Which Camera to Choose – Nikon vs. Canon

Tito Herrera, my award winning photography brother in Panama, and I always laugh at this discussion. Because at the end of the day, it is the personal preference of the photographer that determines which brand is used.

I have the honorary title given to me by the Nikon of “Nikon Legend”. But that does not mean that I do not have respect and appreciation for the Canon, or Leica, or Sony, or Hasselblad, etc.

For example:

  • The Boston Globe gives me Canon equipment. But my personal cameras are Nikon.
  • I use Canon when I take pictures of food. Use Nikon to photograph nature.
  • I use Canon when I need to use my flash. But I used my Nikon with the flash only when I had to.
  • I prefer the Nikon when it comes to pushing the ISO. I prefer Canon when I have to use artificial lights.
  • I prefer my Nikon when I go to “hunt” decisive moments. I prefer the 16-35mm 2.8 of the Canon to the 24-70mm 2.8 that I have of the Nikon.
  • And the list can follow for a while.

Comparison:

This Saturday I walked with a Canon in one hand and a Nikon in the other. I was given one of my wide-angle lenses from Nikon and I had to be using the Canon with the wide angle. Look at the photos attached to this blog.

Conclusion:

Modern professional cameras are fantastic tools used by the right person to fulfill their mission and produce high quality images. There will always be great photographers no matter what equipment they use. These photographers are the result of three things: practice, talent and luck.

Practice:

This is a quality that we all have access to. This is what I consider the “great equalizer” of photography. And how much benefit the shooter takes from it is limited only by the amount of time the individual is willing to devote to his art. I take photos at least 6 days a week and I have been doing it for almost 20 years.

Talent:

Unfortunately this is the aspect of which we have less control in general. Either you either have it or you do not have it. Or you have it and you do not do it. But do not be discouraged, photography is to some extent a science and as such can be analyzed in quantifying in formulas that can be used at the time of taking the photos.

I am a clear example of this fact. I consider myself completely empirical. I do not think I ever had more talent than the average person. But I was happy to have had the opportunity to work with professionals within the guild that gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the best of the best.

I have confirmed this idea of formulas time and again through my year of instructor in courses of photography. I have often been taught photographers who I do not initially consider having a lot of innate talent but after having paid attention and processed these formulas they produced images exponentially better than they used to do before.