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| p.1 #17 · Moving to FF: Stick with Canon or Switch to Nikon? |
If you need to move to a full frame camera right now and you regularly print so large that the difference might be visible (beyond perhaps 24" x 36"), then the D800/D800e have the edge in terms of sensor quality at the current moment. Given that you would consider giving up your current system completely, with the exception of things like the flash, if you are going to switch this could be a good time to consider it... if those conditions all exist.
However... if they don't all exist, you might want to go a bit slow on this.
If you talk to Nikon users, they love their cameras just as much as Canon shooters love theirs - as they should, since both brands make excellent photographic equipment. However, they are not without complaints either relative to things like Nikons implementation of live view, some initial focusing issues, etc. On the off chance that you are imaging that the Nikon World is a more beautiful place than Canon Country, this is most often a case of "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" than of real, significant, long-term differences. (And, yes, I say the same thing to Nikon people who are considering a more toward Canon.)
Also consider the extent to which you might be seduced by this month's or this year's specs and the internet hoo-hah that inevitably develops. Step back and look around and see what photographers whose work you admire are doing, rather than focusing on recitations of this or that specifications list. And by "photographers" I don't mean "internet celebrity photographers" or "photography reviewers" - I mean people who produce beautiful work using their gear. What I think you'll see is that the whole Nikon versus Canon question doesn't really concern them at all or make a difference in their work, nor do they necessarily feel the need to update to the newest body every time one or another company introduces a new thing.
People are producing absolutely fine and first rate work with Nikon, and others are doing the same thing with Canon. (And, yes, other brands and types of gear are also used to make fine work.) The back and forth "spec battle" between Canon and Nikon has been going on for decades. One moment one company will pull ahead in some area and a short time later the other company will pull ahead, then the tables turn again... lather, rinse, repeat...
Tough decisions when that fine D800e is sitting out there and staring back seductively in your direction, I know... ;-)