There’s a question that comes up time and time again on the photography forums and that is “Should I Switch from Nikon to Canon?” (or vice versa). If you don’t like your current Nikon equipment the answer to this is “yes” you should switch to Canon, however there may be issues in doing this.
The problem changing from Nikon to Canon is that some of your equipment is non-transferable. Nikon lenses (which are going to be the most expensive bits of equipment after the cost of the camera body) are not fully compatible with Canon dslr cameras. Okay, you can buy an adapter that enables Nikon lenses to fit to a Canon dslr camera body but the lenses will only work in full manual mode, hence losing automatic mode, aperture priority mode and shutter priority mode. In addition the lens will lose auto focus (and tracking of course) and can only be focused manually.
If your style of photography is full manual mode (at all times) and focusing manually (at all times) this should not be an issue, but photographers only using this set up are few and far between, and it is not a shooting style I would ever recommend.
If you want your lenses to be fully functional you are going to have to change your lenses to Canon lenses, which means you are going to have to get your wallet out and spend some money, and quite a bit of it too, unless you want cheap and nasty glass. You will not only have to part with more money but you will also lose money on the sale of your Nikon lenses. Whilst there is a market for second hand lenses you won’t get anywhere near what you paid for the lenses and you probably won’t even get what they are worth.
If you have not invested too much in your Nikon set up switching over to Canon may not end up being too expensive. You will still lose money, just not that much. If you have heavily invested in Nikon lenses the cost in switching over to Canon may prove very costly, and this is something you need to consider before making the switch.
Some of your Nikon equipment can be used with Canon cameras and retain all features. For example, you can use Nikon flash guns and speed lights with Canon cameras and still retain through the lens metering and HSS. You will need some flash triggers to do this (such as theYongnuo 622s) but these are inexpensive and a lot cheaper than replacing your Nikon flash guns with Canon flash guns.
Before making the switch from Nikon to Canon you need to make sure you are doing the right thing, as switching back to Nikon from Canon is going to incur even more cost and more losses, and you don’t want to do that do you.
Canon and Nikon cameras feel different, have different menu systems and are laid out differently too. Trust me on this I have used both (I shoot a Canon and my wife a Nikon) and the two brands are totally unique. Before making the switch from Nikon to Canon I suggest you hire a copy of the camera and lens you intend to buy, take it out in the real world and take some real life photos with it. Hiring the camera will allow you to see if you actually like the way it feels, the way it works, the menu etc. etc. before parting with your hard earned cash.
Whilst hiring the camera I suggest you take the same photo with both the hired Canon and your current Nikon so you can compare the photos and make sure you are happy with the sharpness, the colors, the white balance and everything else. The way Canon and Nikon capture photos is different however both brands have exceptional image quality and are more than capable of capturing stunning photos.
Is it worth switching to Canon from Nikon? There are too many variables to give a generic answer to this as everyone’s situation and circumstances are different.
If, after hiring the Canon you prefer it over the Nikon and you are happy to pay the price of a Canon set up (an also suffer the loss on the Nikon setup) then by all means go for it.
If, after hiring the Canon you are unsure about switching I would suggest sticking to Nikon and seeing if there is anything else you can do to get the type of photos you are after. Perhaps look at investing in a new lens (a Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss or other third party manufacturer may be more suitable), a new Nikon camera body or something like that. Look at all the options as there may be a cheap alternative that will get you liking your Nikon set up again.
Whatever you decide don’t rush in to the decision because you may be rash, make the wrong choice and end up wasting a lot of money.
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