The Agony of Choice

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Apples or oranges?

That’s the question. When it comes to debating the value of one system over another, the Nikon vs. Canon feud is endless. For many of their previous camera bodies, the comparison was potato poh-tah-toh, but when it comes to the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII, it’s more apples and oranges. Grocery idioms aside, here’s how I see it.

It all boils down to one issue: Which do you value more, higher resolution or lower noise? If you’re a studio or landscape photographer, then the extra megapixels of the D800 would serve you well when you’re on a tripod, in controlled light, with unmoving (or slow-moving) subjects. If you’re a sports or street photographer, then the faster frame rate (because of the smaller files) and the cleaner negatives at higher ISOs (because of the fewer megapixels) of the 5DMkIII would be crucial for capturing fast-moving subjects and/or low-light scenes.

If, on the other hand, you’re a cinematographer, then the choice is even clearer: The 5D MkIII’s low-light performance is an absolute cinch, placing higher on the list of priorities than the D800’s ability to crop at full 1080 HD resolution or its ability to export uncompressed HDMI.

Conclusion: My new camera body will be the Canon 5DMkIII with a Novoflex adaptor. Alongside my existing Nikon D700 and D7000, I’ll be all set. I don’t believe in systems, but rather in selecting the best tool for the job. And right now, the job is making films.

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Ramona November 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

We need a lot more inhgsits like this!

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