Aesop's fable and the D800

Started Mar 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
marike6 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,088
Re: Asap's rationalizations

dmanthree wrote:

James C. Murray wrote:

mogthecat wrote:

I have to agree that it comes down to glass. I can't see anything in Nikon's line up that matches the 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 F4s either for price or quality. I'm happy with my 5D2 as I was with my 5D, so any upgrade for me is likely to be to the 5D3, but not for some time yet.

I agree, and for one of my interests, birds, you can add the 400/f5.6 and the 100-400 zoom. Once you go past these in reach, the costs are in another league for both brands and I can't find an equivalent for the prime.

When a nice camera like the D800 comes along, I think people forget that you're buying into a system, not just the body. The best example of this is the NEX series. Killer sensors, great bodies, crap lens selection (unless you want to deal with clunky adapters).

Nikon as a system is as good as any in photography. Certainly, I'm not sure I've ever heard the term "crap" used to describe the Nikon's complete lens line-up and accessories which include CLS, arguably the most advanced flash system in photography.

And many spray and pray photographers who absolutely must have AF forget that Nikon never changed their lens mount like Canon did, so all F-mount Nikkors work on even the most modern Nikon body. There are some legendary AIS Nikkors with proper dampend MF rings, engraved distance scales, and extraordinary performance that can be found in Ebay for extremely low prices. Indeed good, cheap manual Nikkors with manual aperture rings are one reason so many Canon videographers have large collections of AIS Nikkors. Canon FD lenses can be used on EOS cameras ONLY with an adapter that includes optics that allow the lens to focus at infinity.

As far as AF lenses, I'm not sure why I keep reading that the 24-105 L has no equivalent when Nikon makes the AF-S 24-120 VR. And for wide angles, the 14-24 2.8 may be the very best wide zoom ever made which is why it's not uncommon to see Canon shooters using it with an adapter. Price is the main reason the 17-40 L is talked about as it's performance on FF is nothing spectacular.

So as far as complete systems, other than the MP65 Macro or the 400 5.6, there is really nothing that Canon has that Nikon does not.

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