Saw this on another site.. of coz entirely his own personal opinion... http://photofocus.com/showarchive.php?aid=80&cid=5
BACK TO CANON
Scott Bourne is an award-winning photographer. His work has been published both nationally and internationally. He has taught workshops for several companies, been published in several magazines and is a pioneer in the digital imaging field, with particular expertise in Photoshop.
By Scott Bourne
This is a story about a professional photographer (me) who spent most of his career shooting with Canon cameras and then, when presented with an opportunity to shoot Nikons for free, switched to Nikon. And now for something completely different….
I am switching back! And I am paying to do it!
While I appreciate the generosity of Bill Fortney at Nikon and his willingnessto provide me with free Nikon camera gear, I am sending it back. Now mindyou, Nikon doesn't actually SPONSOR photographers. They provide consignments.Certain pros get the camera gear for a year and at the end of the yearreturn it or buy it at a greatly reduced price.
I am returning my Nikon gear. I won't be asking for a new consignment andhave decided that even though the below wholesale prices for the gear Ihave are attractive, they don't warrant a permanent change. Here's why:
While Nikon has started building lenses with vibration reduction (VR), (similar to Canon's Image Stabilization IS) they don't make any super telephotos in the 500-600mm range with VR. This is a problem for me since I like to photograph birds and animals. Even though I use the big glass on a Wimberley Head, I still need IS to help steady the shot. With the extreme magnification of a 600mm lens, you see every wobble or wiggle. Since Nikon seems to have abandoned this market to Canon (for now) I have no choice but to switch.
OTHER LENS ISSUES
Almost all Canon lenses have built in motors. The USM in the name of a Canon lens stands for Ultra Sonic Motor. This saves battery life and allows for quicker more silent focus. Only a handful of Nikon lenses offer this feature, and they do so at a steep premium. Canon also offers a wider variety of lenses.
GENERAL DIGITAL ISSUES
The new Canon 10D offers a slightly sharper image than the rival D100. I assume it is because of the in-camera processing used by Canon. The Canon also offers a neat little feature that knows when you've rotated the camera and it rotates the image right along side. Now why didn't I think of that?
While most Nikon digital cameras are made using Charged Coupled Devices CCDs, most Canon cameras (except the 1D) are made using Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor CMOS technology. CMOS does not attract nearly as much dust as a CCD and I'd rather spend the time shooting instead of cleaning the sensor. The CMOS sensor also offers a warmer picture. And while the picture from the Nikon's CCD can easily be adjusted in Photoshop, I'd rather get it as close to the way I like it in the camera.
Another problem I have with the Nikon is its flash. On the D1X and less so on the D100, I found the DTTL (Nikon's automatic flash through the lens metering) to be horrible. I'd either get extremely washed out shots or shots that had so little illumination that I couldn't see the subject. This may be fixed in the new Nikon flash but why wait? I also like the Canon flagship flash's ability to remotely sync with other flashes and to set manual ratios such as three-to-one or four-to-one. Nikon has announced a flash with this ability but has not announced aship date.
The Nikon cameras cost more than the Canon cameras. In addition, you haveto buy software and AC adapters with the Nikon that come free with theCanon. Granted, the Canon software sucks when compared with Nikon's Capture,but it is free.
Call me old fashioned, but I like to screw my lenses on clockwise and offcounter clockwise. Almost all camera manufacturers design their lensesto screw on that way. But not Nikon. No matter how hard I tried, I couldnever get used to it. And the metering? Well that's backwards too. Forthe life of me I can't see how Nikon users get used to an exposure compensationsystem that reads plus to the left and minus to the right. It is very counterintuitive. Battery life is also a problem with the Nikons. In my empirical tests, the Canons get about 15-20% better battery life.
NIKON ISN'T BAD
I am switching because for me, it is the right thing to do. But that doesn'tmean that I don't think Nikon makes a great camera. All modern camerassold today are pretty darn good and the Nikons are no exception. They getthe upper-hand over Canon in some ergonomics. I also like the D100s abilityto paint grid lines on your viewfinder at a touch of a button. The NikonDX lenses are cool ideas that allow digital shooters to make affordablequality wide-angle lens shots.
I am buying the Canon gear. I just feel like I need to use the tool that suits me best. All of the camera manufacturers want us to believe that their camera will make us a star. But at the end of the day, it's not the camera that makes the photograph. It is the photographer that makes the photograph. Which camera is right for you? It depends. For me, it's the Canon.