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Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:03:12 AM »

Long time Nikon shooter, author and Adobe professional Scott Kelby switched over to Canon about 6 months. Being that he’s a popular guy in the photography world, I assume he was being asked every 10 minutes why he switched.


The switch was made to a EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III for the big reasons of ergonomics, menu system and skin tones.


Kelby sits down with Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to discuss the switch to Canon.



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I’m not sure how much Mr Kelby paid for the Canon gear he now has, but I hypothesize it was at a discount. :)


System switching is an odd thing to me, and always has been. Unless there’s a definitive feature or lens that one doesn’t have and the other does.


I have heard of Canon shooters moving to Nikon if they use Speedlites a lot, as Nikon’s ETTL does a better and more consistent job than Canon’s system does.  When I hear a Nikon user switching to Canon, it seems to usually be about video features. I also know of a couple of nature photographers that moved over to Canon around the time the new big white lenses made it to market. They found great value in the weight savings of Canon’s new super telephoto lenses.


Switching for ergonomics is a weird one to me. After a few months with a camera, you’re used to it and it becomes second nature. I personally fumble around with Nikon’s pro bodies, but that’s because I have been shooting Canon predominantly for a long time. Had I always shot Nikon, I’m sure the opposite would be true.


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Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:03:12 AM »

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 10:21:18 AM »
The switch was made to a EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III for the big reasons of ergonomics, menu system and skin tones.

Now, that should generate a couple of troll posts on nikon rumors :->

Btw I agree about the  the ergonomics, when I had to decide between 60d and d7000 back then I felt much more comfortable with the Canon system, though not surprising I've been using Canon film for decades. Of course the menu system Kelby likes is only on the new 5d3/1dx, the rest of us still uses the one-dimensional unrolled menu system like on the  6d/70d.

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 10:23:13 AM »
My understanding is that it had much more to do with AF and the MkII super teles when he is shooting the NFL, but more diplomatic reasons are sited.

He is shooting alongside NFL pro shooters and they were using Canon, his AF hit rate was dramatically lower.
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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 10:23:44 AM »
Ergonomics... (and a few thousand dollars for direct advertising from Canon  8) )


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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 10:28:34 AM »
Been thinking about switching to Nikon many times, because of "their" (Sony's) superior sensor tech, but haven't because I'd lose a boatload of money in doing that.  :'(

And yeah, then there's the ergonomics..

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 10:32:01 AM »
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?  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 10:53:44 AM »
I moved from Nikon D4 to 5DMKIII because of skin tones and couldn´t be more happy. Another reason was I am amateur and was concerned about money invested on a body.
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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 12:07:22 PM »
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.

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 12:08:01 PM »
I wonder when Canon approached them. It sounds like not too long ago.
Did Canon really just recently thought "hey, a lot of people watch their stuff, maybe we should make our gear show up there"?

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 12:11:28 PM »
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.

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 12:12:29 PM »
Dear Scott: 

Please send me all your Nikon gear.
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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 12:16:21 PM »
So let's cut the ergonomics talk and call it what it was, a great business deal for him, his company and Canon.
I couldn´t agree more! It´s all about sponsorship.
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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014, 12:18:51 PM »
This guy is blowing smoke just to be nice to Nikon. Just say it was because the AF and FPS rock for sports. It's ok to be honest!

Ergonomics... Felt like it was designed by Apple...

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2014, 12:20:59 PM »
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...

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Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 12:23:09 PM »
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?  ;D  ;D  ;D

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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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 12:23:09 PM »