Which Camera (Brand)?
Some of my comments are taken too literally by some readers asking (“which camera is best?”), and in a context-dropping manner, so I want to clarify a few things to add balance:
- Best for what?
- I prefer the Nikon D800E for its resolution, dynamic range, noise characteristics. My needs and goals are mine, not any metric.
- Each camera system solves some problems well, and some others not so well.
- The Canon 5D Mark III (and 1D X) are both very fine cameras, and Canon AF is almost certainly superior to Nikon for single-shot precision and accuracy with fast lenses, a theory supported by my field shots with fast lenses on both platforms. Fixed tests don’t work here; one has to shoot under a variety of subjects and lighting and lenses to get a sense for it. Bottom line: if you’re shooting a wedding or similar, rent and test the proposed new system before buying.
- Canon isn’t going to play possum forever, my hunch is that they’ll attempt a big leap past Nikon, perhaps as much as 60 megapixels. Watch out for pattern noise.
- Sharpness isn’t everything. The visual impact of an image depends on a variety of factors, including the lens “drawing style”, which in my book often outweighs pure sharpness considerations.
- The wetware behind the camera matters most (the photographer).