Oct 22nd

2010

The Nikon Post

I am approaching this post with trepidation knowing what kind of strange misplaced fury these issues bring up in some people. If only some people put as much energy into their creative lives, eh? But you are not those people, so that’s why I’m not keeping this to myself. You folks are friends and deserve to know the reasons for my descent into madness. The horror,the horror, etc.

The Short Story.
I’m making a slow transition to Nikon. Nothing to see here. Move along, Citizen.

The Longer Story.
OK, first, let me tell you why I’m even talking about these issues. First, my motto for a long time has been Gear Is Good, Vision Is Better. Some people have latched on so strongly to the last part of that that any mention from me about gear has sent them into an existential funk from which they only recover when I post something about my creative angst. I like gear. Gear is, say it with me folks, good. Without gear we’d be sketching images on napkins. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. My criticism of the photography industry is in the way gear has been sold as a substitute of vision. It’s about the addiction to gear and the belief that it will make us better photographers. It won’t. However, gear is important. If it wasn’t all the people that holler at me about this stuff would be shooting with a Kodak Brownie or old 110 camera, but they aren’t.

Photographs Matter.
Gear is important because it creates the aesthetic which is the expression of our vision. Sensor size affects the look of the photograph. So does the speed and focal length and the quality of your optics. A Tilt/Shift lens does things your 50/1.8 can’t do and never will be able to do. Polarizers and tripods and all this stuff – it affects the image. But let’s remember – it’s the image that matters most, and therefore the tools of its creation also matter.

Brands do not matter.
I am not moving to Nikon because I like the logo better or stopped liking the red stripe of the Canon L-lenses. I am not moving to Nikon because they are cheaper or sexier. My move to Nikon doesn’t mean my Canon bodies stopped working for me, nor that yours will stop working for you. It doesn’t mean you should move to Nikon. This move doesn’t mean I will now refer to myself as a Nikonian any more than I once refered to myself as a Canonista. I snicker at people that use those terms, and so should you. This world has enough meaningless boxes and labels. I am not a Canon Shooter or a Nikon Shooter. I am a photographer, that’s all. Brands don’t matter; photographs do.

The Sigma Factor.
I am moving to Nikon for several reasons. It is starting as a slow transition and I will shoot both systems for a while, even possibly forever, though I doubt it purely for economic reasons. So here’s the deal.

I was approached by Sigma recently and asked if I would consider a sponsorship. They would give me access to their lenses if I would, in return, give them access to some of the images created through those lenses. I had already been thinking about getting a Nikon (reasons to follow) and this seemed like a good chance to do so without selling the farm. Selling the farm for lenses is always a bad idea, in my case it’s an even worse idea, primarily because I have no farm. One of the appeals of Sigma EX lenses is solid quality for considerably less than the pro-lenses from Nikon or Canon, and most of my readers simply can’t afford to buy a box of pro-optics. So this allows me to test and experience and recommend much more affordable lenses. Will I stop using pro-lenses? No. But I think it’s healthy to remember that beauty can be created without the highest level of gear.

My sponsorships are built on honesty and I am in no way obligated to say things about products I wouldn’t say to my own mother. In fact my sponsors know that if they send me crap I will send it right back. My value to them and to you is my honesty. I’ve used Sigma before and am excited to play with some of their optics again, but not once will I recommend you buy something I wouldn’t myself buy and use. There, I said it.

So Why Nikon?
I’m a teacher. I can’t tell you how stupid I feel when a student approaches with a Nikon in her hands and says, Hey how do I…? And I just shrug, looking dazed, and then I point over their shoulders, scream, “Look, there’s Joe McNally, ask him!” and turn tail and run for the hills. So I began this process by deciding to get a Nikon for that reason alone.

And then I started playing with them. There are some things I will miss about Canon, like the big scroll wheel on the back. But you know what, I’m a survivor, I can deal. In my limited experience and from talking to friends who own Nikon, here are some of my reasons. Even if some of these are subjective, I stand by them.

1. Ergonomics. I love the feel of a Nikon. Always have. After a long Pentax phase as a kid I shot Nikon film cameras and loved them.

2. Focus. Sorry, but I fight with Canon focus and even on my 1DsMkIII it struggles more than the Nikons I’ve played with. I know this hurts, but Canon’s just not gaining new ground fast enough. This is a biggy.

3. Low Noise in Low Light. In a word, amazing.

Those three sealed it for me. But here’s two more.

4. The Look. Different cameras, different looks. Not the look of the camera, the look of the photographs. Ya wouldn’t fault a guy from switching film stock, would you? Is the difference noticeable? I think it is. It is a case of one being better? I don’t think so. Just different. My 200mm isn’t better than my 85mm, they’re different. Vive la difference!

5. The small things. I’m out shooting and want to level my Canon? I need a bubble thingy. I want to shoot intervals? I need a $300 cable release that doesn’t even have an off-button. The D3s allows me to drop in 2 x 64gb CF cards and shoot to them in a variety of ways. My Canon 1DsMkIII makes me use 1 CF card and 1 SD card if I want to do that. Retarded. I can use the D3s batteries in the grip of the D700, allowing me to take one set of batteries and charger, not two. Sure, small things, but they matter. Also, rumour has it the flash system on the Nikon isn’t prehistoric.

6. Don’t even get me started on the Canon Explorer of Light thing. Hey, why are you still reading this part? I said don’t get me started.

So together those were enough to sway me. As an artist who relies on his tools full time, both for my own work and the work of clients, making this transition makes sense to me. Is vision still better? Of course it is. Will my photographs suddenly get better? I strongly doubt it. But will it be easier to create those images in the face of the creative and situational constraints that already make photography difficult? I think it will, and that’s worth something to me. Does any of this really matter? Not so much, but c’mon, we all love the tools with which we work, and if we can find tools we enjoy using more, then why not?

Comments are open, because I just know some of you have something to contribute, but if this turns into a debate or fan-boy gathering for either brand I will shut them down faster than hands off a greased pig.

Comments (225)
  1. Lisa O

    October 22, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I just went the other way, all is good, change is good, enjoy!

  2. October 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Well said. I dont think the readership here cares about what cameras you use. I am, however, interested to hear what you have to say about Sigma. I (along with many others) have some preconceptions about Sigma that I suspect may not be entirely accurate.

    Rock on David! Keep doin’ what you do!

  3. October 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Solid reasoning, enjoy your new gear David.

  4. October 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    LOL – Cue wails, moans and calls of disbelief.

    Ultimately its best tool for the job. I often travel with a friend who shoot on a Nikon, and I shoot Canon. I’m not saying one is better than the other but I have noticed (in some cases) extreme differences in colour rendition between the two, otherwise comparable cameras – despite the subject being the same, shot at the same time with the same lighting.

    It will be interesting to see if you come across anything similar.

  5. David

    October 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Lisa, I will be relying on people like you for both your understanding, help, and the purchase of my well-used Canon gear when the time comes :-)

  6. October 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I have no issue with anyone switching gear. I have always advocated to my friends and family to buy something that fits your needs and you like. I have bucked the trend even more than you. I use a Sony a300 and although I have few issues think my next camera will be a Sony too. I love the sigma lenses, my telephoto is a Sigma and I will buy another Sigma when I get a chance.

    Have fun with your new gear!

  7. October 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I started out with Nikon because my friends had it and I could borrow their gear. As I’ve moved into becoming a professional who could reasonably afford to invest in either system, I’ve stuck with them for precisely the reasons you highlighted above.

    I absolutely agree with your mantra, “gear is good, vision is better.” Vision makes the photograph but the tools are an important part of the process.

    What speaks the most to me is the final photograph. I rarely look at a picture and wonder, “what body did the photographer use to shoot that?” I might wonder about the aperture or the focal length, but whether a picture was shot with a Canon or Nikon is usually not the least bit evident. Many of the photographers whose work I’ve most admired shoot Canon. That’s cool and always will be – whatever allows them to get the job done. :)

  8. October 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Forgot to say, good luck with Sigma and their ‘legendary’ quality control. I had nothing but horror stories with their lenses.

  9. October 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

    When people ask me why I shoot Nikon I tell them it feels better in my hand. That’s what bought my first Nikon 35mm over Canon. The incredible low light capabilities of the D700 prompted a jump from a D70. I also love the flexibility of the programing. All in all it’s just a tool, but better tools beget easier fulfillment of Vision.

  10. Robert Toborek

    October 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I’m looking forward to your Sigma lens reviews! If they are comparable with Nikkor, it would provide more easily obtainable options, especially to those of us without ROI.

  11. October 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I can imagine that this was a difficult post to write, given your mantra over the past while, but kudos for doing so. The cost to ordinary folk of a transition, and the learning curve – knowing how to operate the camera without thinking, knowing the subtleties of what will come out like – is what keeps people locked into a system. Your reasoning, for the type of photography you often do (low light especially), makes sense. In my case, exceptional low ISO performance is needed – most of the time. I’d love to have the Nikon high-speed performance and flash system for other occasions, but can’t justify it (nor handle the differences on a continuing basis). Good luck with you adventures, and I’d be interested to hear more about the “feel” of the output vs Canon. I would think that you might miss the 85L, though!

  12. October 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

    More of a request than a comment … any chance you could keep us updated on how the switch goes?

    I started out with Canon as a choice over Nikon, purely because in comparison reviews I preferred the image quality of Canon jpeg over Nikon. I then went out and bought the camera and shot in raw ever since lol.

    It kind of negates my reason for choice a tad so ever since, i’ve been contemplating using both as circumstances dictate. Hearing unbiased views on the net is rare indeed so some trusted words would be a welcome & refreshing change :)

  13. October 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Well said.
    “Brands don’t matter, photographs do.”

    And have fun with your new toys.

  14. Randy Nicholson

    October 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Well put. Brand loyalty is a little scary at times, and as a person who has no brand loyalty I enjoyed this post. I look forward to more posts about your switch and thoughts on ALL gear.

  15. David

    October 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Vic – That 85/1.2 will indeed by missed if I one day jump the Canon ship entirely. There’s a trade off in everything :-)

  16. October 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I don’t see the big deal. I’ve been a Nikon user since I bought my first one, a brand new Nikon F2. Back in those days, all professionals used Nikon. Canon was practically unknown when I first started photography. I’ve always loved the feel of the Nikon camera.

    The only Nikons I ever regrettted owning was the F3 – it was a piece of junk, always broken – and the D200 – horrible picture quality.

    While I rarely use minature camera formats anymore, when I do, I use a Nikon F6. Think of an F6 as a D2x on steriods.

  17. Al Rowell

    October 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I was wondering if you have any thoughts or comments on Penatax equipment?
    Al

  18. Andrew

    October 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I wondered if the low light focusing issue would be one of them. That alone has many people running to Nikon.. and as a wedding shooter it has me thinking too. I just can’t afford it yet so I hope by the time I can Canon will have stepped up and improved on the 7D’s system. Thankfully I don’t have a lot invested in Canon but don’t have the money to dump my 40D and 5D.. or even make a slow transition for that matter.

    Tools matter… I think the only people with a fanboy complex are the ones who don’t shoot much, or for a living. When the end result becomes the “main thing”, the name on the gear quickly melts away and you pick what gets the job done with the least amount of grief possible.

    Play-school makes hammers too… but I wouldn’t use one to build a house. :)

    Rock on David! Maybe you can be a Nikonista? :)

  19. October 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hey, you do what you need to do to keep making amazing images, expressing your vision and enjoying the magic of photography … don’t sweat the gear armies :)

    Heck, after doing a little workshop with McNally 2 years ago, I almost switched to Nikon from Canon just for the flash system :) Too much invested in Canon lenses, though, and, frankly, I got in the horrible habit of reading this David duChemin guy who’s always going on about “vision” ;-)

  20. October 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    As Chase Jarvis says, the best camera is the one you have with you :)

    Seriously though, the brand you use really doesn’t affect the pictures anyone else takes. Your thoughts on what makes a photo work are what’s really important, not the gear you use or the clothes you wear…!

  21. October 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

    If you wrote this line, “I am a photographer, that’s all. Brands don’t matter; photographs do.” and nothing else, it still would have been a well written blog post. I appreciate the honesty in your words.

  22. David

    October 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Al. 2 thoughts. 1: If it works for you, use it. 2: No one I know, that I know of, uses Pentax. I don’t use Pentax and haven’t for YEARS. But their product range used to be interesting if not a little limited. I suspect there’s a reason so few working photographers use Pentax, but see #1, if it works for you, use it. :-)

  23. October 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Oh, and the Sigma 10-20mm? One of the best value purchases I have ever made. Highly recommend it for crop sensor bodies and super fun to play with.

  24. Colortrails

    October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    People make beautiful images with $500 cameras on a regular basis. I am a Nikon guy (mostly because of the ergonomics and pro glass, and because I started with an F100 back in the 90s). But the bottom like is, a camera is a tool, just like a computer or a piece of software. The trick is knowing how and when to use it properly. :)

  25. October 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for the explanation for the move. It makes good sense. Your readers and students will benefit. As always, you are thinking of us. Thanks for that.

  26. October 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Good morning David – nicely said:) When I found myself returning to photography after a too long break I went with Canon because friends had them and I knew they would graciously lend me lenses I couldn’t (and still can’t) afford. My brother and I have had a running debate (always friendly – he is my brother after all) for over 30 years – he likes Nikon. BTW – I’m using a 7D – it has this wonderful built-in level and grid screens:) I’m sitting here waiting for the UPS truck to bring my new Sigma 50 1.4 – but if you decide to give up your Canon 85 1.2 give me a shout:) Cheers to you David – thank you again for your honesty and willingness to share – warts and all as they say. You are so right – vision over gear – better gear helps achieve the vision. Will be interesting to follow you on this journey with Nikon and Sigma.

  27. Darren German

    October 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

    it’s not the tools, it’s the artist

    keep up the good work!

  28. October 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Do you think you’ll be tripped up by the different controls and menu system? I’m pretty used to my Rebel’s quirks, and I’ve even noticed goofy things between different Canons.

    The Panasonic menus treated me OK, though I think I prefer what the Ricoh offers to any of them.

  29. David

    October 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

    See? I was right about y’all. Almost 30 comments and not a troll among ya! If you were here I’d buy you a pint and raise my glass. But we’d do it in secret somewhere ’cause it’s still not even 9am here. :-)

  30. Kathleen Andersen

    October 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I’ll be very interested in your Sigma reviews as they have a couple of zoom ranges that look like fun.

    Welcome back to the Nikon world. I’ve only had three (F, F4, D2X) and won’t/can’t change as I’ve got too much Nikon stuff now and, like others have said, I love the feel of them.

  31. October 22, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Ok, a long time Canon user switching to Nikon… now I know 2012 must be real. We’re all doomed!

    I kid, enjoy the switch! :)

  32. October 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Outrageous! What’s wrong with sketching images on napkins I ask?!?

    Seriously though, it’s a great rundown and helps someone like me think about future camera purchases (like whether I should switch to full frame or not), regardless of what brand.

  33. October 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

    David: Back when I was a studio sound engineer I remember making the switch to another brand for (mostly) technical reasons. It started a war amongst customers and friends. I survived. You will too ; )
    A question: why is the “look” of a photo shot with a Canon and a Nikon different. I have noticed this many times. My impression is that Nikon (dare I say this out loud) is warmer looking.
    Have a good day.

  34. Jim Goshorn

    October 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Good luck on your switch and please continue to share your experiences.

    I shot Nikon film cameras for years but at the time I went digital, Canon was the only full frame choice. Since I would have had to update to new lenses either way, I jumped ship. Had Nikon been full frame, I would still be shooting Nikon today.

    Unfortunately, through the years, I have invested in too much Canon glass to think of switching but I am fairly confident that eventually Canon will compete well against Nikon again as it has in the past because it will have to or lose customers.

    Jim

  35. David

    October 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Marshal – Thanks man. The look is different in the same way I assume the sound is different from one mic to another – some warmer, some tinnier. Not sure if it’s an accurate analogy but the product differs as the tools of creation differ. Make sense?

  36. October 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

    good luck, and enjoy the new toys! they will be put to great work in your hands, my friend :)

    what exactly is the deal with the canon explorer of light, seriously??

  37. steve kalman

    October 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for a post that is extremely timely for me.

    I have a Canon Rebel XTi and am ready for a better body. Either top of the prosumer line or bottom of the pro. I’ve been looking carefully at the 7D and the new 60D.

    However, I’ve also been considering a move to Nikon. Like you, there are a few features that I like. I shoot AEB/HDR almost all the time, and Nikon gives a 5 shot range rather than Canon’s 3.

    There is one thing you said that confused me, though, and that’s about focus. I was/am under the impression that focus speed is a function of the lens, not the body? Am I wrong? Or, were you talking about focusing points in the viewfinder?

    As for lenses, I own two, both Sigmas. I am square in the middle of the target audience that Sigma is looking for — less than pro quality for less than pro price. (I can always rent if I need something special). Switching to Nikon would mean trading in/up lenses and that’s always a cost.

    I’d welcome ideas from you or other readers. My birthday and Xmas are within 10 days of each other and my wife wants a shopping list…

  38. October 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I was once tempted to switch to Canon 5DmkII due to its alluring megapixel-count. However, it was actually at that same time that my mom-in-law gave me your book Vision Mongers (for my bday). I clung and still clinging to what you preach “Gear Is Good, Vision Is Better” and I think it turned me into a better visionary if not a photographer. :) Thank you so much for this post. I do love Nikon from the first time I held it… Enjoy yours. :)

  39. October 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    As always, your honesty and transparency is refreshing.
    When I used to work in a camera store, two of us used NIkon equipment and two people Canon. We had our friendly rivalries, but it was the customers who reaped the greatest benefit (well, except for the handful who shot Sony or Pentax).
    I think it’s wonderful that what prompted this decision of yours was your desire to be a better teacher. While different gear won’t necessarily make you a better photographer, understanding different tools will make you a better teacher. Thank you for recognizing that.
    And since I know you use Black Rapid straps, I know you won’t be one of those annoying, embarrassing people who love their straps to scream “D3s” or “D700.” :)

  40. October 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    David. Your a stud. You could shoot pictures that amaze the world with anything. Who cares. Your not the first to go that direction, and I’m sure wont be the last. Just keep making amazing art and you get my vote. Cheers.

  41. October 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Your reasons are valid and spot on. I don’t care who’s name is on the front unless it’s mine, however the images are mine. I want them to be the best they can be. Make no apologies, make great images.

  42. October 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I can highly recommend “Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D3, D3s, and D3x” (http://www.bythom.com/nikond3guide.htm)

  43. October 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    David: I think that’s a good analogy. One difference though, my microphone Pelican case had about 9 different brands of mics. Sound engineers were not quite so bi-polarized as the camera world! Whatever worked…worked.

  44. Jack Clark

    October 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I’m a Canon shooter, not long into my life as ‘pro’ DSLR user, and sadly I discovered the deficiencies of their somewhat antiquated speedlite system – among other smaller gripes I have with the 5D MkII- a little too late (after watching Joe McNally do some things with his gear that I couldn’t do with mine.)

    I like a lot of things about Canon, but for some of the things I’d like to do, the latest Nikons definitely seem to paint – or should I say shoot – a greener looking grass.

  45. plm

    October 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

    SLR/DSLR choices have changed over the years. I’ve owned several Canon film SLRs and late in the film era switched to Nikon. I loved the Nikon “look”. Then digital came along and Canon was really leading Nikon by a good margin. I sold my Nikon gear and purchased a 10D and lenses. I now have a 5D converted for IR, a 5D MkII, accessories, and lenses. Have I considered returning to Nikon? Yes, but I’m financially locked into my Canon gear and I’m OK with the situation. Photography is serious hobby, not a job, for me and the images the 5D MkII produces are just fine. To quote from above “…we all love the tools with which we work, and if we can find tools we enjoy using more, then why not?”

  46. October 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Ah.. I suspected a sponsorsip :-) . Am happy for you! Sigma should be mighty happy to be involved with you :-) .

    I have been a huge fan of your gear is good, vision is better philosophy. Gear is good… but quality gear costs a lot! This is a huge limiting factor for many of us. This is where brands like sigma help many of us.

    Brands like Sigma seem to be treated with a step-motherly attitude… inspite of having pretty decent lenses. While I havent tried any Sigma lens yet, I would be keen on knowing your opinion on their line of lenses… the key thing for us is good quality at a better cost. And honest opinion of guys like you will help increase the confidence in buying lenses from these brands.

  47. Yves

    October 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hi David! You are right, Vision matters.
    I don’t want to buy your pre-owned Canon gear but if you ever want to sell pre-owned Vision, let me know!

  48. Steven Denfeld

    October 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I bought my 5D/II based on two reasons: Canon had a couple of lenses that fit my budget and shooting requirements better than Nikon’s offerings, and BH Photo offered up a free 16gig card and LowePro bag with the body. I could as easily have gone with a D700. Tools, baby, tools. Ain’t they all so much fun?! :)

  49. Chris Smith

    October 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I find the whole Nikon vs. Canon thing just silly. And it’s only in North America. Europe does not care about ‘the war’. Right now I’m shooting Olympus (E-3) soon to be moving to a full-frame. My criteria has nothing to do with brand!

    Kudos to you for following faithfully your motto of ‘gear is good, vision is better’. Your honesty and integrity is of more value to me than your side in ‘the war’.

    Now if you would just get on side with ducks…

  50. IllOgical42

    October 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Congrats on the sponsorship. I’ll waiting for the reviews.

    As for your reasons for your move, I’m glad you shared them. Not that it should matter to us, as long as this helps you improve your craft. I’ve never heard people complaint when the blacksmith changed to another brand of tools ;)

    Now… there’s one little thing on my mind… Pictures… We want to see pictures, and not just of some gear!

  51. Carlos Celis

    October 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I went through the same kinda pickle. I bought a D80 and I started seeing that there were bett pictures in the canon-like segment. Months later I realized I was not using my gear well. Now I’m moving into something bigger and after looking around, nikon again hits canon with the D7000. That’s where I’m going. After so much growth due to the vision trilogy, online sessions and podcasts, I have also understood that gear does not make you a better photographer, but gear does help you to accomplish that first image in your mind.

  52. October 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    David,
    I recently found myself in a similar (and yet completely opposite) situation. I had been a Nikon shooter all my life, ever since my dad gave me my first manual film camera (my dad, I can see now, was a total Nikon fanboy… Canon was “the dark side”).

    Then, two years ago, it became clear that my current primary camera body needed to be replaced…it was just too long in the tooth, and compared to more modern bodies, the sensor latitude was tiny and the high-ISO noise was ridiculous. Of course I’d been hearing for years how “backward” I was for not shooting on Canon, so when I started looking at new bodies, I looked at both Canon and Nikon. A friend of mine is a videographer and was doing very cool things with his DSLR and I was curious to experiment (on a purely personal, non-professional basis), so that pushed me towards Canon (since Nikon was and continues to be woefully behind the curve on video).

    What finally tipped me, though, was completely unexpected: the glass. I had always heard that Canon glass was the best, and as such was also the most expensive. But when I priced out a “standard” (for me) kit of about 8 lenses, I was astonished to find that the Nikon kit came in significantly more expensive than the same Canon all-L series kit. That was it for me. The reason the lenses were such a huge thing for me is that to me, lenses are far more important than cameras – camera bodies come and go and constantly leapfrog each other in terms of performance, but your lenses will be with you (hopefully!) for a long time.

    So I crossed over (to The Dark Side, my dad later told me) and became a Canon shooter.

    By the way, still like the ergonomics of the Nikons way better, especially the scroll wheels! It is also nice to have a flash system that doesn’t suck, too.

  53. October 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Oh, no! The sky is falling!

    Just kidding. Nice post David. I came from film medium format to a pair of Canon EOS 1Ds and lately I’m thinking about getting a Leica rangefinder to experiment with.

    I absolutely think that the choice of camera makers is one of the smaller decisions that affect photos and I don’t believe many people question what type of camera was used to make a photo that they like. If you have spectacular gear you can easily make lousy photos and vice-versa – some images from Holga cameras a amazing. Have fun and enjoy the new gear.

    P.S. Does this mean McNally is going to go Canon any time soon?

  54. October 22, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Very nice!. Ive always liked Sigma EX glass..it is “pro” glass..Almost all my lens are Nikon ‘Pro” lens but one of my favorite lens is a Sigma 20 1.8..especially on a full frame body. Ive also owned a Nikon 80-200 2.8 Sigma 70-200 2.8 hsm and now own a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR and between both 70-200′s I could not tell the difference in image quality..Also in Canada the Sigma customer service amazing.

  55. October 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

    This was great, you are on a mission to prove all that you are not leaving canon people behind. :)
    It’s nice to know that you have found better tools to work for. I have used both, Canon and Nikon, and I totally agree with you, small things matter. Though I currently using Canon and happy with these, you still great visionary in my book.

  56. October 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Arguing about camera systems is a religious argument. I shoot Nikon, but if Canon had what the features that matter to me at a price point that made sense, I’d switch. As it is, though, I don’t change just for the sake of “new” or “more pixels” or “because I can.” Good luck. Vision *is* better, but you can’t realize that vision without gear.

  57. October 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Hi David,

    I’m usually a silent reader of your blog. So this will be probably one of the rare posts you will see from me.
    Just wanted to say that “Brands don’t matter; photographs do.”.
    I use a Canon for quite a while. But it doesn’t matter if it was Nikon. Same thing, different names, slightly differences on certain aspects. On a scale they both win. :)
    So, you have my support.
    A continuous fan that will keep reading your blog (even if you use Nikon) LoL.
    Have fun taking pictures, life is short!

    Cheers,

    Helder

  58. October 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Gee I use a Pentax K20D. But then I’ am “only” an “amateur” ;) . And have been for over 60 years, almost 40 of those with Pentax gear.( I am now 79).However. as your friend Darwin Wigget says, “Glass is were it’s at”. ; and, of course, the person behind the camera. Enjoy your D3.

  59. October 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Nice post David and thanks for providing your reasoning on the Nikon acquisition and the Sigma relationship. I look forward to reading more about your new tools. I want upgrade my tools soon and really have no loyalty to a brand, but need to make a wise decision. Your experiences will help!

  60. October 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Fair enough David, you’ve reasoned it out, you’re an adult and free to make your own choice!

    Personally I don’t see the point, but if you think it’s the right move go for it. Ok I do see the point, I sometimes wish I’d gone Nikon. But knowing that it’s all much of a muchness, swings and roundabouts, six and half a dozen, etc and that these things come in cycles and today’s Nikon is tomorrow’s Canon I don’t see the point of chasing after the current top dog, only to be number 2 again in a few years.

    I have no real brand loyalty other than a substantial investment in lenses and would say the same if roles were reversed.

    That said I’m not offended by your decision and as long as you’re happy with your reasons, who cares right? Enjoy the shiny new gear!! :)

  61. Greg

    October 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’m a Canon shooter soley because a 20D was practically given to me, and have only two lenses in my kit – so not a big investment…yet. I am saving up to move to full frame so I am very interested in your feedback on the differences between the two brands (especially the “look” of the photographs) as you shoot more with the Nikon system.

  62. October 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

    P.S. – Speaking of camera bodies coming and going, a sports shooter I know (whose employer pays for all of his gear) just switched from Canon to Nikon because, in his words (and I quote), “the D3s is a bad-a#% mother-#%^%#%^ camera.” :-)

    When somebody else is paying for all your gear, it’s a lot easier to switch on account of a single bad-a#% body. :-)

  63. October 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    My colleague and I shoot weddings in tandem. When he first convinced me to try shooting a wedding with him, I bought a prosumer Nikon and kit lens so that I could use his pro lenses. He upgraded his D200 to a D700. I stuck with my D80 for as long as I could manage (the noise at ISO 500 was a nightmare).

    And then it happened. He switched to Canon’s 5D MkII because he preferred the colours, and tried to take me with him. I stayed with Nikon (got a D700) and slowly acquired my own set of pro lenses. Now when we show up to weddings, there’s always some uncle asking us how we manage to work together, like there’s some sort of blood-feud between Nikon owners and Canon owners. I even had one photographer ask me how we manage to keep our colours consistent. I told him we share a vision. He didn’t get it.

    By the way, my partner uses the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, and gets astounding results.
    Just sayin’.

  64. October 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I bet you’re stoked about the new system. Enjoy!

  65. Steven Denfeld

    October 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

    David, in thinking about this post more, I’m becoming more and more curious (curiouser?) about the why’s and how’s of your choice of Canon when you began pursuing your photography as a vocation. I am beginning a strong return to my own photography with intent to go vocational, and had to decide between Nikon and Canon. I have an Elan IIe film body that I love, and always liked Canon’s interface better on their film cameras (N70? Horrible layout!!!), so these things may have influenced my decision, but ultimately, as I stated above, I could have easily gone with Nikon.

    I believe my most difficult choice was whether to spend the extra on full-frame. I made up my mind–love my wide angle too much!–and have been bowled over by the results the 5D/II gives me. I’ve seen the full-frame light and I ain’t ever going back.

    Anyway, to reiterate, what influenced you to go with Canon when you started this journey?

  66. Alton Marsh

    October 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I dipped into Nikon from Canon, then switched back again. Very expensive thing to do. Saw features on the 7D that I thought I had to have, despite liking the Nikon flash system better.

  67. October 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Excellent post David, well said. Firstly I agree, too many useless boxes and labels. I’m interested in your feedback on the lenses for sure as well as the Nikon system, although I suspect you’ll be using higher end stuff than I do as a enthusiast. As always I’m more interested in your discussions of vision and the resulting image. Keep up the great work….oh and if you were buying pints I’d hit you back with an Uigeadail if it were behind the bar. You know to sit and chat about vision over.

  68. October 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Are you going to have a new line…

    Canon is Good Nikon is better????

    Just kidding, for me all those fanatical attachments to brands don’t make much sense. If if works for you, use it; if something works better just switch….if you have a sponsorship, even better!
    Looking forward to those Sigma reviews!!

  69. October 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I came to Nikon about four years ago. My decision-making process: I was trying to decide if I was ready to shell out for a DSLR. I was at the local camera shop when some doofus walked in to pick up prints and loudly exclaimed, “wow–I love my camera! What great prints! Unbelieveable! I’ve never had a camera like this!”

    So I said, “I’ll take what he’s got.” It was a Nikon D80.

  70. Raoul

    October 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    i’d love to know how your work flow changes as you shoot nikon. are you going. capture nx is good but frustrating. beware!

  71. Per-Chr Nilssen

    October 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations on the sponsorship, and on the new equipment. I am sure that you will be satsisfied. Some of my friends ask me “should I buy Nikon or Canon or whatever brand?”. I always reply: “They are mostly equal. Go to the camera store and try them out, and choose the one that lies best in your hands.”

    And I must say, I think it is encouraging to read your statement, and not see that you are immediately attacked by fanboys from both sides.

    The images matters.

  72. October 22, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I whole heartedly agree with the philosophy “It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer.”

    When folks look at my work and ask me “What camera did you use?” I smile and say “Guess.”

    The key point is to use the system that works best for you.

    And I am interested in your opinions on the Sigma lenses. I have both good and bad luck with them. So I guess it’s the individual lenses that matter, not the company.

    Best of luck with the changeover and have a great weekend.

  73. Nicole

    October 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Well said, as usual, David. It’s all about the end product. I shoot Nikon and one thing I noticed is it really fits my hands great. I bought a Canon for staff at work and find it awkward to hold, for myself :-) .

  74. October 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    David,

    In your capable hands, I am sure the gear is secondary to your talent. Your rationale for the switch is well thought out and I think all who enjoy your work will benefit.

  75. David

    October 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Steven – Ultimately it was a progression. I’d sold my film gear (Nikon) at the point when digital was something I thought I wanted to pursue. At the time Canon and Apple were doing some marketing together and I wanted to get a camera that worked well with my laptop without any fuss. So I bought a Canon Powershot, loved it, and eventually bought a digital Rebel because a friend had one and it seemed like a good idea at the time. No regrets, but I’m excited to explore the Nikons again.

  76. J

    October 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

    One year ago, I made the C-N switch. Primarily, if not exclusively, for reason #2, the focus. Most of my work is either low-light available, or small-flash portrait work (which in my case was often low-light during focusing)

    I hesitate to say this, but after so much focus (har-har) on AF performance, both I and my wife could see the same minor focus concerns in images in your books. Arguably minor, pixel-peeping issues. And your images are strong on so many levels, it is crude for me to mention. Still, I find it interesting that my completely-non-gear-head spouse could still easily discern (some of) your work as shot by Canon.

    So we’re both eager to see if you, as we did, become positively giddy with the AF performance of your new system.

  77. October 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

    1D Mark IV! :) Have fun my friend. I’ve always liked the look of the Noik bodies more, but I’m already married to my Canon.

  78. October 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I shoot Canon and am so mad…whatever. I never understand why people get so brand-entrenched. Anyway, if you’re looking to sell some gear down the road, let me know!

    I’ve been holding out for an ultrawide zoom (Canon 10-22mm) as my next lens purchase. Now that Sigma has released the 8-16mm, I’d like to read your opinion on it. I’m torn!

    Gear talk aside, thanks as always for your generosity and encouragement.

  79. October 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Hi David,

    Long time lurker here, but have been following your blog ever since buying Within The Frame when it first came out.

    Not sure why you include the Sigma’s relationship here. While I would like to read your views on Sigma lenses (my all time favourite photo was taken with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens), I’m not how that affects your decision to include Nikon in your weapons of choice. Is it so that you can compare the Sigma lenses in different bodies, in which case you would need Sigma to send you lenses in both mounts?

    And yes, I have to ask… (the fact that you put it out there is just begging to be brought up :P ) What’s up with the Canon Explorer of Light thing?

  80. Dave K

    October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I switched from Sony to Nikon for pretty much all those same reasons.

  81. October 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    You are a brave, brave soul, sir!

    And for the record, as a Pentax user I laugh mightily at the war between Canon and Nikon users! :)

  82. Ross B

    October 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I thank god for Canon as they helped Nikon create the cameras and the lenses they have now. May the competition continue!

    Hey David, if you ever want to hang out with a Kiwi that lives in Oman (amazing photo chances here) then email me.

  83. David

    October 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    hurworld – It’s the Sigma sponsorship and the fact that I can get my hands on Nikon-mount lenses that allows me to switch to Nikon without the expense of replacing 7 expensive lenses at the same time.

    Mike – That’s just crazy talk. You Pentax guys just wish you were invited to the stupidity, I mean, the war. :-)

    Ross B – Sounds fantastic. I like Kiwis (lots in common with Canadians, it seems) and Oman sounds great!

  84. B

    October 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    “A Tilt/Shift lens does things your 50/1.8 can’t do and never will be able to do.”

    Hm, I can just detach a 50/1.8 from the body altogether and do plenty of tilting, swinging, and shifting… ;)

  85. October 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    While I’ve yet to switch over from Canon to Nikon, I’ve been baffled lately by the EOS ‘system’ — the nice thing with Nikon is that, in their semi-pro to pro gear, many accessories (like batteries and grips) are shared, making it much simpler for the working pro to put together a gear bag.

    On the Canon side? Not so much. Nikon seems to have a more integrated view of their system, whereas Canon seems to approach each camera they build as a solitary island that only fits in with other EOS cameras because it uses the same glass and Speedlights.

    For most people –myself included– this is a purely academic point, but it does make me scratch my head and wonder just what Canon has been thinking.

    -A

    PS: Enjoy the Sigma lenses! I have their 50mm f/1.4 and love it.

  86. October 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    When upgrading from my Canon 20D I had a dilemma of staying with Canon or making the switch to Nikon. I really wanted a D700, it had the features I wished my 20D had. I tried the D700 in a shop and one belonging to a friend, but I just couldn’t get on with the hand grip. Around that time, Canon announced the 7D, which is what I ended up with. It had the features I wanted, in a package I was comfortable using. Each to their own.

    Hope the new kit serves you well and allows you to continue producing images to fulfill your vision.

  87. CJ Kern

    October 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Have fun with the new toys!

    Having just switch from Pentax to Nikon about 6 weeks ago, I totally understand your reasons.

  88. David

    October 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    B – Send us the photographs! :-)

  89. October 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Excellent post, David. And I’m a long-time Canon man. Yes, Canon has focusing issues. To the point where I’ve considered switching to Nikon. A lot of food for thought here. Best of luck with your transition.

  90. Gillymaru

    October 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    You could have really caused a stir and switched to Olympus David!
    I shoot with it and it works fine, creates wonderful photos, has a special “look” and I like the system.
    It isn’t better or worse than other systems, just different.

  91. Daniel Jason

    October 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Greets Mr. duChemin, and everyone else,

    as a proud owner of a Nikon D40 (over 35k shots and still kickin!!) and a Canon powershot S90, all I can say is: rock on! Who cares what brand you use? If it works, use it (bows head in respect to the legendary Holga).

    I understand my post is silly, but the whole issue about being a “nikonian/canonista/leica-ist” is utterly bogus. Like Kevin Rockwell says, one should hang out with people who talk about the art of photography and not the ones who spend more time talking about their gear then actually taking pictures. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Cool post Mr. D!

  92. E.G.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    When I went from a (Minolta) film camera to a DSLR, I certainly contemplated Nikon. But, I had also been shooting Sony P&S for years. And I guess I just felt most comfortable with Minolta/Sony… I found it interesting that Sony took up the Minolta badge.

    Anyhow, I am happy with Sony. I know that other brands each offer some benefit or another. But, in every case, the benefit comes with costs. Frankly, I’d bet that most photographers out there would be happy with any of the major brands. But, often it ends up being what you know… what you’re comfortable with. Etc.

    At this point, I find it hard to contemplate a switch to Nikon/Canon/Pentax/whoever. I’m sure that I’d like any of the other systems as well. But I *know* how to use my Sony equipment to best effect. Since no one really outshines anyone else in the DSLR market – or if they do outshine someone, it’s only a short time before they, too are outshone – a switch would be too much of a pain in the neck for this photographer.

  93. October 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    There was a time I carried a Hasselblad 500c/m everywhere I went. People (wife included) thought I was nuts. Switched to Nikon and it made a difference in my ability to capture a different style of images. For me it wasn’t a quality issue, but an issue of process. Which is best for the job. It’s the image that counts.

    I applaud your honestly.

  94. October 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    to be honest, who cares which system you are using? Bit surprised to read this post.

    Good for Sigma and for you if they sponsor you and you can achieve your vision.

  95. October 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This is much like the PC/Mac stupidity…uh war. They are tools, nothing more. Darn cools, but simply tools. Use what works for you. Personally, I wish I had the cash flow for one of everything. Looking forward to the coming reviews!

  96. Joe

    October 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    You should definitely ask them (sigma) to send you the new 17-50 2.8 (if you have any crop sensors). I love that lens, and it was like half the price of the canon version.

  97. October 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Excellent write-up, and I think your logic is perfectly sound. I’m curious to see if the Sigma thing pans out for you, and if you ever shoot with the SD1 and 85mm f/1.4 in your travels. I’ve had numerous Sigma lenses over the years and have rarely had a problem. My 150 macro is fantastic!!

    It’s encouraging to see so many people using what works for them and meeds the needs of their vision and budget, regardless of brand snobbery!

    I just switched the other way, over to the dark side, in a small way due to your “vision is better” lessons. I had lots of great Nikon gear, yet what I really want to create is large print landscapes. I don’t need heavy f/2.8 zooms, I don’t need ISO 6,400, I don’t need 51 autofocus points. I now have a 5D mark II, 3 f/4 L zooms and the 24mm f/3.5L TSE II. This works for me. It is a much lighter and less expensive kit, with higher resolution.

    I think your choice will work well for you and your needs. When shooting handheld in low light environments, Nikon is noticeably better in my opinion (if you can afford it). You’ll appreciate the smaller file size, too, when you’re downloading off your CF cards and shuffling things around in Lightroom.

    Nikon D3X and f/1.4 primes, Leica M9 + 50mm f/0.95 lens, Hasselblad H4D 80-megapixel wonder … wish list items that I’ll never afford. I’m very thankful I’ve learned (mostly from you) that those shiny objects would serve my materialism much, much more than my vision, and realizing my vision is what matters. (Well, the Hasselblad might help a bit … ;-)

  98. October 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    hum hum … i agree with the focus …. sometimes i want to throw my 5D2 on the ground …

    i stick with canon because of the lens line (24L 35L 50L 85L 135L TSlens …)

    on the other hand i’m funding a leica M9 … it’s a much more interresting switch

  99. Morgana

    October 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Can I have your old Canon gear? :D

    But seriously, go for whatever works. If we were all exactly the same what a boring world it would be. We do what we need to do to express our own vision. More power to you. :)

  100. October 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Glad to read you’re making the change.

    Actually, I was a bit worried for you as I worked through your “Vision and Voice” excercises using the provided RAW samples. I was amazed to find that my lowly Pentax K-7 consistently producing equal and in many cases, better RAW images. Plus their soon to be released K-5 is reported to generate 14 steps of dynamic range at iso80, 3-4 steps better than the K-7. Seems like there’s plenty of life in Pentax-land that bears watching.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to your post-processing ‘Tips & Tricks” using images from the D3s. I certainly hope Nikon does not take offence since every image from such a dandy kit is expected to be perfect.

    Cheers…

  101. October 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Great read David! I’ve always been a Nikon shooter going back to the F3 in the 80s. For many of the reasons you mention I’ve never been tempted to switch and a substantial investment in glass has solidified that feeling. My only complaint is that Nikon needs to fill the gap between the D700 at 12mp and the D3x at 24mp (and a $7,000 price tag).

  102. October 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    The best part of this was the trip down memory lane with your mention of ” shooting with a Kodak Brownie or old 110 camera.” I started by borrowing my sisters Brownie…then got a 110 all for my own! Hated both since these cameras gave me no control to create the visions in my head.

  103. October 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    One of the most reasonable Canon – Nikon blogs i have ever read!!!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  104. October 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    This is all very disappointing. Where’s the rage? Where’s the hating? Where are the inane, unhelpful comments? Everyone here is being far too reasonable. Is this some kind of hippy love in or something? David, I think you might need to do a Mac vs PC post next because this post clearly isn’t having the desired effect! :)

  105. October 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I like your comment about how being a teacher made you think of buying a system other than yours. It shows some dedication to your students. I’m thinking myself of teaching photography (sometime ;-) ) and hope I’ll show the same engagement!

  106. Shari

    October 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hey – I’m just a hobbiest but what got me into a Nikon DSLR was the feel of the camera in my hands. I am really looking forward to your comments after using Sigma. How soon can you do that? Christmas is coming!!! Love following your blog. I have learned a lot. Thanks.

  107. David

    October 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Gavin, I share your disappointment. I will either take up the Mac/PC challenge next, or possibly talk about HDR instead. But seriously, this is a great community of people and it shows their quality when you can have over 100 comments and no haters, doesn’t it? :-) Love my peeps!

  108. e_dawg

    October 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Wow, what a score for Sigma. They make good lenses, but have struggled with QC and reliability. They have clearly stated their intention to move upmarket in press releases, interviews, and the pricing of new lenses. David’s credibility will help.

    The only thing to keep in mind is that Sigma is likely to be very carfeul about testing whatever lenses before they send them to David to ensure that he doesn’t get a bad sample. The rest of us don’t get that extra QC when we go to buy our copy.

  109. David

    October 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    e_dawg, all I can say is I’ll push to represent tools that are excellent value and that’s as much about performance as it is about prices. I’ll be sponsored by Sigma Canada, so I can’t do much about QC issues, etc outside the great white North, but I’ll be very open to hearing other people’s stories as well. Sadly, I think every large company has loopholes and blindspots, but if I find I’m representing a company I can’t back, you can be sure I’ll not only back out but do so as publicly as when I jumped on board.

  110. Andre J

    October 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    When I saw the title, I knew that it would create plenty of discussion :-) in record time possibly.

    Enjoy the switch, in the end, your quote:

    “I am a photographer, that’s all. Brands don’t matter; photographs do.”

    sums it up nicely.

    André

  111. Neal Lippman

    October 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Well, as a “Nikon shooter,” I hope you enjoy using your new Nikons. In this case, you have nailed it on the head – use whatever makes you feel comfortable and best enhances your ability to create the images you are looking to create. I shoot Nikon for, I think, the same reason you are adding them to your gear list – the ergonomics of the Nikon simply fit my hands better than Canon. If I had no choice but to make the N->C switch, I’d learn to use the new gear, I hope as well as I know my Nikons, and I hope keep on making the images I want.

    More so than your switch to Nikon, I join others in looking forward to your views on the Sigma lenses. My glass is all Nikon at this point. The one Sigma lens I bought was, unfortunately disappointing and I wound up selling it. Autofocus was fast and accurate, the images were sharp, but they just lacked the contrast and pop I was looking for and was getting on the same body with other lenses. Just one bad experience (heck, I had a Nikon 12-14DX too and sold it because I didn’t love the images, while the 14-24 is just, for me, an amazing lens, so go figure). I’ll look forward to hearing about Sigma’s lineup.

    Thanks for continuing to inspire us. Nikon vs Canon. Apple vs Windows vs Linux. ATT vs Verizon. Blu-Ray vs HD (no wait, that war’s over). Oh well.

  112. October 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I too was a Pentax shooter going back to the 1964 Pentax H3v film camera which was the first SLR with a mirror which returned to the initial position. I loved the feel. I use Nikons today for the same reason. It seems like a small thing but when you don’t have to think about the camera, you concentrate on the pictures.

  113. October 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I have always bought my cameras based on the color they come in, black is my preferred body color so as long as I can get that I am fine with whatever letters they print on it. :-)

  114. October 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve always been a Canon guy, but Nikon-curious! I think teaching is an excellent excuse and the Sigma opportunity just seals the deal.

  115. October 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I started my film life with Nikon (and still have my F2) and then made the to digital with the D1, then I made the switch again a few years on to the big C. Now I have to say for your reasons two and three I wish I could switch back. The focus points in low light on the 5D MKII make me want to scream sometimes as they hunt to lock on but I do have a lot of Canon glass invested and for me it’s a work tool and although it drives me mental I will live with it for now.

    For my personal work I have always shot Leica (for the optics and the look) and the new M9 is a beauty – but if you think the Nikon / Canon war is bad try saying something bad about the Red Dot!! They can be a vicious bunch ;-)

    Love your site and look forward to what is to come…

  116. October 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Blah, blah, blah, who cares. Move on to the art. The art is the important part. We don’t care about what gear you use, or anyone else for that matter. We are selfish and only care about our own gear…

  117. October 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    David, I did a search of your blog and you’ve made good comments about Leicas. I know the M8 was a disappointment to many, but have you considered the M9, especially for the people shots that you do so well? I’m going to hang on to my Canon telephoto & close-up gear, but am looking at the M9 as a versatile people shooter. If you have any opinions about the M9, I would appreciate reading them.

  118. October 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Yah, me too. I sold all my Craftsman hammers and saws and went for the top of the line Makita stuff. My nails never drove this straight before and talk about a clean, straight cut. Woo wee boy! These 2×4′s never knew what hit them. I’m damn sure my next remodeling project will come in on time and under budget.
    :-)

    A wee bit of Irish humor for you laddy

  119. bk

    October 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Sigma? I thought your next move w/ the Nikon bodies would be to aquire more Zeiss glass! I guess they are not mutually exclusive. The 21/2.8 and the 100/2.0 are amazing. Also, I’m hoping the 5DIII will solve some of the AF and noise issues.

  120. Paul G

    October 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I purchased a Nikon D90 this past summer (first camera since the one I bought for art school 25 years ago). Although I used a friend’s D90 and loved it, I didn’t seriously look at other brands because of a bit of snobbish attitude for all things Nikon. Although I did second guess that for a few moments when I saw that you used Canon. The idea of vision is better has helped me more forward in my photograpy. The craft and vision e-books have been a huge influence, too, and I am currently working through Vision and Voice.

    I loved this post. Would love to hear how things progress, as well as more thoughts on Sigma.Tks!

  121. October 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Glad you’re switching, now can I buy your Canon gear :)

  122. October 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hey David,

    As long as you keep em good frozen moments of time comin in, who’s complaining? Viva gear, viva vision!

    Cheer
    Georgie

  123. Barry Sherbeck

    October 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Finally. One more Canadian will be now able to make some half-way decent photos.

    (ducking, running)

  124. Sean

    October 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I’m going to be going Canikon in a few weeks in India. Can’t wait. 5D Mark II complimented with an Nikon F3 and and a bag of Illford film.

    Oh, and I’ve just broke my self-imposed week long ban on going the internet to read this post.

    Shame on you :-)

  125. Bitguide

    October 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    light reflects, Eyes preceives. then the hand usually gets involved. beyond that wharever works is fair game and art

  126. Tod

    October 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    David, I honestly can’t believe you would switch to Nikon. After all of these years using Canon, how could you? Just kidding, of course! :)

    Thanks for letting us know the reasoning behind your decision. I always find it interesting to hear why folks choose to make a switch to another camera, or a different lens, etc.

    Although I’ve used Nikons exclusively for the past 25 years, I think it’s pretty apparent to anyone who does any kind of research that Nikon isn’t the only company that produces good gear. Canon makes some great cameras, and there are other companies that do as well. In fact, at one point I was seriously considering jumping over to Canon myself. The only thing that stopped me was my investment in Nikon glass. I didn’t want to have to go out and spend a boatload of $$ on getting all new glass. That would have been quite a hit on my pocketbook!

    At the end of the day, though, a camera is just a black box with a lens to let in the light, so photographers should choose the black box that they are most comfortable with, and the one that will allow them to fulfill their vision in the easiest, most painless manner.

    Enjoy the new toys (I mean tools)! :)

  127. Jack

    October 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Wow! does anyone have an opinion on this??? I l love my Nikon D700 (also love my D300). However, I agree 100% with what Thom Hogan has been saying about camera lust? If one is changing brands, or upgrading, one needs to be crystal clear why, and what needs will be met by the change.

  128. David

    October 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Jack, do you not feel I am crystal clear about why I am doing this, or what needs will be met?

  129. October 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I’m curious what you mean by “The Look”. I would love to see you take two identical photos and compare the difference; one taken by a Nikon the other by a Canon.

  130. David

    October 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Ivars – I love the look and feel and heritage of the Leica, but they just aren’t for me. I’m an SLR guy and after playing with the Leicas I’m just pretty sure I’ll always only be an admirer from afar. And the cost? Oy! I love how compact they are, and I do love the images I’ve seen them produce, but I’m not sure I’d do well with the process it takes to make them. The best tool for the job is not the same for everyone. Some people will shoot better work with different tools than others will. Other than liking the idea of Leica, I have no opinion worth heeding on the subject – just haven’t got any experience with them.

  131. Shaker

    October 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    As usual, a nice post David.
    I’m a Canon shooter myself albeit definitely not a Canon fan boy. Nikon has some amazing cameras. Heck, Fujifilm x100 had me salivating for a while. I’m just disappointed at the fact that I can’t tell my Nikon fanboy friends any more that … “What if Joe McNally shoots with Nikon. David DuChemin uses Canon.” :(

  132. Andre J

    October 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    On the Sigma lenses side of things. A pro I know almost exclusively uses Sigma. He is very happy with them. However, he does sometimes get the QC issues pointed at above.
    He then just sends the lens back to Sigma for it to be re-calibrated, until he’s happy with it. The Sigma lenses are very good but they do seem to be a bit more “picky” as to the body they get attached to and sometimes just require a bit of tweaking, hth.

  133. October 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    David -

    Qudos to you for sharing your thoughts about changing systems and being transparent. I have no problems with that. Besides, I share your sentiments about nikon….
    In addition, please post your exif data and allow us to fairly interpret your images, and the glass you use – then your vision will truly be shared, we all will learn.

  134. October 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

    David, I really hope you enjoy working with your new gear, and that your beautiful L series glass goes either to a nice loving new home or you take it out for a spin often.

    I started out on a D70 and moved to a D700 when I felt I had the skills necessary to justify the cost of a more expensive camera and have always loved Nikon gear. That being said, I always enjoyed your blog regardless of what you shot with.

    Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing work from your new toys.

  135. Walter

    October 23, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Just wanted to observe that I think it’s a great tribute to you, your vision and talents, and the readership you’ve built that this did not turn into a “fan-boy gathering” — can’t think of many photo-related places on the interweb where that would be true… As one who has occasionally been tempted to go the other way, but hasn’t been willing/able to make the financial leap (and has definitely been tempted by Sigma glass), i’m very much looking forward to your perspectives on this, even if it’s not what we usually come to this blog for…

    As always, thanks for what you do and do so well.

  136. October 23, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I read this whole post and comments with great interest. You are a mad with true passion and insight and to survive we have to make choices, If presented with the same set of circumstances I believe I would have gone done the same path. I am also jealous of course ! :)

  137. October 23, 2010 at 2:43 am

    ooops “mad” should be “man” of course

  138. joe

    October 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Enjoyed reading your post. Though I don’t think you need to justify to anyone what equipment you use or why you are changing. I like to cook, and when I cook a big meal for a houseful of people no one ever says ” Great meal what pot did you use?”

  139. clvrmnky

    October 23, 2010 at 6:16 am

    As a professional coder I take the same approach with computers. On any given day I can find myself needing to work with or understand a huge array of computing systems. Sure, I have my favourites, but I have long maintained that platform chauvinism is boring, and suggests someone who is not serious about their craft; be it programming or photography.

  140. October 23, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Good column to read… I was hoping that it wasn’t a situation where Nikon showed up with a van full of gear and you were simply a ‘gear whore’… and it’s NOT!

    I love my Sigma EX… amazing bang for the buck… and yes I’ve heard of the QC issues… but have not experienced them and I own a 105mm f2.8 EX & 70-200mm f2.8 EX.

    Also good to know you will be using Sony capture in a roundabout way. I am one of a dozen people in Vancouver who still shoot using Sony DSLR’s and I really do love using them. Most people don’t realize that Nikon licenses Sony image capture chip technology. Ironically, Sony produces the chip but Nikon seems to do a better job getting maximum potential out of the chips in terms of raw data processing and noise management!

    Here is hoping that you have an overall great time with the ‘new toys’, David!

  141. Peter S

    October 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I am generally very impressed by your reasoning. We could use much more like it.
    A couple of points I also like to make.
    I am not a photographer any more than a nikonian ore canonista. I am a human being with some creative bent. I am not a shooter for who wants to be shot or is shot. I don’t take photos, I make them. Big difference, it happened or I made it. Generally its along your line of reasoning.

    As for the ones we used to call gadgeteers. Now I call them “digital fan boys with flash on camera who don’t understand composition, lighting or exposure:.

  142. October 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Interesting post David. I really don’tunderstand some of the fanboy fanatics out there but it looks like your readers have taken it better than expected. From my perspective the switch is interesting as I share most of the same frustrations with the Canon system that you do, but I am knee deep in their glass. Will be curious to read a follow up post on how you have found working with Nikon in the future.

    This has a photo shoot written all over – crazy bald guy flying along on a Vespa with Nikon gear chased buy a bunch of “Canonista”. Hit me up if you want to shoot it – I am in Vancouver :-) . (PS no offence intended on the bald comment – I am in the same club)

  143. Debbie

    October 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Hey,
    One thing I didn’t understand about your post was what your Sigma sponsorship had to do with your camera choice. Do Sigma lenses work better with Nikon vs. Canon?

  144. David

    October 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Debbie – Not sure what’s unclear in the post. Sigma giving me access to lenses means I can move to Nikon bodies without having to buy Nikon lenses, so much more affordable.

  145. Jake Morris

    October 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Sir David- I enjoyed this very much and thought I would let you know that one of the many things you accomplish, and well, is maintaining an image that is relatable and welcoming. Your photographs prove themselves- there is no doubt about that. Your blogs reveal just as much detail about you and that is what you add to the craft for someone like me. Your work is encouraging both visually, and also deep down on a personal level.

    Having said that-

    This post is something that many people strongly agree with. And also, many just do not get it at all. At Suede, we shoot with the RED ONE, and although it is primarily used for video (with a shift starting toward photography), the extreme fan base is there too! Just wanted to give you the feedback and let you know that while we can shove many high end pro lenses on our camera, we shoot with Nikon lenses. If we were as visually pleased with another brand- we would use those. It all goes back to what is efficient for you, and remaining true to the vision.

    All the best friend,

    Jake.

  146. October 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    It’s been fantastic to read the comments on this thread. I’m a recent mover the other way, i.e. N to C. However, my mind was made up by the fact I had the chance to swap my great old Nikon D50, plus a few lenses, for a Canon 5D plus a 24-105 L lens. Glad I did it, I must say, but then it’s hardly a fair comparison, spec-wise!

    The only thing I’d say that would keep me with a brand would be investment in glass. IN the end, I have shot both Canon and Nikon throughout my photographic life, and love both in different ways. My D50 was the best camera I ever owned, and I would have been happy going with it for years to come. I’m loving the 5D also – it reminds me of my old Canon Elan (or EOS100 as it’s know here), from the film days.

    I HONESTLY don’t care what badge is on my camera, and what others think about it. But, I do miss borrowing lenses off all the friends who’ve got into photography after trying my kit (hence buying Nikon too!).

    Gear IS bloody great.

    However, gear IS nothing without the vision and love of the craft to back it up. And you got that in spades mate :)

  147. October 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I am a silent read of your blog as well and consider your postings both inspirational and thought provoking.

    A fledgling photographer who embarked on this journey just over 2 years ago, my purchasing decision was based on one main factor . . how the camera felt in my hands . . .I have small hands and the grip on the Nikon just felt perfect . . the other decision was based on the reputation of the company and the glass. Started with a D80, quickly went to a D90 and now how the D700 and happy as can be. I feel this camera is helping me get my vision translated.

    That said, I think, we the consumer all win in the long run, as both companies keep each other honest and pushed to produce the best products available. Both have their merits and for me the rather HUGE investment in pro glass would be a huge deterrent to change.

    I will be interested to read your findings on the Sigma lenses.

  148. October 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    David – being a ‘nubie’ Wedding / Portrait photog; I will be really interested in hearing your opinion on Sigma’s SHARPNESS & FOCUS SPEED.
    These apparently are their weak spots.
    Especially interested in the 70-200 f2.8, 85 f1/4 and 24-70. Considering those seem to be the go to lens for other
    wedding / portrait pros.

    Also will be nice to know what you think about the body you end up with and how it performs.

    David, thank you very much for sharing your photography experiences, I have learned and am learning.
    Joe McDonald Photographers – San Diego, CA
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-McDonald-Photographers/136447953067906

  149. Todd

    October 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    /I did the same thing a last year but I went from nikon to canon! haha. I did it purely because I liked the 5d mk 2′s image quality better than my nikon. The canon felt right in my hands and just to me has something about it that I love. In my opinion that’s the best way to approaching buying gear. Is it right for you and your photography? I think getting hyped about gear takes away from the photos. Though i do agree canon’s low light focusing sucks.

    I just bought an arca swiss 4×5 view camera though and that kicks nikon, canon, pentax and all those other cameras butt!. serious amazing image quality. wow.

  150. Josiah G

    October 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hey David, great post. I’ve been following your blog for about 6 months or so, and I love the way you present photography as a means for expressing our vision. I first found out about you at the book store (I love the bookstore), I was browsing the photography section, and your book ‘Vision Mongers’ jumped out at me. I’ve been into photography for almost three years now (Two with a DSLR) and I have to say, I’ve grown more in these 6 months, than I have the past two and half years.

    Anyway, I started out with a Canon P&S, because that’s what was available, and was shooting for about 6-8 months, when my mom (I’m still a teenager) gave me her “Big camera” which was a Canon 40D, and the two lenses she had.

    I’ve always been interested in Nikon, though I’ve never had the chance to use one. The D7000 just came and I’ve been drooling over it, particularly the video and better auto-focus.

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing your new brand, and I hope have fun with your new toy *cough* Uh… I mean uh… tools. :)

  151. joe

    October 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Nikon. I love all of my Nikon system but I have to say that one of the absolute best things about Nikon is CLS!!!!

  152. October 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Change is good! I am very interested in your take on the sigma lenses. I have spent the money on Nikon and would like to know how much I over paid! Best of luck. Keep posting…..

  153. October 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Well said, David!
    In support, I submit my favorite What The Duck strip…
    http://www.whattheduck.net/strip/95

  154. October 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Interesting and thought provoking post as always David: about ease of capture, matching gear to vision, and Sigma leading the way. As a teacher, I share the frustration of having Nikon students when I shoot with Canon. So far a great solution has been to get an older Nikon body so I can use my 1970′s era 28 mm f.35 Nikor Shift lens ( a real beauty) and a 35 Nikor Shift lens, both of which are fun for weddings and architecture. As far as Sigma’s focus speed, the 30 mm 1.4 is a superbly fast focusing lens.

    But enough of gear, its about sharing, creating, and energizing. . .

    Hope you are feeling better, and back to 100% after your last global journey.

  155. Anonymous

    October 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    -1 for using the word “retarded” in a derogatory sense. Grow up.

  156. ML Richardson

    October 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Looking forward to some Sigma reviews. I have the 150-500 and have had a lot of fun with it but have been a little unsure about some of their other lenses.

    I’ve stuffed my D90 into a Canon bag for tomorrow morning’s shooting (I get some comments on that every time….). And my point and shoot is a G10. They all work for me, which is what I care about. Glad to read the comments and see that there are others like me.

  157. David

    October 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    #155 – Well, you get -1000 for posting as Anonymous. Man up.

    So, let me get this straight, we can’t use the word “retarded” in reference to people with mental/physical disabilities, which I’m in 100% agreement with. I get that. But does that not then free up the word to be used for other things? To be retarded in the sense of the word is to be slowed down or held back. In Canon’s case, they’re lagging behind. I stand by my use of the word and if you’d ever read anything more of my writings than this one post you’d know me well enough to know I’m not the immature jerk you’ve judged me to be.

    But posting anonymously? Seriously?

  158. Scott Regener

    October 24, 2010 at 3:12 am

    David, I seriously respect you and your photography. So often I read gear reviews and blogs from people whose photos fail to inspire me. Yours do.

    When I decided to get “more serious” about my photography (whatever that means), I read Within the Frame and noticed that some of your shots were taken with a 20D. I upgraded from my Canon D60 shortly thereafter, and tried to keep the blinders on. I’ve taken some 10k shots since then, and when the siren song of new gear floated my way, I ordered 2 16×20″ prints of my best shots. I can’t see going bigger for my purposes. The results convinced me that my gear is “good enough” and what I really need is to get better at the vision stuff.

    Now, I read your reasons to switch, and I hesitate. Perhaps some of those failed shots aren’t my fault after all. Maybe the reason I am such a natural light purist is because flash never worked right for me.

    So, what’s my point? Your public decisions have influence with me, not because I like your take on gear but because I like your vision-first approach.

  159. October 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I’m at the bottom of this so you probably will never read it, but I’m so glad you wrote this. I shoot Canon and I am very happy with it, but like you I look at Nikon and think why isn’t Canon adding these features? They aren’t deal breakers to make me “sell the farm” but they sure do create some envy.

    Unlike you I’m not getting lenses from a manufacture so I would have to sell the farm, my neighbor’s farm, and probably steal a cow or two to make the transition so I will stay with Canon. I will pray they will wake up just a little and see what they are shorting their customers. Short of that, maybe I can play the lottery twice a month and when big ;)

    PS
    I have one Sigma lens a 18-200. I throw it on my 30D when going out with my family to take pictures of us doing whatever. I have never complained about its quality (and its one of their “cheaper” lenses).

  160. Stephen McCullough

    October 24, 2010 at 5:42 am

    What I appreciate is that the reasons for the switch are very particular to your needs. Too often I observe changes in brand, or upgrading of cameras, in the simple hope that the core photography will get better.

    Also, while I agree that the vision thing is the core driver, I feel that almost everyone can gain from refining and growing in the basic techniques that allow the expression of that vision. Before upgrading be confident in the craft.

    I currently shoot Canon, but also use Nikons at work. I like both, but generally prefer the Nikon ergonomics.

    For my person shooting low-light capability is not a leading point. As such, I have also found the Sony A900 very interesting. Great ergonomics, weather sealed and top quality images: except at high ISO. In addition, and this I feel is very nice, the in-body stabilization is a good decision on their part. This can make shooting with primes a very different experience.

    On balance though, I suspect that my next personal purchase will be the D700 successor. This will handle the landscape stuff I love so much (printing to 16 x 20 ) very well, but will also open up a few doors that are currently limited for me.

    I especially look forward to your Sigma experiences.

  161. C Peters

    October 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I shoot Nikon and have both Nikkor lenses and Sigma lenses………I like both. I have never had an issue with Sigma. I am only a serious amateur but the cost savings on a Sigma vs Nikkor is substantial. No matter what you use you still have to get it right in camera – so vision and gear go hand in hand – you are so right on that. Good luck with the switch!

  162. October 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I am interested to see what you think of the Sigma lenses. For years, I relied on the Tokina AT-X Pro line of lenses because I just couldn’t afford most of the Nikkor glass at the time; I was always happy with the results from my Tokina lenses and I have a few images I sell regularly taken with Tokinas. I did start to move towards Sigma though as they started adding VR and seemed to be building some nice new lenses; and, unfortunately, Tokina seemed disinterested in doing VR, though they still make nice lenses – the 11-16mm was a favorite before I converted to FX format.

    Now, I can afford fast Nikkor glass, but I do have two Sigma lenses – the 120-400mm (which covers the area past 200 that I still can’t afford the Nikkor glass coverage) and the 150mm Macro… both lenses that I am very happy with.

    Welcome to Nikon, but I have a question… do you shoot video with your DSLR and would you stick with Canon for that or do you think that Nikon has some nice potential in that area in the future.

  163. October 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I, like others here, am interested in your reviews of the Sigma glass. Please don’t hesitate to give us any bad news along with the good. I know Sigma will only want to see the good news; your reader will want to know what to look out for, too.

  164. October 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    David,

    Great reasoning for making the switch. It is important that our gear does what we need it to do, when we need it to do it.

    On the Sigma front, I shoot with their 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM and their 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM lens with my Nikon bodies and I am really thrilled with their glass. Being a U.S. Navy Sailor, my gear is always subjected to arduous conditions and my Navy-owned camera bag has all Nikon glass in it. My Sigma lenses in my personal bag have held up equally as well as the Nikon glass and I often prefer to use them for Navy work, even though it’s my own stuff.

    Best of luck with the Sigma sponsorship and I look forward to reading more about your experiences with their equipment.

    All the best,

    Stephen

  165. Wisawa

    October 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    David, in the end I guess you have to buy Nikon lenses anyway. IMO half the appeal of using Nikon is its lenses.

  166. October 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    If I had the cash (vs. the credit), I would switch to Nikon today, just for the low-light quality. Canon really should put more priority on making their sensors and auto-focus perform better in low-light in the pro-sumer/consumer cameras. And yeah, the bubble-level would be super awesome, as would be the built-in time-lapse timer.

    Vision is great, and love you emphasis on vision. But you gotta have gear enough to bring your vision to life! I look forward to seeing what you do with the “non-pro” Sigma lenses…

  167. October 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I am pleased and looking forward to seeing what you can create with these new tools. I shoot Nikon and have enjoyed using them. I am guessing Sigma is getting some good hits after this post. I just purchased my non-Nikon lens a Tamron 18-270mm – Nikon and Canon need to take note that price is key in this economy as we all try to get the tools we need and stretch the $$$.

  168. October 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Wow! Change! :c)
    Thanks for posting this and for not falling for the ‘my-gear-is-better’ kind of discussion. I shoot with a Canon and have some AMAZING old Nikon lenses that still give me GREAT quality! What I haven’t like in the Nikons I’ve tried to work with is how counter-intuitive they’ve felt in my hands. But maybe I’ll come around someday!
    Enjoy your new equipment! :c)

  169. Karunyan

    October 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Gear is about toys, vision is about art, in my opinion. If the gear helps one to make art, then use it. Personally, I shoot Canon, but only because I like the ‘feel’ of the bodies. I’ve seen pictures taken in low-light circumstances with Nikon that are far better than I could hope to achieve with my 400D. If I would have the money I would probably invest in a Nikon 3Ds with appropriate glass as an addition to my Canon gear…

    Still, the essence of vision over gear, to me, means nothing more than to use the gear to help one in realising a vision. Whatever gear does that for you, does that. There can never be a ‘perfect’ solution, only the solution that works for you and your vision.
    Thank you for having the guts to go with what feels right and works for you!

  170. jared Chapin

    October 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Nikonrumers.com

    Here David you’ll wanna bookmark this site.

  171. e_dawg

    October 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Besides the QC concerns surrounding Sigma, a functional performance concern i have for you is the reliability and decisiveness of autofocus lock.

    You mentioned one of the reasons you are switching from Canon to Nikon is for better autofocus. I hear you — rock solid AF is the most important thing to me, as most other things you can tweak in post, but if you’re struggling to acquire AF lock, or didn’t nail the focus precisely where you wanted to, you’re SOL.

    Sigma HSM lenses are pleasantly quick to AF with a minimum of noise, but i find that generally, they are not as quick and decisive to lock onto the subject as a Nikkor is when the light dims. I refer to the 50-150 and 70-200 lenses specifically based on personal experience.

  172. October 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    [...] David DuChemin is switching to Nikon. [...]

  173. October 24, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    FWIW, I’ve shot a 5D and D3 both calibrated with a color checker card and found that the color between them are very similar when processed the same way with the custom DNG Profile in Lightroom.

    I’m a Canon shooter and really enjoyed using the D3. I prefer some of the same things you do with the Nikon but also have things I like better on the Canon too.

    For me, it all comes down to the fact that right now I can do everything I need with my 5D. But, I’m anxiously awaiting the next iteration of it along with the D4/D800.

    Canon will keep me if they can put dual card slots in it along with a modern focusing system.

  174. October 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I started with a film Canon in the 80′s. Stuck with the brand for years out of some ridiculous, imaginary “loyalty”. When I bought the 1DmrkIII hoping to get reliable AF performance, it failed me… and I reluctantly switched to Nikon.

    I no longer agonize over soft focus/high OOF rate and am a much happier camper. The vast majority of photogs I know shoot Canon and they are happy too.

    I have a Canon strap on my Nikon – that’s enough for me :)

  175. October 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    It’s interesting how the tide of technological advantage seems to ebb and flow between the two camps. There was a time before the release of the D3 when I was seriously lusting after Canon gear. Now that Nikon seems to have finally addressed the requests of it’s users for wide primes it seems I made the right choice in sticking around. I use Sigma’s 50mm and really like it. I am hopeful that Sigma considers offering a full frame alternative to Nikon’s 24mm and 35mm too.

  176. Eric Harding

    October 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Well put, change is good for the soul. I switched to Nikon a couple of years ago and seldom look back.

  177. October 25, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I too made the switch earlier this year, though I can’t say it generated quite as much comment ;)

    I’d been using a Canon 450D for a book project, and later a 5D Mk1, and with another book on the way I decided to spend the advance on a new camera. The 5D II was the obvious choice.
    After reading all the reviews and comparing it to the Nikon D700 I decided to make my own mind up in the shop. On paper the Canon looked like a clear winner – but in the shop the D700 just felt right…and I wanted a camera that fitted in with my ‘style’ of photography – and it was the sheer operating speed of the D700 that had me reaching for my wallet.

    No regrets at all about my switch, though I’ll admit that I still prefer Canon’s colour rendition…but given the time I know I can tweak the Nikon to match it.
    I still have the 450D, and I still love it – but the D700 makes me want to pick it up and go out shooting just for the hell of it.

    Completely agree re. the gear philosophy – its the same in my trade. Players will howl and rant when a noted player switches from one brand of horn to another….but all that matters is the music – the ‘aural’ picture, if you will.

  178. October 25, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hi David! I agree – Vive la difference! :)
    I made switch from Canon 1d to Nikon D700 and still think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Especially for wedding photography, the D700 has all I need and a bit more! :)
    All the best luck to you!

  179. OLIVER

    October 25, 2010 at 2:41 am

    HI DAVID

    ’4. The Look. Different cameras, different looks. Not the look of the camera, the look of the photographs.’

    GOOD TO HEAR YOU MENTION THIS. IT’S TRUE! CAN I ASK WHAT THE SPECIFIC LOOKS ARE THAT YOU ATTRIBUTE TO EITHER SIDE AND WHICH YOU PREFER PERSONALLY?

    THANKS,
    OLIVER

  180. Pj

    October 25, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I’m fairly certain the word is snigger not snicker which is surely pointing a chewie nutty chocolate bar at someone. Or is this one of words Americans forgot to spell on the boat over ;)

  181. David

    October 25, 2010 at 3:51 am

    PJ – Both are correct – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/snicker – though I’ve no doubt you’re right a out the boat. :-)

  182. Pj

    October 25, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Ah good. Hey David, on a side note as you’re updating the look of things, would you mind enlarging the width of the blog. It makes your posts seem terribly long and I must confess a couple I have skipped over due to the seemed length of them when they’re in such a narrow column (esp. when you take the side banners into account).

    Otherwise keep up the good work ol’ chap

  183. Per-Christian Nilssen

    October 25, 2010 at 4:28 am

    David, I’m sorry, but I have to confess: I am curious. In your post you write: ” Don’t even get me started on the Canon Explorer of Light thing” Since, with all due respect, I do not want to get you started, maybe your assistant can shed some light over this?? ;)

  184. David

    October 25, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Sorry, PJ, it just isn’t going to happen. There’s a reason magazines and newspapers use columns – text that is too wide is exhausting to read. I hear you on the perceived length of the posts, but that’s mostly a function of me not being able to stop writing. I’m like this in person. Just. Can’t. Shut. Up. So hey, at least it’s authentic. But long posts AND wide columns? I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemies.

    Still, if and when I re-do the blog template, I’ll give it some thought – of only so I can have larger photographs. Thanks for taking the time to voice an opinion, though. Much appreciated.

  185. Pj

    October 25, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Just seems slightly narrower than the norm. Thanks for taking the time. Cheers David.

  186. David

    October 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Per-Christian – Well since you asked so nicely, and since this comment is buried so deep no one but you is ever going to read it – here’s my complaint (in 3 parts)

    Part One – The Canon Explorer of Light program is a program run by Canon USA. They’re big on talk about the world’s best photographers but every one of them is an American and they are not open to non-Americans participating in the program. So that’s a big beef. I get that they have limitations, but they should be upfront and just tell the world, Hey, here’s a bunch of yanks that use our gear.

    Part Two – The quality is slipping. There’s some mediocrity in that elite group that I find mind-boggling (there is also some amazing talent)

    Part Three – I’ve heard the title “Canon Explorer of Light” thrown around so much as a badge of honour that it makes my head spin when I hear it now. It’s not a doctorate, it’s not a knighthood or O.B.E. It’s just marketing spin and it promotes the whole elitism thing I prefer to minimize.

    So mostly it’s me with a petty little beef against a harmless, but inane, marketing program and so I like to have a little fun with it and mock once in a while. I am starting my own club since they won’t let me into theirs – it’s called the Conquistadors of Light (because why explore light when you can conquer it!?) and it will be open only to Equadorians using vintage Pentax cameras. :-)

  187. Pj

    October 25, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Dang well there’s me wanting in on the club, the Canon to Nikon switch I can see but to Pentax? just can’t be done.

  188. David

    October 25, 2010 at 4:42 am

    You and me both, PJ.

  189. Per-Christian Nilssen

    October 25, 2010 at 4:43 am

    LOL! Thanks David, I feel better and calmer now! ;)

  190. Ross B

    October 25, 2010 at 5:34 am

    David, Not only are you are a great inspiring photographer that might visit Oman and hang out with a Kiwi one day :) , but you seriously are very funny. Please add in more humour like the Eqadorians Pentax comment in your future postings… Made me laugh Big time!

  191. Victor Lupianez

    October 25, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I sold all my Canon gear and also jumped to Nikon. The biggest reason was Canon AF. The other reason is the simple fact that Canon simply ignore the photographers needs while Nikon makes what the photographers really want from a camera. I’m very happy with my D700. Wellcome to the team!

  192. Karunyan

    October 25, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Damn, too bad I’m no Equadorian… I do have a *very* vintage Pentax with some glass collecting dust in the attic somewhere though ;)

  193. October 25, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank god you’ve made the switch and have the courage to face the rants of Canon users. You’ve got to do what you got to do. I’m a former user of Nikon and they do make great stuff. Hope you will enjoy the Sigma’s and share your thoughts about them. The Sigma’s I used had to be calibrated but maybe you’re a lucky fellow

  194. Ferdinand

    October 25, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Thats nice to know mate! you now get to experience both worlds…. I did too… and I got the same reasons as you, but not on the teacher part… I’m not teaching yet but Im planning to….

    I agree with you 200X on the AF of the Nikon.

    cheers mate!

  195. October 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

    There is a core group of photographers that I follow and you are one, I love your honesty and your willingness to share .

    thank you

  196. October 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I can understand your reasoning as coming from being an instructor / teacher. I recently took a photography workshop and the instructor used Canon equipment while several of us used Nikon, my self included. The instructor would mention a feature that he liked, but of course couldn’t tell the Nikon folks how to access it. Thus, I spent a bit of time helping some of the other Nikon shooters with using those features that the instructor mentioned. Heck, I even helped a few Canon people as I don’t find the menu systems that horribly different. So, saying one of your reasons is as a teacher ultimately has a lot of meaning since your students will get that much better instruction.

    On a personal level, I’m really interested to hear about your experiences with Sigma’s lenses. I have the Sigma 10-20mm for my D300s and D80. I got it simply because Nikon didn’t have a 10 mm ultra-wide angle zoom at the time and it seemed to be one of the best options available then. It has been a great lens and some of my best photographs were taken with it. However, I have been concerned about some of their other lenses after reading reviews and user experiences. So, I’m really looking forward to your experiences with them.

    Have fun with the new stuff.

  197. Jared

    October 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Interesting about Explorers of light being US only. Would not of guessed that one.

    On another note have you noticed all the Firewire Card readers are gone.

  198. October 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

    been considering the switch myself for many of the same reasons. Focus and look. Why can’t Canon seem to get a reliable autofocus system on their bodies?

    I also get very frustrated by the need to buy extra gear in order to get my canon flashes to fire remotely. Come on Canon. seriously.

    Good luck with the transition David.. keep us updated.. I’m sure you will :)

    cheers
    -Brian

  199. Jared

    October 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hoodman/Lexar/Sandisk. Looks like USB 3.0 might be taking that spot over. At that’s what Hoodman told me when I emailed them about the FireWire reader was off their site.

  200. @photogoofer

    October 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I’m not sure how the addition of Sigma relates to a switch to Nikon. I was a Pentax owner in the film daly also. I gradually moved up the Canon ladder as new cameras came out. I started with Sigma lenses due to economics, but have moved up to L lenses as I could afford them. But, I had nothing but problems with the Sigma lenses. Mostly communication errors between my cameras and the lenses. I found myself resetting my camera too frequently to use them effectively. Is there a better working relationship between Sigma and Nikon? I have also considered Nikon at times because my priority issues are also autofocus and low light image capability.

  201. David

    October 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

    @photogoofer – Basic economics. As in, free lenses means a cheaper transition from Canon to Nikon.

  202. October 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

    [...] Here is the complete thread of David DuChemin’s (ditching and switching) and I’m grateful to Nikon Rumors for the lead. I am already a fan of David’s India, Venice and other galleries. Hope you’ll enjoy his images more now that he’s adopted great gear. And like all inspiring photographers, David is a great teacher too. [...]

  203. Melissa Reed

    October 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow – It is amazing how similar the Nikon/Canon and Apple/PC “wars” are. I own a Canon 7D with a 100-400mm lens, which I use to shoot, among other things, sports and wildlife. My main camera body is a Nikon D700, and I use a 24-70 and 70-200 lens, as well as a 50mm f/1.4. I love both cameras, and I love that the 7D takes video, which the D700 doesn’t. So…brands make no difference to me. I use the Canon and the Nikon for different things, and it’s what works for me. And I have to say the double glass lensbaby muse for the Canon is amazing.
    And really – I can’t believe anyone would freak about the use of the word “retarded” when it clearly was not used in a negative way about mentally/physically handicapped people. In this area, I feel I can have an opinion – both my brother and sister were(before they both passed away last year) handicapped. And I can honestly say that I have (and do) use the word “retarded”, but not “retard”. I think there is a big difference in the context and in this post it was clearly not even remotely used in an offensive way.
    Thank you David for teaching us all so much! You are one photographer that I love to follow! :)

  204. Joseph

    October 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for a great post! Looking forward to more on the “transition”.

    Best to you.

  205. October 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I wasn’t surprised to see you had made the switch (as you’d hinted at it a little while ago), nor am I surprised to see the volume of comments your announcement has preciptiated… LOL

    I’ve made the Nikon-Canon switch a few times now, and have finally ended up using both systems, as each has its own strengths and weaknesses… now if only I could rationalize which lenses to keep for each system – a much more difficult and expensive decision than which camera body to buy!.

  206. October 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I personally photograph with Nikon and Canon (both digital and film). Both systems have strengths and weaknesses – but they all help me create some awesome photographs. Yay!

  207. October 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I love using my old AI-s glass with my D700, you should try it David!

  208. October 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hey David,

    Just a friendly reminder– guess it’s time to update this page:

    http://www.pixelatedimage.com/blog/davids-gear/

    Cheers,

    JT

  209. David

    October 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Soon, Austin. Veeery soon. :-)

  210. October 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    David:

    Interesting post …

    Funny thing about all this is that despite all the “gear doesn’t matter” talk, the fact that you have a post called “The Nikon Post” shows that it does matter and that despite all, you and those that follow your page, consider it pretty important.

    I also think it is funny that in addition to the “gear doesn’t matter” talk you chose to bash Canon (comment 186) and it’s “Explorers of Light” marketing, and that you acknowledged the bashing yourself – “Per-Christian – Well since you asked so nicely, and since this comment is buried so deep no one but you is ever going to read it – here’s my complaint (in 3 parts)”

    Makes me think Canon didn’t want to make you an “Explorer of Light,” so you weren’t getting anything from them (“I am starting my own club since they won’t let me into theirs”) and Sigma saw a chance at making some money on your web following, and you in turn get to benefit from their willingness to give you glass. Seems to me you made a business decision (which you seem to be very good at) more than anything else, and you are trying to distract from that obvious fact by wrapping it up within the Canon/Nikon debate. Why not just come out and say that upfront and avoid the whole “PC/Mac, Canon/Nikon, Harvard/Yale, Kodak/Fuji, B&W/Color” issue?

    Or maybe that is just a way to up the comment count, drive up site visits and get the word out there in stealth way … Sounds like a plan to me.

    JI

    PS – Use of the word “retarded” in any context is simply unacceptable in this day and age and shows a lack of compassion, respect and understanding.

  211. David

    October 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, Justin, that’s an awful lot of assumption. My post was full of sarcasm and humour and you counter with veiled accusations? I’m sorry I touched a nerve and that there’s something I’ve done to hit a sore spot.

    Read my post and subsequent comments and you’ll see I’ve never taken the position that gear doesn’t matter. You’ll also see that Canon Explorers of Light is an American program, and I am a Canadian, so the issue’s moot and always has been. Did I make a good business decision? Maybe. But what have I hidden?

    The brand issue is irrelevant. Tools are relevant, regardless of brand, and I’ve added two new cameras to my toolkit. My readers have asked a lot of questions here, on Twitter, by email about that. I answered them with what I believe to be perspective and balance. I still shoot Canon. I added Nikon.

    So why the cynicism?

    Anyways, probably should just let this one lie. We all have bad days, maybe you had one today. It sounds like you’ve got a beef with me – sorry I’ve offended. I’ve already explained my use of the word “retarded” and won’t rehash it, but it might just be time to take a breath. It could be argued that your assumption and judgement on my use of that word without considering the context and my work for the defenceless and overlooked, could itself lack compassion, respect, or understanding.

    No reason we can’t have a civil discussion, but I don’t see you asking many questions here. Just a lot of accusations. It’s just gear, man. We talk about the things that interest us. If you aren’t interested, there are plenty of other blogs out there. Life’s too short to read a blog that doesn’t do it for you.

  212. Melissa Reed

    October 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    You could just let it lie, but then again, he didn’t. I live by the mantra of “treat others as you want to be treated” – does everyone treat me as I treat them? Certainly not. But still, it’s good to be the bigger person. I personally love your work, and love your honesty. When I started out in this business, I purchased many of Scott Kelby and Joe McNally’s books, and they led me to you. And let me tell you, there are many days where I lose inspiration or think my pictures just plain stink. Or curse the fact that I don’t have the newest, fastest Nikon glass. And then I take a deep breath and pick up on of YOUR books and it keeps me going. Your books, your CRAFT, and your perception of VISION remind me of WHY I chose to take the plunge and do this professionally. So that being said, I hope you keep the inspiration coming, whether you shoot with Nikon OR Canon. You addressed an issue that YOUR dedicated fans wanted to hear about, and I’m glad. Never once did you say gear didn’t matter. You just simply said vision is better. (Gear is good, right?!?) And I whole heartedly agree.
    And – please. Like I said in my previous post, my sibling were severely disabled. If the retarded comment would hit anyone’s nerves, it would have been mine, had I felt you used it in a way that degraded people with disabilities. It seems to me that Justin is on a really high horse – hope he doesn’t fall anytime soon – it’s bound to be a painful fall.

  213. B

    October 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I’m with Justin on this one. I made a flippant comment in jest earlier but it’s hard to ignore the facts. David, you’re supremely talented and I wish you best in the future, but I’m removing this blog from my RSS feed.

  214. Alen

    October 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    There is a real danger to start another unpleasant wave of posts (not by me but for sure there are candidates) if you answer this, so if you skip it I get it.
    One thing that I am still wandering is your comment regarding autofocus – looking at your images I can’t imagine that any camera (Sony, Pentax, Leica, Fuji, etc.) cannot autofocus on some landscape, waterfall, portraits with people posing? Honestly just curious, in what occasions did you have such big autofocus problems?

  215. Tony Munday

    October 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Up front, I’m a Nikon shooter. But I’ve owned Canons and Nikons over 50 years of photography starting with a Box Brownie. Recently on a trip to Africa we had a bunch of keen photographers using Nikons and Canons almost exclusively. One had a new 7D and Sigma zoom ( 200-400 I think). The Sigma proved to be too heavy and a bit slow focusing for wildlife photography. I borrowed a D700 and 70-200 for the trip as I thought my D70s would not cut it anymore. The D700′s low light resolution is magnificent. Can I tell you how good a photo I took of a leopard resting from the midday sun under a bush! That’s where it counts, as you say, the photo. Quality.

  216. October 26, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I went from Nikon to Canon a few years back. My reasoning was to get an affordable 35mm high resolution camera, aka Canon 5D MKII.

    I much prefer my old Nikon system in many ways. After the last repair bill on my 5D MKII ($800) I want my Nikons back even more. I feel the Canon needs to be babied too much. They also don’t honour their warranty very well.

    As soon as Nikon has a competing camera to the 5D MKII I’m heading back. Might even get a Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm for it too.

    One day I’m going to buy a Leica though… When I’m rich of course…

  217. peter wijn

    October 26, 2010 at 1:40 am

    strange thing, these brands on the photographic market. I own a Nikon camera – I love it for the feel and the looks :) -, but a Canon 85 F1,2 wouldn’t fit! Strange. My stereoset is composed of six different brands: amplifier, cd-player, tuner, speakers and cables. Also my computer has components from a variety of different brands: Samsung, Western Digital, Fijutsu-Siemens, Eizo, what all.
    I’d love to use L-glas on a F-mount body or vice versa. I’d love a cable release not being of chinese quality, nor costing 90 euro.

    PS You can use any bow, or brand of gut on a Stradivary violin, as on a Guarneri.

    good light to all of you,
    and nice music off course,
    peter

  218. October 26, 2010 at 5:05 am

    217 comments and growing! David, admit your purpose was to fuel the pixelatedimage:blog ;)

    On second thought: David duChemin making a transition? How will this affect Canon and Nikon brand values?

    Cheers, Harald

  219. David

    October 26, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Harald, I’ve always been more interested in having a smaller following than seeing a spike in my stats. A couple forums sites picked this up and has fed traffic, but in a week the furor will have died down and my readership will go back to normal. I don’t get an extra dollar for every reader that signs up, either :-) But, yeah, now I know. Next month I will be switching to Pentax, and the month after that to Leica – soon every photographer on the planet will have dropped by to point and stare. :-)

    As for my transition affecting either Canon or Nikon, I suspect not much. This isn’t about brands for me. It’s about specific cameras. For needs and preferences, the D700 and D3s are a better fit for where I am as a creative now than the 5D MkII and iDs MkIII I currently use. When it all comes down to it, I’m a small fish in a big pond, Nikon and Canon will keep doing fine without me.

    I just want to help people to make better images, not buy better cameras. :-)

  220. October 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

    David:

    My “assumptions” are confirmed by your own twitter account … pixelatedimage David duChemin “And that, folks is the difference. Canon gives me 6 yrs of silence. I switch & Nikon Canada phones me w/ “Hey, let us know if can we help.”

    Nothing wrong with a good business decision … just calling a spade a spade ;)

    And on that note … look that one up and you’ll understand why using phrases like that and the “R-word” are unacceptable in the same manner that calling your sister-in-law a spinster and spending your time photographing in the third world is different than doing humanitarian work in a developing country.

    It’s the small things. Best of luck with the new gear.

    JI

  221. October 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Concerning blog traffic: Agree in principle. But only one reader hiring you for your next assignment will make a difference. Whichever wave he is riding on.

    Concerning fish: Don’t hide your light under a bushel. Some fish grow enormously fast :)

    Concerning the last sentence: That’s exactly the reason why I read your books – http://felgner.ch/2010/08/804-vision-frame-voice.html

  222. Melissa Reed

    October 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Um, I’m pretty sure that voicing an opinion about the level of customer service doesn’t mean he’s selling out, Justin. Let me tell you – everyone is business has to make business decisions that are best for them, and their business. David did just that. Show me a pro photographer that hasn’t had to to that. Do you think Joe McNally or Scott Kelby doesn’t have to do that? The difference with David is he is more transparent about his decisions – allowing us the privilege to follow his thought process and, in my opinion, LEARN. I’m sorry, but “just calling a spade a spade?” Your previous post was, in my opinion, a little vicious and unwarrented. You don’t like what you see here, find a new blog to follow. No need to rip someone to shreds. And again, with the “R” word – give it up already. He said Retarded – never did he call anyone a Retard. I get what your saying here, but again, you’re getting a little crazy with this. It is not the same thing as calling your sister-in-law a spinster – that is an insult directed at a person. It seems to me you just have nothing nice to say at all. Why does it bother you so much that he ADDED Nikon to his lineup? Don’t you think that would be enabling him to possibly “expand” his vision? And, did you miss the sarcasm and jest in his blog? “It’s the small things?” Seriously? It’s been a long time since someone on a blog post has gotten under my skin, but you have, because you just seem spiteful. I think the world needs a little less of that, and a little more understanding. Your attitude on this blog is far worse than the use of the word Retarded. David seems (no, I don’t know him personally) to live an upstanding life, traveling to countries some photographers wouldn’t even consider going to, not to capture poverty, but the human element. He seems to value the human element, and I took no offense to his use of that word. You on the other hand, seem to pass some harsh judgment down, and come off as negative. Is it necessary? If you feel that way, why don’t you just stop reading this blog?
    Gosh, I’m not sure why this bothers me so much. It just seems like an attack that is unwarranted and unnecessary.

  223. David

    October 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

    OK, time for us all to close the laptops and take a breather. It’s been a fun discussion and I’m sure there are all KINDS of ways we could further misunderstand each other and take this in the wrong direction. But, see, the thing is the reason Justin took offense is probably the same reason Melissa is defending me, and the same reason I do what I do – it’s about love and respect and kindness. We sometimes act in ways, or say things, that come from that place but get interpreted otherwise. We’re all human. But to perpetuate the misundertanding and allow it to take us away from that respect and kindness is a choice we can make and I’m making it now by shutting the comments and respectfully asking that we all move forward.

    So. Last comment. Some people are interested in this stuff and this kind of discussion can help people make good decisions with limited finances. So blogged about it. Don’t like it? Move along or wait for the next blog post. I spend most of my time on this blog writing articles that encourage people to get over the gear addiction. Vision is paramount, but making good decisions in regards to that gear is important for all kinds of reasons.

    Use Canon, use Nikon, whatever, just make some photographs that express yourself and move people.

    So, let’s go back to the beginning. Nothing to see here. Let’s all move along to more important matters. :-)

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