We have this fantastic parade every year, it starts with 2-300 naked painted cyclists, draws about 35,000 people and lasts only one hour. The whole parade is really wonderful, it's all about artistic expression and everyone has a great time. I have a regular spot along with a girlfriend and it's our annual get together.
But this year something was different, for one thing there usually are a lot of people with point and shoot cameras, this year I'd guess there were an increase of dslr's by about 50 for every 200 feet of audience, figuring both sides.
And Canon seemed to have a very poor showing, of the Canon Cameras it seemed as if there were a lot of what looked like 5dII and classic with an occasional pro with 1D series cameras. But Nikon was heavily everywhere, and the parade route was so cluttered at times with photographers compared to last year that I even started to get irritated.
Of all the photographers though there was one man who stood out of the crowd, because he didn't stand out in the crowd. I watched him last year and the way he works the parade is wonderful, you can actually believe he's getting great shots, he's the calmest person there and moves in a way that he's never in anyone's way but is calmly shooting, shooting, shooting. It was a good study for me to remember; yes I've done many a documentary working crowds but you can never learn enough.
Unfortunately he was shooting Nikon as well, but one of the few pros that wasn't using Canon. He was using a 70-200 and a 24-70 and it was a pleasure to watch him work.
I get frustrated seeing this showing for Nikon cameras though, I'm a die hard Canon fan now and cannot understand how Canon with all of it's money cannot come up with the design/promotion and advertising to get people in on the ground floor with Canon cameras, there is a truth that people become loyal so those few from that crowd who do decide to make this their profession are not likely to switch to another brand, at least my experience leads me to think that way.
I'm pretty objective and do not believe that Nikon is putting out a product so much better as to warrant this strong of shift to one manufacturer, it was just weird. I guess I shouldn't care, I've got my Canon gear, great lenses and will upgrade the body maybe one more time before I really do retire with just a point and shoot lol.