Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800


posted on 21st of march, 2012

I was saving for years in eventuality to upgrade my miserable Canon 40D, Now, the dreamed Canon camera is released but I did not imagined that Nikon will propose a quite attractive one as well with its Nikon D800.

Until now, I am tied with Canon since Canon 300D with some subsequent glasses. I am still hesitating to switch or not. I have the budget for both. I read and read a lot of review. Everything, I read a new one, I found some point makes me to choose to switch and other makes me to stay with Canon.

If you are in my shoes, what will you do ?

Comments (15)

Posted by Sebastiangh on July 24, 2012
I've got my Canon 5D Mark III for about 4 months now! I have never been happier!! I already own Canon 450D, Canon 50D and Canon 7D and been waiting for some time to get my first full frame, other than 5D Mark II - played with it and hated it's focusing system! 5D Mark III is a dream come true for me and I will not hesitate to recommend it!! A must have!!...but...Nikon D800 is quite a piece of equipment too and a fierce adversary...!! :) Definitely worth owning if you've got deep pockets for Nikon high quality lenses too!
Posted by Hanbaoluan on March 27, 2012
Nikon, Canon two series users many, of course, very attractive eye D800, after all, to a lot of money! On its own, take pictures used quite ok!
I use Olympus E-3 SLR, and feel good!
Posted by Bradcalkins on March 22, 2012
Unless you have a reason other than stock to have the higher pixel count of the Nikon, I would stick to the Canon. I think the high megapixel count will be extremely demanding on lenses and workflow to get stock approved. It sounds like it would be a workflow nightmare even just from a file size perspective... Without the best lenses any fringing or aberrations in lenses that used to be less than a pixel wide suddenly become more than a pixel wide. No matter for art or prints, but when your work is inspected at 100% I think it will penalize rather than benefit. There is no extra dollar value for files that large.

Just to throw it out there, so you know where I'm coming from, I don't think you can really justify full frame for Microstock in terms of the payback on the body and extra lens costs. I have a 7D because I felt I would splurge for once on a camera body, and I wanted the body features for other reasons - but that same sensor quality can be had with a Rebel or 60D.

Don'...(More)
Posted by Serjedi on March 22, 2012
Never betray Canon.. Stay with us.. Why you want to pay more for nothing more?
Posted by Digikhmer on March 22, 2012
If I understood all your comments, I should continue with the same brand. The Mark II quality picture is really marvelous. I reviewed again all the pictures this morning. I am starting to consider to upgrade to the magic "3"

Thanks for your comments and advices.
Posted by Picstudio on March 21, 2012
In my opinion both cameras are superb.
Posted by Afagundes on March 21, 2012
Hi, I am using a Canon 5D Mark II now, its a fantastic camera, I am pretty sure the Mark III is even better, and that you are already familiar with Canon interface, so I think you should go with Canon on this case.

I dont think this rush for more resolution is really worth while, you are pretty much at the edge with 21 Mpixels in a full frame, have you considered you wont be able to stop it down more than f8 with any more resolution than that?

No, stick to Canon and the common sense, for sure you wont go wrong with that.
Posted by Mrallen on March 21, 2012
"On a personal note, I find people who are biased to a particular brand are not objective with some of their comments. Both Nikon and Canon build great cameras"

I have used Canon equipment for about the last 10 years, prior to that in the days of film, it was Hasselblad and Nikon equipment. Going back about 20 years I had Mamiya and Nikon equipment.(plus of course 5"x4" Sinar as I was a commercial photographer working on commissions up until 2003).
I have no loyalty to any particular brand, I will just buy the equipment that, all things onsidered, is best for me. At the moment I still think for me that is Canon.
Posted by Egomezta on March 21, 2012
I use Nikon, so I would go for the D800 since is more revolutionary, but in the other hand if you already have equipment for Canon I would not think it too much, Canon is your best option.
Posted by Wisconsinart on March 21, 2012
I've been saving my DT earnings to buy the D800 and replace my D100. I thought about getting a D700 but decided to wait because despite it being a good camera, it still was going to soon be obsolete.
I'm on the waiting list to buy a D800 at the local camera ahop but then I heard about the Canon. I can go either way.

So I called the resident guru at the camera shop. He daid he can't see either camera being the better at this point in time. However, the Nikon is more revolutionary and innovative while the Canon is a typical upgrade.

In the end he said to go the the Nikon because I already have an investment with other equipment. I'm still afraid of needing to buy new lenses regardless.

As far as I can tell, you won't be sorry with eother camera. The Nikon appears to be the better one if you break it down feature by feature but some have doubts about new technolgy and if they will prove to be worthy.

I'm going to call te guru again with more questions.

On a personal note, I...(More)
Posted by Cammeraydave on March 21, 2012
Go the Canon 4 sure
Posted by Digikhmer on March 21, 2012
Hi Steve, Since I started to save, I always dreamed about the upgrade up the maark2. I saw a lot of pictures captured with it from the professional photographer that I am linked to in my job. I analyze a lot of their shot in details compared them etc... At the low light conditions the mark2 delivered an amazing shoot. You are certainly right about the noise. Better to choose something that you know as good and the mark3 promise pretends to be better. As I do not have any extra revenue and my piggy back is not expandable to let me renew all the lenses, I should consider more the continuity.

Thanks for your great comment.
Posted by Mrallen on March 21, 2012
I have just ordered the new Canon 5D Mk111. I have always been with Canon and have quite a large investment in lenses and accesories.
When the Nikon D800 first came out I was tempted by the pixel count, however after doing quite a bit of research and then being told by Nikon themselves that many of their lenses will not give great results with this camera, I was put off.
Nikon say that only the very best lenses (no zoom's for example) will be good enough to handle the resolution this camera if supposed to be capable of. Also some of the reviews I read questioned just how Nikon were able to crame all those extra pixels onto the same size of sensor. Some reviews question just how good the Nikon's resolution is. Also it's difficult to get any idea what the noise levels are like on this sensor.
Plus points (for me) on the Canon are that the new sensor in the Mk111 is a vast improvement on an already great, tried and tested senor that's in the Mk11. And all my existing lenes fit and work...(More)
Posted by Digikhmer on March 21, 2012
Hi Sinisa, Your confirm me that it is really difficult to choose. The logical choice will be to stay with Canon due to the background. In the meantime, the Nikon items are slightly cheaper than Canon comparing unit by unit. It can be worth to resell everything or give to close family member the old equipment as present.
Posted by Sbotas on March 21, 2012
I don't know also what to do!
I've heard that Canon has cheaper full frame optics...
But still, D800 gives more than MK3 for less money...



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