ceriltheblade wrote in post #10490979
out of curiosity - I have seen many people - professionals and others weighing the options between the nikon and the canon system (mainly)...and I was wondering - why limit oneself to only one system? If this is what I did all day every day - I would think it would be natural to use the right tool for the job - so if I needed an MPE-65 then canon is the only system for that job....
and if I wanted a Nikon lens (sorry i am not familiar enough with the lenses - but lets say the 200-400 - but excuse the example if it is wrong or there are odd nuances) than I would use that system.
Sure it may be a bit more expensive...doesn't share nicely between systems....but i can't believe that it would be prohibitive for the professional.
I, on the other hand, am a rank hobbiest and have no need to be so picky..I am not making money on my shots...so that could aslo explain my ?naieve? question
i think what you're saying is much less relevant in real world use than you may think. most professionals stick to one primary area of expertise, and consequently choose their primary equipment from the brand that works best for them. basically what i'm trying to say is that a sports shooter with a D3 will most likely never be in a position where they'll need a MP-E 65mm macro for their work.
having had experience using two systems at once (canon 40D on one shoulder, nikon D200 on the other), i can assure you that transitioning between the two is definitely not as smooth as i would have liked. with controls in different places moving in opposite directions, it's just more hassle than it's worth. at least to me, both brands put out very high quality products, and the difference in quality isn't significant enough to necessitate an investment in two systems.
there are people like lloyd out there who have opted to use both brands concurrently, but i don't think it's for everyone.