I use to argue with a friend of mine about the old Nikon/Canon debate. Luckily I didn't get one but with the way Nikon handled the D600 oil/just issue, I decided it wasn't worth risking my money on them anymore since I was going into full frame and more expensive gear.
After I got my Canon 6d, I grew to love it. Especially the lowlight capability. I feel I am in much better hands with Canon now.
OK, let's really discuss this. Canon wants Scott's social media reach. They offered him(the contract reads his company but remember he owns it) a mid 6 figure sum to "sponsor " him. That of course includes a ton of "permanent" loaners(nikon and canon give away very little so you don't sell it but it is loaned forever) but camera gear in the grand scheme of things isn't that much to companies the size of Canon, Nikon or Kelby publishing(in 2007 it was a $20 million a year company, imagine how big it is today http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/products/2007-05-08-kelby-photoshop_N.htm). Canon and Nikon have been dumping sponsored working pros and replacing them with big social media guys because the average amateur is an internet geek and get their info from non pros like Rick and Scott. Times are changing and he who yells the loudest wins. Kelby isn't a pro and has found a small stock agency to be sponsored by because he gets them a ton of publicity, not because the photos are good(imaging him turning those pictures into SI?) That said he is a GREAT teacher. Absolutely amazing teacher so it makes total sense Canon will pay for that placement. Nikon is a much smaller company and couldn't match that deal. I expect Canon and and on a smaller scale Nikon to be doing more of this in the near future. Fans of both sides want it to be about the cameras but it's not, it's about business. So let's cut the ergonomics talk and call it what it was, a great business deal for him, his company and Canon.
Scott is a great teacher - I have taken a couple of his seminars when he has come through town. My buddy Hien snapped this of Scott and I on my old 40D, 17-55/2.8 combo. I joked with him at the time about being shot with Canon as he was a staunch Nikonian at the time...
This is shocking because Scott Kelby has always been a very strong proponent of the Nikon system. Now, why will someone who has touted the wide dynamic range in Nikon cameras suddenly switch to a system with inferior sensors?
As Mr. Kelby noted in the video, you pick a camera on the basis of many factors. I'll note that how you weigh those factors is dependent on use and individual preferences. Likely, Mr. Kelby's stated reasons of Canon having the better AF, better hit rate, and skin tones outweighed, in his case, the DR, the sensor, and other features in Nikon's cameras. It may simply come down to specs on paper don't matter if you don't/can't get the shot in the field or don't like the resulting tone. Although it is interesting to see people who have used one system for years move to another, given the stated reasons, I'm not sure why any of this is surprising or shocking.
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