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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #150 on: March 13, 2013, 06:25:04 AM »
I was shooting a Contax 139 Quartz some 30 years ago.

The Contax 139 Quartz was a great camera.  So were the RTS and 137.  Too bad Contax/Yashica bit the dust.  The Zeiss glass was incredible.
5DC, 5D3, Elan7, G12, 28 1.8, 50 1.8 II, 85 1.8 USM, 135 2.0 L, 24-70 2.8 L, 70-200 2.8 L, 560 EX, 580 EX II (2) --- all Canon.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #151 on: March 13, 2013, 06:47:42 AM »
Because Nikon bodies are ugly to look at ;-)

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #152 on: March 13, 2013, 08:03:03 AM »
i used it simply because it felt better in my hand than nikon at the time.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #153 on: March 13, 2013, 08:55:02 AM »
I've been a Canon man for my whole photographic life. My influence came from my father, who used an AE-1 Program and had a number of nice lenses. At the age of 15, I bought my first SLR, an AV-1 so that I could borrow some of my Dad's kit. After 28 years, I'm pretty well "in-Canon" and I can use any of their gear intuatively. When I pick up another branded camera, I find the metering, focus and User Interface work with different assumptions and feel very alien to me. Nikon's are just wrong in my hands...a confused button layout and poorly though out ergonomics. Where as I can pick up any Canon DSLR or ef lens and I can fully use it in seconds.
I've seen a lot of photographers jumping ship, Nikon to Canon....Canon to Nikon, over the years and this seems crazy to me. One might gain a small advantage in the short term, but loses quite a lot in cost....but the differences are nearly always made up within a single camera generation. So I'd rather enjoy my kit, keep my current developed familiarity and see what the next model offers.
In the current array of cameras, I think the Canon 5DIII is the most versatile DSLR currently available from any brand. I also think that it stands alone in the market place at the moment.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #154 on: March 13, 2013, 08:57:42 AM »
Overall ease of use compared to Nikon, Layot, Controls...Etc...I found this out when I bought my first one, the 30D quite a few years back. They both have quite a lens selection so that wasnt an issue..

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #155 on: March 13, 2013, 09:46:37 AM »
I started with the HV20 camcorder after seeing great reviews and video samples.  I loved the quality of the video and ease of controls. I bought another Canon hd camcorder a couple years after that. So when I wanted to move to a DSLR I NEVER looked at another brand. I knew I wanted a Canon because I was use to their "language". I started with a T3i and now I have T4i but ready to upgrade to the 6D.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #156 on: March 13, 2013, 10:41:47 AM »
Because when I got into owning a camera (Canon G3), my buddy had a G2 and I really liked it. Then he picked up a Rebel XTi and another friend had a 5D. I ended up with a Canon T2i because my friends and I could learn on the same platforms and swap lenses.

It wasn't until the whole 5D3 / 6D / D800 / D600 thing that I seriously contemplated going Nikon, because the Canon friends faded out (one even switched to Nikon) and a new photographer friend used Nikon. In the end it came down to already owning the 24-70L glass, a flash and not liking how the Nikons felt in my hand. I bought the 5D3 and am very happy with it. If someday Nikon rocks my socks off, maybe I'll grab one. I'm not bound one way or another.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #156 on: March 13, 2013, 10:41:47 AM »

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #158 on: March 13, 2013, 11:55:16 AM »
Advice(or the lack of it) from friends who were already into photography way ahead of me.

When I was about to buy my first slr I had a buddy which was a Nikon advocate, and another who's an (nope you didn't guess it right) Olympus guy; didn't took their brand preference for some factors.

One of it was the availability of authorized Canon service/repair centers compared to Nikon, in my country roughly its 3:1 - and that 1 is the only 1 place I've known of. :o

And then personal preference, I found Canon's body design on their units sleek looking. ;D
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #159 on: March 13, 2013, 12:17:35 PM »
I was a Member of special interest house at RIT's school of photography a couple decades ago. 

Between Canon and Nikon, Canon was preferred by students 9 to 10, because it was thought to have higher durability.  Most new cameras had gaffer's tape applied to logos and any shiny parts right out of the box, so it wasn't like people we touting brand - they just went with what they thought would last a trip to initial dessert storm, caving trip to WA, etc...

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #160 on: March 13, 2013, 01:47:28 PM »
As for many other people, it depended on the situation of friends/family.

Most of them were shooting Canon and when I bought my first reflex I found natural to do what people that I supposed were more knowledgeable than me were doing.

I never regretted my choice until recently. When I wanted to buy a FF I realized that the D600 was offering more than the 6D for less money. I bought one along with the 85mm f/1.8G and so far I'm enjoying the combination terribly. I'm still learning to shoot with a different system, but overall I'm already quite impressed.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #161 on: March 13, 2013, 02:09:59 PM »
It's funny so many people mention the yellow and red of Nikon as a negative.  I'll admit that I wanted a Nikon because of it, I think it looks great.  I got into dSLR with a 400D around 7 years ago, and at that entry level the Canon and Nikon offerings were pretty much identical.  I wasn't sure which to get so I went to the store to try them both.  They both felt more or less the same, but I thought the Nikon looked cooler.  However, the overlay in the viewfinder that tells the exposure settings was just a little bit fuzzy in the Nikon.  I thought about asking someone at the store, but instead just grabbed the Canon.  It wasn't until months later that I learned about the diopter adjustment.  Oops.

I haven't really cared one way or the other too much but there's been a few times.  When moving into off-camera flash the word on the street is that Nikon dominates this discipline, but there seems plenty that I can do with my Speedlites.   Recently looking at FF I see that the D600 has a lot more to offer than the 6D, but I'm too invested in Canon at this point.  Nothing I'm going to lose sleep over, specs mostly just stay on paper.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #162 on: March 13, 2013, 03:05:21 PM »
Because it was the only film camera at the pawn shop.   had a Pentax k1000 but ended up giving it a way as a Christmas present back in the 1990's.  When I looking for my first digital camera I couldn't afford many lenses.  I had the 35-80mm lens from the Rebel x/s film camera so  I decided to go with a refurbished 40D and the 70-200mm f 4.0L.  I finally got the 15-85mm this past Christmas, but still love the 70-200 more.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #163 on: March 13, 2013, 03:41:46 PM »
My ex had a Canon Pro 1 (Bridge camera with "L" lens optics) which impressed me and when I got ready to buy my first DSLR (Rebel XS), I went with Canon because I was satisfied with the image quality and overall simplicity of operating the camera, yet with so many options. That and most pros that I see use Canon gear.

I eventually upgraded to a Rebel T2i (along with a 50mm 1.8, I loved that combo, even though it had no AFMA adjustments, it felt like it was perfectly adjusted) and when I went to upgrade to a full-frame, I briefly considered switching brand.

In the end, I stuck with Canon and went with a 6D, due to Canon's greater selection of lenses, especially their top-notch primes (85L, 135L) and impressive zoom (70-200 2.8L IS II, 70-300 4-5.6 IS L) lenses.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #164 on: March 13, 2013, 03:57:47 PM »
I started with NIkon in the mid-70s with an FM.  Around 1998-2000 (don't remember exactly when) I had a pair of F5 and some long glass.  And Canon had the Eos 3 with eye control and IS long glass.  So I switched to IS sooner than later.

Since then I occasionally consider switching back but there is no compelling reason

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
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