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08/27/2005 06:21:49 PM · #1
I'm in the market for a new digicam. I went to the users list to see who had what.As I was lookin thru the users list I noticed alot of people own a Canon.
With some simple math I came up with about 50% of the users on DPC own a Canon. Of that 50%, 50% or more of those are expensive Canons not simple point and shoot type. Is this because Canon makes the best camera? Or, is it like a bunch of 7th graders arguing "my shoes are better and more expensive than yours?"
With that in mind, I start wondering how many people at DPC own a Canon just because everybody else does. While I have no way of calculating the numbers for this, I'll bet they are high. (Most people wouldn't admit it anyway)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking Canon or anybody that owns one. I think they are probably great cameras.(and yes I could afford one if I wanted one) I do think it's sad that people would buy something expensive just because everybody else has it. Most people at DPC are photography enthusiests,not professionals. So why would you need $3000+ dollars of camera and lenses unless you bought it because everybody else has it? I would compare photography to playing golf. The pictures are only going to be as good as the person using the camera not because it costs more. In turn, your golf game is only as good as your swing. It don't get better because you spent $2000 on a set of clubs.
So, did you buy your expensive Canon because you researched and decided that camera was best for you and fit your needs or did you buy it because that's what everybody else had and you wanted to fit in?
08/27/2005 06:26:36 PM · #2
My husband and I made a joint decision to buy our Canon. He had originally decided on a Nikon. They are both excellent cameras.

When we held the Canon we both liked the way it felt. The viewfinder was larger and we just liked the overall layout more.

Here's a thread that I posted before my purchase. I found all of the responses very helpful. //dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=239984

Message edited by author 2005-08-27 18:26:46.
08/27/2005 06:35:06 PM · #3
When I decided to enter the dSLR market it was about the time canon introduced the 350XT so it was a timing issue as well as feature issue. I had been looking at the Nikon D70 and the Canon 300D before that. The Nikon is a very nice camera and larger to hold but the 350XT when announced with a sensor of 8.0mp vs. 6.0 mp and the obvious feature upgrade on the 350XT vs. the 300D. Even though I didn't know much about dSLR's I decided to go with the Canon 350XT and I have not regrets.

EDIT: The only thing I don't like about the 350XT is because the body is small it is easy to press the timer button by mistake. And the fact that it don't have a view screen like the 5D will have. I find a viewfinder with tilt very important now that I don't have it on my current camera.

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08/27/2005 06:35:56 PM · #4
My ex-husband bought me a Rebel last Christmas. I bought a couple of lenses to go with it in January and February, then traded it for a 10D in March when the opportunity arose. I originally wanted a D70, truth be known, and when I had the opportunity to trade up from the Rebel to the 10D I would have gotten the D70 instead if I hadn't already bought the lenses. Overall, I love the 10D and feel that it is a good camera for my purposes. I am certain that I would have been just as happy with the Nikon if I had gotten it instead. :)
08/27/2005 06:39:51 PM · #5
Because I can spell Canon, and not any of the other brands.

Plus, drinking before shopping influenced me as well.
08/27/2005 06:45:20 PM · #6
Canon was first to market with a sub-$1000 digital SLR. It's that simple. Had I waited to purchase until the D70 was available, I'd be a Nikon owner.
08/27/2005 07:12:24 PM · #7
I purchased my Canon 300D because 1. My first professional film camera was a Canon EOS and I loved it! 2. It was in My price range and I got a good deal on lenses. 3. I wanted the 6.3 megapixels!

However I am finding myself gravitating toward using my Minolta DiMage A1 camera more often. At 5.0 MP there is not a HUGE difference, but it seems to be easier to use, lighter, and more versatile, even though the standard lense is a 28 -200 and cannot be changed.

I do think the Canon is comparable to Nikon, but more affordable in most cases. That is why I got mine!
08/27/2005 07:23:27 PM · #8
i bought the 300D because I found it used for a good price. I sold that and bought the 1D because I found one used for a good price and I wanted an upgrade in features without selling all the lenses I bought. Nikon woulda been about as good with the D2H, but I stuck with canon cause it was easier.
08/27/2005 07:27:15 PM · #9
Price, excellent lences, strength of marketshare.
08/27/2005 07:27:31 PM · #10
two reasons-
1. canon has an excellent reputation for both product quality and customer service.
2. canon has a vast array of lenses from which to choose.

I considered going with the Olympus eVolt system for reasons of brand loyalty and cost, but decided that I'd have a better chance of long-term satisfaction with the Canon.
08/27/2005 07:43:47 PM · #11
I had a Canon powershot G5 which i loved so when it was time to upgrade to a dslr canon was the natural choice. Plus i was waiting for the 300D sucessor... the 350D came out at a perfect time and at a perfect price.
08/27/2005 07:43:49 PM · #12
I have been a Canon owner since the mid 70's when I purchased an A1. I upgraded the A1 eventually to an Elan II and currently the 300D. I have always gotten consistent and excellent results from Canon products and, considering the 300D accepts all of the lenses and most of the accessories for the Elan II, it was a no-brainer.

In summary, I didn't buy it "because everybody else did." I do suppose that it is possible that "everybody else" are reasonably intelligent.
08/27/2005 07:48:20 PM · #13
When I was ready to buy a DSLR, a friend was selling his 10D so he could upgrade. Had that not happened, I probably would own a D70 now.
08/27/2005 08:10:09 PM · #14
My first SLR was a Canon, and so was my second and third. They were stolen about 10 years ago and never replaced. The 20D is my third digital camera and first dSLR. Since I was familiar with Canon's terminology, methods, etc. it made sense to me to go with Canon. I am not sorry in the least and have never thought I made a mistake.

Lenses, availability of accessories, availability of general and technical information all helped. I checked out a few Nikon models before and just didn't like the way they handled.

Message edited by author 2005-08-27 20:13:21.
08/27/2005 08:16:08 PM · #15
Originally posted by dsmeth:


With that in mind, I start wondering how many people at DPC own a Canon just because everybody else does.


Well that's why I bought mine. I want to be just like everybody else.
08/27/2005 08:18:13 PM · #16
I got a canon, originally, because it was cheap and everyone else seemed to have one...then I made the switch :D
08/27/2005 08:19:41 PM · #17
I had a D70 NIkon, and wasn't too pleased with it. Had some 'blockage' with its technology and their service was shit. Switched to the Canon 20D and never been happier.
08/27/2005 08:20:45 PM · #18
i tend to take the biggest brand. like callaway, titleist, ping. because big brands have big reputations and big reputations are maintained by killer products. this is part of the reason i chose canon, it's because it's probably the largest camera manufacturer in the world. but i also researched a lot about which camera to buy. on the entry level dSLR end, nikon's cameras feel better. they just feel right. their build quality and weight distribution is awesome. but my needs require the best image quality you can get. and at the time, according to reviews on dpreview.com, the rebel xt was the best DSLR in terms of image quality that you could get under 1000$ . dont get me wrong though, the xt isn't much better than nikon produces. i'll also add that i'm cheap...for instance, i bought the silver version of the xt since it was 30$ cheaper than the black version, even though the black version looks a lot cooler i think.
08/27/2005 08:42:23 PM · #19
I got mine cause I had a nikon 4300 than a nikon d70.......... now the d70 broke and I sent it to nikon for repair..... so while it was in the shop someone lent me their canon rebel xt. I feel in love with it, even though i love the d70 but I just like the size of it and felt good in my hand and just got use to the rebel xt. So then the D70 came back and my uncle wanted it, so he brought it from me and I got the rebel xt.

Just really loved it......... thats all not talking bad about the d70 cause I liked that one too.
08/27/2005 09:22:30 PM · #20
Originally posted by dsmeth:

I'm in the market for a new digicam. I went to the users list to see who had what.As I was lookin thru the users list I noticed alot of people own a Canon.
With some simple math I came up with about 50% of the users on DPC own a Canon. Of that 50%, 50% or more of those are expensive Canons not simple point and shoot type. Is this because Canon makes the best camera? Or, is it like a bunch of 7th graders arguing "my shoes are better and more expensive than yours?"
With that in mind, I start wondering how many people at DPC own a Canon just because everybody else does. While I have no way of calculating the numbers for this, I'll bet they are high. (Most people wouldn't admit it anyway)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking Canon or anybody that owns one. I think they are probably great cameras.(and yes I could afford one if I wanted one) I do think it's sad that people would buy something expensive just because everybody else has it. Most people at DPC are photography enthusiests,not professionals. So why would you need $3000+ dollars of camera and lenses unless you bought it because everybody else has it? I would compare photography to playing golf. The pictures are only going to be as good as the person using the camera not because it costs more. In turn, your golf game is only as good as your swing. It don't get better because you spent $2000 on a set of clubs.
So, did you buy your expensive Canon because you researched and decided that camera was best for you and fit your needs or did you buy it because that's what everybody else had and you wanted to fit in?


I bought mine because it felt the best in my hands.
08/27/2005 09:25:07 PM · #21
Because Canon is the choice of pros. Over 70% of professional photographers at the 2004 Athens Olympics used the EOS-1D Mark II to get their shots. That means that just that one camera dominated the professional photography coverage. And that doesn't even include the number of other Canon products that were also likely in use.

Also, it's worth mentioning that every staff photographer at Getty Images shoots Canon gear.

Plus, Canon is already on its 3rd generation of full-frame imaging sensors.

But basically, if it's good enough for all those pros, it's good enough for me.
08/27/2005 09:27:28 PM · #22
I bought my DSLR because after 20+ years of shooting with a film SLR, the limitations of a prosumer digicam were maddening.

I bought canon, becasue I liked the way it felt in my hand. and I knew I could get good results with it. If the D70 had been available at the time, I would have seriously considered it.
08/27/2005 09:35:32 PM · #23
I bought a Canon because my film camera is a Canon and the digital camera I had before this one was a Canon, too. (I did have a Kodak briefly as my first digital camera but didn't use it much.) Because of that, I had Canon lenses and paid better attention to what was in the Canon lens and camera line than to the other lines. I haven't really kept tabs on what "everyone else" is doing (was that specific to DPC or just in general?) but everyone else in my family shoots Nikon so I guess I'm the odd duck out.
08/27/2005 09:56:06 PM · #24
when i bought my canon, i had no clue this site exhisted! i did alot of research before buying my canon! yes, it's a point and shoot, but alot of research went into it before i bought it! with the settings i wanted, and the ideal weight for sports, i descided on the most affordable camera in this range, and ya, the name helped puch me along a bit! but my family has been a canon famly ever since i can rember, so it seemed to be a given that i continue the tradition : ^ )
08/27/2005 09:57:19 PM · #25
Originally posted by EddyG:

Because Canon is the choice of pros. Over 70% of professional photographers at the 2004 Athens Olympics used the EOS-1D Mark II to get their shots.


Eddy - is this true or marketing hype? Not trying to be controversial, I know that a number of pros switched but that seems high. I know the famous Canon photos of pros lined up on the sidelines is a staged shot for marketing purposes so ....

I just went to the exhibit of the last 60 years of Pulitzer Prize winning photos (highly recommended if it comes to your city) and found that of the recent ones (digital age) more were shot with Nikon digital and with Nikon film than with Canon. May just be a lag because DSLR's have only been used extensively in recent years.

The real interesting part is that one of the Pulitzer Prize winners was taken with an old Brownie Box camera! Just goes to show it is not the camera but the photographer (and being in the right place at the right time). LOL.

Message edited by author 2005-08-27 22:00:08.
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