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Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« on: October 26, 2012, 12:06:48 AM »
I'm a first time poster... I have an important photo shoot coming up and am seeking advice regarding a weekend camera rental.

I currently use an aging 40D with 110,000 shutter actuations and a Sigma 28-70 2.8 lens. I'm long overdue for an upgrade and I'm looking forward to buying a 5D III with the 24-105 kit lens by the end of the year.

But before then, I will be doing a portrait shoot in a studio, using 3 strobes (Alien Bees). I'll be shooting around 30 models, one or two at a time, during an all-day shoot. Nothing too dramatic; the photos will be rather flatly lit. I will rent a camera and lens for this shoot, and my question is the familiar Nikon D800E vs Canon 5DIII question.

Others have posed D800E vs 5DIII questions before, but for my particular circumstance I am very much on the fence. For my specific need of a strobe-it studio portrait shoot, which system would you rent? The D800E with Nikon 24-120mm lens, or the 5DIII with 24-105L? (I need the zoom for a variety of full body shots and tight shots, and these are the perfect range.)

In Nikon's favor:
I've been reading about the superiority of the Nikon at low ISO - I will be keeping it at ISO 100. But I'm wondering if that is very relevant, since these strobe-lit portraits won't have a huge DR.

In Canon's favor:
I am a lifelong Canon user and have rented the 5DIII previously - it was like an old friend, there was no learning curve whatsoever. I don't know Nikon and I'm a little apprehensive about using an unfamiliar system for an important shoot. But then again, I will not be delving too deeply into the capabilities of the camera - I will simply be composing (zooming) and shooting away. Should the comfort factor concern me?

Or:
Would you say that it ultimately does not matter? I won't be printing these photos at 6x9 feet - in fact, I won't be printing them at all. They will be used for an online portfolio. If the consensus is that the difference between the results of the 2 systems would be negligible or non-existent, I would go with the Canon just for the comfort factor. But if there would indeed be a noticeable difference between the images, that would ultimately seem to be the most important factor.

Which system would you rent for a weekend studio shoot? Thank you in advance for the benefit of your experience!

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Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 01:48:31 AM »
Hey welcome and good luck. If it was me I would stick to what I know especially for a wedding as you dont want miss any shots. I shot a wedding last weekend and got every shot I needed with a 5Dmk2 and a 1N. My wife joined me with her 7D to get candid shots becuase I seem to get people at their worst with candid shots. The only pictures I am not happy with is the brides family shot because some blokes were hiding behind people on purpose but ill just photoshop them out all together  ;D

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 02:01:40 AM »
Get a 5D Mark II with the new EF 24-70 2.8 L II and the EF 70-200 2.8 L II. Or better the EF 85 and EF 135 prime.

The 5D Mark II gives you more fine details than the 5D Mark III in the ISO range 50 to 200. You don´t need to go higher under studio condition and you don´t need the 5D Mark III AF-system for studio shots. The 5D Mark II is a little bit better in RAW and much better in JPG than the 5D Mark III.

The D800 produce very big files. Your workflow slow down dramatically.

Forget the mentioned lenses for portraits. The EF 24-105 is only good at f/9 to f/16.

I personally prefer the 1 Ds Mark III and H5D-60 for studio shots.

Re to your 40D: 110,000 shutter actuations are not very much.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 02:08:23 AM by M.ST »

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 02:34:58 AM »
5DIII + 24-70L II or a sharp ver1.

...then again if it's studio and light is no problem + for online use only I think anything from 60D up with any sharp lens would work. If light is a problem 5D3 + 24-70.
What res. you are planning to use for online?
These http://atlanticpicture.com/p212321456 and these http://atlanticpicture.com/p224298311 are a mix of the 5D2, 60D and 24-70L I, EFS60, and 200L
The ones that are heavily cropped are still perfect for 8x12 print, the un-cropped ones are 16x24, 20x30 so the point is that for online use I doubt you will need/use all that MP from the D800E. Nothing against it though, it's an awesome cam. but I'd stay with what I know by heart for any important job.

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2012, 02:53:30 AM »
I do lot of portraits, up to 2500 a week.
I use a 40D with a 28/135 tethered  to a laptop with studio flashes  and the quality is great.

The only reason  I  could think of to get a D800 and a 24/120 or a 5DIII and a 24/105 is to impress my clients.

But don't rent Nikon stuff for an important photo shoot, stick to what you know.   

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2012, 03:02:35 AM »
I'll reiterate the stick with what you know. Since you're renting, I'll assume you won't have more than a day or so to play with it first, at best. This is a recipe for bad things to happen, since you aren't all that familiar with the Nikon system. Stick with the Canon.

Definitely agree with what M.ST said, the 5d2 will be cheaper and probably better for a studio situation, and ditch the 24-150. 24-70 would be OK, but depending on the exact shot list you need (headshots, 3/4, body, etc) I'd get primes. 85/100mm, 135mm, and probably 50mm if you need a 3/4. Or go for one of the 70-200, and add the 35 or 50mm primes. The 70-200 will get you the majority of portrait shots, and they are of very high quality. If you really want to open up the lenses and get a shallow DoF, don't forget your ND filters, and make sure they fit all the lenses you will get.

Heck, the 40D can probably give you great shots with any of those listed lenses and studio lighting, although I'd change it to the 35mm, 50/85mm, and possibly 70-200 since the 1.6x crop on the sensor. Good lighting and great glass will give you great photos, almost regardless of what body you are using.
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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2012, 05:55:23 AM »
As suggested previously, stay away from a system you are not familiar with especially when dealing with 30 models in one day - make sure you have spare batteries and memory cards.

I'd rent the 5DII with 24-70 f2.8 II for this shoot - this combo will be more than sufficient for your desired outcome IMHO.

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2012, 06:30:24 AM »
I do lot of portraits, up to 2500 a week.
I use a 40D with a 28/135 tethered  to a laptop with studio flashes  and the quality is great.

The only reason  I  could think of to get a D800 and a 24/120 or a 5DIII and a 24/105 is to impress my clients.

But don't rent Nikon stuff for an important photo shoot, stick to what you know.

+1 for 40D, I'v printed at A2 sized with this camera with great result. Save some money and just rent great glass, I agree that if you have great glass and lighting, you can't go wrong.

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2012, 08:10:21 AM »
stick with what you know and....

canon has better color especially with skin tones.

no brainer here. canon.

dont use the 24-105. 24-70 is better.
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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2012, 08:46:11 AM »
Unless you have a specific lens use here in the canon camp, I wouldn't buy canon. IE: 50L, 135L, 85L, 100-400L. Etc

I'd recommend you look seriously into nikons options.

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2012, 09:21:23 AM »
For important shoots, stick to what you know.

I've shot lots of studio portraits with the EOS 5D and the 5DIII
Using the 24-105mm and the 24-70mm

Some of my clients have had images from both setups ... No ones ever commented on differences in the finished images.

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2012, 11:14:16 AM »
Hello, I would advise as well to rent a 5D2 or 5D3 for the ergonomics. It seems this shooting is important to you, so please don't take a chance with a camera you don't master. Nikon and Canon cameras controls are quite different, if you are familiar with Canon's, then go Canon.
Having full control of your camera in such a situation is more important than a 15% IQ improvement. Better spend your energy on your shooting, than struggling with a camera you don't know yet.

I would love to have a D800E for my tripod work, but IMO, in your case the added benefits of the better Nikon sensor, are irrelevant. Resolution is pointless for web editing, and the extended DR won't improve  much in a well lit studio environment.

Like others, I would rent another lens (2.8 or better), since the 24-105mm, though an excellent lens, has IMO a bit too much DoF to allow for full portrait creativity.

If you have enough working space, a 50mm f1.4 AND a 85mm f1.8 or 100mm f2 or 135mm f2 could be all you need.

Good luck with your choice and have fun shooting....
« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 11:28:42 AM by symmar22 »

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2012, 11:43:54 AM »
If it was me I would stick to what I know especially for a wedding as you dont want miss any shots.
This makes me believe you didn't bother reading the post, as he didn't mention a wedding or anything even wedding related in his post.

As for the actual question, I'd consider this the perfect opportunity to test out your idea to upgrade. I agree with others that if you are doing portrait work, the 24-70 may be the better way to go over the 24-105; but if you are happy with how the 28-70 does on your 40D, the 24-105 would give a similar DOF. The fact that they are going online for a portfolio means they don't need to be super high-res, so going the D800 route is just introducing more hassle, unless you think you'd change your mind on wanting the 5dIII down the road.

I'd say rent the 5dIII, and then consider all the possible lenses you might want in your future. You've got 30 models all day, so, the scenario doesn't get much better for testing different lenses and seeing what works for you. Maybe rent the 24-70, the 24-105, and a prime in that similar range (maybe the 50L or 85L) and see which you like. Consider it a small investment now to maybe save you some money in the future by making the right purchase

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2012, 01:01:03 PM »
I have both the Canon 5D2, 5D3, Nikon D800, 800E.  I really like the skin tones of the Nikon but would not advise going Nikon for such a short time.  I have found the Nikon to have quite a steep learning curve.  There are some settings that if you overlook, you will not have shots in focus unless you use live view or use manual focus.  I shoot mostly Nikon now because I print large and mostly high dynamic range landscapes.

I will go with everyone else - stay with what you know.  Maybe even the 5D2 if it is cheaper.  Great camera and a less confusing AF than the three.  The 5D3 would be fine if you bought it, but since you are renting, the 5D2 is closer to the 40D (I also have one of those) and so you learning curve would be minimal.  I assume you will be shooting raw and processing with something - right?

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2012, 01:40:58 PM »
I bought a D800, but sold it after I discovered that Nikon has few really top lenses to match my canon lenses.  I also discovered that images were very time consuming to process due to their huge size, and high ISO images took a lot of time consuming NR.
I would not consider a D800E for studio use due to the moire.  For landscape use, fine.
Just pass by the Nikon 24-120mm lens in any event,  It has extreme CA's, but it is sharp.  Its a really poor lens, the Canon 24-105 L is wonderful in comparison and sharp even at f/4. 
If you get Nikon, get the 24-70mm f/2.8G.  The 85mm f/1.4G is supurb.  There is nothing in the low cost area like Canon's  135mmL or 100-400mmL that is really good, so don't plan on telephoto unless you want to go for big $$.
 

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Re: Help! Nikon vs Canon again, but for a specific use
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