A Canon Guy I will be…..

Richard Charpentier Digital Cameras, Notes from Rich, Photography 9 Comments

My first Digital SLR (DSLR) was the Canon 10D.  I bought it in order to get better moose and loon photos.  The selection process was pretty darned easy.  See, on the Appalachian Trail hike I brought along one of the first Canon Digital Elph cameras.  Small, light, fit right into the top of the pack, etc.

The camera produced amazing images!  It survived life in the top of a backpack.  It lived through a month of freezing nights, snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain, ice bombs from tree tops in NC, wet labradors, and more.  And last I heard, it’s still functioning (I believe Rose is using it now).  So, when I picked my digital SLR it was a pretty simple decision.

Years after my first DSLR I found myself considering a swap.  The new Nikon D700 had my attention.  Heck, it had me cruising e-Bay to see what people were paying for the equipment I own.

On my recent trip to Phoenix I had the chance to talk about my “swap” change with a few imaging professionals.  Always nice to talk in person instead of just reading online.  They reeled me back in.  I love my Canon equipment, but I was initially disappointed in the 5D Mark II.  That was to be my next camera, and soon.  Reading initial comparisons I was really leaning toward the D700.  But I finally got to talk feature for feature with users who have experienced both cameras.

So, I’m going to remain a Canon guy.  I’ll go through the whole run down when I get my 5D.  It’ll be a few months before it happens, but it will happen this year.  In the meantime, I added to my colleciton of L Series lenses over the weekend (ah, the big secret) and we’ll see what we see.  The big horn sheep better show up, I got the lens with them in mind!

By the way….there’s another Canon guy nearby.  I checked out Ben Wilmore’s blog recently and saw that he’s got one of those little google map deals.  I don’t have one of those, and not sure if I’ll ever put one on the site.  Anyway, he’s apparently hanging out in Joshua Tree right now (very cool spot).  He’s one of my favorite Photoshop / HDR instructor types out there, and his training inforamtion is great.  Sadira’s friend Dina went to one of his seminars and it still sticks with her to this day.  So, as I’m driving toward Borrego I’ll give a wave!  Good to know there are other Canon people out there too.  For some reason I keep bumping into Nikon folks lately!  😉

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  2. Got you some telephoto L action, eh? Congrats. Seems like it would be a spendy venture to swap brands if you have a decent amount of glass. Not the mention the days of research to make sure you get what you are looking for in a new setup.

  3. Seems like I commented on your photography long long ago, if not I greatly admire your style and lurk here regularly. 🙂

    I’m a Canon girl through and through back to the days of the AE 1 Program I saved all my baby-sitting money for as a teen in the 80’s.
    I would NEVER go to the dark side (nikon)!
    I just added a new L lens to my collection this week also probably not as exciting as yours though an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.

  4. This posting encouraged me to search out sites which compared Nikon v. Canon. I have to say, people can and do get very emotional and “sensitive” with their opinions. Why can’t we all just get along…

  5. Oh, I adore my Canons (thanks to you mostly) and would have a hard time switching to another brand for sure.

    Um…is it me, or does Bill’s avatar somewhat resemble him? 😀

  6. Uh oh, I don’t know if we can still be friends when I get my D700. 😉

    Seriously though, there both great cameras and those 9 extra pixels are going to really show on your huge prints.

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    Leesa, you got a nice lens there! And you made me laugh….Nikon=Darkside. Many of the readers here (Mike, Bill, Rich L, Bert, Tombo now too) are Nikon folks. I’m often outnumbered, so glad you’re lurking! 🙂

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