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Snugapup Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 02:06 AM
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"Why Nikon?"


Bellevue, WA, US
          

Why did you go with the Nikon brand? (Mods please move to appropriate section)

  

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sduford Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 02:19 AM
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#1. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sora, PA
          

Mainly for the superb ergonomics of their cameras.

Sylvain,
There is no substitute for aperture...
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Snugapup Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 02:26 AM
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#2. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Bellevue, WA, US
          

Ergonomics over which of the competitors?

  

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gheck58 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2003Wed 25-Jan-06 02:31 AM
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#3. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Aliso Viejo, US
          

Ergonomics, build quality, features, lenses, menues, looks, reliability, long time professional following, need I say more.

Hecky

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Visit my Nikonians gallery.

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Snugapup Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 02:41 AM
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#4. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Bellevue, WA, US
          

>Ergonomics, build quality, features, lenses, menues, looks,
>reliability, long time professional following, need I say
>more.
Canon has all the components you described? No?

  

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sduford Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 03:02 AM
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#6. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sora, PA
          

Ergonomics of the D70s were better then that of 350D and 20D.

The D200 blows them all out of the water.

Sylvain,
There is no substitute for aperture...
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Snugapup Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 03:16 AM
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#7. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Bellevue, WA, US
          

>Ergonomics of the D70s were better then that of 350D and
>20D.
>
>The D200 blows them all out of the water.
Ergonomics...argueable, but I agree with you. What about lenses? Canon has a very diverse lineup of features vs. cost lenses.

  

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adrianaitken Registered since 19th Mar 2004Wed 25-Jan-06 06:39 PM
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#23. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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GB
          

http://www.iwpawards.com
International Wildbird Photographers website - 2005 winner used a Canon 300D with a Nikon 300mm f2.8,teleconverter and EOS-nikon converter.
Seems he'd seen the error of his ways and decided Nikon gave him better quality optically because he'd have used it in manual focus mode and most likely had to manually stop down the lens, not something you really want to bother with in this modern digital age !!!
I think that says something about optics.

Also, I used Canon upto the late 80's (T70 and the T90 which is what the current EOS style still reminds me of). Both my cameras failed within months of each other whilst shooting mothers with newly born babies (not something you can easily reshoot when the prints come back a few days later!!). Moved to Nikon - F4 and then F5's and now D2H. Apart from the D2h meter issue on one I've had no problems and I like the bigger camera ergonomics since I've large hands.

Regards
Adrian

  

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professorune Registered since 08th Jun 2013Tue 01-Jul-14 02:53 PM
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#122. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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HK
          

Mainly ergonomics, build quality & reputation.

Before investing in an DSLR, had also tried the "other" well known brand but found Nikon to be more suited in layout, menu set up.

  

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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Tue 01-Jul-14 05:32 PM
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#123. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Tue 01-Jul-14 08:03 PM by quenton8

Toronto, CA
          

My SLRs were Konica, Minolta, Canon, Minolta. When I decided to get back into photography with a DSLR, the salesman tried to get me to buy a Sony (to use my Minolta lenses), but with Minolta not there, I saw Canon and Nikon as the key brands. My friends kept saying "buy Canon, buy Canon", but they had no reasons other than their own Canon cameras, so I rebelled and bought a Nikon D90. I loved it.

Actually it was less "rebelled" than "I had read about Nikon on and of for decades, and always wanted one!". I don't see switching now, I am about the retire and I now have my D90 and D7100.

----
Dennis Smith.

  

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gpoole Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 14th Feb 2004Wed 25-Jan-06 02:45 AM
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#5. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Farmington Hills, US
          

I choose a Nikon F in the late 1960s. The forward and backward compatibility of the lenses has kept me there.

Even without the history, it's hard to believe there can be a better camera than my F6 and previous to that my F100s. They both work(ed) fantastically and just feel/felt right in my in my hands.

I've never had any reason to look outside Nikon.


Gary in SE Michigan, USA. Co-organizer of the Southern Michigan Chapter
Nikonians membership - My most important photographic investment, after the camera.
D4, D810, D300, D90, F6, FM3a (black), FM2n (chrome)
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My Nikonians Gallery & Our Chapter Gallery

  

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seres2 Registered since 12th Mar 2013Sun 27-Jul-14 06:40 PM
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#146. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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US
          

>I choose a Nikon F in the late 1960s. The forward and
>backward compatibility of the lenses has kept me there.
>
>Even without the history, it's hard to believe there can be a
>better camera than my F6 and previous to that my F100s. They
>both work(ed) fantastically and just feel/felt right in my in
>my hands.
>
>I've never had any reason to look outside Nikon.
>
>
>
That is exactly how I came to Nikon in the early 70's, although my last film body was the F5 (another fantastic camera). I've never regretted it.

  

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#147. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Port Glasgow, GB
          

In my case, an Oly user since the eighties, I went to Oly digital. But it never really worked out as the AF was so poor for movers.

I considered Canon, but it seemed the Nikon AF was the best- I bought a D300s.

Also, I'd always thought of Nikon as the very best brand, and I wanted the best- because I sure ain't the best photog!

Very glad to have joined up, and had zero issues with the stuff.

Now have a D700, 3100 and the D300s..V1, F4 and F5.

Count myself very lucky.

my webpage is at http://www.scottishops.co.uk

my Nikonians gallery is here. http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/330319

  

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TBonz Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Jul 2014Tue 29-Jul-14 09:29 PM
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#148. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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VA, US
          

Early on I had an off brand fully manual body with some screw mount lenses as my first SLR in my teens. I wanted a more capable body but couldn't afford a major change, so I went Pentax. I had quite a kit back in the early 80s. When my shooting slowed down in the early 90s, I sold everything and picked up a Nikon F4S, a few lenses and a flash. Haven't regretted the change to Nikon yet and don't intend to change brands again!

  

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jnicholson Registered since 14th Feb 2002Wed 25-Jan-06 03:41 AM
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#8. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Clatskanie, US
          

Back when I was getting more serious about photography, and wanted to
upgrade to an AF system (I was still using a manual Canon system), I
looked and held and borrowed both a "Canon Elan 7" and a "Nikon N-80".

Both good cameras, both have +'s and -'s. The N-80 just felt better.
I ended up trading the Canon stuff for an old FG setup to keep my manual
stuff compatable with my auto-focus stuff. Went digital with D-100, and
again with D-200. I still have all 4 cameras.

I have looked into other systems, but I'm at the point where my investment
in the Nikon system is tough to overcome. And I still like the "feel of the Nikon"
over Canon and every other camera I've held.

http://webpages.charter.net/jeffnicholson/images/4182.jpg

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ridewya Registered since 01st Jan 2006Wed 25-Jan-06 05:44 AM
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#9. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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US
          

Have anyone hold Eos 20D ? it feels sooo plastic....even the cheapest nikon (D50) is better built than that..although underneath 20D there's magnesium alloy body...and so is 5D they are just not comparable to D200...or any other nikon superly built, sensible price and extremely good quality.

  

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Vladimer Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 06:22 AM
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#10. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Dubai, AE
          

Just hold Nikon F6 once in your life and you will understand )

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#72. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Thu 17-Jan-13 10:13 PM by rutherfordphoto

Vancouver, CA
          

>Just hold Nikon F6 once in your life and you will understand
> )
>

Then look at some Kodak E100VS slides that you shot with the F6, and you'll really understand

It's always been Nikon for me. The mystique, the allure, feel of a Nikon body in your hands. The ergonomics from body to body, hold one in your hands, you instinctively know where the controls are and ready to shoot.

they're just tools but why pound nails with a Flintstone hammer when you can swing an Eastwing

~Cheers, Allan~
www.allanschroeder.com

  

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jimtan Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 08:30 AM
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#11. "Why do you ask?"
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US
          

Hello,

Why don't you tell us about yourself and what you shoot? Perhaps, we can help you by being more specific.

Best Regards

Jim

  

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dankeny Gold Member Nikonian since 29th May 2006Wed 25-Jan-06 12:07 PM
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#12. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Roland, US
          

Because I couldn't afford an M when I bought my FE.

David

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tomtom42 Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 12:15 PM
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Baden, AT
          

When I wanted to upgrade my P+S-Digital I first tried the canon 300d (drebel) my father has, but it did not feel "right" in my hands.

A few months later the D70 came out, I tried it in a local store and bought it strait away - to me it felt very comfortable, the "kit-lens" is far superior in build-quality and the price was not THAT much higher.

I do not regret this purchase at all!

Greetings from Austria (sorry, no kangaroos, sachertorte instead)
Tom


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Dave C Registered since 10th Mar 2002Wed 25-Jan-06 12:17 PM
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Dunfermline, GB
          

1. Ergonomics of the F80 were way better than the Canon, Minolta or Pentax competition. Personal opinion I know but the importance of trying in-shop cannot be overstated. Buy what suits you.
2. Canon have changed their lens mount at least once. Will they do it again?

Always look on the bright side of life de dum de dum...........
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mureena Registered since 02nd Nov 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 12:33 PM
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FI
          

Have been using SLR's since I was 14, was using Canon prior to making the jump to DSLR. Chose Nikon at the time because of the D70 vs EOS 300/350 edge in ergonomics and controls.

The most important reason why I all the time have kept a Nikon in my shelf is the Nikkor range of lenses and their quality.

Robert
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F80 Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 01:19 PM
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Toronto, CA
          

F2AS

F80

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AZ Candy Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 01:44 PM
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#17. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Boston Area, US
          

Like most of the replies, it felt right in my hands. I have small hands and the weight, feel and ability to just hold the camera and lens steady while focusing was a major factor in my decision and ultimately why I choose the D70. My son whom is a nut for the "other brand" moaned and groaned saying how much better his end results would be. I secretely think he wanted to "borrow" any lenses I might obtain ....

Why am I now a loyal Nikon fan? Because of the FANTASTIC color that these cameras can capture and reproduce, their fabulous Nikkor lenses to go with those cameras and of course...

Nikonians!

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Chan Tran Registered since 04th Dec 2003Wed 25-Jan-06 02:14 PM
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#19. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Aurora, US
          

I have Nikon today because MAINLY that was I started out with back in the 70's. I like the Nikon control layout better than Canon and I am talking film cameras as I don't have a DSLR. I also like the interchangeble viewfinder on the F5.
Now, why did I choose Nikon back in the 70's, 1977 to be exact? Back then I believe Nikon lenses are better than Canon or Minolta. Only Nikon and Canon (may be Minolta with the XK) offered a camera with a degree of versatility like the Nikon F2 and Canon F1. So the choice was down to 2. I picked the Nikon because more pro used Nikon back then than Canon (not a good reason but it was the reason). So I chose the top Nikon at that time, the F2AS.

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ferd Registered since 28th Sep 2004Wed 25-Jan-06 02:06 PM
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Because of Nikonians !

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sfaribault Basic MemberWed 25-Jan-06 02:16 PM
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Monticello, US
          

Film cameras were Fujica (Old thread mount). Going to digital I started with a coolpix 995 then went to D70..

I like the quality of Nikon brand..

Steve

  

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DavidRamey Registered since 11th Jan 2006Wed 25-Jan-06 04:01 PM
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Soldotna, US
          

Back in the 1970's, I managed a service station that was next door to a busy photography studio. When I wanted to get a SLR camera, I asked them what kind of camera they would recommend to me. They said that they used just about everything and had to send them all in to get repaired twice a year, except Nikon. The Nikons had to be sent in once a year. I chose Nikon because of the dependability. When I started working as a photographer in a studio, I had to use a Canon and hated it. It seemed built backwards. Where the Nikon felt like a finely crafted tool, the Canon felt like a tree limb. I have stuck with Nikon and have been very happy with them both as a tool and as a company.

David C. Ramey
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Hudson, US
          

Ditto!

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New York City, US
          

The Pentax that I was using at the time (over 25 years ago) died and I decided to go with Nikon for its "legendary" reliability. I haven't been disappointed.

Rich

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Rebel Registered since 29th Oct 2005Wed 25-Jan-06 07:41 PM
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London, GB
          

I first went with Nikon back in the seventies.

I needed the best quality camera and optics possible in the 35mm format for macro photography and Nikon gave me that. I was so pleased with the pro-quality and range of their products that I became a convert.

I also used Nikon lenses in my enlarger.

In those days most pros used Nikon and some used other brands like Canon, Olympus and Leica.

I did have a Canon SLR but it was rubbish. One thing that went wrong with it was that the lens mount (of the newer style) became loose so that the lenses would wobble around on it and there was no way that I could repair it myself.

When I got my first Nikon back in the seventies Canon had the old style mount that was truly awful.

With the digital age Canon stole a march on Nikon (and everybody else). Canon were in the unique position of being an electronics company as well as a camera manufacturer so they got ahead of the game. Canon almost got me at one point

Thankfully Nikon caught up and have now passed Canon (not in sales but in everything else) but other manufacturers of traditional cameras are still struggling.

When I hold a Nikon in my hands I have this feeling that I've got the "real thing". Something I don't feel with Canon.

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter" - Ansel Adams

  

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London UK, GB
          

Use Olympus OM gear for film and have done since 1982.

Had a Canon AE1 for 6 months - disliked it, especially the stupid shutter priority AE system.

2004 decided to get a digital SLR:

Oly E series - not a serious contender.

D70 better lens, better build and vastly better ergonomics that EOS350D/Rebel XT. The Canon just felt like a cheap plastic thing with a nasty lens and a horrible menu system that reminded me of the P&S I was keen to get away from.

Now D2X and lots of lenses

Brendan
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waterkey Registered since 05th Dec 2004Thu 26-Jan-06 02:55 AM
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US
          

I came up in photography in the late 1960's and '70s. I fell in love with slr's, and at that time THE camera was the Nikon F Photomic FTN. I compared all the brands (at that time there were at least 10-15 major brands available). After playing with and handling many major brands: Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Yashica, Fuji, Miranda, Topcon, Konica, Mamiya/Sekor, and others, I knew NOTHING ELSE had the quality feel of the Nikon. The Pentax and Topcon were probably the closest. The Canon FT and FTb and the Mamiyas always felt to me as if pieces would come off, plus I did not like the breech-lock bayonet mount of the Canon, or the cheesy finish of the Mamiya or the Yashica and some of the other lesser brands. Leicaflex was so overpriced, it was way out of the question.

My dad worked for Minolta, and already had an SRT, so I took the money I had saved for three years and paid $225 for a brand new Minolta SRT in 1974. Almost immediately, I regretted not going for the Nikon or Nikkormat. I could have had a Nikkormat FTN for about the same price as the Minolta. After many years, I finally got the Nikon. I love the fact that I can use just about any Nikon lens ever made on either of my cameras, because I love the older manual focus lenses. In my opinion, any SLR takes second place to Nikon, and I have owned many, many cameras in the past 35 years. Quality, quality, quality, and dependability--that's what I like about my Nikons.

Jim
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Japio Registered since 04th Nov 2004Thu 26-Jan-06 04:15 AM
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Greenville, US
          

Back in 1977 a salesguy in the local camera store said the Nikkormat FT3 was good, and since I had no clue, I just took it.
Many here showed good reasons for the right decision, but as you see you also can have bad reasons, or no reasons at all for the right 'decision'

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Calico Registered since 20th Jul 2006Thu 26-Jan-06 06:43 AM
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US
          

I had been away from photography for a few years and I mentioned to the gentleman I work with that I was contemplating getting a Canon cameras soon; he suggested that I take a look at the Nikon cameras. His first remark was the lens mount advantage; that got my attention. Then, he explained about the build quality and the great lenses made by Nikon... I couldn't help but want to know more.

I contacted two old friends, longtime Canon users, and after speaking with them I discovered that one was now a Nikonian, and the other (diehard Canon user) had his camera in the repair shop yet again (about three times since he purchased it a couple of years earlier; this guy has recently gone digital but he is now a Nikonian, too).

Now, I was leaning toward Nikon, and I particularly liked the all-black look of the camera. I didn't like some of the lenses put out by Canon, although they're really probably in par with Nikkor lenses insofar as glass quality and engineering and whatnot... but I just don't like the flimsy feel... there's something that just doesn't jive with me and I can't put it into words right now but I just didn't like the feel of the Canon lenses altogether.

The gentleman I work with brought in his F90 and let me play with it a few minutes... I was hooked the minute I held it in my hands and felt the no-nonsense feel of the camera! But, really, that camera (at the time) was a bit too pricey for me. I was considering getting an all-manual camera. Then, the gentleman I work with told me to focus on the door by pressing the shutter release button halfway down, and as soon as the camera focused, he looked at me and said, "I thought that would convince you; you don't have the eyes of a youngster anymore..."

He printed out the specs on all of the Nikon AF cameras and gave them to me to look over.

A couple of days later he found a great sale on Nikon cameras. We went that same weekend to check out the cameras, and the first one I asked to see was the N80; I fell in love with the ergonomics and the general "feel" of the camera plus the price was right (and the rebate further sweetened the deal for me). The rest is history... that was a little over 5 years ago. I now have two N80 bodies, 7 lenses (all Nikkor) and have not regretted my decision in the least.


Good luck & best wishes,
---Calico, The Nikonian!
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trigger Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jan 2006Thu 26-Jan-06 07:32 AM
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#29. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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BADHOEVEDORP, NL
          

Why not?

But, after having some simple cameras, I started diving. Could lay my hands on a relative cheap Sea&Sea underwater camera and starting shooting UW. Then I was able to buy a relative cheap Nikonos V and things started to change. I was very happy with the quality of the camera, so when I wanted a new topside camera, the choice for Nikon was not that difficult. F70 first, then added a coolpix 995, then replaced F70 with D70...

For financial reasons, I bought a sigma 70-300 zoom with it, but replaced that very soon with the nikkor 70-300 (low-end lenses, remember: financial reasons ) which, in my experience is better in quality. With the sigma I lost the macro, but solved that with the nikkor 60/2.8 lens.

So, in a nutshell, from now, I'd probably safe for the nikon stuff, in stead of third party.

Peter
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Doggin It Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2003Thu 26-Jan-06 11:13 AM
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#30. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Honeoye Falls, US
          

When my old Pentaxes (SP-500's) died a few years ago, I looked at both Canon and Nikon. In my price range, only the N80 had spot metering, a must. Then it felt right in my hands, I liked the lens selection and forward compatibility of the system, and liked the reputation for durability and quality.

Done deal, and Nikon would have to ~really~ mess up badly to make me change.


--Joyce

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#31. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Regina, CA
          

Everyone here has such a long history in photography, now I embarrass to tell you guys that I bought my very own camera(digital) in April of 2005... I did use a camera prior april 2005, but it was a family camera that I occasionally used for covocation/vacations, etc...

This camera(pentax S4 refurished) really changes everything! I carry it alone everywhere I go, taking picture of many fasciating stuff, I had a great time!

Than in the July of 2005, I notice Nikon had introduce the budget D50! I had set my eyes on it, is the perfect camera for me! I did go to my local bestbuy store and try it out, the D50 is just better than the Canon 350D, but the 8mp did almost get me

With all my mind set, money was the real issue! I told myself, if I could sell both Pentax S4 and my relatively new laptop at a decent price, I will go buy the D50. And you won't believe it, I sold these two items within a month! so in August of 2005, I was a new owner of a D50 with kit lens! Everything just workout so well!

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#32. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Richmond, US
          

Nikon was the undisputed leader back in the 70s and early 80s when I finally scraped together enough nickels to buy an SLR. It was a Fujica ST-801, which was actually quite nice except that it had NO system support from third party vendors, and I couldn't afford the Fuji lenses. And Fuji didn't have a motor drive, either. So when I got a few more nickels, I bought a Nikon (an FG-20), because I could be certain that I'd be able to get just about anything I needed for a Nikon. It turned out to be not as true as I'd thought, since you really had to be at least up to the FM2n / F3 to get that, but at least my glass and flash still worked. So I bought an FM2n, then an FA. Twenty years later I still had an FA and an FM2n when we decided to get a DSLR. With a pile of glass already invested, we didn't seriously consider anything but Nikon, and I haven't been disappointed.

_____
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#33. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Burnet, US
          

VERY easy....I used to use a Canon AE-1P, and when I went to the NANPA convention here in Austin in 2000, I was set on Canon...probably an EOS-3 and a few Canon lenses. Well, when my dad found out that Canon had switched to the EOS system (and thus antiquating his large collection of lenses) he said to heck with Canon and since we would one day share a possible 600mm lens, I had better look at Nikon...

Needless to say, I am glad that happened!!!! In the middle part of 2000 a new F5 was my first Nikon, and I have been a happy Nikonian ever since!!!

Besides, what other camera brand can offer such a fabulous community as Nikonians????

Cheers,

Mark, an Austin Nikonian

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#34. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Allen, US
          

My ex introduced me to his Pentax manual SLR in the 70's. It was too large and heavy for my hands. He suprised me with an FG for my birthday. I expected that the Program mode would be beneficial for an SLR beginner. Turned out that I learned to shoot Manual mode anyway and barely ever touched Program.

Several years later I upgraded to a N70. I left the next day to dive Egypt frantically reading the manual during the long plane ride from Dallas. Why another Nikon then? Lens compatibility of course,and,as many others have already stated - they all fit into my hands perfectly..

I did try a Cannon snorkeler's camera for very very brief time. The motor drive died very quickly and I discovered that NO one would repair it. Haven't touched another Cannon since.

When digital came along I began with the c950, then c5000. Santa just brought me a D70s.

ciao,

jawfish

ciao,

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#35. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Morgantown, US
          

In 1968 I looked at everything I could get my hands on. Nikon (Nikkormat), Pentax, Canon, Minolta and (even) Exaxta. The Nikkormat was the clear choice when considering the build quality, ease of use, system, and reputation. I've never had any problems caused by anything other than "pilot error."

In March '05, while walking through Best Buy I looked at a D70. "Can I mount my old lenses?" I asked. Give it a try, the sales guy said. Even my first model Vivitar Series 1 zoom mounted. (Kids, don't try this at home!) It felt good and used all of my other lenses (with a AI mod).

I read the reviews. I bought the camera.

A few years ago HP ran a television ad in the US for its printers - "Always buy the best, you'll never regret it." We can debate whether Nikon is "the best," but it's clearly toward the top of the list.

I've never regretted it.

  

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#36. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Rancho Cordova, US
          

1) The legendary F-mount.
2) Nikon's commitment to planned non-obsolecense.
3) Nikon's system and accessories.
4) Nikon's quality and reliability.
5) Nikon's ergonomics (better for me than Canon, Minolta and Pentax).
6) Nikon's reputation as a tool used by pros the world over.
7) Nikon envy - its what everybody wanted.


Anthony

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#37. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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GW
          

I had been an Olympus user for decades, but their DSLR line just didn't seem to be very wide. Nikon has a good reputation so I started looking at the D50. I then decided on the D70s because of the kit lens, DOF preview button, CF card and a few other things. I looked at a few Canons, but decided on the Nikon because I had always wanted a Nikon. I never get into these Ford/Chevy, Nikon/Canon debates so that had zero influence on my decision.

  

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Phoenix, US
          

I purchased my first Nikon F with the 50 mm F/2.0 S lens (Still sitting in the safe) in 1959. The rest was, and continues to be, easy.

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona

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#39. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Saint Paul, US
          

I chose Nikon because of Paul Simon! When I started looking at cameras in the mid 70s, I remembered the song Kodachrome. When I started talking to people about cameras, I'd ask about Nikons and the response was always about what great cameras Nikon made and about the quality of the range of Nikkor lenses.

I finally bought a Nikkormat FT2 in 1976. Later I purchased an F2AS, then an F3 w/MD4 motor drive. Along the way several Nikkors were added to the collection.

After several years away from photography, I never considered any other cameras except Nikon when looking for a digital. Mostly because of my history with Nikon, but mainly because all of my old AI'd and AI lenses were still usable with today's Nikon digital cameras.

Now I have added a D70s to the collection with a D200 coming in the spring. No regrets!

Bruce

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Bruce

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#40. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Bellevue, WA, US
          

Wow, lots of good responses! I enjoy hearing the stories of the veteran photographers; when I used to work at ritz camera, baby boomer generation guys would come in and peep around and talk about how things have changed since 1960-1970. There seemed to be a great deal of praise toward both Pentax and Nikon both. I remember my dad using a Pentax SLR for almost all my childhood photos and looking at them now they look really good! (He purchased at Canon T70 in the mid 80's and those photo's look quite nice as well)

Is there any truth to Pentax's quality camera line during the 1960-1970's? What happened to them? Seems like there is only Canon and Nikon these days...

  

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#41. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Richmond, US
          

The Pentax Spotmatic series was legendary, and with good reason. They worked well, had competitive features, and were reliable. Although the Pentax system was not quite as comprehensive as Nikon's F and F2 family (or, subsequently, Canon's A1), it was pretty good. And the Super Takumar lenses were widely acknowledged as excellent glass. One thing that was a pain in the lower posterior was the m42 screw mount, which worked and had great support, but which took *eons* to change lenses.

They fixed that in about 1978 or so with the MX/ME/K/LX series that used the Pentax K bayonet mount. These were tiny, jewel-like SLRs, but to me they lost ground to the big guys (Nikon and Canon) because the system shrank. My impression is that they lost more ground when it came to AF, and they're nearly nowhere now in digital.

_____
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robboh Registered since 22nd Dec 2005Thu 02-Feb-06 03:08 AM
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#50. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Auckland, NZ
          

I laughed when I read this post. My first SLR was an old Pentax ME that I brought off a friend. Had a 50mm and a 70-210 f4-5.6 zoom lens with it. I took some great shots with it and I do have to admit that I used to love the split prism for focusing.

After that, one of my photography course teachers mentioned to me that he had a very low use 2ndhand F-601 (N6006) in the store with (again) a 50mm and a 70-210 f4-5.6D zoom going for a good price. It was VERY low use, with NO wear on the film transport at all.

The F601 was a great camera for me and had all the features I wanted at the time, allowing me to grow as a photographer. AF is accurate, albeit a little slow, great exposure with chromes and it serviced me well for years. Its also handled being out in rainstorms, trips to thailand and other places, all without a blink. Not bad for a 'consumer' body.

Then came a Coolpix5400, which drove me to distraction with lowlight AF and lack of easy access to manual controls, but I loved the digital side of things, which lead to my getting a D70. I played with a couple of Canon's at the time (just in case) and hated the cheap plasticy feel (and silver bodies), plus I already had some Nikon glass. Was no contest really.

The D70 has been a bit of a love/hate relationship. Again, love the digital. Frustration at times with the AF and some of the ergonomics. I also find the default exposure curve to be a pain in the butt (I hate doing PP, but prefer shooting in RAW for the flexibility when I do want it). Id really love it if they had a 'coolpix' exposure/look mode as I always seem to be dialing in +0.3 to 0.7 exposure compensation.

Along the way have come a few nicer lenses to go with the D70. The 18/70 which a great little lens and a 70-200 VR.

D200 appears to fix most of the D70 shortcomings (well, what I consider its shortcomings) and adds a few nice features as well. All my Nikons have been very reliable so I have no hesitation about going to the D200, though will happily wait until the banding issues are resolved.

To me, Nikon has always been synomonous with the words 'pro calibre' and 'quality'. Its what all the pro's used when I was growing up and when I got into photography, the F4 was just a thing of beauty to me and the object of much lust and desire. The look/feel/ergonomics of the Canon's have never appealed.

  

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#42. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Mason City, US
          

Growing up, my father always used Nikon. Being a picky guy, I always followed his opinion it was the best. When I bought my first digital camera from a semi-pro friend of mine, it was a Nikon. I've never had any performance complaints about the Nikon equipment I've had. When it came time that I wanted to upgrade, there was no question about going Nikon. I have yet to be able to find as much information and online assistance for any of the other manufacturers as I have Nikon.

Speaking on behalf of a friend of mine, Nikon is the cameras used on CSI so it was good enough for him.

Reding, A Midwest Nikonian
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#43. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Had only heard of Nikon while growing up.
As another member already pointed out Nikonians.org !!!

In my search, did not find a great community as ours
with the other brand.

Regards,
Abhi

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Dan77 Registered since 08th Jan 2006Sun 29-Jan-06 11:16 PM
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#44. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Adelaide, AU
          

I grew up with old Pentax SLR gear during my schoolies days, and because the old man used Pentax aswell, and the quality, then, was very good, especially for a teenager learning the finer points of a manually operated SLR camera. Since those days are long gone and lost forever, I chose Nikon, when it came time for me to buy my own gear, by the companies reputation for quality, and by the word of mouth of semi profession photographers I'd met.

I've also used Canon for work purposes, and still do today, and from a personal comparison, I've found that although Canon cameras are workable pieces of equipment, their mid range gear feels cheap and plasticy. Even when converting to digital, although on paper the 20D is probably a better camera than the D70, it (20D) still felt a lot like those nasty 300/350 rebels, hence why I continued with the Nikon name, not to mention I had a small collection of Nikkor glass.

That's my story any way.

Dan

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bill_kc Registered since 29th Oct 2005Mon 30-Jan-06 04:33 AM
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#45. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Raytown, US
          

For me, Nikon was a business decision. I was running 50 to 100 rolls of 36 exposure through my 35mm camera a week. It was 1976 and I had a Canon. The film transport kept breaking on my Canon.

My partner in the studio, also had a camera repair business in the back of our studio. He'd have my Canon repaired in half an hour, but he was getting tired of fixing it for me. He sent me over to a camera shop he did repairs for, and they had a new black Nikormat FT2 sitting on the counter for me when I got there. I've shot Nikon ever since.

Most of my "pro" work has been shot with 120 or 46mm film, but there's always been a need for a reliable 35mm system for jobs where the larger formats wouldn't work or was not economical. Nikon bodies have always had a build quality similar to the bigger format cameras. I've never used a Leica, but I suspect I'd get the same sense of reliability from a Leica as I do from Nikon.

BTW, my Nikon experience has only been manual focus cameras and the D70. There may be no difference in quality between brands when you get into the auto everything cameras.

  

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#46. "Why Nikon?"
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Atlanta, US
          

Nikon F was the professional's choice in 35mm SLRs in the sixties. That's when I bought into the system. I added an F2 when I got into studio work for a living, and then more Nikkors, and accessories. All that stuff still works great 30~40 years later! When it dies I will look around at alternatives, if I outlive it.

Canon? Good gear, but how glad I was that I had Nikon gear when Canon abandoned the truly wonderful F1 and its mount. I always wondered after that if Canon would abandon its customers again someday, leaving their customers' investment in glass stranded. No worry, my Nikons just clicked on forevermore. And Nikon has done a fair job in maintaining some backward compatibility while embracing the newer technologies. I'm comforted in knowing that there are lots of camera bodies out there that will receive my classic Nikkor glass.

I am more than delighted to learn that Carl Zeiss is going to make some F mount lenses too. I noticed that the MF ones have the meter indexing ears. How happy I was to see that! Someday my F's just might get a new Planar!

Henry Fisher
always learning something

“You can’t rely on technology for seeing a picture.” -- William Albert Allard, National Geographic

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#58. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Weddington, US
          

>
>Canon? Good gear, but how glad I was that I had Nikon gear
>when Canon abandoned the truly wonderful F1 and its mount. I
>always wondered after that if Canon would abandon its
>customers again someday, leaving their customers' investment
>in glass stranded. No worry, my Nikons just clicked on
>forevermore. And Nikon has done a fair job in maintaining
>some backward compatibility while embracing the newer
>technologies. I'm comforted in knowing that there are lots
>of camera bodies out there that will receive my classic
>Nikkor glass.
>

Ditto for me...

John Rice

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#47. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sutton, GB
          

I won't win any prizes for originality, but I compared the ergonomiics of the D70 with the Canon 300/350D, 'nuff said. I was also lucky enough to discover Nikonians before making my purchase. Thirdly, I live only a few miles from Nikon's UK headquarters so can easily get there for their courses and excellent free seminars.

  

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#48. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Milwaukee, US
          

Ergonomics. Nikon just felt right in my hands and the controls are logical and intuitive to me.

Quality.

Backwards and Forwards compatability.


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jwenting Silver Member Nikonian since 06th May 2002Wed 01-Feb-06 07:35 PM
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#49. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Almere,
          

When replacing my stolen Minolta gear 6 years ago Minolta was going through a period of very bad QA problems, so I was advised by the local dealers to not buy them (some in fact dropped the brand).
I tried Canon and Nikon (haven written off Pentax already) and liked Nikon better.
Better ergonomics, better feel, better quality (less plasticy).

Plus I don't like white and silver bodies and lenses

I'd have bought an M6 if I could afford one and they came with superteles, but since neither is the case that wasn't an option.

any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame

  

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#51. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Brighton and Hove, GB
          

My old film SLR was a Ricoh KR10 using Pentax K-mount manual focus lenses. My two lenses were Tamrons for budget reasons. Nothing there that would really carry forward into this millenium. So when I finally decided I couldn't resist a digital SLR any longer, I was determined to get a Canon or a Nikon (I see these two as the BMW and Mercedes of the camera world).

I was very much leaning toward Canon based on my wonderful experience with a Canon digital point-and-shoot, and also based on all the reviews suggesting that Canon's sensors and in-camera processors deliver the better images. The two contenders in my budget range were the 350D and D70.

Thankfully, I was smart enough to go to a store and actually handle the two cameras, at which point I found that the Canon felt very cramped and definitely a bit light and plasticky compared to the Nikon. So then I went back home and researched some more, now with a bias to convincing myself of the Nikon. I found a bunch of commentary by pros who had bought D70s as their secondary bodies and then found them to be almost good enough to replace their D100s. That, along with the sweet 18-70 kit lens versus Canon's cheap 18-55, was enough to persuade me that despite the 2MP disadvantage the D70 would be a much better buy.

Here I am seven or eight months later and extremely happy. I have the 12-24 AFS and 80-200 f2.8 ED to look forward to when I win the lottery, and meantime I'll just go out there and try to learn how to make great pictures.

Gary
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#52. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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New York, US
          

Being new to SLR photography (I’ve only had passing experience with a film-based SLR (Minolta?) from my Grandfather) ergonomics were irrelevant to me (how am I supposed to know if the features that are easy to use are the ones that I’ll use most frequently?). As I began my search I quickly discovered that the real choice was Nikon or Canon. There were some interesting technologies out there like in-body VR and triple-filtered sensors, but the patents will expire on those technologies and, if they truly are important, the two giants will adopt them.

There’s where the choice became difficult. I found many sites saying to choose the camera that matches your glass – a worthless piece of advice to one without glass. I found many that end up saying that the brands produce comparable results, and I’m currently incapable of judging if the nuances that Nikon is better at are more important to me than the nuances that Canon is better at. And, of course, there were a ton of opinions that Nikon is God-like and Canon is *&^#% or (more frequently) the opposite. So I forgot about researching the technical aspects of the camera, which just tend to leapfrog each other anyway, and focused on the crowd the cameras attracted.

I was excited about the D200. Despite the fact that I intend to keep the camera for a long period of time so the latest and greatest shouldn’t really matter (if I own the camera for 5-10 years and it has 5-10 year old technology is it that much better than a camera with 6-11 year old technology?). What sent me over the edge into Nikon (and NAS!) world was a comment here about Nikon being for National Geographic and Canon for Sports Illustrated. While I'm sure there is more integration these days, the history of Nikon won me over.

Enough babbling, back to waiting for my camera to show up so I can make more useful contributions (or at least understand what everyone's talking about!).

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jon81680 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Thu 02-Feb-06 02:38 PM
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#53. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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New Windsor, US
          

I went with Nikon, well, you guys really won me over. I was sort of a Canonite and trusted them since my college days of using the AT-1 and AE-1's so I thought I'd just stick with the Canon. Then I wanted to make the jump DSLR and stumled upon this website and did my research and well, Nikon just felt right to me. After a a few months of uncertainty, it became clear that I must have a Nikon and so here I am, awaiting the arrival of my new D70s and all i have to thank are you guys. thanks this is the part where my eyes get all watery.

Jon

  

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#54. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Frisco, US
          

My first film SLR was a Practika, it was built like a tank and weighed about as much too. The camera served me well through my teen years, and through university, but when I got a job and started travelling I decided I wanted something better.

I was on a buisness trip to Toronto, and we were staying there for the weekend, and decided on the Sunday to head to Niagra to see the falls, this left the Saturday for camera shopping as I hadn't brought the Practika with me. I ended up in one of the photo stores in a mall, I have no idea which one, and I remember them only having 2 small AF camera kits in my price range, a Nikon F50 and a Canon Rebel, I spent about an hour playing with each of them, and due to the way the F50 felt, I bought it.

Several years later when I happened to make a comment about cameras to one of my friends, he commented that he was also into photography and we should go out shooting together. At the time he had a Canon T90 and a pretty wide selection of lenses, during the day talking he mentioned he wanted to move to an EOS5 (no not the 5D!) but due to the change in lens mount he would have to sell everything and start again, that was the point that I decided to stay with Nikon.

Mark.

  

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ronsailcat Gold Member Nikonian since 15th Apr 2003Thu 02-Feb-06 11:04 PM
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#55. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Pioneer, US
          

After 20 or so years with a 2.25x2.25 dual lens reflex and various Kodak cameras, I was told by my favorate camera salesman that it was time to get a "professional" camera and start shooting Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides for sale/publication. He recommended a Nikon F citing the glass reputation, lens compatability with models forward and backwards. A couple of years later I upgraded to an F2AS and had my lenses converted at EPOI (forerunner to Nikon USA)in San Francisco. I used that camera for all my pictures until 1999 when I started playing with digital. Unhappy with the Sony Mavica print quality, I bought a Coolpix 5000 and was hooked on Nikon again.

Ron

  

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Max Power Registered since 13th Jan 2006Fri 03-Feb-06 11:34 PM
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#56. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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St. Paul, US
          

First SLR was a Nikon EM back around 1984. Never found a reason to look elsewhere. I still have that EM, and have had an 8008, N90s and a D70s since. Cannon just feels weird to me.

Also, I am a bit of a contrarian, and Nikon selling less than Canon has some appeal. Seems everybody has a Canon these days. Of course that wouldn't matter if the quality wasn't there.

It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

  

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#57. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Fort Worth/Dallas, US
          

At the newspaper where I was employed in the 1960s, photographers who primarily used Nikon equipment surrounded me. They pressured me to abandon my Miranda Sensorex for a Nikon. I resisted until my Sensorex broke for the third time within the first two years of its three-year warranty. The third time it broke was when I was hundreds of feet in the air covering the maiden voyage of a DC-3 that the local university had just acquired. Thank goodness a backup twin-lens reflex camera that I carried allowed me to complete my assignment.

I immediately replaced my broken Miranda Sensorex for a used Nikon F. Since then I have owned six F2 bodies (two of them were Titanium), one F3, one EM, one F4, and two N70/F70 bodies. My Nikons have had a long history of functioning flawlessly in a variety of adverse conditions. They functioned in rain and snow. They were not affected by the burning Texas summers or the freezing Wisconsin winters. They functioned flawlessly at meat-packing plants when condensation formed on them after I took them from the blast freezer to the hot and humid killing floor and then back again to the blast freezer. They even continued to function after being sterilized in a gas autoclave at the Aimes Iowa National Veterinary Services Laboratory. The only time one failed me was after I accidentally dropped it on a concrete floor. Needless to say, I have been very impressed by the ruggedness of the Nikons.

  

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steve_csmgt Registered since 22nd Oct 2004Wed 08-Feb-06 04:49 AM
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#59. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Anchorage, US
          

I was ready to "rediscover" photography (after a 15 year absence) and also needed to move up to AF. Since I was looking at starting over, pretty much, I decided to re-think my brand (was using Olympus wayyyyyy back). Local photo shop owner helped me look at a number of brands...settled on Nikon.

It is funny, though, because, as I recall, I did not spend much time thinking about it. I sort of "tumbled on to it." Since then, I am amazed at how lucky I was. To this day, I am thrilled with my gear. Now, if my technique can just catch up.

Cheers...Steve

  

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DavidH Registered since 12th Jan 2005Wed 08-Feb-06 01:58 PM
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#60. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Lakenheath, UK, GB
          

Had always used a variety of Pentax gear and other bits and pieces. Then one of the guys that worked for me had a used F3 for sale...looked at it, held it to my eye and was hooked. Since then I've had various Nikon bodies and lenses, dragged them around the world in some pretty intensive shoots and they've always gotten the job done.

I'm sure other brands have excellent models but investing in a system is an expensive business and so I've never been tempted - or seen the need - to switch.

The F3 is still going strong some 10 years later and is still my favourite camera of all time.



David.

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kent_n Registered since 20th Nov 2005Thu 09-Feb-06 04:56 PM
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#61. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Cleveland, US
          

I got a Canon AE-1 in the early 80's. 20 years later I thought it was time to get something with autofocus. I set out to pick up a Canon Rebel and the sales girl at the camera store was good enough too show me comparable models. What sold me on the Nikon N-65 over the Rebel was that the Canon had a plastic mounting ring and the N-65 had a metal one. I went quality and bought the N-65. When I went to digital a couple of years later, I bought the D70 because I already had the lenses for it and had really taken a liking to Nikon.

A friend of mine purchased a Rebel about a year ago and I noticed that the mounting ring is now made of metal. I'm glad they waited.

Kent

  

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#62. "Not sure these days"
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Salt Lake City, US
          

I originally went with Nikon because they had a lead (with Kodak-Nikon bodies) in digital SLRs well before the introduction of the D1. The lead is definitely shared these days.

Service has been something a dicey issue since I moved to Nikon, but today I'm growing less confident that Nikon is committed to customer satisfaction. Or perhaps they're showing signs of being overwhelmed by the demands of a digital market. I very much dislike their software and software support, and I'm unhappy with their proprietary stance on raw format. I'm not inclined to divest just yet, but I'm keeping an eye on the alternatives.

BJ

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mikeguil Registered since 18th Dec 2005Fri 10-Feb-06 03:12 AM
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#63. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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ELMVALE, CA
          

I started with Canon, Ftb, F1, EF ( I think that's what it was called.... a really nice camera that never really caught on), another F1, F1n, T90 (I really liked this one) - traded it all in on a Hasselblad. Then started building up my 35mm again with another F1 (that I still have sitting on a shelf in my den). Then digital came and I wanted in. At the time, the D1 was just introduced and since going from an F1 to anything digital meant changing lenses (Canon had changed everything with AF lens), I didn't have to stick with Canon. My 'ex'father-in-law was a Nikon man and I was always impressed with Nikons - especially the lenses. It seemed that Nikon was the 'pro' camera and Canon was the consumer or at best 'pro'sumer. So I decided on the D1 as my first digital camera with the AF-S 17-35 and 28-70 2.8's as my first lenses.

The first thing I noticed was that the Nikon focused like my Hasselblad (the ring on the Canon focuses in the opposite direction), so right off the bat, I didn't have to think twice about which way to turn the focus ring (even though I was using AF now, it still... 'felt' the same).

Since the D1, I've had the Coolpic 5700, and now have the D1x, D70 and the D200. I love them all and there is a certain presitge to using a Nikon... even with the bad press that nobody seems to really take notice of. I like the feel, the handling, the weight and the lenses. I really don't think that one is significantly better than the other. You need to learn your camera, just as before you had learn your film. But now I prefer Nikon and I'm at the age where I don't want to switch again... cameras or wives!!


Mike Guilbault

Mike Guilbault
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#64. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Duvall, US
          

My father owned a Nikomat FTn when I was growing up. When my Pentax H3v died, he gave it to me. Shot only NIkon for 20 years, except for a couple months, when I picked up another Pentax H3v and shot with it for a bit. Still had my Nikons, but dabbled in the Pentax land for a while again. Back to Nikons only, tho.
-J

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US
          

Why not Nikon? I've been shooting Nikon's since the late '60s
Have no reason to go elsewhere. Started off with a Photomic and am now shooting with a F2AS Titan, a F3T and a FM2N. Thoroughly satisfied with the brand name...

  

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Paignton, GB
          

It can be fun to have these old threads pop up again, but resurrecting this one may be some kind of record - it was started 7 years ago next week...!

Brian
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Toronto, CA
          

Like another poster here, I started out doing photographs for my highschool yearbook -- 1960! They had some old TLR, and I wanted one too so I bought a used Yashica TLR (Twin Lens Reflex for those born after 1970 ). I took many many photos with that TLR, all processed in my home darkroom.

My first SLR was a Konica TC, then some other Konica mirrorless? A couple of Minoltas and a Canon A1. By then I was shooting mainly Kodachrome 200. My first Kodachrome experience was Kodachrome 10 on my dad's Exacta -- how would we all like to be restricted to ISO-10 for a while?

When I decided to get back into photography in the digital era, I finally decided to splurge on a Nikon D90 -- I liked the feel at the time. I would never do otherwise now -- if for no other reason than this set of forums -- I have learned more here than I learned in all the years past!

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#66. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Wed 16-Jan-13 04:01 PM by Floridian

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Similar to a few others who answered, my film camera was a Canon with FD lenses, so my lenses weren't compatible with anything digital. When I went to buy a DSLR I was starting over, and compared Canon and Nikon offerings, and liked the Nikon D50 better than the entry level Canon.

For 25 years I'd only had three lenses for that Canon, and never imagined I'd end up with as many lenses as I now have, but I think Nikonians fuels NAS! My lens collection keeps me from looking too hard at alternatives to Nikon now.

My move to Nikon was simply because I liked the D50 better than whatever Canon was offering as competition at the time.

Randy

  

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Jim 1957 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2005Thu 17-Jan-13 11:13 AM
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#67. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Thu 17-Jan-13 11:15 AM by Jim 1957

Corinth, US
          

I was on the photo staff of my High School Yearbook from 1973-1974. When I was appointed photo editor for 1975 I needed something better than the Dacora rangefinder camera I was using and wanted either a Nikkormat FTn or the EL. My parents bought a Canon and offered me their Konica T3 with two lenses for a price that I couldn't say no to. With the leftovers I was able to buy an Omega B22 for the home darkroom. I used that Konica till 1986, when the body gave out and I replaced it with a Konica FT-1. At that time I strongly considered switching to Nikon, but was too cheap to make the move. Then in 2000 or so my Son showed interest in a camera club at school, so I gave hime my Konica with lenses and thought about a point and shoot digital. My old hobby of photography was not as active as it had been, but digital quickly changed all of that. The point and shoot, an Olympus lasted six months before I was longing for better and this time it would be Nikon. I started with a 5700, then a D70, D300 and just recently a D3. I enjoy photography now more than ever.

  

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Cape Coral, US
          

Inertia. in the early 1970's worked in a camera store, they recommended it, the compatibility with lenses and accessories created a high enough barrier to change, combined with general happiness with the brand, to stay.

Nikon themselves does very little to command loyalty, but their product is good enough to engender quite a bit.

Linwood

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cosmicfires Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Nov 2011Thu 17-Jan-13 08:00 PM
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Lynnwood, US
          

A college roommate had a Nikon so I got one. When I went to digital I got a D80 after talking to friends.

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Powder Springs, US
          

I cannot believe that I didn't see this and weigh in seven years ago!

I was a die hard Olympus OM shooter who was put off by the company not developing autofocus capabilities. Finally I had a real need to go beyond 1/60th second shutter sync.

So, in 2001, I handled some Nikons and Canons in the store. The ergonomics of Nikon just felt better, so I wound up with an F100. I found this site and the rest is history.

It was tough to weather through the period of Canon's digital supremacy, but I was already invested in Nikon. It was a short wait to see Nikon rocket by Canon, so I didn't suffer too badly.

At the time this thread started, I could not have said that Nikon had caught up or passed Canon's digital performance.

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Vancouver, CA
          

>I cannot believe that I didn't see this and weigh in seven
>years ago!

I was thinking the same thing as well then I realized I had just embarked on a 2 week life changing trip to South Korea. This thread must have run out of steam before I returned home.

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Lolrogge Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Apr 2012Fri 18-Jan-13 02:20 AM
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#75. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Ayden, US
          

My first SLR was a Ricoh SinglexTLS. After 6 years of use, I decided I needed a better camera and better lenses. The two best choices were the Canon AE-1 and the Nikon FM. The AE-1 had the best features. When I went to decide, I examined both cameras. The AE-1 would do nothing, while the FM was fully functional except for metering. They did not put batteries in their display cameras. I decided, the FM was the best choice. I did not trust the batteries. It may not have been the right reason, but it was a great camera.

Laverne

  

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Marengo, US
          

My first SLR was a minolta srt101. It was a nice enough camera. I realized that If were to grow in photography I would need a "system" camera. While the minolta, pentax and Olympus had systems(sorta) Canon and Nikon were the most comprehensive. I went for an F2 the rest has always been Nikons. My F2 got ripped and I realized I did not shoot enough to warrannt F's so I was content with an FE2. When it looked like film was going south I dedcided I should get a better film camera before they disappear. Ha not my best decision. I bought an F100 great camera. I jumped on the D70 when it arrived.I did not do much picture taking in those days.Along came Nikonians I retired and decided to pursue my photography. I got a D7000 like it a lot and then a D700 which I love!! thanx jim

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hillsidekim Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Feb 2008Fri 18-Jan-13 05:12 AM
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#77. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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In the early eighties, when I bought the Nikon FA (the first matrix meter camera out there)(after coming from a Petri FT, bought in a military PX in Germany in 1970), I just figured it was the technology leader in my price range. I haven't been disappointed yet.
Kim
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Ely, Cambridgeshire, GB
          

Simple - because Don McCullen used one and I wanted to be Don McCullen...

D2Xs + AF20-35mm f2.8 + AF35-70mm f2.8 + AF80-200mm f2.8

or

FE + Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AIS

Hunger pays a heavy price to the shining Gods of speed and steel

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Bidford on Avon, GB
          

I used to shoot Olympus OM1s. When I moved to digital, I was disappointed to discover that Olympus had abandoned its OM fit when it went to autofocus. Likewise, Canon had abandoned its earlier fit. Nikon was the only company that had maintained backwards compatibility.

Back in the 80s, Nikon was king, and that probably influenced me as well.

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pixmax Registered since 07th Nov 2012Fri 18-Jan-13 08:17 PM
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#80. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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MX
          

My camera history its a bit long and started with a used Canon Pelix with a 55 f1.2 then bought a couple of FD lenses to go with it so I got somehow caught on that brand even though I had an itch for Nikon after a friend lent me a Nikon FT for a while but I had a small investment on Canon lenses already so bought a A1 and then an F1n plus several expensive L lenses and then added a Hasselblad with a couple of lenses plus a dedicated darkroom.

When the digital era begun I was very busy with work but needed a digital camera and a friend gave me a new Epson and then got a Lumix FZ7 (loved that Leica lens) but wanted a DSLR since the Lumix had several shortcoming. One day about 5 years ago on an impulse I bought a nice Olympus E500 but the Nikon itch continued so I finally got a D200.
D200 is a wonderful accomplished camera, excellent ergonomics feels solid and a good size for my hands, best of all takes beautiful pictures with the Nikon renowned color shades even using the kit 18-55 lens. I’m hooked to the brand finally.

Sorry for the long rant.

Antonio

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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 18-Jan-13 09:56 PM
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#81. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Fri 18-Jan-13 09:57 PM by quenton8

Toronto, CA
          

.... and ...

When did you last hear a hit song about ... Canon Camera!! ...??

Nikon Camera -- yes, Kodachrome -- yes (what's that!!)

And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you're too young to be on the internet without parental supervision!!

----
Dennis Smith.

  

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benveniste Moderator Awarded for is high level skills in various areas, including Macro and Landscape Photography Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002Fri 18-Jan-13 11:20 PM
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#82. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sat 19-Jan-13 12:07 AM by benveniste

Boston Area, US
          

I hate to say it, but the song "Kodachrome" will be turning 40 years old in a few months. When that song came out, I was shooting Kodachrome in an Argus C3 and anything else I could borrow.

And you thought this thread was old!

Edited to add: Silly me, how could I have forgotten Pachelbel's Canon?

"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." — Kirk Tuck

  

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jordivb Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2009Sat 19-Jan-13 08:03 AM
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#83. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Manresa, ES
          

Because I was wisely advised by savvy work colleagues who were really good amateur photographers using Nikon equipment. Here is the full story:

I started with photography at 12 with an old Voithgländer Vitessa T owned by my father.

Later when in college, I managed to borrow a wonderful Contax RTS with three Zeiss lenses from my uncle. I was really caught, setting up a small b&w darkroom and learning from some books by a Canadian, Antoine Dessilets who was using Nikon. When my uncle died, I had no longer access to his Contax. So I quit and focused on finishing my degree.

A couple of years since I got my first engineering job, I was playing with the idea of restarting with an SRL and buying a Canon EOS. But luckily enough, there were several Nikon fans in the company, who kept insisting on the optical superiority of Nikon lenses in spite of my perceived supremacy of Canon eletronics.

Finally, when I got married, my work colleagues collected money to make us a nice gift: my first Nikon SRL, a F-801 (believe it was sold as N8008 in the US) with a 35-135 lens that I still own. I shot and processed a lot of Velvia and Kodachrome Elite with it.

SLR was too big and heavy to carry around when our kids were too young (our eldest girl is only 1.5 years apart of her twin sisters) and time for photography or other hobbies was really scarce by then. So I had SRL in standby, using only a compact Olympus. Our first digital was also Olympus, C5050.

But when DSRL became affordable, my wife made a nice birthday gift in the form of a D70 with 17-70 kit. Slowly I have enlarged the equipment and added a D300 body and some lenses.

Discovering Nikonians was a blessing for the amount of what I've learned here and because is helping to keep my English alive. At the moment I dream of jumping to FX, but plans are in standby. With our gloom economy and the difficulties to keep a job, we have to contend NAS for a long while.

Jordi
-Barcelonian-

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Wapusk Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Sep 2007Sat 19-Jan-13 02:46 PM
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#84. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Brantford, CA
          

In College I replaced an Argus Cosina (boat anchor) with a Minolta SRT101. That shows how long ago this was With a limited budget I couldn't afford Nikon. While in college the Canon AE1 came out and normal college use killed them within a year. Someone brought back from summer vacation an Olympus. Boy was it tiny in comparison. Many years passed and life got in the way of photography. When I decided to do something that didn't involve computers I decided to return to photography. I bought an F65 because I always wanted a Nikon. Very shortly thereafter digital hit big time and I made the leap to the D80. Anything I read in the Kelby books made the Canon way of getting it done seem awkward. Heard a CSI type police officer speak and he regaled us with their efforts to source camera equipment. They found Nikon D80s lasted through rookie cop ham handedness. Other brands did not. So I felt vindicated in my choice to purchase Nikon. Now I have had NAS so long I couldn't see changing brands

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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Sun 20-Jan-13 03:17 AM
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#85. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Houston, Texas, US
          

In 2000, I had a Canon AE-1. My friend bought an N60, and I decided to get one just like it. My dad got a N6006 in 1994, and I liked it back then. I said "Someday I'm going to get one of those Nikons." And 6 years later someday came. Back then it was because I wanted the same kind of camera my friend and dad had. But if I could do it again, I would still choose Nikon, but for a different reason. Backward compatibility.

Bill

D7100 D300, F4e, N90s, N6006, N2000, N6000, N5005, black F2 eye level, chrome F2AS, black Nikomat FTN

So many cameras, so little time....

  

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DSW90049 Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2012Sun 20-Jan-13 05:25 PM
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#86. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Los Angeles, US
          

Got an FG in early 80's - '82, I think; that led me to the F3 within a year or so, and I was just so impressed with the way Nikon built their equipment. I bought a book on Nikon's history back then, which has since been updated - multiple times, I think. I was happy to give my brand loyalty to Nikon, who seemed to be really trying to get it right.

Moved to D70, when digital arrived . . . and the rest is history, for me . . . . many lenses, mostly Nikon/Nikkor. Went through DX (D5100, then D7000) and finally also, on to FX too.

Currently enjoying, and very happy with my D600.

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laddad Gold Member Nikonian since 14th Nov 2005Sun 20-Jan-13 09:14 PM
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#87. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sun 20-Jan-13 09:17 PM by laddad

Kinston, NC, US
          

As a kid I used an old "hand me down" Kodak Signet 35 in the 1960’s and 1970s. Later in college I was allowed the use the Biology department’s Nikon F2 Photomic with Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 macro and I found love! Later in graduate school and after a few paychecks as a graduate assistant I bought my first Nikon. I bought a FM with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens. A few paychecks later I bought a Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 macro, then a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5, then a Nikkor 28mm f/3.5, then a Nikkor 200mm f/4, then…, then…, then.... The rest is history!

High quality of manufacturing,high quality optics producing high quality images with backward compatibility!

Cameras past & present: FM, FTN, F3HP, D70s, D200, D300, D800

Nikon/Nikkor lenses past & present:MF AI 8mm f/2.8 fisheye, AF 10.5mm f/2.8 G fisheye, AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 G, AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G, AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G, AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G, AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G, MF AIs 28mm f/3.5, MF PC 28mm f/3.5, MF AIs 50mm f/1.8, MF AIs 50mm f/1.4, AF 50mm f/1.4 G, MF AIs 55mm f/2.8 macro, AF 70-200mm f/2.8 VR G, AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, MF AIs 105mm f/2.5, AF-S 105mm f/2.8 macro G, AF DC 135mm f/2, MF AIs 180mm f/2.8, MF AIs 200mm f/4, MF Pre-AI 300mm f/4.5, MF AI 400mm f/3.5, MF Reflex 500mm f/8, MF Reflex 1000mm f/11, TC-14B, TC-301,TC-17EII.

Let’s not forget stuff like SB-25 flash, SB-600 flash, SB-800 flash, SB-900 flash, MD-4 motor drive, PB-4 bellows, MC-36 shutter cord, etc.

Certified Nikon Nut and chronic sufferer of NAS. Boldface is equipment still owned. (if you have to ask, NAS is Nikon Acquisition Syndrome)

  

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#88. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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San Francisco, US
          

My Step father was a photographer. He Shot on C*n*n and he was a c*n*...!

www.shootingheadz.com

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Williamsburg, US
          

I have had, either through purchase or trade, every Nikon body made since the S-2 (yep the original S-2 black dial). they, are now, of course, all gone with the exception of one F3HP and my 2 D800s, but I just love the marque!

I got disgusted once, sold all my Nikon gear, bought a Canon 5D and a 50D along with all the lenses and hated them all. I lost my butt selling them and rebought all Nikon gear once again. In the DSLRs, I've owned them all at least once if not twice or three times. I am addicted to the quality, the build, the IQ produced, everything!

I even had the chance to watch Japanese workers at Nippon Kogaku pouring glass into their crucibles at the Nikkor glass factory. I got to see them hand-polish each lens and assemble them into the barrels that awaited them in the clean room. It was pretty awesome for a 20 some year old Navy sailor in the 70's. I will remember it as long as I live!!!! Nikon forever!!!!

Cheers,

CARL
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Beard Man Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Apr 2013Mon 30-Jun-14 10:32 PM
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#116. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Arlington, US
          

del.

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ageing_wolfe Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Nov 2006Wed 23-Jan-13 03:57 AM
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#90. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Swadlincote, GB
          

Many many years ago I decided to upgrade from my Pentax SV. I felt that, if I was going to spend what to me was a substantial sum of money, I wanted a camera that was going to last. I therefore looked at what equipment the UK press photographers appeared to favour and at that time it was a toss up between a Canon F-1 or a Nikon F2.

I consulted with the experienced staff at the hire counter of Pelling & Cross in Baker Street. They advised me that, if any servicing was required, Nikon would be turned around much faster than Canon.

Consequently I opted for the Nikon F2 and have been with this brand ever since, a choice I am more than happy with.

Whilst I am pleased with my D70, D300 and really pleased with my D800, I just hope that Nikon do produce a digital back for film cameras as my F4 system is still my favourite.

  

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#91. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Burke, US
          

I chose Nikon because of an experience I had during my first real travel photography trip. I was in Death Valley in March of 2003 with a buddy who was a Nikon shooter. At the time I had a Pentax ZX-50, a Tamron 18-200 lens, and a flimsy tripod. My buddy had a Nikon N90 and some prime lenses. We were shooting some landscapes one evening and we both were taking photos of the same general part of the landscape. I didn't really see much in the view finder and I was kind of discouraged. I think I mentioned something about not knowing what to shoot and my buddy said "come here, I'm probably gonna cost you a lot of money". I looked through the viewfinder of his N90 with a 2.8 wide angle lens and I was stunned at what I was seeing. The view finder was so huge and it felt like I could see so many possibilities. I ultimately ended up buying his N90. Today I shoot all digital, but I still have the N90 and every so often I put a lens on the camera and without film in the camera, I just go out and look through the lens and snap the shutter. I love looking through that view finder and it seems to bring back memories of when photography first really clicked for me.

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Greg M Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Wed 23-Jan-13 08:08 AM
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#94. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Soelleroed (Copenhagen), DK
          

When in 1975 during a vacation in Switzerland my 11 years old Minolta SR-1 stopped functioning, I was annoyed, of course, but at the same time I felt kind of relief. I never really liked it and I never invested in extra lenses. It did not feel right in my hands. For a long time I had read about and looked at the Nikon system, which was not surpassed by any other brand and which professionals used more than any other make. Now I had the opportunity. As soon as I and my little family were back home I bought a black Nikkormat.
Since then I have never been without Nikons (FM, F3 HP and several prime Nikkors), even if my digital era began with a 2 million pixels Canon compact camera. It was in 2001.
Already the year after I purchased a Nikon Coolpix 5700, however. It was the only Nikon I didn’t like at all and I felt tempted then to change definitely to Canon, but I didn’t like the feel of their Rebel DSLR – too much of a plastic toy camera – and then the D70 was eventually launched and it was good.
I still have it, and I’ll keep it. I also bought a used D1. Despite its only 2.7 million pixels, it had been used by a press photographer and had delivered photos for several magazine cover pages. Later I bought the D200, D300, D700 and D800.
And yes, they all felt and feel right. And they function. When I take down from the shelf my 31 years old F3 or 38 years old Nikkormat, they just function. Therefore.
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Fairfield, US
          

I learned (taught myself) photography on a Nikon FM with a Nikon 50 mm 1.4 lens. I was a student and couldn't afford anything more expensive. It was very fortuitous because the all-manual camera forced me to learn how to use aperture and shutter, manipulate depth of field, etc. The camera was so old that it had light leaks, and I had to tape all around the edges every time I changed film. But I took some of my all-time favorite photos with that camera, mainly black & white, even though by that time black & white processing was very expensive. Since then, I've gone through a number of Nikons, never deserting the brand. My last film camera was a Nikon F100, and my latest digital camera is a D800, a camera that is practically untouchable in my opinion no matter what Popular Photography says.

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Uppsala, SE
          

Timing. The D70 was streets ahead of the 300D.
If I'd waited a few months and the 350 had been available ?
Who knows, I might be on the dark side now.

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Motorrad67 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Sep 2008Wed 23-Jan-13 02:34 PM
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Madison, US
          

In 1970 the Nikon FTN was unique. It was a system camera of the highest quality. It was also beautiful. I lusted one for a few years before I could buy one. I still have it, though it now for display. Eventually, to paraphrase a famous saying, it will have to be "pried from my cold, dead hands."

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US
          

I switched from a screw mount Pentax to the Nikon F after borrowing one to use at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. With my press pass I was in front of the main stage "in the pit". A photographer from National Geographic had 2 cases of lenses for his Nikons, and offered to let me use any optics he didn't need. When George Lucas chose Nikkor lenses to film STAR
WARS because they all color balanced I was convinced. I've used Nikon ever since. It is amazing that most of the optics from the original F series will still mount on todays Nikon DSLRs,and can be used to create manual focused images.

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El Sobrante, US
          

3 reasons:
1) Nikons felt better than Canons to me. I liked the Nikon control layout better.
2) Capture NX was much easier to use than the other RAW conversion software I looked at.
3) Nikoninans as a resource was terrific even several years ago.

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Nanaimo, CA
          

I began my photographic journey in the mid 70s with a screw mount Pentax ordered through the Sears catalogue. A few years later, I was sick and tired of screw mount lenses and decided to go with a bayonet mount. Only having magazines to use for research and living in the Yukon Territory of Canada, it was hard to really make a good decision. While in Whitehorse for groceries, I happened on a camera counter in a department store and spotted a Nikkormat EL. Love at first sight. Couple of lenses and camera were soon on the Alaska Highway home with me, along with several rolls of Kodachrome 25. Wow. Having to wait for slides was agony but what the heck. A brief interlude with Minolta convinced me that Nikon was for me. While living in the Arctic, a Nikon FE came my way and then when I joined the digital revolution, a D300 had to be the ticket. They all just feel so good in my hands.

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prreid Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2012Wed 23-Jan-13 08:20 PM
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Naples, US
          

I have not read all of the responses you have received, but I expect that somewhere in this long list someone has already responded that they chose Nikon because they used one (and liked it), heard about the excellent reputation (as I did) and got a good deal on their first Nikon (as I did). Quite honestly, I don't think one can go wrong in choosing a Canon, BUT I would recommend selecting one manufacturer (in the US it is either Nikon or Canon) and sticking with it.

  

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ehall Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Nov 2012Wed 23-Jan-13 04:32 PM
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South Orange, US
          


Emory
Nikon is the top performer in the field of photography, I just want the best I can afford and used equipment is just fine. Allen Edmond shoes and Hickey Freeman suits were my choices but they may have to take a new place in the budget priority ranking.

  

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Wed 23-Jan-13 09:39 PM by Jerry Burnell

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Over Fourty years ago Nikon came out with the first camera that you did not have to stop down the irus to get a meter reading with. I sold my Canons. I have never looked back. Now I want a D4X.

Thanks,
Jerry Burnell
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San Diego, US
          


Barry

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voyageurfred Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Jun 2007Mon 28-Jan-13 05:02 AM
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#103. "Why Nikon?"
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Tue 29-Jan-13 04:40 PM by voyageurfred

Montreal, CA
          

LUST! Pure and simple!

But it did not start out that way. I was 15 when I started shooting 35mm slide film, using my Dad's beautifully crafted Voightlander rangefinder. That lasted for about three years, until it was stolen from my Dad's luggage while travelling through Miami's airport.

I had just started college at that point (1970) and had tried a Canon FTB and F1, but due to budget constraits ended up buying a Minolta SRT101 with a very sharp RokkorX 50 f1.7 lens. Loved that camera - it gave me stunning pics with Kodachrome 64, when I worked in Bangadesh and later Haiti in 74 and 75. Travelling through Hong Kong, I bought the Minolta XE-7, which had a titanium shutter! It worked great, 'til saltwater wrecked it while scuba diving in Martinique! It leaked into the Ikelite underwater housing and the cam locked up.

Then Minolta changed lens mounts when they went to their Maxxum model. That killed my interest, and gave me reason to switch for the camera I had LUSTED for years, but did not have the money to buy... a Nikon.

So in 1994 I started with an FM2N manual, then added an FE, and eventually an F100, while slowly adding to my lens arsenal. 2006 marked my foray into digital with the D200, followed quickly by the D300, two D700's, and just last week, the marvelous D800.

I've always enjoyed the handling, balance and engineering of Nikon. All my lenses are Nikkor, and as other have mentioned, the backward compatibility and ability to use great old glass... has kept me loyal!

And I should mention, my Nikons' have never failed me, whether shooting at 14,500 feet while hiking in the Andes Mountains of Peru, to winter camping on the frozen Saguenay River of Quebec at -40C (-40F).

What a cam!



"Defying the North Defiance"
Near Baie de Éternité, Saguenay River, Quebec
©2005 Frederic Hore

Nikon F100, Nikkor 28-70 f2.8D AF with polarizer
Fuji Provia 100 F/100 ASA film. Exposure unrecorded...
to busy running from the approaching freighter!
And it was rather chilly that day... at -25C!


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newbird Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Tue 29-Jan-13 01:24 AM
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#104. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
          

Great story and superb photo Fred !

Why Nikon? The D200 ergonomics and reviewers' high praise when it came out (except for its famous banding issue). I tried it as well as other Nikon and Canon models but the D200 beat them all in my hands.

It was my first DSLR. It remplaced my Minolta X700 bought almost 20 years earlier.

My Minolta replaced my Russia-made Zenith bought 10 years earlier. For those of you who have known this 35mm, it was built like a tank! Heavy though!

The D200 also replaced a Nikon Coolpix 5000 (top of the P&S line with raw files and total control of the camera). However, this wasn't a decisive point for me since I had no previous investment in lenses other than my Minolta 35-200 zoom lens.

When I bought my D200, there was also excitement about the new 18-200 Nikkor lens. So, it was my first lens for my Nikon DSLR. I used it a lot before I started to buy sharper lenses.

So, why Nikon? Ergonomics that feel much better in my hands than other brands.

Yvan
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voyageurfred Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Jun 2007Fri 04-Jul-14 02:40 PM
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Montreal, CA
          


Merci pour vos compliments Yvan!

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#105. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Sunnyvale, US
          

Why Nikon?

In 1968 I was a member of a U.S. military Special Services camera club. Through the club I was able to use 35mm cameras from several different makers. Of them all, I liked the feel, layout and features of the Nikon F the best. So I started saving and was able to finally purchase a Nikon F, Photomic FTn with 50mm f/1.4 lens in early 1970. I have had several Nikons since, but never felt a need or desire to change brands - Nikon has always met or exceeded my expectations.

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#106. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Memphis, US
          

Easy. D70 and 18-70DX. Right camera, right lens, right time. With the glowing reviews of this kit, I never even sniffed in the direction of the competitors.

I started shooting a hand me down Minolta SRT101 and graduated to a Minolta X700 with several primes and zooms, all manual. In 2005 my wife and I were planning a trip to Alaska for our 5th wedding anniversary. I was debating between buying a second X700 (to have one color film and one black and white film body) or making the jump to digital, either Nikon or Canon.

My wife encouraged me to buy a digital camera. She was thinking small point and shoot. God bless her. She damn near killed me when I came home with a D70 kit, 70-300D ED, a new camera bag, and a couple of filters.

It was worth it. The trip to Alaska remains by far our favorite trip together. And my wife has since given up trying to figure out how much I have spent on camera gear.

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Hillside, US
          

Back in the early 80's I was putting in a lot of overtime and decided to get a Nikon FA and haven't looked back since.
Kim
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#108. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Omaha, US
          

A few years ago, I wanted to take pictures of our products for our web site. I went down to the camera store and they sold me a D70.

I guess that makes me a "Nikon" guy. Not like I have all that much invested, but I do have a couple of bodies and four lenses accumulated...not to mention a Speedlight. Hard to imagine a situation where another brand was compelling enough to justify starting over.

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#109. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Albuquerque, US
          

I had narrowed my choices to a Canon, Olympus, and Nikon. My wife came and looked, held, and shot each camera. After which she said, "This one feels like a real camera!" It was an "FM"! I have bought Nikons ever since, and I blame her every time I get a new one.

Phil
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Viña del Mar, CL
          

Just a matter of visual impact: Nikon looks better. I come from a long story of cameras and Nikon models are look nice. Other brands are OK for me too. But I love Nikons.

Jorge Turenne
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US
          


I started off with Minolta film SLRs and probably would have kept going with that brand if they hadn't completely botched the jump to digital.

With no digital body forthcoming from Minolta and me wanting a digital SLR, I had to decide between the other two major SLR makers (as I saw things). I could have easily gone with Canon, but someone told me that Nikon kept the same lens mount over the years and that brand-new cameras could use decades old lenses. After buying lenses for my manual focus Minoltas, then more for my AF Minoltas (and facing the possibility of yet different ones for a digital body), this notion had some appeal.

I checked out a D70 and a Canon 20D at about the same time. The D70 was a smidge less expensive and money was a bit tight, so cost tipped the balance. I really liked my D70 (I still have it) so it made it easy to keep going with Nikon.

That's how I got started.

SP


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Dyserth, GB
          

My first dSLR was a Fuji Finepix S2pro which took Nikon mount lenses. After that and because of my lenses I bought a Nikon D80, D90, D300, D700, and now I have the D7000 and D800.

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Lakeville, US
          

I have had Nikon since 1969 and have never felt the urge to change brands. I guess a better question for me would be "Why not Nikon?
"
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prreid Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2012Thu 21-Feb-13 10:32 AM
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Naples, US
          

My first Nikon was recommended by a friend and I have not changed in more that 20 years. I think one cannot go wrong with either a Canon or Nikon. However, I also believe that sticking with one manf'er has the advantages of 1) getting to know the instrument and 2) not having to worry so much about lens compatibility.

  

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RLede Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Apr 2008Sun 03-Mar-13 09:46 AM
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#114. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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IT
          

My story is probably longer than most and it may not directly answer the question but offer instead a view of the progression, process involved in choosing Nikon.
I started with a SLR Voiglander in the early fifties and graduated into a Leica M until the 35mm film seemed not big enough and moved to a Hasselblad without stopping to use the Leica M and 50 DR Summicron. Eventually I acquired a Linhoff 6x9cm from an old Veteran who had bought it in Germany and had never used it. A Deardorf brought me into 4x5 land and some of my lenses for it were Nikon. Also on my Besseler enlarger along with German glass. Underwater was with a Nikon.
The digital age challenged me to adapt and the Nikon Coolpix 880 was chosen because of my experience with Nikon lenses and the possibility the 880 had for a good close-up on my forensic-pathology application. Next to Leitz, Nikon microscopes offered the best cost-results ratio one could get. The D200 marked my first 'serious' digital exploration and has almost seamlessly brought me into the D700, which I bought used from a friend.
At one time the camera was considered just a box where the glass one would put on it would make the difference. With digital I thought, the rule may still apply and I am about to get an adapter to fit my Leica R lens to the D700 and see what happens.
I still shoot mostly manual, on a tripod, primarily intended for B&W prints and Nikon has fit well on my personal photographic workflow and expectations.
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#115. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Grovetown, US
          

I like the feel of the camera. I've had a couple of point and shoot Nikons in the past and also had other brands and gravitated towards Nikon when I decided to get a good DSLR camera. It just felt right in my hands, even after picking up another brand, the Nikon had a better feel.

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#117. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Mon 30-Jun-14 10:37 PM by Beard Man

Arlington, US
          

>I have had, either through purchase or trade, every Nikon
>body made since the S-2 (yep the original S-2 black dial).
>they, are now, of course, all gone with the exception of one
>F3HP and my 2 D800s, but I just love the marque!
>
>I got disgusted once, sold all my Nikon gear, bought a Canon
>5D and a 50D along with all the lenses and hated them all. I
>lost my butt selling them and rebought all Nikon gear once
>again. In the DSLRs, I've owned them all at least once if not
>twice or three times. I am addicted to the quality, the
>build, the IQ produced, everything!
>
>I even had the chance to watch Japanese workers at Nippon
>Kogaku pouring glass into their crucibles at the Nikkor glass
>factory. I got to see them hand-polish each lens and assemble
>them into the barrels that awaited them in the clean room. It
>was pretty awesome for a 20 some year old Navy sailor in the
>70's. I will remember it as long as I live!!!! Nikon
>forever!!!!
>
>Cheers,
>
>CARL
>D3XWannabe

I don't know what is hate about Canon 5D,I have one and I LOVE this camera,the color it reproduce is a main reason why I purchase it,of course its a used camera but in excellent condition,for a $500.00 and a 9 year old camera,the result is very impressive.Plus don't forget a Canon customer service which is much,much better than Nikon's,Nikon's customer service is a joke.
I also have a Nikon D70,really very nice camera,but luck of Megapixels and crop sensor make it inferior to the 5D.
But,honestly I really want a D810,high quality files is impressive!

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#118. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Brevard, NC, US
          

I bought my first Nikon, an F, in 1967 when I was a photo journalism major and Assoc. Press photo stringer in college. The truthful reason why I chose Nikon was because I couldn't afford a Leica. As a poor college student I barely was able to afford the Nikon F. I was so poor that I bought a straight F and a 50mm f2.8 and a used light meter. I had to borrow other lenses from my photog friends. I still have the F, along with an F3 w/MD4, D70 and a D800. I do still regret never buying a Leica though.

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>I bought my first Nikon, an F, in 1967 when I was a photo
>journalism major and Assoc. Press photo stringer in college.
>The truthful reason why I chose Nikon was because I couldn't
>afford a Leica. As a poor college student I barely was able to
>afford the Nikon F. I was so poor that I bought a straight F
>and a 50mm f2.8 and a used light meter. I had to borrow other
>lenses from my photog friends. I still have the F, along with
>an F3 w/MD4, D70 and a D800. I do still regret never buying a
>Leica though.

My experience is much the same. Bought a used FTn in 1974 to replace my Minolta SRT101. I choose Nikon because I wanted a professional quality SLR and Cannon was new to the game with the F1. The Nikon was "the one to have" at that time. A Nikon F2 soon followed. I actually owned a Leica M4 previous to the FTn, but my only lens for it was a Nikkor 50mm f2 in Leica thread mount. I sold it to a doctor since I could not afford any Leica glass. The FTn and F2 are long gone, but I still have an F3 HP/MD4 and F4, plus all the MF Nikon glass I acquired over the years.

For client work my camera of choice is my D4 and the f2.8 AFS zooms. For personal work I have gone back to Leica with the M9 and Monochrom. And I still run the occasional roll of film through my F3 and F4.


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Nikon s
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Never a bad experience with the blessedly few repairs.
And, just as important, they have always felt right in my hands!

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While in college in the 1970s Nikon was know as the best! Bought a new Nikon FM. Then a used Nikon F/FTN. Much later a used F3HP. These served me well into the digital age!

Then a Nikon D70s then a D200, then a D300, then a D800 and soon a D810. (yes a D800 & D810...I always keep two cameras).

Then there is those beautiful lenses. I have well over 20 Nikkors!

  

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I fully concur with those who have listed ergonomics as a major reason.

My background in 35mm film cameras was first with Minolta and then Canon. I loved the Canon F-1 and A-1, and while I was tempted to get Nikon gear I was resistant because it had a reputation of being the overpriced "snob" brand. (This in the days when Canon was just coming of age and began to overtake Nikon in some areas.)

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Canon came out with the first truly affordable DSLR, the D30. I jumped on it, based on my experience with Canon film gear. I loved that camera and did some very good things with it, but its low pixel count was a limitation. When I was planning to upgrade the Canon D60, I happened to see the Nikon D200 in the camera store. Once I picked it up, I was sold on Nikon - It was more comfortable to hold, the controls seemed laid out better, and the camera just felt solid. I changed to Nikon and never looked back.

One other factor was that when Canon changed to the fully electronic EOS system, all my older FD breech lock mount lenses became obsolete. Had Canon been able to maintain the same backwards capability with its lenses that Nikon has, I might still be shooting Canon today.

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Ergonomics is second to no one.
Great all around button placement.
Can't live without those 2 command dials.
At the end, just one word, "F", Nikon F mount, backward compatibility almost since the beginning of time.

  

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Topeka, US
          

I was shooting with a Pentax MX. A great camera in it's own right, but it was lacking. I met a photographer shooting the 96 summer Olympics in Atlanta and we got to talking and, the rest was history. I traded most of my Pentax gear in and got an FM2n and MB-D12 and several lenses plus a Tamron adaptall mount for Nikon AIS. Still have my Fm2n. I upgraded 6 yrs ago to a D80. I upgraded to a D600 in 01/2013 and got a D300 for a second body in 02/2014. Never looked back. I'm starting achieve my dreams of being a photographer. I shoot for the CJOnline Spotted section. Because of that, I'm getting opportunities to photograph the KS Koyotes football games and have now been given a media pass to photograph Sporting KC soccer games.
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San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

I surely have answered to this before but its time to remember again.

My father allowed me to see the Life magazine he bought regularly.
I was probably 11 or 12 years old when my eyes got glued to the high contrast and grainy images of the Korean War; all unforgettable.
David Douglas Duncan was the photographer I liked the most, along with photojournalist Michael Rougie.
It is probably then that I dreamed with being a war correspondent.
Fortunately -I am sure- the specific career path was soon forgotten.

Since Tokyo was the rear base for the supply and transit of soldiers and materials, and photographers, Duncan was there during the conflict.
He had a Japanese assistant who insisted him to try some Nikkor lenses for his Leica.
He did and loved them.
He instantly became a promoter of such lenses and eventually an advisor to Nikon, and a Nikon F user in Vietnam, but that's is another story.

As soon as the Nikon F came out, my father got one.
My uncles followed suit sooner than later, all leaving by a side all of their other cameras
So the close family members who were my idols and mentors were all using Nikon.
And the Vietnam war correspondents were there, looking at me (from the printed pages of Life) with their Nikon F dangling from their necks making once again indelible images.
And all had at least two, for quick access to two focal lengths in combat.

I had to have a Nikon.
In 1965 I became the happy owner of a Nikomat FS and soon after a dedicated Nikon user, exclusively. With two bodies at all times.

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Thanks for sharing your memories and how you started JR.
Nikonians is truly a great resource.

Salût! Cheers!

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C'est moi qui vous remercie, Frederic

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#132. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Christiansburg, US
          

JRP:

Thanks for sharing. My story is very similar. I loved Life Magazine and had an uncle who was really into photography. In high school he gave me a Zeiss Contessa--a wonderful camera but I quickly outgrew it. In college, about 1966, I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a Nikon F with money I earned myself. I chose the Nikon F because during the Vietnamese war photographers used it almost exclusively. It had a reputation for being super durable.

I've owned many Nikons over the years, plus a few other brands--point & shoot Sonys, Canons, etc. Was never satisfied with anything other than Nikon.

I do find myself wondering if I should try a Fuji X-E2 for it's size and APS-C sensor. I wish Nikon made an ICL mirroless with an APS-C sensor. I have a Nikon AW-1 which has surprised me with it's image quality, but its ergonomics leave a lot to be desired. But were I to buy one it would be a secondary camera to my Nikon DSLRs. Yes, they are big and heavy--but I don't care!

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Wow. Why did I choose Nikon. Literally, it was by accident.
when I was a teen, I had a old Pentax. it broke, and I ended up buying a Canon AE-1. I liked it, but there was something wrong with it and I switched to an A-1. I didn't have the bug. I had a 50mm lens and a zoom that topped out around 180. the camera severed me well until it was accidentally knocked into the harbor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. the exchange only had a Nikon on sale, a N-80 from there it was a switch to digital and the D-80 and now the D7100.

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Potomac, US
          

When I wanted to go beyond my Besler Topcon (believe it was a Duper D) to a photo "system" my recollection is that Nikon was the only real SLR game in town. I stayed with Nikon until I was at more of a decision point when I wanted to go from APS Digital to full-frame digital. Knowing I would need new lenses, I had a legitimate choice between staying with Nikon or switching to Canon. The Nikons always felt better than Canon to me (ergonomics), but some of that, I'm certain, was just my familiarity with Nikons.

Then, on two successive weekends at now-closed Penn Camera there was a Canon rep, and then a Nikon rep. The Canon rep did not have with him a pro Canon to demo. (Huh? Cannot sell something you don't have! Major market, no top-of-the-line product to show? Etc.) The Nikon guy had a D3. I took a couple shots with it, (indoors, available light) took them home to examine, was blown away, and called the store to hold one (they knew me well-enough) - "I'll be there in 1/2 hour." The rest, as they say, is history. Or a continuation of my history with Nikon. Besides, I still had a couple of Nikkors from my film days that would work.

Fred
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Iowa, US
          

Because when I worked at the Tour duPont bicycle race as a motopilot (motorcycle driver for photographers)I saw two instances that totally convinced me of Nikon's durability. The first was when we were in a driving rain and an F4 got soaked and the autofocus would just hunt completely in and out. The guy took the lens off and put it on a motel heater for the evening. The next day it was working perfectly. The other incident was when the shooter dropped his F4 at 45 mph on pavement. the camera and lens slid for a bit then caught on something and flipped about 4' in the air. Parts of the lens were flying off and it really took a beating. The guy put a different lens on from his vest and used it for some shots for the rest of the days race. He used his backup for most of the pics, but the rushes came back later and it had worked perfectly after the fall and slide. He used it as his primary the next day. That is trust in your equipment!

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I was always an Olympus "gal" I had a few OMs and some lovely olympus glass before the family came along. When DSLRs became more affordable, my hubby bought me an Olympus E410 (I think), and I bought a second body as I loved the feel of the camera, such a small camera and took some nice shots. When Olympus changed to m4/3rds for consumer cameras, it meant that I would need to replace all my gear if and when I wanted to upgrade. I sold up while I could get a decent price for the gear and looked around for alternatives. I needed a body for me to use and one for my daughter who was studying photography at school. The bottom of the range canon looked OK, but felt so cheap and plasticy and didnt look like it would withstand any potential knocks a teenager might do to it. So I ended up buying a D3100 for her and D5100 for me, and as much as I loved my Olympus, I noticed the difference in quality right away... the lack of noise in my photos still impresses me almost 2 years later. Shes now going to college to study photography and she is "inheriting" my 5100 when I get my full frame camera in September

  

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I think an interesting follow up question would be, "why are you considering changing to another brand."
Sorry not a trolling question, but a real question. As a long time N user-bought a used nikon ftn in 1982 when I was in high school, planning of liquidating the n brand and moving on...

  

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<<I think an interesting follow up question would be, "why are you considering changing to another brand.">>

I think the answer to this fits into two camps. The first is those who have decided to add an additional brand to their kit, the second are those who are moving away completely.

There seems to be an annoying trend of folks who say "I sold all my Nikon/Canon kit and went mirrorless or even switch dSLR manufacturer and never regretted it" using this as almost a badge of honour! Then there are those like me who changed part of their brand loyalty to another. In my case that was changing the Nikon 1 V series to an alternative manufacturer in a bid for owning a lighter kit than FX for travel etc.

Of course when one does what I did they discover there is a world outside of Nikon or Canon or whoever. My take on this now is that I remain a Nikon user and have regained FX to enable the best use of my full frame lenses and DX for my wildlife. My only decision now is deciding which to use on any day, knowing that either way the quality of image will be comparable in both camps.

I think those that are considering changing to another brand need to think hard before they do and be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water

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#138. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Boston Area, US
          

I think an interesting follow up question would be, "why are you considering changing to another brand."

I don't see that as a trolling question at all. I'm not considering it today, but I seriously considered it when shifting from manual focus to autofocus film gear because the price gap between the N/F80 and the F100 was so large.

More recently, I think that Nikon made a fundamental error in choosing too small a sensor for the 1 series. While I justified buying a "fire sale" V1 instead of a dedicated microscope camera, I won't be putting any more money into that system without taking a serious look at the alternatives.

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Toronto, CA
          

I chose and stayed with Nikon because the first Nikon body I ever tried felt better in my hands than the Asahi-Pentax, Minolta and Canon bodies.

>I think an interesting follow up question would be, "why
>are you considering changing to another brand."

Photographers sometimes try to achieve improvements in their photography by the usually ineffective means of purchasing new gear. With all the real (and exaggerated) approval by some many photography writers and bloggers about the top tier of mirrorless bodies and lenses, the stand-out brands in that group have attracted a small percentage of converts. I think that two or three more years is the longest period of time that the mirrorless makers are prepared to continue to sustain financial losses in this market. If mirrorless gains profitable traction before some of the mirrorless makers decide to dump their photography divisions (keep in mind that the photo divisions at Olympus and Fuji and Panasonic and Sony are their smallest divisions - just a few pecentage points of their global product mix), then Nikon and Canon will by then have to be producing top tier mirrorless products of their own.

My point is that mirrorless top tier bodies are a highly viable choice right now. As the average age of amatieur, hobbyist and semi-pro photographers continue to rise along with the increase in the average age of the general population in all the western and many of the eastern retail markets, more and more photographers - as many as 35% overall IMO - will be seeking en masse lighter weight camera bodies and lenses. The are a startling number of threads on Nikonians right now, and over the past couple of years in particular, about the DSLR carry weight issue vs. availability of high quality lightweight mirrorless products. Panasonic (GH3, GH4, GX7 among other models), Olympus (OM-D E-M1, E-M10 especially), Fujifilm (X-T1, X-E2, X100S among other models) and Sony (a7s, a7r among other models, though I wouldn't personally take a chance on Sony's design quirks and product abandonment habits) all offer superb mirrorless photography gear.

To me, all this creates a long list of viable choices for trading or selling all sorts of heavy Nikon and Canon DSLR gear and getting into any of the mirrorless products listed above. If lower carry weight, a somewhat more discrete and smaller presence on the street, very high image quality, great versatility and good ergonomics are things that are driving change for a particular photographer, then top tier mirrorless products are right there front & center.

The OP first posted the question in 2006. There has never before been a better time to be a photographer, at least from the standpoint of the huge variety of choices, extremely high quality bodies and lenses, and enormous competitive retail price competition.

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#142. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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<<There has never before been a better time to be a photographer, at least from the standpoint of the huge variety of choices, extremely high quality bodies and lenses, and enormous competitive retail price competition. >>

Totally agreed and for me it's now about versatility and I really do have the best of all worlds. My camera use time must have increased at least by 15-20% as I have such high quality in all bodies, but each interchangeable for any occasion.

I did sell my D800 and recently started to miss it, or rather I missed full frame. I didn't sell any of my 35mm lenses when I bought Fuji and to get the true value of them I missed FX. I don't need a D800, so I regained FX with a D610. My D7100 + 80-400mm keeps up my wildlife work. I now count my kit a complete, however as anyone knows who builds a model railway, it's never actually complete!

I've never had so much fun and surely whether an amateur or serious amateur, that's the whole reason we all enjoy photography.

Richard

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#143. "DSLR vs Mirroless cameras"
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Montreal, CA
          

"...the real (and exaggerated) approval by some many photography writers and bloggers about the top tier of mirrorless bodies and lenses, the stand-out brands in that group have attracted a small percentage of converts. I think that two or three more years is the longest period of time that the mirrorless makers are prepared to continue to sustain financial losses in this market."


Howard's assessment of the mirrorless camera market is right on the mark. I give photography workshops in Montréal, and I've noticed a shift by some of the older participants, towards these smaller, and with some, more simple to use cameras. One popular model, is the recent Canon Powershot G16 with a 12.1 megapixel sensor that shoots HD video in 1080p... and sells for $500! It has more features and better noise specs than my old Nikon D200 from 2006, that sold for three times the price!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1000470-REG/canon_8406b001_powershot_g16_digital_camera.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/

But before all of you go rushing out to buy these smaller, more compact cameras, be wary of one aspect - the EVF or Electronic ViewFinder. Of the many models I have examined, these often too bright miniature screens, just do not have the resolution, resolving power, clarity or sharpness of looking through a true pentaprism SLR or DSLR camera.

Then there is the lens issue. Changing to these smaller cameras means a whole new investment in lenses that are not compatible with your existing Nikon (or other) DSLR system.

Like many of you, I have added to my arsenal of lenses and camera bodies over the years. On a recent 45 day trip to Argentina and Antarctica, I travelled with three camera bodies (2 D-700's, 1 D800), four lenses, chargers, a computer, portable Lacie HD and more, all of it fitting into a backpack and LowePro Street and Field Toploader and padded lens cases. Yes it was a lot of weight, but it was completely manageable because I used good backpacks that had en excellent waist and shoulder strap system for distributing the weight.

On many field trips I've led over the past 13 years, I've seen far too many people using packs with flimsy waist straps (or none at all) placing all of the weight on their shoulders, when really, 70-80% should be on their waist. This is how to get very tired and sore... very quickly. Investing in a good quality backpack will make your life a whole lot easier.

If however, you intend to go smaller and lighter, than consider the Nikon DF and using a Nikkor 50mm f1.4. You will get the sharpness, the features, and the quality, all in a compact package, while still retaining the pentaprism advantage, and the ability to occasionally use a bigger lens!

I doubt there are any of the mirroless cameras that can quite do the photo below, from six miles away! But then, in my humble opinion, it all depends what you want to do with your gear... and how much you want to carry!




Cerro Torre, Patogonia, Argentina
This 3,128m (10,262 ft) jagged, saw-toothed mountain was photographed from a knoll in morning light from 6 miles away.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-200 f2.8G AF-S plus TC20EII teleconverter (400mm effective)
Exposure: 1/800sec @f/8, ISO 400, WB daylight, Manual mode
Tripod mounted


Hope this helps.

Cheers,
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#144. "RE: DSLR vs Mirroless cameras"
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Sun 27-Jul-14 06:08 PM by richardd300

Dyserth, GB
          

<<But before all of you go rushing out to buy these smaller, more compact cameras, be wary of one aspect - the EVF or Electronic ViewFinder. Of the many models I have examined, these often too bright miniature screens, just do not have the resolution, resolving power, clarity or sharpness of looking through a true pentaprism SLR or DSLR camera. >>

A very important point Frederic and by the way the picture's darn good too My number one priority before buying a mirrorless camera was the EVF, or rather how good can it be. If it was like every other compact, bridge or CSC (Nikon V1) I'd experienced, then the journey would end immediately . It was the most important single aspect involved in my decision making.

I first looked the Fuji X-Pro1. I just didn't like the Optical viewfinder because like my old Coolpix P6000 I didn't like seeing the actual lens through the viewfinder, especially with a zoom. The EVF was better than I had envisaged, but didn't do it for me. Then I tried the X-E2 and what a difference and I bought it. No, it wasn't like an optical viewfinder, just different however wholly acceptable.

Then the X-T1 arrived and the EVF on this camera is in my view perfect with its 100% size and viewfinder clarity. Add another plus point into the mix, that being working in Manual. Because most X lenses have an aperture ring and also a histogram can be viewed in the EVF, adjusting the aperture ring enables the exposure changes to be seen. This combination of histogram and aperture adjustment means WYSIWYG when you capture the image. Then add the fact that the captured image is displayed in the viewfinder the user does not need to review the results in the rear display. These attributes are really useful and work extremely efficiently.

I now work with a D610, a D7100 and the Fuji's. They are so different, but both in my view as capable as each other via different technology.

I have just returned from a holiday in Norway and Iceland, my images to me are equally as magical as my D800. No, I would not expect to capture what you achieved in such detail, but my crops ain't bad and not far from my D800 crops.

I am not saying that mirrorless are as mature as a dSLR, although the process is almost there, they will be and when Nikon produce a half decent CSC, they'll be there or above the best.

Richard

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voyageurfred Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Jun 2007Sun 27-Jul-14 06:26 PM
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#145. "RE: DSLR vs Mirroless cameras"
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Sun 27-Jul-14 06:28 PM by voyageurfred

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Glad to read Richard, that the Fufi X-E2 has proven to be a capable camera for you.

What's important, is what works for you.

Thanks for the compliments. The image above, shot in RAW mode, is uncropped, just resized for this forum.

Cheers,
Frederic in Montréal

  

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shipsdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2006Thu 31-Jul-14 05:48 PM
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#149. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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Robert in New Orleans, US
          

Reputation, pure and simple. I remember the Photographer's Mates in the Navy I came across used Nikon equipment, I also remember seeing them on display for sale at the Exchange on the U.S. Navy base's I travelled to. So their availability and reputation was truly worldwide in reach.
When I finally decided to get serious about wanting to learn to become a photographer about 8 years ago, I purchased a new D50 with the kit lens. Since then I've moved to the D80 then the D90 and now I own the D7100. In addition I've added more and better glass. Their lenses seemed to be the real initial draw to the Nikon brand in my mind.



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golfercat Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2012Thu 31-Jul-14 06:48 PM
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#150. "RE: Why Nikon?"
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I started photography in the 50's with a 120 Kodak dual reflex. first SLR was an Argus C2, followed by a Cannon RM, then an Oympus 10. First digital was a Coolpix 990 followed by a few PS. First venture into DSLR was a D90. Liked the feel, layout and menus. The menus were a little daunting at first. Liked every thing about the D90 except low light capability. Replaced it with a D700. Love the D700. Does everything I need. Picked up a N1V2 for something lighter and the 2.7 crop factor. Love the reach with the 70-200 F2.8.

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