Some of you will know that I like to change some things a few times. This also applies with photographic equipment, so although Canon was right at the time, I became increasingly frustrated with the picture quality of the pictures I was getting. I like the ergonomics but quite frankly there were too many pixels in too small a place. This coupled with the poor quality of the 100-400mm @400mm meant at best I would get an OK shot but often it was quite a bit of mush – if this sounds like someone blaming their tools then maybe I am.
I have always been impressed with the quality of output from the Nikon D3 that I used to have and I was dazzled by the specs of the Canon 7D and the (missing from Nikon’s range) 100-400mm lens. I don’t regret trying out two competing manufacturers gear (except maybe the financial side of things) and this recent change has also had the added benefit of sorting out my finances too.
I purchased the camera (and the excellent quality but slow to focus 50mm F/1.4 G AFS lens) from Jessops and although it wasn’t the cheapest prices, it was very close and I was fortunate enough to pick this up from the Lincoln branch. I also missed the eye-cup that I had with the D3 and this has been added too.
I have tried out the camera in a few places and it is quite simply a joy to use, I immediately accustomised back to the Nikon way of doing things and I have missed them. The picture quality (the main reason for the purchase) is quite simply stunning and I don’t regret the change. I look forward to some other things that I miss – the 14-24mm lens, the Nikon Flash system, the fact that I can use almost any Nikon lens, the direct control of most of the functions.