From Canon to Nikon
Now this is no "great, another convert!" sermon, but rather a comment on some of the reflections Scott made before the change - and quite a lot of envy over Scott's shopping list....
He is obviously a serious shooter. His Canon gear has consisted of high-end Canon bodies with a recent acquisition of the flagship EOS1DS Mk. III (Yup, Canon likes long names).
His lenses have been what Canonians refer to as "L-glass". In the Nikon world that would be similar to the lenses with gold rings - even though that will not quite cover it. The 85mm f1.8 has no gold ring... but I digress.
The essence is that Scott has summed up his thoughts in a very well written argument for his change. His arguments are amongst others that the 21.1 megapixels that the Canon delivers is just more than he needs. Add to that that Canon has lost its edge on fast focusing VR telephoto lenses and Nikon has the 200-400, which is the dream lens for a nature photographer like Scott. Add to that lots of little things that Nikon now has and Canon doesn't and Scott had enough arguments to shift. The Canon EOS 1D Mk. III (no S and a smaller sensor/resolution) has had severe problems, so that's no alternative according to Scott.
Like the rest of us Scott celebrates the freedom of
choice and the enhanced competition that Nikon has injected into the
market byt introducing great new gear. Like most of the rest of us he
is also sure that Canon will follow up with equally great equipment.
For those of us with NAS already galloping wild, let me just recap what he is buying:
2 D3 bodies
1 D700 body
1 14-24mm f2.8
1 24-70mm f2.8
1 70-200mm f2.8
1 200-400mm f4
1 500mm f4
1 1.7x teleconverter
1 SB-900 (get at least one more right away Scott!)
I just did the math on this, and that sums up to somewhere right above 30 grand - give or take a couple of thousand dollars depending on what kind of rebates Scott gets. For us Europeans that amounts to 19,600 Euros or so - provided you can get the gear at US prices. Here in Denmark it makes my stomach churn to even guess a price, but at least 1.5 times more than the US prices - more likely two times - would be a good estimate.
Not fair Scott!