Art Morris very vocal move from Canon to Nikon (an update)

privatebydesign

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So a few months ago I we had a pretty heated thread (it actually spread across several threads) that involved Art Morris’ very vocal and dismissive move from Canon to Nikon because of his perception that the D5 and D850 AF blew the 1DX MkII and 5D MkIV out of the water. He railed against the Canon AF for quite some time suggesting that the Nikon AF was his utopia and he had never found anything close to it and that his old Canon AF was akin to a blind man using manual focus.

Well here’s the funny thing, I saw him this evening and he has sold all his Nikon gear and is now using exclusively Sony, specifically for BIF he uses an A9 and the 100-400 often with the 2x TC. He says the handholdability of the effective 800mm and 92% AF coverage is the best he has ever used (along with several more very harsh digs about Canon AF).
 

Talys

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Wow. that's kind of crazy talk. It basically just sounds like he's Anything But Canon. *Shrug*

I've tried both the D850 and the A9, and in my opinion the D850 is an order of magnitude better for BIF. But I mean, whatever, I hope Art is happy with Sony. Perhaps someone will be really happy that they got a D850 cheap :D
 
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AlanF

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It's now all over his blog. Mind you, he rubbishes the A7RIII for BIF because of the viewfinder blackout between shots and the 100-400mm GM is hopeless with a 2xTC. It convinces me more than ever to stay with a Canon DSLR for bird photography.
 

AlanF

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It's not good news for Nikon. They have invested heavily into nature photography with the D500 and new lenses, and the D850 is a very good camera. The A9 is very good for BIF, but the D850 may be better and its sensor has twice the resolution without an AA-filter and so is much better for perched birds.
 
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I think Canon dropped him from their Explorer's of Light program a few years back so I expect that explains a lot. I don't care what brand he is currently promoting but I'd listen to his advise on how to make a nice living promoting photography. As far as that goes I'd say he's done very well.
 

Talys

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It's now all over his blog. Mind you, he rubbishes the A7RIII for BIF because of the viewfinder blackout between shots and the 100-400mm GM is hopeless with a 2xTC. It convinces me more than ever to stay with a Canon DSLR for bird photography.
Yes, the 100-400 is an awful lens with a teleconverter when compared to a 1DX2, or even a 5D4. Add on top of that, while the 1.4x Sony is only awful , the 2x teleconverter is a bad joke. I have no idea what Art is talking about when he praises 400 with 2xTC compared to obviously superior Nikon or Canon alternatives.

The other BIF issue I have is a practical one with STM lenses, and also specifically with the Sony and 100-400GM. If I'm shooting BIF, without looking at the lens, I like to prefocus my lens manually to about the right distance so that when I look through the viewfinder, I see something, especially with a 100-400, where I might have taken a shot closer to me. If the next shot is at 25 yards or far away, I can prefocus there just by tactile feedback from the focus ring movement.

On most STM lenses, I can't do that -- the 100-400GM doesn't even have a tactile stop at infinity. Plus, on the Sony system, it isn't possible to set it to work like a USM ring, where it's in autofocus but you can turn the manual focus ring at any time. So if you take a bird portrait at 5 yards, and then try to shoot a BIF in blue sky at 45 yards, by the time the camera does its very slow hunt, the bird is long gone.

It's not good news for Nikon. They have invested heavily into nature photography with the D500 and new lenses, and the D850 is a very good camera. The A9 is very good for BIF, but the D850 may be better and its sensor has twice the resolution without an AA-filter and so is much better for perched birds.
I really liked the D850. I've had the pleasure of using it a few times, and I'd love a Canon DSLR that had its feature mix.
 
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Refurb7

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When he moved from Canon to Nikon, he posted a photo of a large bird taking off from a rock and claimed it could only be captured with his new Nikon. Because a bird taking off from a rock is impossible to photograph with any Canon! Ridiculous.