Nikon VS Canon Which To Buy: The ULTIMATE Battle:
Nikon VS Canon the Ultimate battle to decide which one you should buy. This is always the question that fills my inbox, “Which camera is better, Nikon or Canon?”. I decided to put together a video that discusses all the FULL Frame models against their counterparts on both sides.
I want to point out that this time around it’s just Nikon and Canon and in the future there will be other brands added to the battle.
The goal with this video is to put the cameras head to head and give you the pros and cons of each. It is up to you to decide which one is for you or not for you. I know this is not an easy decision so I hope this video helps you decide.
When you take a look at the current lineups as of Dec 2nd 2014 when this video was recorded you will notice that Nikon’s is fresh and updated whereas Canon’s is a little long in the tooth. That is not saying that one is better it’s simply saying Nikon has updated their lineup more recently than Canon. Keep in mind this is a never ending cycle that one company will have newer cameras before the other.
Let’s start with the top of the line offerings. Nikon has the D4s which is already a second iteration of the D4 camera. Canon on the other side has the 1D X which is the first model of that series and is waiting to be updated. I have shot with both of these cameras and can honestly tell you I could own them both and get fantastic results with whichever I take out of the bag.
When I shot the 1D X I loved it’s speed and focus accuracy, I did not miss. Keep in mind that a lot of this comes down to the lenses you put in front of the body. Glass, glass, glass, glass, glass. Put crap in front of your camera and you may end up with crappy results.
I love my D4s, the feel of the body, the speed of the camera, the quality of the images I capture. It’s built so well and is my go to camera for almost all scenarios.
Which should you go with? The honest answer is either one, they are the most expensive DSLR’s offered and honestly they shouldn’t be your first camera.
One of the things that separates the Canon’s from the Nikon’s are their mounts. Canon abandoned their older mount in the later 80’s early 90’s which really pissed a lot of photographers off. What that means is that anyone with older lenses wouldn’t be able to use them on the newer cameras.
This was a very smart move because they knew they had to make a change in order to grow into the future. Nikon on the other hand has kept the same mount since the late 50s. That means all F mount lenses from that time period until today will mount on the camera. Sure this sounds like a good thing but at this point who cares if you can mount that crappy lenses from 1972 on your current DSLR. Lens tech has changed so much over the years that the majority of those old lenses get out shined even by kit lenses.
What many people are not aware of is that Nikon can not produce the F1.2 lenses like Canon can. Nikon’s mount simply wont allow for it to make auto focus lenses similar to Canon’s 85 F1.2 and 50 F1.2. You have to take this into consideration when you are searching out a camera. If you are a prime shooter looking for that type of lens the Canon system may be the best place for you to start.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s look at the next step down. On the Nikon side you have the D810 which again is a second iteration and on the Canon side you have the 5D Mark III. The 5D Mark III is one of the most well rounded cameras ever made. It is almost perfect for any type of photography from Weddings to Portraits to Sports, Concerts and more. It’s the standard for DSLR video and it’s probably going to be replaced in the first quarter of 2015.
The D810 on the flip side is a beast of a camera that spits out 36 megapixel 75 Meg each RAW files. It’s not as versatile as the 5D Mark III in certain situations but in others it really stands ahead. One of those places is for dynamic range and portraiture. But this is not a sports camera even though you could honestly use it for anything. Like I mentioned above Canon has those fantastic F1.2 options but Nikon has the 14-24 2.8.
There never is a clear cut way that says you should go Nikon or Canon, it still comes down to personal preference. I hope you are starting to see the theme here.
Standing alone as we go down the list of cameras is the Nikon D750. After reviewing this camera I have mentioned time and time again how if I was starting out today in Photography this would be the camera body I would choose. For the price and value that it brings it can not be touched on the Canon side just yet. That’s until Canon comes out with something that will compete with it of course.
As we close in on the entry level full frame offerings from both companies we have to add one cropped sensor to the equation, the Canon 7D Mark II. Nikon has the second iteration camera the D610 and Canon has a much older camera in the way of the 6D. Let me start of by saying the 6D is at a steal of a price right now, even lower than when this video was filmed.
Since the D610 is the second iteration camera in my option it stands head over heals above the 6D. The 6D on the other hand is still a great full frame camera on the Canon side. I enjoyed shooting it and got fantastic results in my review.
The reason I added the 7D Mark II to this list is it has so many full frame features yet it’s not a fill frame body. It’s also the only NEW Canon DSLR this year. It packs a huge punch in shooting and focusing speed as well as low light capability that is on par with some full frame cameras. It also clocks in at more expensive than the full frame Canon 6D.
This is the point where I tell you which you should buy correct? Wrong, I am not going to tell you which cameras you should buy and heres why. It all comes down to personal preference and what you will be shooting. You have to ask yourself all of those questions before deciding which way to go. But keep in mind that any photographer should be able to pick up any DSLR and capture fantastic results.
I hope you enjoyed that look at all the current FULL FRAME Dslr offerings +1 from Nikon and Canon.