I had the chance to use a 5D and must say that I was quite disapointed with the build quaility, I was expecting someting much more solid. I have heard that Nikons camera are much sturdier. I really like the fact Nikon have chosen the DX size sensor and stuck to it, it really annoys me when a Company cannot pick a standard and stick with it. Canon have been disapointing me in this area they seem much more consumer driven intent on giving customers what sells not what works. It has been very hard for me to decide on a camera system to invest my money in, I love the Nikon system but also intend on getting a Canon XL2, I dont want to buy a seperate set of lenses for each camera. Maybe someone here could convince me that Sony make a better video camera in this range. Something I have always worked on is the more expensive something is generally the better it is to, but seeing Canons cameras are considerably higher priced than Nikons it makes me wonder if this is just a premium for the brand name and 35mm sensor(Which I am a curios that this is even an advantage). Any thoughts on this could you please post, I am tremendously picky when choosing a product and this has been playing on my mind for a very long time. Thanks.
#1. "RE: Investing in a DSLR sytem" | In response to Reply # 0Chan Tran Registered since 04th Dec 2003Tue 20-Dec-05 06:13 PM
I am a Nikon user and very likely continue to buy Nikon equipment. With that said, if you found the 5D is not good enough for you then check out the 1Ds Mark II. I like full frame sensor but if you don't like it get the 1D Mark II n. As for the XL2? It's has been updated to the XL-H1 High Def camera. It's better to use specific video lenses designed for these cameras but if you want to use 35mm lenses on these you can use either Canon or Nikon lenses as these camera accept C mount lenses. You would need a Canon to C mount adapter or the Nikon F to C mount adapter in the case you use Nikon lenses.
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#2. "RE: Investing in a DSLR sytem" | In response to Reply # 0jwenting Nikonian since 06th May 2002Fri 23-Dec-05 07:10 AM
build quality: Canon doesn't focus on that because they have a marketing vision in which their customers replace their equipment every other year if not more often. Therefore building a camera to last is counterproductive to their own corporate strategy.
sensor size: indeed irrelevant. The larger sensor on the 5D causes quality problems towards the edges of the frame. This is precisely the reason Nikon sticks with DX sensors. The larger sensor is also far more expensive to produce (the larger the sensor, the larger the failure rate during production therefore the higher the unit cost for those sensors that do leave the factory).
sticking with standards: same thing as build quality. Changing their systems such that buying one thing requires buying a lot of other things is one way to force people to keep buying.
It's also a symptom of poor vision (which every company has once in a while, think the Nikon DX series of speedlights).
video cameras: I've no experience with them but I doubt Sony is all that bad
price==quality: doesn't have to be, especially in hype related markets. Many people do think it is though, leaving companies to charge high prices because (for some strange reason) an expensive product sometimes sells better than the same product at a lower price.
Case in point: when Concorde was first introduced BA charged rather low prices for the flights and didn't make a profit. When a new manager came in to fix that first he did was ask the passengers what they thought the flight cost (most were businessmen who never saw the price on the ticket). To his surprise many gave prices (so the price they valued the service at) that were several times higher than the actual price.
BA subsequently more than doubled the ticket price and sales soared.
Another case: a major software manufacturer of corporate products lowered prices on some products. Sales collapsed. When they brought the next version at double the price sales skyrocketed to way beyond what they'd been before. On asking customers they were told that management in companies considered the low price of the previous version and thought it indicated a poor product (why charge so little for something good?).
any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame
#3. "RE: Investing in a DSLR sytem" | In response to Reply # 0johnr43 Registered since 16th Jun 2002Sat 07-Jan-06 09:14 PM
Years ago I shot a Canon F1. Nice solid unit. Then Canon changed their lens mounts. I was very much left behind new lens-wise. I returned to Nikon about 20 years ago and have NEVER looked back and never been let down with product or build.
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