Canon vs. Nikon

I was listening to one of my photography business classes and on one of the lessons it taught about questions you should answer and what kind of questions you may receive from potential clients. One of those questions was what type of camera do you shoot with? The photographer went on to explain her camera when the potential client interrupted and stated she had no idea what any of that meant, but her friend told her to ask.

That got me thinking that I should write a small blog post about the camera battle of the century: Canon vs. Nikon. I could go on and on about these different types of cameras, however, I won't start that today. This is the version for anyone who doesn't live & breathe photography.

So what is the big debate about? This blog will explain some similarities and differences between the two. 

Nikon vs. Canon Debate

Nikon and Canon have been always trying to "one up" each other ever since their existence. As soon as one come out with a great camera, the other does one better. It only makes sense to do that otherwise your company will demolish. In the past 50 years, the two Japanese companies have traded the number one spot in camera sales. That is crazy.  


There are some things to notice when I have been looking at the two brands. The first thing I would look at is the camera body. Every photographer is going to want the camera that works best for them. One thing I found useful was actually going into the camera store and holding the cameras. This way I could choose if it was right. Almost like in Harry Potter when the wand chooses you. The camera chooses you, almost. Also, you can see what the differences are by testing it out. You can see all the features, how to navigate it, and all the important things photographers look for (like ISO noise, megapixels, video options, etc.). 


Another thing photographers look at is the lens options. Canon has a system where they mark their professional lenses with a red ring known as their L lenses. These would be their better glass lenses. Nikon doesn't see the need for that system. Not that it really matters it just shows your different lenses. For every Canon lens there is a similar Nikon lens. For photographers, we all know that buying the lens is the most expensive part of the camera. Either or, they do the same job, you just have to buy what you think is best. 


Typically speaking, from what I can tell, Nikon is normally the cheaper route. This is not saying that Nikon has "cheaper" looking images. It just means you can acquire more equipment faster. 

What does KLP use (or prefer)?

I am a Canon user. Ever since I was a child, I loved taking photographs with whatever type that I could honestly get my hands on. I never saw the brand names or even cared to pay attention to it, someone was lending me their camera and that was all I needed. 

When it came to the day when I had to buy a camera for my photography class, I had to make a decision. Was I still paying attention? No. I just needed something to do the job. It was a film camera by the way so it wasn't like any of the above mattered because film is a completely different world. However, when I left Robert's Camera, I left with a Canon. I think it was just the cheaper one that I knew would last a while. (I still use it today).  

Then, when it came to the point of moving to digital, I decided that I would choose Canon, just simply because that was what my film camera was. I walked out from Robert's Camera again with a Canon Rebel 2Ti. This was my beginner camera. Although it was not near what I wanted it to be, it did it's job and taught me a lot. So when wanting a new camera that was professional quality, I wanted a Canon. I knew how it operated, I liked the weight, I loved the results, and I loved the glass (lenses) that went with them. 

Now, I use a Canon 70D. 

During my college years, we were able to rent out equipment from our school if we wanted to use something we didn't have. I was rather upset when the journalism department was only able to use Nikon equipment. When I was forced to use it once, it became difficult for me to carry out my assignment just based off the fact that I had NO idea how to use it. 

Not that Canon is better, it's just what I prefer. 

And the results...

So what does that mean for you, the client? Really, nothing. Unless you are very concerned with what your photographer likes. Some people believe that Canon lenses shoot better photographs and some believe that you should spend your money on Nikon. 

Hopefully, this explains a little bit of the Canon vs. Nikon debate for you. No matter what, the camera is only as good as it's shooter. 

Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner & Photographer | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography