Much Afoot and–Oh Yeah–Canon vs. Nikon

Alas, there is much afoot at the moment. I know a handful of things:

1. I’ll be delivering the keynote address in Atlanta on October 2nd for the PDN series On The Road. It just so happens that it coincides with the very cool annual festival Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Consider registering for one of the On the Road tour stops. If you’re tired of hearing me yap, at least check out some other photogs I enjoy, like my homies Vince and Doug. The series continues thru December.

2. We’re finally moving into our new studio digs! It’s waaay premature – contractors crawling all over the place – but we’re hosting Greendrinks there on this Tuesday with the BEA, so I figured it would be nice if there was something in there besides drywall dust when the people showed up. A while ago I linked to construction pictures in a recent speedlinks post, but whoa Nelly, has it transformed since then. I’ll post new pics soon.

3. This Scientific Study of Gangster Rap was totally absurd but had me in stitches. The comments are priceless.

4. Is this a puff piece, or is David Levi Strauss really onto something? Good photography/art critics are hard to come by…

5. I was recently sandwiched between Posh Spice and Ashley Simpson. Funny, but I have no idea… Writer Rob Thurman is very witty, uber prolific, and I’m grateful for the link. That said, I don’t think I’ll be sipping champagne cocktails at Chateau Marmont any time soon.

6. And saving the best for last, what photo-related blog wouldn’t be complete without the debate, Canon vs. Nikon. I couldn’t stomach engaging in the discussion over the recent new camera announcements in the thick of it, but now that it’s old news, I want to beat that dead horse. And to help me beat that horse, you should check Canon’s video and Nikon’s response. Do all these camera glamor shot videos just seem like dSLR camera-porn, or is it just me?

BTW, what are you more jazzed about, Nikon’s angle or Canon’s?

22 Responses to Much Afoot and–Oh Yeah–Canon vs. Nikon

  1. Martin Fuchs September 10, 2007 at 4:05 am #

    Canon vs. Nikon is like Photojournalism vs. Art, like Color vs. Black and White, like McDonalds vs. Burger King, like…

    But of course I am Canon… ;-)

  2. Martin Joergensen September 10, 2007 at 8:29 am #


    No, it’s not just you.

    It’s camera-porn allright. Useless press photos with some panning and zooming. Like a cheap porn flick, starting on the wall behind the subject(s) and panning into “the action” (not that there’s any trace of action here).
    And the music’s even like a cheap porn movie.

    - Martin

  3. Will Foster September 10, 2007 at 8:57 am #

    It is nice to get an update, and just see some new sites out there. It is always nice to find fresh web sites out there!

    Regarding camera manufactures, I am much more excited for the D300 and D3 line for Nikon than the EOS 40D or EOS-1Ds Mark III for Canon. I will probably sell my D200 to get myself a D300. Even though I am a Nikon fan, just by looking at the specs and what the cameras have to offer, I see much more innovation in the Nikon equipment, except the 21.1 Mega Pixels in the EOS-1Ds Mark III… thats crazy awesome!

    Thanks Chase for having a great blog! Regardless of manufacturer, I am still a fan of either, but my equipment will be Nikon! :-)

  4. Carson Blume September 10, 2007 at 9:00 am #

    So at least Canon talked about something. I am not happy that Canon took away the Firewire connection, I was hoping they would improve it. I like that the D3 has 2 CF slots. I just home the Mark III has less noise than the Mark II

    If this is camera porn then I just got a striper, I got the new G9 and rocks. It shoots RAW and almost as much megapixels as the 5D, underwater housing coming next month!.

  5. Anonymous September 10, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    The D3 is seems to be more of a direct competitor to the 1D MKIII than the 1DS MKIII. I can only imagine that sometime in the next year they will anounce a higher megapixel camera.

    Personally, I don’t need more than the D3 could give me in terms of megapixels and I like the idea of larger photosites within the fullframe size. I think 21MP squeezed into the FF size will be inherently noisier than 12MP squeezed into the same space.

    I want to seem what 25k+ iso looks like. All the IS and VR in the world won’t slow the world down. ISO and fstops are where the action lives.


  6. Aaron September 10, 2007 at 9:31 am #

    Hey Chase,

    Will and Carson said it best – Nikon’s SLR’s are showing more innovation than Canon’s right now. But, the Canon G9 looks awesome – I hope to get one next month.

    David has a good write up of the G9 on strobist:
    Quick Summary:
    hot shoe
    1/2500 sec sync speed
    RAW capture
    pretty sweet for a semi-pocket-cam.

    Also, it looks like photojournalist Ed Betz got to shoot the D3 at a couple baseball games. He had some interesting things to say over at DPreview forums:;=24736304;=24752213

    Personally I’m really excited about the new Nikon. It is everything I was hoping the 1d Mark III would be, Full Frame & Fast (ISO and AutoFocus). If the images are as clean as Ed Betz is saying, it will probably be my next camera.

    I would miss the fast canon primes though, particularly the 35L, 85L, 135L :(

  7. Oscar September 10, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    I have to admit that i am way excited about Nikon line than canon.
    I been waiting for the d300 to come out, I cannot wait to have one.

    I was lucky enough to catch Vincent Laforet at the Canon Pro Expo here in Calgary (I couldn’t believe it was free), and I’d have to say that between both of you, you guys make photography something out of this planet.

    Congrats to both!

  8. Ziv September 10, 2007 at 10:03 am #

    Vince’s work is sweet, but really, a copyright agreement on the splash page? He might want to re-think that. There might be more delicate ways to solve his copyright problem…if there is one.

  9. Derek September 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    Nikon vs. Canon. It’s really not about the hardware we hold in our hands. It’s about the software we have within us: our hearts and minds.

    I recently raced over to 8th Street in Miami, to shoot images of the Cuban exile community ‘celebating’ Fidel Castros’ death. Well, as we all know by now he didn’t die (or at least it hasn’t been confirmed). As I waited to see what was going to happen, I met an old, weather-beaten gentleman who lives on the streets. Something about him caught my attention, though. He had two, old, beat-up manual cameras hanging from his neck. The brand names were not important. It was brutally hot outside so I invited him into a restaruant and bought him a meal (he refused a cold beer) We got to talking. He has been shooting images of all the homeless people in the neighborhood as well as the merchants, waiters, vendors, etc., for many years. He then took out envelopes full of images he has taken. He carries them around and gives them to the people he has photographed. These images were superbly taken. It was like looking at poetry on film paper. His composition, angles, choice of depth-of-field, etc. were right on. Organic. Real. In-the-moment. It made my images look so amateurish. I shoot with a Canon 5D and I can’t even come close to what he produces with his old ‘outdated’ cameras and scratched-up lenses. He works a few hours a week on odd jobs so he can buy film and developing to be able to continue his true love – photographing people and sharing the iimages with them.

    Equipment? Ask him which brand is better. He’ll probably just chuckle and feel sorry for your limitations…then take a picture of you…the best one you’ve ever seen!

  10. brian faini September 10, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    Im sure Stephen Shore would have to say Linhof vs. Horseman.

    I am glad to see Nikon ditched the CCD and went full-frame. They have gotten to the point they are now from Canon’s innovations and vise-versa.

    That whole high ISO is BS and not sure how I feel about they high speed cropped image shooting.
    Canon could have thrown some more surprises into their new bodies.

    This is where we, the citizens(I loathe the word consumer, last thing we should do is consume) photographers and get the pay off. Better gear sooner.

    As a tech geek I would interested in a little vid tour of the new diggs once it is 100%.

    BTW Chase, Western NC is having a Strobist meet-n-shoot OCT 6th in Asheville, since you will be in that part of the country you should stop by. I promise to buy you a pint and a good time. Sorry, that is about all I can offer. Oh yeah the fall colors of the mountain of NC!

  11. flightblog September 11, 2007 at 4:51 am #

    Derek – great comment

  12. Jacob September 11, 2007 at 8:26 am #

    The gangsta rap was fantastic. The only thing that worried me was that, as an engineer, I was reading the comments and actually paging back to the Venn diagrams to evaluate them. I’m going to crawl back into my hole now. If I’m not back in 3 days, send in some Tri-X and a fresh set of AA’s.

  13. Ian September 11, 2007 at 10:09 am #

    Chase,noooo!!! The reason I come to this blog is because it isn’t gear related! And now you’ve bit into the biggest oldest boringest debate since pc vs Mac.

  14. Chase Jarvis September 11, 2007 at 1:32 pm #

    Ian: Don’t fret, my friend. I can’t stand that stuff either, which is why I said “what photo blog wouldn’t be complete without…” I Will never go down that route for real, trust me ;) But, funny how things are all about interpretation – a significant point here was meant to be a tongue in cheek one – the Canon vs. Nikon links are aimed at calling out the PORN portion of the video – NOT the specs of the camera. Just a bunch of baseless hero shots in slow mo.

    (all the above having been said, i did find some of the comments interesting – not regarding the specific features, but moreso about the passionate brand claims and dividing lines…

  15. Chris Hinkle September 12, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    so Canon’s video is twice as long as Nikon’s, and Nikon doesn’t even have any commentary, thats hilarious…maybe Canon needs more time to talk about twice as many pixels…I love Nikon more (sort of like the kid you see falling down but keeps getting up) but I shoot Canon.

    ~ chris

  16. Anonymous September 13, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    Canon or Nikon.. Canon or Nikon?

    The excitement level is about the same for me. Both announcements means even FURTHER drops in price for used MF standard lenses, AF zoom lenses that are not DX and reduction in prices of pro bodies only one generation behind.

    I’ll spend my time (therefore money) finding dirt cheap, fast, bright lenses like the Nikon 500mm MF f/4 (surf lens dream! ..once $5k now $1100 used) instead of intellectualizing. Not that I hold discussion against anyone else. To each their own.

    Future serious jumps in image size (megapixels = size not QUALITY in the end) should encourage more rental of pro equipment in my mind. When you devise an effective business model your rental is paid off and you profit without having to choose one or the other.. why not be versatile. Technology is all about productivity and versatility in the end right?


  17. Chase Jarvis September 18, 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    Greg: Yeah. I’ll pass that on to Vince…

  18. Chase Jarvis September 18, 2007 at 8:05 pm #

    Indeed, great comment Derek.

  19. Chase Jarvis September 18, 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    Brian: you can bet on the vid tour when we’re dialed in…

    AND I’m unfortunately only going to be in Atlanta for the PDN on the Road Speaking gig for 24 hours… Fly in on Oct 1, out on Oct 2, p.m. I’ll be at the reception whooping it up the night of the 1st if anybody’s around…

  20. Andy October 20, 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    I sold my D2X and bought a 5D. Good low light high iso performance is a must for me. Then a couple months later the D3…..damn.

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