Editor’s note: This is a direct copy and paste from a forum I originally posted this to on Flickr.
I’m not posting this to be flamebait and to get anybody riled up, but I just want to know what the deal is with Canon owners giving attitude because I’m shooting with Nikon. I shot Canon for six years, shooting bands, weddings, and events, and never ONCE did I catch any flack from Nikon shooters because I was shooting with Canon. Granted, I had a couple Nikon friends good-naturedly chide me about how I should switch when they heard me complain about the autofocusing issues that eventually drove me switch this month. BUT…they are already friends of mine, and they only said something after I complained.
A few weeks ago I posted about the random guy who stopped me with my 5DM2 and the 7D (my last go round before I switched) to compliment me on my cameras before adding, unbidden, how much he “hated”–that was the word–Nikon. Um, okay; I didn’t inform him I was about to switch 😉
But since then, I’ve had the Nikon (a D700 with the 24-70 2.8) for less than two weeks, and I’ve already caught attitude from Canon shooters at events that don’t even know me. Not all Canon owners; there were a couple that I knew who were cool (well, more or less). But I ran into one I knew, and the last time I spoke to her I told her I was thinking of switching, and last night was the first time I ran into since the switch, so I showed her the camera to let her know I did it. Her guy friend frowns/scowls and gives me the thumbs down. Okay, dick. But I laughed it off, but it kinda got to me.
Then, moments later, I move to another side of the stage, and another photographer, taking video with a Canon, happened to be next to me and says, totally unbidden, “You need to get that Nikon crap out of here!” Again, I laugh it off and look at him, and he’s got this shit eating grin on his face, and it was the kind of thing that somebody says something like it’s a joke, but it’s really a cover for how they really feel. I gotta tell you, it set me on edge the rest of the night.
I later talked to another Canon shooter who I know, and is really cool and friendly, and I told him what happened–actually it turned out the guy was his colleague, although I don’t think either of us realized it until I saw them collaborating later–and he was totally cool and said, exactly as I think, it’s about the images we produce at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what we use to create it. I’m not some anti-Canon guy; the overriding reason I switched was because of the autofocus issues I had with Canon–the 5DM2 is poor focusing in lowlight and the 7D is inconsistent. If I did more video I wouldn’t have switched.
So long story short…what the hell is the deal? I want to know. It’s one thing if you’re just joking around with friends, but talking trash to somebody you don’t even know? WTF? Canon fanboys: Explain. It. To. Me.
*No, there wasn’t really a knife fight 😉 At a Halloween party last night there was a girl with tree branches as part of her costume and I grazed it. Yeah, I know; not as exciting as the knife fight.