« on: September 05, 2012, 02:16:41 AM »
I too faced similar situation. First, I will state that before using Canon, I thought I was more of a Nikon guy. But that changed once I touched a Canon body. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge and experience.
First off, both Nikon and Canon is capable of producing fantastic images. What in the end mattered is how well I feel when I hold the bodies. Like I said I was a Nikon person, but without knowing how Canon felt. The moment I touched a Canon body (7d, 60d, even 600d) I instantaneously felt a more comfortable grip because of the body's ergonomics. Hold them, see what you feel comfortable shooting with.
Second, to my surprise I felt the Canon's navigation systems was more intuitive. Now, this varies from person to person. So check both, see what feels easier for you. The button placements, etc (varies from body to body).
Third, the lens. Where do I begin. Both Nikon and Canon produce amazing glasses. You can't go wrong with either. If you have already invested in a lot of Canon glass, then switching doesn't make sense (at least for me). Canon's L series glasses are out of this world.
Fourth, let's say for example, some selected Nikon models performs better in certain areas(e.g. dynamic range) today , while Canon in other areas (high ISO performance). It can be completely opposite for other models from each brand. So, I would think what my needs are and will the certain brand in question deliver what I need.
Fifth, they are just tools. Both produce fantastic image, but if you must know Canon is known for producing better colors. Plus, in the end your artistic sense will dictate the quality of the photos you take.
Hope I made sense. Also, noise performance of Canon's 5d series onwards are superior imho. Check dpreview.com. Canon 7d rival was Nikon d300 back then, and 7d was simply superior in every aspect. If you compare a old model like 7d with a newer Nikon body like the d7000 even then they demand respect in their own areas of specialty. So it's all very relative and it is hard to claim one brand is better than the other. I am no expert, but though I'd share my experience.