Looking for experiences from Canon EF to Nikon Z switchers

picpic Posts: 2Member
I'm NOT looking for which is better, actively tryoing not going down that rabbit hole.
I'm looking for experiences from people who switched from Canon EF gear to Nikon Z gear.

What did you move from/to ?
What did you have to adapt to ?
What surprised you ?
What would you do different had you to do it again with what you know now ?

If it helps you: I'm heavily invested in Canon EF gear (2* 5DmkIV, 1* 7DmkII, tons of lenses). I use the in-body GPS features of these bodies a lot and learned over the years looking back at pictures I took years ago that what I miss most often is MPs, anything else is relatively easy to fix in Lightroom and the like, but if you don't have the resolution, you simply won't have it. That's why I'm currently not finding what I need over at Canon in the release nor rumored RF bodies, and decided to have a broader look at other brands.

But again: please no "brand war", just honest real-life experience.

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  • photobunnyphotobunny Posts: 429Member
    What did you move from/to ?
    I moved from the 1DX, 5D2, and 7D to the Nikon Z6. With a 300mm f/2.8, 70-200 f/4 L and f/2.8 L II, 24-70 f/2.8, and frequently renting the 200-400 and 600mm.

    What did you have to adapt to ?
    Didn't adapt any of my lenses, mainly because the 300mm f/2.8 wasn't able to adapt over due to its older AF by wire. And I wanted the best out the system so I went for a F 500mm f/5.6 PF, Z 70-200 f/2.8 + a 1.4x TC, Z 50mm f/1.8 and Z 20mm f/1.8.

    What surprised you ?
    The amount of eyeballs in focus greatly improved. The ergonomics feel better than Canon even with the body being much smaller. Basically I was surprised it felt so familiar.

    What would you do different had you to do it again with what you know now ?
    I would have perhaps waited for the Z7II or Z9, but then I wouldn't have all this glass now to shove on the Z9 when it does get through my post box. I may have considered the Canon R5 instead, but I was looking for a change of pace.

    If you switch over I do suggest Capture One with the pro Nikon colour profiles as they just improve the images and I have found setting my WB to shade in most conditions results in the best image. Though the second outdoor AWB mode also gives good results. After my previous gear having ISO 14,400 look better than ISO 800 in most shots is quite the impressive upgrade.
  • PistnbrokePistnbroke Posts: 2,320Member
    Quote " if you don't have the resolution, you simply won't have it. "
    Truer words have never been spoken on any forum.
  • PistnbrokePistnbroke Posts: 2,320Member
    This would get more responses on Backcountry Gallery.
  • photobunnyphotobunny Posts: 429Member

    This would get more responses on Backcountry Gallery.

    https://www.canonrumors.com also has a good mix of people using both Canon and Nikon cameras. And they are a rather welcoming lot.
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