« on: January 26, 2013, 03:23:42 PM »
I had been a Nikon owner since 1989, and I knew that that was the only brand I'd ever shoot. Fast forward to 2003, and I had a job that required a digital camera. I still thought that digital was a good five years away from being acceptable. I hated that the SLR's used a smaller-than-35mm sensor, and the point-and-shoots were so damned slow.
I was in Best Buy talking to a salesmen about this; particularly about the lens situation and how I would want a lens that offered wide angle coverage. To that point, it wasn't really possible. He was trying to sell me a 10D, but it was pricey, and none of the available lenses gave me what I was looking for. Besides, I preferred Nikon.
He did realize what I was looking for, after talking to me for a while. What's more, he had it in stock. Almost reluctantly, he pulled out a Canon 300D Digital Rebel with 18-55mm kit lens; the first lens designed specifically for APS-C format cameras. Not only was it speedy, with a lens that went somewhat wide, but it was $1,000.
I was almost shocked at the image quality from this camera. I had no idea digital photography had come this far.
So I accidentally switched to Canon, vowing to switch back someday. But Nikon took a very long time to catch up to Canon, who in the meantime released the amazing and very successful 20D. Once I had that 20D, I knew I was hooked, and I've never looked back.