Canon vs. Nikon: Test Day 2

Posted on: December 16th, 2012

To catch up on testing, be sure to read the post about testing day 1, here.

After the studio test I see that the Nikon D700 seems to let in more light/has brighter highlights than the Canon 5D Mark II, and in the case of test one, has a sharper focusing.  Many people prefered the Canon image because they liked the contrast and shadows.  Using both cameras I have to say that the Nikon seemed to focus faster and more precisely, but the Canon had a really comfortable feel and weight to it.  Both have different controls and menus, but I think they are both pretty user friendly.  Canon may be an easier menu to navigate, but its hard for me to say since I learned on Nikon and am very comfortable with it now.

Moving on to my second test!

I do a lot of work in the theatre and so I wanted to see how each camera performs at a high ISO.  I was invited to photograph a rehearsal of Plaid Tidings at Sutter Street Theatre, and set up my cameras at ISO 2000 for this test.  Please leave a comment below to help me out by listing which image you prefer, and what observations you have about the images, or why you like one over the other.

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These images are straight out of camera – converted to JPEG.  Settings:  ISO 2000, f 2.8, 1/125, 50mm.

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11 Responses

  1. Jordan Waldron says:

    I like A better, doesn’t seem as grainy as B…

  2. Erin Haines says:

    Image 1 : a better light
    Image 2: sharper features

  3. Jen says:

    Image 1 is clearer

  4. Deena Beaman says:

    Group – B Single – A

  5. Mary Dahlberg says:

    It appears to me that A is sharper in both pics.

  6. Amy Shuman says:

    Thanks guys! I will share which camera is which tomorrow!

  7. Cole Yambrovich says:

    I think that in the first set that B is better only because it is brighter, displays the color better and doesn’t pick up as much glare. However, in the second set, I believe that A is better because B it is more blurry and grainy, it whitens the guys face, and it has more glare in the photo.

  8. Amy Shuman says:

    Thank you all for your comments! Image A was Nikon and Image B was Canon.

    The winner for the sitting fee will be announced soon.

  9. Amy Shuman says:

    Everyone who commented on either this post, or testing day 1 was entered into a drawing…

    …and the winner of the free portrait sitting fee for one person is…… {drumroll please}….


  10. Jordan Waldron says:

    Yay! I will get with you on a date!

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