I'been waiting so long fot the 70d.... now it's again some more weeks away-at least. :-(
Looks like I'm finally going to switch to Nikon after 8 YEARS Canon... and now i'm wondering who else?
Anyone else out there who takes the consequences of the missing features or am i the only one?
The ease of the transition depends to an ever decreasing degree on what your photography is. The majority of people will lose or gain little, unless off course you're looking for something specific in the competitor's system. Your skill as a dealer will also impact your final numbers as well as your initial inventory. With lenses as outrageously priced on the canon side recently, as well as some bodies, it is no longer always true that the Nikon side is more expensive. Again, it all depends on your current gear.
I did the switch last year after being with canon for over a decade. It was quite painless and I consider it a net gain as Nikon has essentially fixed all the major gaps they had just a decade ago which would have prevented me from switching. Both systems still have big holes, but that is irrelevant if those holes do not affect you.
I encourage you to think of this without considering too much the opinions of people that suffer from Stockholm syndrome. unfortunately photographers identify with their OEM brand far more than most professionals and therefore try too hard to make people like you change their minds (or if they are on the other side, convince you). 99% of the people that question my switch boiled down their arguments to irrelevant factoids about the lack of some particular lens model, or body feature, which I didn't care for, or some glass ball prediction.
I'd recommend that if you do the switch, do it because you want to. Don't hold gear because of some loyalty. That is stupid. I shoot Nikon today but 8 years from now, I'd shoot Sony if that is what worked for me, or canon again. I don't advise switching every month off course, but it is good to re-evaluate choices, specially in times of great change. In 2002, I could write Nikon off. But in 2012, I could not longer find a single reason to stay with canon. What a difference a decade makes. Screw loyalty. This is about YOU.
I agree that CR is an amazing photo community. But as with all spec-centric forums, people tend to overemphasize the importance of the latest/greatest gear. All the latest Canon and Nikon DSLRs are amazing. People fretting over "Canon vs. Nikon" are splitting hairs. Both brands are amazing. It's great to hear about the relative strengths and weaknesses, but those marginal differences rarely hold back good photographers.
exactly right. I would in fact advise OP to avoid this board for this kind of decision. find a neutral board with shooters of all systems. there is off course going to be a huge bias to canon on a rumors board for people are pre-disposed to canon gear's latest and greatest or they wouldn't be here. Nikonrumors board would be just as bad a place to be fair.
When I switched, I asked in some Nikon boards for opinions but was quick to rule out the fanboys. I did get some useful honest info, in particular because many Nikon guys were canon guys not long ago, and they could offer far more valuable advise than the typical forum person pushing the only brand they've ever known.