Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow
Yeah, but the 5DII still leaves a lot to like, such as higher res., video, ergonomics (as good as Nikon's IMO) and reasonable lens/accessory prices. Honestly, if I had the money I would DUAL BOOT - Nikon and Canon.
The big giant elephant in the room is that video and it's definitely a game changer in the cinematography world. The resolution is nice, but since I changed from boring weddings to exiting concert photography that are mostly for blogs, it won't matter for me.
However, I'd have to disagree with you on ergonomics. The button placement (I can finally check dof while holding teles!), the viewfinder (the text is almost twice as large/bright on the d700), and the shutter/aperture dials (i always had to plunge my right thumb into my right cheek to change aperture on canons). Too many to list here to be honest. The biggest factor was definitely the rich VF on Nikons, though. I don't even look at the top-deck LCD anymore to check my settings, I can see everything from the VF.
On the flip side, the 5d2 is a lot lighter and the d700 is a quite a literal tank. And it is a big point.
An interesting note is when I attend a meet with a circle of photographers and discuss our latest aquirements from the monstrous Pentax 645d (extremely jealous!) to down to the t1i, no one talks moans about image quality or resolution, the talk always comes down to which is easier to use. For me, it was Nikon by leaps and bounds.
Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d
There's always this.
But on a more serious note, I do admit I have a love for Nikon's bodies as well. It's just their lens selection never appealed to me. If they would incorporate more SWM lenses into their consumer lenses, I'd be willing to jump ship as well.
I think the low end lenses are about the same in price from both companies. You might tout that Canon has USM on consumer stuff, but Nikon has low-dispersion glass and aspherics on even the $100 18-55 kit lens.
I thought long and lost sleep over switching, had a 5d2 on loan from a friend for over 3 months, same with the d700. It was even harder because I was so deep into the Canon system. However, Nikon it was. At the end of my first departure from an SLR system, I came to the conclusion that Nikons are designed by photographers, and Canons are designed by engineers. Not that either system is any worse, their large user base attest to that.