Do you maintain a different system for different photography needs?

Started Jan 25, 2020 | Discussions thread
Rexgig0
Rexgig0 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,980
Yes

Yes. I started with Canon, because my wife gave me a bag of gear that she had acquired from a co-worker. She had decided to keep using film, for a while longer, for personal images. When her employer switched from Canon to Nikon, she was issued a D300s, and decided to use Nikon for personal shooting.

I built upon this Canon gear, and soon found that it was a superior system for duty use, for evidentiary/forensic/crime scene photography, because Canon was making a Macro Ring Lite flash, quick to use in street/field conditions, and the EF 100/2.8L Macro IS was, and remains, arguably, the best macro lens for this type of work. This was reinforced when the 7D II became the first camera to be able to detect and sync with flickering light sources. (It was so very nice to have consistent WB and exposures, for every shot, because every image had to be uploaded, as evidence, by policy.)

I started adding some Nikon gear, mostly pre-owned, prior-generation, so that my wife and I could share some lenses, flash, and accessories. When I added a pre-owned Nikon D3s, it became my favored low-light camera, for personal shooting, without flash. When we both decided to concentrate upon birds and wildlife, after retirement, I shifted more toward Nikon, effectively relegating Canon to secondary status, by number of lenses and cameras, but still very important for macro, close-range, and when using flash for images of people.

After retirement, I also added the Leica M system, for the pure joy of it.

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By accident of availability, I learned to use Canon and Nikon DSLRs at the same time. I love specific lenses made by both Canon and Nikon, too much to quit either system. Dabbling with Leica-M is fun, too. I am, certainly, not an expert.

 Rexgig0's gear list:Rexgig0's gear list
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF 135mm F2L USM Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED +56 more
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