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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #165 on: March 13, 2013, 03:58:20 PM »
Bought my first SLR in 1974 - a Canon FTb-n with a 50mm 1.4. In 1990 I wanted to switch to autofocus and had every intention of switching to Nikon (Canon pissed me off with the incompatible lens change). Sales guy talked me into a Canon 10s - I wanted the Nikon 8008s. Still have the 10s and 540EZ flash, but stayed with Canon and in 2006 I bought a 30D, 430EX and 17-40 f4L. No regrets.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #166 on: March 13, 2013, 10:57:09 PM »
20D was the cream of the crop when I went digital. Nikon was still using the inferior CCD sensor. 

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #167 on: March 13, 2013, 11:26:40 PM »
It's photography, and somewhat cameras and lenses in general, that I love, not Canon. I'm passionate about the art that I create with a camera, not about the word on the front of the camera.

So the reason I "chose" Canon was the exact reason I chose and use several other brands--the unique features that I need for making a specific image.

For Canon, this would be some of its lenses, which in their niche are either superior or unique.

And for the same reason I have almost an equal amount of Nikon equipment. For example, today I shot with a Canon camera about half the time and with Nikon camera combo for the other half of the time. Using both of those systems, as well as many others, and being proficient at them, allows one to see photography freely as an art form, not as the customer of a camera brand.

Just like a B.A. normally requires a foreign language, so an M.F.A. in photography should require knowledge of a "foreign" camera system until we know it just as well as our "native" language. Ideally, we should have no other native language except the language of art itself.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #168 on: March 14, 2013, 06:29:21 PM »
electronic motor control of the aperture blades.(100% electrical contacts between the camera and lens)
wide, high quality lens selection.
fast AF.
option of using nikon, and other glass with adaptors.
ergos-a quick look at the back of their flash units makes much more sense to me than what is on nikon gear.

 that all still applies, but when i moved into the canon system i would have also said that nikon's camera offerrings where a joke. that's not so now. now they have their act together, but then, they were pretty bad. (digital up until the D3) i now have a 1n, but when i REALLY shot film i used a pentax so i can't say.

Also, canons look very nice. they are smooth and modern, nikons look like tractors.

I LOLed because it's sooo true. :D
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #169 on: March 14, 2013, 06:48:07 PM »
I was told by a camera jet eye  to stay a way from the dark side

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #170 on: March 14, 2013, 06:51:20 PM »
Was in front of a Canon Elan S SLR most of my childhood. My parents still have it...
Canon always came to me as the only brand, never really liked Nikon's grip feeling, design and layout. I much preffered the quicker and easier to use Canon and the great lenses they make.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #171 on: March 14, 2013, 08:33:15 PM »
I chose Canon simply can adapter many... many other lens, Nikon, Zeiss , Leica .....
now I got 6 Contax Carl Zeiss lens, 2 Leica R lens, 10+ other brand lens.
it is a lot fun to try different lens which Nikon can't do it.

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« Reply #172 on: March 14, 2013, 09:25:13 PM »
When I was to buy my first DSLS Canon was all over the TV commercials with the EOS 400D so I went to check it out and it came with two kit lenses, it felt like à really good deal. The guy in the camera shop also spoke  about it. I haven't looked back since. I then moved to a 60D and now a 5D3. I am really happy with My Canon gear and since I've invested in a few L lenses it would take much for me to change brand. I'll have my 5D3 for at least five more years and will likely pick up a couple of more lenses during that time. We'll see how it goes then.

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #173 on: March 14, 2013, 10:49:47 PM »
I was told by a camera jet eye  to stay a way from the dark side

Good one!!! Thanks for the laugh. Gonna add that one to my set.   

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #174 on: March 14, 2013, 10:54:40 PM »
When I first started to get into photography 20 years ago, I was bought a second hand Canon AE1 Programme by my parents. Prior to this I'd been using a very old Pentax K1000 loaned to me by my University. The AE1 just felt and looked a million miles better than similar cameras in that range and category. This view was based on nothing more than gut feeling of what felt right for me. It was from then that my loyalty started.

Currently I have the 5d3, but I've had numerous bodies over the years including the legendary T90, the not so legendary 500N and 50E. I still have a boxed and as new Eos 3 which I just cant bring myself to part with (for me this was the pinnacle of the Canon film SLR range and I hope one day some smart person will come up with a digital back for it!).

Camera brand loyalty is like a religion in my view - just without the singing and prayers!
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #175 on: March 14, 2013, 11:02:53 PM »
Late in 1978, I was shooting with a pair of Nikkormats, a pair of FMs, and and F2 Photomic.  I had 18mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm and 300mm.  Around that time, my F2 died.  Shutter is not opening.  Second curtain follows the first.  Sent in to Nikon.  Came back dead - with a bill.  Shutter still not opening. Not good.  Send back... saying... hey guys, don't mind the bill (about $135) but at least FIX the camera.  Another month passes... comes back again, dead.  Shutter works, but the meter, which used to work, is not working.  Send back again... meter is repaired for another $135.  I'm getting pissed, as the camera was out of warranty by a month when it died, and now its about five months later... and it comes back, meter fixed, shutter dead - same problem.  Send back, yet again, Nikon wants another $135 to fix it, even though I had not made image #1 with the "repaired" shutter, had all the documentation on the previous repairs.  Called Nikon many many times... not budging.   Send it back unrepaired - screw you, I told 'em.  Also gotta consider that Victor Borod was my Nikon Rep, and his father in law Bernie Deitchman was VP head of Nikon Sales in North America, and used to come into our shop all the time... no luck getting any strings pulled.

Well, I finally got the F2 back, meter worked shutter didn't open.  I whacked it soundly with my hand, it started working.  I promptly sold/traded for a Canon F1, and a pair of AE-1 Programs with 17, 20, 24, 35, 50, 85, 100, 135 and 200.

To tell the truth, I liked the Nikon lenses better.  Not in terms of sharpness, but in terms of snap and color rendition.   In their day, the Canon FD glass (compared to the Nikon of the same era) was not quite as snappy, a certain lack of pizazz that is hard to describe.  Not veiled, but just a miniscule amount lower in contrast I guess.  And, the Canon's were a good deal cooler than the Nikon glass... but what seemed like nearly 1.5dM (although it wasn't that much ... it seemed like it).

Never looked back.  Upped to EOS-5 film bodies, not as many lenses.  Was shooting a lot of medium format at that time... so the 35 was relegated to birds and candids.  I had bird and candid lenses - 28, 50, 300 and a 1.4x.   Much more than that now... but thats how I did Canon.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #176 on: March 14, 2013, 11:15:22 PM »
I never knew anything else.  I considered Nikon, but just didn't know anything about it.  All the yucky photographers had one so...

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #177 on: March 15, 2013, 06:24:27 AM »
I love Nikon and have a Nikon film SLR. But my cousin who worked at Canon could get me 40% off list.  And that is why I chose Canon ;)  And I love my Canon. 

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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #178 on: March 15, 2013, 06:35:44 AM »
My photographic adventures started with a hand me down Minolta X 370. For my 15th birthday I was given a Canon rebel G and begin investing. In '09 I bought a Nikon D3000. Although satisfied with the photos, I started shooting video as well. At the time (2010) Canon had the least expensive way to shoot professional quality video and came to realize that the lenses I invested in prior still worked, so I ended up with Canon.
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Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« Reply #179 on: March 15, 2013, 06:48:51 AM »
Canon has something to offer what Nikon doesn't, one clearest reason why I choice Canon over Nikon.
For example line-up of FAST primes, but Nikon does have better flashes but thank god we can use PocketWizards to fire those Nikon flashes with Canon cameras 8)
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