A warning, today’s post is strictly for photographers.
We all know my love of Nikon and all things … well … Nikon. But I don’t want this to ever jade me from appreciated true quality in a product. Read linear, if it’s a god product, I will say it’s a good product… otherwise I’m a fanboy that you’ll never get a non-biased answer out of. With that said, I have spent a lot of time with my assistants talking about Canon’s new offering, the 1D X.
-Now as a background to this subject, I actually started out shooting Canon (D30) and have shot them longer than I have shot Nikon bodies. Over the years I have shot no less than 15 Canon bodies, and 3 Nikons-
So when the 1D X was announced I, being the techie that I am, spent most of the day pouring over the specs and the pictures of it. Being as it won’t be out soon, I figured I have some time to think about whether or not to pick one up. I think the general direction that Canon is going with the camera is a strong one. The underlining thought of the new system seems to be quality over quantity (when it comes to the sensor).
One thing that I think will be interesting is how long the standard ISO measurements are used to describe cameras. Ever since the Nikon D3 brought us ISO 25,600 I found myself wondering when they would adjust the scale and/or change the name. Now with the Canon 1D X’s ISO 200 something thousand, I think that we need to find a new descriptor in this department.
The next thing that always woos me with Canon is that every chassis they produce is a gateway to shoot their primes. I have to admit that I have been spoiled by just how sharp Nikon’s zooms are and how well they handle flare. However, sometimes I long to shoot with the 85 f/1.2 again or the 35 f/1.4 (not that Nikon doesn’t offer this, but I haven’t tried it). I remember having the whole collection of lenses from Canon out of necessity because the mid-range zooms were just, well, not good.
For time’s sake, and the fact that Starbucks is calling my name, let me offer my verdict on what I believe this camera will be…
It will be great. It will be good for the people that have a solid stable of Canon lenses, and those that know the system and its menus intimately. The files should be clean (although I worry it my have Canon’s good ‘ole mosaic like pattern in the noise), and the high ISO should be impressive. But will I switch from Nikon? No. At the end of the day, I have a system that I know all the ins and outs of. I have learned how to shoot for my sensor, which is a lot easier said than done. Now don’t get me wrong, I will gladly try out the new Canon system, but I will look to what offering it inspires by Nikon.
As photographer who stands in front of a great sunset. You don’t shoot the sunset, you shoot its light hitting the person next to you.