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16 April 2010 @ 08:26 pm
Hello, Canon  
After years of shooting in Nikon and accumulating lots of Nikon branded gear along the road the decision to switch to Canon turned out to be a simple one in the end. A Simple One. The SO.

There was no drama. There was no crying out loud about nonexistent nonsense like how bad Nikon was or how the key to world peace was all about using Canon. The only reason I chose Nikon to begin with was because many of my friends were shooting in Nikon and we thought we could go about sharing our lenses. The DSLR world begins with a small investment in a basic camera body and a basic lens (or lenses). The brittle bond to a brand grows stronger by the year with each passing one bringing in new members of the brand into the family. Overflowing camera backpacks signal arrival at the point of no return and an unsaid oath of fierce allegiance.

Lenses are key ingredients for a camera setup and almost all the lenses you'd ever want to shoot in are horribly expensive when you're not a professional (or even a semi-professional) and don't sell or intend to sell photographs. We wait for the piggybank to fill up before we can take the spoils of a piggybank that did a Humpty Dumpty to our favorite camera store to get that glittery piece of glass we had been lusting for.

I loved every minute of shooting with Nikon. The only times that I thought about a move to Canon were during the times of planning a piggybank accident or when I could not photograph something that I would have liked to because it was beyond the reach of my lens. The reason those thoughts would come up was because Canon has more choice and their lenses are much cheaper but then the investment in Nikon was so much that I'd rather not be thinking about switching.

And then came the special one. She shot in Canon and I shot in Nikon. She had all the gear I had in Nikon but under the Canon tattoo. And both of us carry all our gear on trips to the wilderness. That translated to carrying twice the amount of gear that was necessary. I wanted a big telephoto and she didn't. Aha! Now which brand has a cheaper telephoto? A plan was made and Nikon made way to Canon in the backpack. It was that simple.

My new Canon 1Ds

Ele the elephant. First shot with the Canon 1Ds :-)

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Digital Meanderingsarin_girl on April 17th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
1ds! *drools* so jealous!!!

I use cannon, only because my first slr (which was a gift) was a cannon.
I'm still using a 20D, and like to think one day I will upgrade, but these days I'm happy with a point and shoot, cause it's much easier to carry around! : )
talekotaleko on April 17th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
I too love canon!! :)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on April 17th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
You can send me all your old Nikon stuff if you need the space at home. I still shoot with my Nikon.
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I first had to make space by selling off all the Nikon gear I had to fill up the piggybank to even think about getting these Canon goodies. :-)
kruthikruthi on April 17th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Elephant shot - super cute :D
falkorskidfalkorskid on April 18th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
awh its so cute.
depontideponti on April 19th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Ah, Elephas stuffus....incredible story of a switch, N2C!!

Would like your updates on how you find the differences, similarities, plues and minues....

Way to go, W, you got Y into C!

And my experience is similar to that of sarin_girl's...my 20D and the lenses are way too heavy to cart across to the US each time, so now I'm making do with my SX10, and quite happy with it, because of the video and macro features (and no changing of lenses on very dusty outings.)
yellareddyyellareddy on April 19th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
True Story ;)
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Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
The Nikons all had to be sold to get the new Canon gear.

Remember that the camera body shelf-life is very small compared to the lens. And the lens makes the image most of the time, so I would always recommend a good lens to go with the entry-level DSLR. The beginner Nikon lenses are generally considered better and also the Nikon camera bodies generally produce a better image. It is still more expensive than Canon but you can't go wrong with Nikon or Canon DSLRs and their kit lens.
Gopal Venkatesang13n on April 19th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
BTW are you planning to sell off your Nikon stuff, and/or Nikon mount lenses? If so, can you hear me? :-)
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I sold off all of it before I could even think of buying the new Canon gear!
ext_129997 on April 20th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
She's changing too much of you!!!
I'm not complaining :-) Does this mean I can borrow your lenses? :D
Yathinyathin on April 20th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: She's changing too much of you!!!
You're welcome to! I have just one lens now - the massive 500mm f/4 L IS USM! ;)