Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac?

Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac?

In my own little blinkered world, Nikon have always made the best camera system and Microsoft the most utilitarian operating system. Do you fall in to that camp?

My earliest computing memories are of typing lines of BASIC code from a magazine in to a Sinclair ZX81. However it was when I went to university that I got my first taste of PC computing, notably an Amstrad 2086 running Windows 2.1. Since then it's been a marriage mostly made in heaven. PCs and Windows did everything I wanted and more. I briefly toyed with a friend's Mac. It looked nice and shiny but always felt a bit like, well, a toy. More importantly it didn't run some of the key software programs I used so at that point it got ditched.

In a not too dissimilar vein, in the digital world I've always been a Nikon shooter. Other than a brief foray in the 1980s with a SureShot AF35M, I've never owned a Canon. Like many students, I started out with a Pentax (P30) before coming back to photography with a Nikon D70.

Now I'll freely admit that I've not shot with a Canon DSLR for more than about ten minutes, but that's because it felt all wrong. Nikon seem to have nailed the ergonomic design so that that my D700 feels like a natural extension of my hand. My fingers rest under the grip, curling in to place, the camera ready. With AutoISO set, I can happily shoot one-handed in aperture-priority, knowing I can use single spot continuous focus, moving the focus point to exactly where it is needed. What can I say? Nikon make the best camera system… for me.

My penchant for shooting Nikon and processing on a PC made me wonder if there were those who shot Canon and processed on a Mac. At the simplest level, that clearly can't be true because there are plenty of other camera manufacturers out there but it made me think, from Fstoppers' wide readership, what camps do people fall in to?

So, limiting it to the big three, here's your chance to have your say! Vote below then leave a comment as to why you shoot on a particular camera system and whether you use a PC or Mac.

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Kevin Yount's picture

The headline is a bit different than the question the story asks. To honestly answer the headline question , I would say, No - comparing Nikon to Canon is *not* like PC to Mac. Nikon to Canon is more like comparing two equivalent brands of PC. Neither Nikon or Canon are drastically different regarding ghe technology or software in the background. Neither is severely limited with regard to accessories (like software available for Macs). Granted, I have never shot with Nikon, but I know lots of respectable photographers who have, and in general, the opinons are that both are good, just different. Most end up shooting one or the other because that is what they started with, they inherited lenses from one or the other systems, etc. Computers, on the other hand, are differnent. One chooses one platform over the other for whatever reasons -and Mac people make do with what they have and take "pride" that they can say I use Mac.

Deleted Account's picture

First used Canon in film days, the first digital was a Nikon Bridge camera but when I went to dSLR returned to Canon because the body felt better and the menu system made for sense to me. Have used Mac and Windows but preferred Windows so stuck with that. I doubt I will change from Canon or Windows anytime soon as I don't want to relearn everything.

Bert Nase's picture

No, it isn't. My Mac and my Nikons are the best!

Brian Sin's picture

I don't think Canon is over-priced in comparison to Nikon. Are they a little lacking in camera feature? Yes, but in terms of glass? My experience is that Canon has better build quality. Let me be clear in that my experience with Nikon is limited to my brother's 24-120 f4, 24 f1.4, and 50 f1.8 and his D750.
The build quality just seemed lacking. The zoom in particular was not very smooth compared to my 24-70 f4 which cost around $200 less. The 50mm cost about $100 more and while it does have a focus meter unlike the Canon's it felt around the same level of build quality. The one thing I am jealous of is the under $800 wide angle prime which Canon doesn't offer. The D750 also felt more plasticy compared to my 6DII which I was surprised by. Finally, he doest have a 70-200 f2.8 lens but if he did it would cost about $500 more than how much I had to spend for my 70-200 f2.8 IS II.

TLDR: Nikon's are more expensive overall than Canon and has IMO worse build quality so comparing Canon to Mac isn't really accurate.

Paolo Lubrano's picture

Ok this old debate of MAC vs PC I purchased 4 mac since 1993 (a 6000 something a apple cube and an 2 iMac ) in the life of this machine I never had a single problem mechanical, electrical, or software ( a lot come read installed and work can be saved in a lot of way to comunicate with PC ) and no viruses the only extra software was Photoshop, as i am a very good photographer, later discarded because I do not like to line the pocket of Adobe, i now use Affinity and ON1. I am member of a photographic society and the computer used during photo competition it is a PC and, not going in to detail, but I am very glad I am using a mac. I suppose is what one is used to