The Nikon versus Canon debate is never going to go away.
From a consumer point of view it makes complete sense though. You researched what camera you need to buy by engaging with ‘experts’ in online forums and then finally you make the big decision. You go out and spend your hard earned money on a specific brand of camera. It is now yours – you made the choice, you spent the money, you now own… a brand!
It’s called post purchase rationalisation.
You have made an expensive purchase and now you need to convince yourself, and your peers, that you made the correct choice. You will then, in a self fulfilling prophecy kind of way, keep on looking for and seeing things that validate your decision. Your purchase. Your brand. As they say, tell me what you want me to prove and I will find the stats to prove it.
The whole thing is just so boring and tired but… it’s gonna keep going. The Nikon fanboys and Canon disciples will keep on trying to prove to themselves and everyone else that they made the right choice. That they have the best camera brand.
Seriously, ask yourself…
- When looking at iconic wildlife images, such as some of the BBC winners, do you really – really – only think about what camera the photographer used?
- When seeing an amazing wildlife image should the first question you ask not revolve around the photographer’s vision, or at least the reason they chose a certain setting, rather than what camera they used?
- Is a great wildlife image not very much reliant on being at the right place at the right time rather than what camera you were using?
- When looking at a wildlife image can you really – really – tell which camera was used to create it? Really?
- If creativity came in a box, like the ones new camera comes in, would more photographers pay attention to it?
So instead of wasting time and energy by looking for reasons to validate whatever brand of camera you are using, why not just pick up that camera, get out there and create some images! It’s way more fun and productive than trying to argue a futile point.
I have to include at least one image per post so here goes.
So, what camera do you think I used for this image?
If that was the first thing you thought when you saw the image then scroll back to the top of the post and read it again!
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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