter, high or low, I still dealt with noise and poorly colored skin tone. I swear I'm not this tech-challenged, but my favorite photogs all use Nikon and rave the D300 ... so, why am I so bad at it??? I've read the manual until my eyes crossed! But, I guess it goes back to "it's not the camera, it's the person clicking the shutter release." Okay, I suck. :(