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How do you respond to "Why Canon over Nikon?"

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Feb 24, 2012 18:17 as a reply to  @ post 13961214 |  #31

I chose Canon because the majority of my family members and close friends have Canon.

On the practicality point of view. We borrow each others lens.
For a hobbyist this works for me and my family.

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Feb 24, 2012 18:29 |  #32

2 things.

1 - I've been using Canon since my early, digital P&S days, so I'm familiar with their control scheme and menu layout.

2 - I like Canon's long glass offerings better

I also think that, because of the companies' different design choices for controls, Nikons work better for Engineers and Canons work better for Creatives. NOTE that those are, really, really generic archetypes and not directed at actual vocational pursuits.

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Feb 25, 2012 01:40 |  #33
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A *huge* reason to shoot Canon is *this* site.

No, I'm not kidding. There isn't one Nikon page that even comes close to the kind of following this forum attracts, and that certainly matters.
For starters, this forum's Buy and Sell board is fantastic. I've never had a bad transaction, and I personally find it to be an invaluable resource when it comes to saving some cash on used equipment.

Also, the community itself is extremely active and genuinely helpful, and that goes a long way toward making someone feel comfortable with this brand.

Ultimately, this is a very unique and special place, and it alone played a *major* factor into my decision to stick with Canon.

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Feb 25, 2012 01:53 |  #34

If the question was phrased in the sense of why *I* bought Canon over Nikon, I would simply say it was personal preference. If pushed to elaborate further, I would explain that I did a lot of research before buying and what I bought was the best fit for me.

If the question was phrased in the sense of why *they* (the person asking) should buy Canon over Nikon, I would say that I'm not knowledgeable enough about Nikon's offerings to offer an opinion of them, and that they should do their own research and get some hands-on time with both brands, if possible, before making their decision. I'd also add that it's a lot more about the photographer than the gear.

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Feb 25, 2012 02:28 |  #35

Because, many years ago, Canon beat Nikon to releasing a high-resolution (for the time) full-frame sensor that could compete with MF film.

For new users, or those seeking to upgrade without a significant investment in lenses, I've been recommending Nikon. Canon is just resting on its laurels and pursuing the video market.

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Feb 25, 2012 04:08 |  #36

I chose Canon because I got a good deal on it on Boxing Day (Rebel XS + Grip + Kit lens + Extra Battery + Bag for $499 + tax).

Although I prefer Canon, I don't hate Nikon (but I hate Nikon fanboys though). Nikon has some good stuff like the 14-24G and their lens caps > Canon lens caps!

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Feb 25, 2012 05:31 |  #37

Tom Reichner wrote in post #13960973 (external link)
When challenged about my choice of Canon, I simply reply that the Canon online discussion forum is so much better than the Nikon equivalent!

POTN beats out the Nikon Cafe by a long shot!

My sentiments as well.

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Feb 25, 2012 06:59 |  #38

^^ True.

My actual answer is that the lenses are cheaper and the selection better.

Well, they used to be cheaper, until Canon figured out that II means double price.

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Feb 25, 2012 07:46 |  #39

Lots of L lenses in the buy and sell section here in POTN and in my country while Nikon have lots of Sigma and tamron on their B&S section. =)

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Feb 25, 2012 07:52 as a reply to  @ moonshadow's post |  #40

Because white lenses are so sexy :lol:

My father introduced me to Canon when I was a little boy :cool:

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Feb 25, 2012 08:32 |  #41

I bought my first camera 6 months ago, the only reason i choosed Canon was it's script seems better.

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Feb 25, 2012 08:47 |  #42
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I just tell them that I've always shot Canon so, at this point, it's more intuitive and comfortable for me.

As to why I picked Canon over Nikon way back then? Luck of the draw, really. Nothing more. When I wanted to buy a camera, I came across a Canon SLR that I was able to afford. Had I found a Nikon that I could afford, things may have ended up differently...

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Feb 25, 2012 10:45 |  #43


Originally, when I switched from Nikon to Canon (when I actually got serious about photography), I chose Canon because the prices were a lot better. Suddenly, that isn't the case anymore.

Now when people ask me, the answer is usually "because that's what my boss gives me." or "because I like red better than yellow." or just, "because it's what I have."

I actually don't really care anymore. :lol: I'll use whatever gets put in my hand as long as it's controls are pro-oriented.

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Feb 25, 2012 11:02 |  #44

I'm actually the other way. I switched from Canon to Nikon a few years ago. I liked my Canon gear, but hated the layout of the of the Mark IIns and Mark IIIs. I just found it odd. I have used both systems since I started shooting and was comfortable with both, so I made the switch with the release of the D3. I found it to be a lot more comfortable.

THE REASON I FOUND IT MORE COMFORTABLE is that I wear glasses and much preferred the D3 prism over the Canon ones. The viewfinder is easily the largest reason I switched. With the extended eye piece, the D3 series is great to shoot with glasses. Since I am shoot several hours a day, it makes a huge difference.

But really, it comes down to I had money to switch at a time when Nikon was leading. I prob wouldn't go back though. I found I like my RAW files straight out of a Nikon Camera more than Canons. Canon's have an odd white color to me. I just find it to be too cool.

These days though, it really makes no difference. A T3i or D5100 are both better cameras than what pros were using 6 years ago.

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Feb 26, 2012 03:07 as a reply to  @ computerguru3190's post |  #45

When I went to the store to purchase my first SLR, the salesman sold me a Canon FT QL and that set me on the road of Canon loyalty.

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