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Switching camera brands - would you??

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Damien_Demolder

    Damien_Demolder Well-Known Member

    Our new poll aims to discover how loyal photographers are to their camera brand. Do you ever feel you are missing out because your DSLR system doesn't support features you want and that can be had elsewhere? Is your camera brand working hard enough to keep you on-side?

    What would make you switch DSLR brand?

    Let us know via our poll on the home page here.

    Thanks all

  2. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Oh Damien,
    The £10,000 question - literally :).

    Yes I do sometimes hanker after changing brands - but no I won't. The reason is that I have far too much investment in the brand that I use. Not only several camera bodies but a bagful of lenses plus many, brand specific other accessories.

    I just can't afford to change.

    What would make me change? Maybe a lottery win.

  3. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    I voted to stay with my current brand, but, when the new models appear later this year, I may change,( not strictly true though as my current brand is Konica/Minolta) to Sony and the new Alpha
  4. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Chopping and changing camera brands is a bit like lane hopping on the roads, it seldom moves you on any better. Whatever one maker bring out today the others will match or exceed tomorrow. Then what? Change back? But for me the main the inhibitor to changing is the heavy investment in lenses for my current make.
  5. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    That is why I would change to Sony from Minolta, I of course, would still keep my Dynax7d
  6. Ian_A

    Ian_A Well-Known Member

    My previous camera manufacturers, Yashica, Contax and Bronica are all dead. I was given a D70 by a friend, so ended up switching to Nikon, buying a D200 earlier this year.

    Did I mention the D200 is a babe magnet? ... [​IMG]
  7. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Like Mick and Roger I have too much money invested in the system I use to make it worth changing.

    I also like the way my camera feels. It's quick and intuitive in operation (for me) and almost feels like a part of me. I'm unlikely to change system to one that may not feel as easy to use just on the off-chance that it may improve the image.

    As is frequently said, it's not the camera but the person behind it that matters.

    It is nice, however, to have very capable kit to help deliver those images.
  8. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    I love the layout of my Dynax7d, proper dials and knobs etc.
  9. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    More or less the same here - it would cost an absolute fortune. But then even if I had the money I'm still perfectly satisfied with my chosen marque, so the money would go on something more important then a mere brand switch.
  10. Wheelman

    Wheelman Well-Known Member

    Hugh summed it up pretty well for me also.

    I did have the chance of changing when I replaced my Canon FD system but stuck to Canon for a number of reasons.
  11. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Ditto and ditto.

    I made the switch form Minolta to Nikon when I had no system investment to worry about. I was switching from MF to AF and as the reason for my switch was the fact that two of my lenses had died during the course of my travels it wasn't worth sticking to Minolta purely for the sake of a MF 50mm 1.8.

    Now however I've too much invested in Nikon equipment to make the switch should I want to. The thing is, I see no reason to anyway. I've no need for a 21 megapixel body and there are certain other qualities about Canon's which aren't to my liking. Aside from Canon one of the other manufacturers would really have to have an explosion in terms of lens range and quality for any advances in digital bodies over and above Nikon's current offering to be worth switching.

    However, if a burglar were to relieve me of all my photographic gear leaving me with a clean slate and a large insurance cheque with which to start again, I would look at all manufacturers (and formats) to choose the right brand for me.
  12. JDCB

    JDCB Well-Known Member

    I certainly would not change within the same format: apart from the reasons others give above (with which I completely agree) I have never in 25 years of "people and places" photography encountered a scene in which the limiting factor was the equipment I have. I can't imagine that will change into the future. I don't have any ultra-niche subjects for which specialist equipment may be required.

    I could imagine changing brand if I decided that I exclusively wanted to photograph landscapes and buy into a larger format, but I find that my subjects are varied enough that 35mm is the most flexible option. In my case, I'm fortunate in that the brand I happened to choose (Nikon) when I started building a system has a grown up approach, and many of the accessories I have acquired over the years are fully usable with a D200 and F5.

  13. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Well, apart from the fact that none of the reasons for upgrading apply, I agree with what others have said.
  14. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I left Pentax when I bought my first dslr, an Oly E-500. I bought this camera because I was impressed with the 'designed for digital' aspect and the proven 'dust protection'. Also the *ist range did not impress me enough. :(

    When the K10D arrived, I switched back so that I could make use of all my Pentax lenses etc. The K10D offered everything I wanted at the time and I doubt if I will change again. :)

    I would rather continue to upgrade my Pentax kit with better quality lenses. Much more cost efficient, I feel than changing brands.
  15. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I've already got the best (Canon) so why on earth would I want to change! :D ;)

  16. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    You do really though, don't you? ;-)

  17. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    I only changed systems once from Olympus to Nikon and since I only had one Olympus lens this wasn't exactly a major decision......

    And before some of you remind me that I normally post pictures from Canon digiboxes I would point out that the Canons run alongside the Nikons - though to be fair the Nikons haven't done much running lately.

    By and large I'm happy with my Canon digitals so vote 'Won't Change' though if Nikon did a manual focus digital body based on the FM series camera........ ;)

    I suspect one day I might fork out for a used Nikon digital though....
  18. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I'll admit that in an odd moment of weakness I have on occasion cast an envious eye over the Nikon system (and Huw's FM3A in particular! :eek:)..........................but then sanity prevails...................thank the lord! :D :D :D ;)

  19. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    In the past I have switched brands, but that was in the days of lenses with T2 and later, Adaptall type mounts. (Rumours circulating that my first camera was one of the original Box Brownies, are not true!) Nowadays, because of my Dynax 9 and optics, so I also own a Dynax 7D.
    Beside this I have invested in the Olympus E-1 system, which in the main, delivers excellent results, especially from the 7>14mm zoom which I use for interior shots. It's got some limitations, but those may well be addressed with the E-1's replacement.
  20. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Just look at those sleek lines, that smooth black satin finsh, so cool against the skin. You want to touch it, don't you? You want it, Will - you know you do! ;-)


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