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| p.2 #14 · Canon users who switched to Nikon D800E |
This is exactly right! I'm very interested in hearing from people / Canon shooters who bought a D800E because of the sensor and MP and have a couple of lenses for landscape / non-moving items, but still shoot Canon for everything else.
With regard to the "need" part of it, the ideal would be to buy a top of the line MF but $30k is out of the question. I like my 5D III, from viewing some images made with the D800E, assuming everything is perfect, the D800E is fantastic and much better.
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This is potentially a very interesting thread, but it starts with a flawed set of polling questions. My situation isn't exactly covered, so I thought I'd weigh in with my experiences. I hope no one minds that I'll be talking about the D800 and not the D800E. My acquaintances who've shot both tell me there's not much to choose between them.
First, some background. I started my DSLR collection with a Canon 5D when it first came out, and in the intervening years acquired an assortment of Canon glass and upgraded to the 5D2 and 5D3. My primary body is now the 1Dx. Wasn't really interested in Nikon gear until I was exposed to the D800 at a symposium in May. At the time I was still waiting for the 1DX with no clear idea when it would arrive. I bought a D800 in mid-May and began using it regularly (all the while cursing under my breath at how different the handling and menu systems are from Canon's: not worse, just different). When the 1Dx finally arrived I started using it, too, and sold the 5D3.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 5D3: in the right hands it produces superb images and the AF system is first rate. Burst mode at 6fps is fast enough for almost everything. I shot the lights out with it for the few months I had it.
The D800's sensor is stellar: its resolution and dynamic range are addictive. It takes care and technique (and superb glass) to get the best out of it, but in its sweet spot the results are spectacular. In fact, though, I think the 5D3 is a better all-around photographic tool: it does all things well, if none as quite best-in-class.
...which leads us to the 1Dx. It is, to put it simply, the finest all-around camera body I've ever used (and I've used the earlier 1D bodies, just never owned one before). It's the best camera I've ever shot for sports and low-light situations. It delivers fantastic IQ in a wide range of applications. It's built like a tank. It handles superbly. And Nikon doesn't have anything to match the 17mm TSE, a lens I use quite a lot for hand-held, walking-around city/travel photography in addition to architecture. The only thing the 1Dx doesn't do is ultra-high-resolution landscape and studio photography.
Which is why I still own and use the D800, too. That said, if Canon comes out with a new, ultra-high-res-sensor FF body, with specs and performance to match or better the D800, I'll probably plump for it and sell off the Nikon gear, to save my sanity: switching back and forth from one system to the other is crazy-making.
Hope this helps.