If you are starting to look at making the leap from point and shoot cameras to a dslr you are probably finding a myriad of choices and no clear guidance on what to pick. You don’t want to spend you hard earned money only to find out you made the wrong choice. I found myself in this situation a few years ago. Nikon? Canon? Sony? Pentax? I quickly narrowed my choices to Nikon and Canon.
Narrowing down to Nikon and Canon was not terribly difficult. They both have been making photographic equipoment a long time and have decent reputations. The pro’s seem to pretty much use predominately Nikon or Canon. Both Sony and Pentax are respectable companies, but for me, I wasn’t going to dump a bunch of money into either. So the decision came down to Nikon or Canon.
This was a much harder decision. And if you are like me you have scoured the internet looking for a definitive answer. But the definitive answer is not there, at least the answer is not obvious. As I looked at all worldly advise the internet had to offer on this subject – “….invest in a system.”, “….go to the store and hold them.”, “…put your money into the glass.” I came to the realization that the definitive answer is it doesn’t matter. Both Nikon and Canon are high quality, capable cameras. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the differences are not that great and it really does come down to personal preference. Like choosing the color of a car. Some like blue, some like red. It is still the same car.
I choose Nikon. I started with a D80, upgraded to a D200, and upgraded again to a D700. I went with Nikon for reasons that I really can’t explain. Sort of like trying to explain to someone why you like the color blue over the color red. I went to the store and handled the different cameras and the Nikon just seemed better for me and I have never regretted my decision. I did notice when researching Nikon vs Canon that there seemed to be more Nikon speciality sites. By this I mean more how-to sites by guys that use Nikon. Sites like bythom.com, nikonrumors.com, kenrockwell.com (at least at the time he was pro-Nikon), moosepeterson.com. I am sure there are similar Canon sites, but I never really came across any so I am kind of left to believe that enthusiasts are better served with Nikon.