Switching from Nikon to Canon
I'm a rather satisfied Nikon shooter who is seriously considering switching to Canon. In addition to photography, I am also into videography and Canon is definitely the leader in the DSLR Video area. I would like to ask your thoughts, opinions and suggestions.
the situation: My Nikon D50 is showing old age and I am in a position to start fresh. My investments on Nikon-mount lenses is not that extensive yet. Besides, the wifey is interested in inheriting the D50.
My eye and budget is really fixated and fixed on the 7d. So here are the questions:
1. What zoom lenses would you recommended I get first? between the kit lenses offered 18-135 or 15-85? 24-105 f/4 L IS USM? Or others, please specify. I want a good walk around lens for starters, with the 24-105 I can do group shots as well as portraits.
2. Do you imagine a steep learning curve switching from Nikon to Canon?
3. Where is the best place to buy here in the online (I need warranty coz I tend to be sloppy and quite adventurous in where I take the camera)
thanks for your time.
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Here are my suggestions:
1. 7D is a wonderful camera, as it gives you speed in both photography and filming (50/60fps). Downside is that it is not a full-frame but cropped sensor camera, meaning that you have to multiply your focal range by 1.6. Of course you CAN buy specific lenses for this camera, but I think you're better off investing in glass that you are able to use on a full frame body (e.g. 5D mark II) as well.
DSLR videography is all about shallow DoF, so invest in proper glass.
I mostly use the 50mm F1.2, 24-70mm F2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8 IS from Canon. With these you can start to build things up. Perhaps you can better choose the 24mm, due to the 1.6 crop of the 7D.
2. Be prepared that focusing works directly opposite to Nikon.
3. I can't advise on where to buy. However, should you have the budget to buy both a 5D and a 7D body (it's always better to have a back-up if you depend on this for a living), you may qualify for the Canon Professional Services (CPS) Programme. This means you get priority service if one of your bodies breaks. But do get a proper professional insurance cover as well.
To learn more about what you need to film with DSLRs, check out Philip Bloom's blog or invest $129 into the CreativeLIVE workshop from Vincent Laforet.
Richard van den Boogaard
cameraman / editor / video marketing consultant