One of the most common questions I get asked… “Hey Joe, Nikon or Canon…” For me it’s a matter of comfort, and durability, both in design and what I have been used to for over 25 years.
I started with the fantastic Pentax K1000 in 1974. Everyone started with this camera. I was 8 and saved my money to get it. I started shooting black and white film and developing it in my bathroom with my dad. IKt was magical to shine a light through a negative, put the paper into a tray of liquid and watch my image form. If you have ever worked in a darkroom, you know this feeling. From Pentax I moved into the Nikon line with the F3, a heavy duty manual camera, than onto the F4, and eventually the Nikon F5. I remember thinking when I put the F5 in my hand that they had taken a mold of my hand and built the camera.I still have one. It was the gold standard of professional film cameras at the time. So solid and heavy that you could break your fall with it and still have a working camera.
Digital came to town and with some prodding from a friend I made the jump in 2002, and honestly haven’t looked back. Next was the Nikon D200 and then up to the Nikon D7200. What you see above is part of the current grouping of what was in my bag on a recent photoshoot. This is a common hashtag on Instagram – #whatsinmybag
So, for the last 25 years, it’s been Nikon. Nothing wrong with Canon, Olympus, or Sony. In fact, advances in the Sony line have recently turned some heads. For me, I am going to stick with what I know, and with the lenses I have. Whatever you shoot with, enjoy it, learn to know where every dial and button is innately so you don’t miss the shot. With that… Happy Shooting.