With over ten years as a professional photographer, I don't really get the 'GAS' (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) like I used to. I've become pretty content with the gear I've acquired over the years, and so new purchases have become more about the marginal up
For those who are unfamiliar, the Nikon P1000 is essentially Nikon’s answer to all the amateur photography forum questions asking “If you could have one lens, what would it be?” If you’ve ever stumbled into one of these conversations, you’ll see that it’s a flood of people saying something to the effect of “a 10-2000mm f/2.8 lens”. While a lens of that stature would be impossible both optically and in weight, someone at Nikon was seemingly watching these forums, waiting to pitch their next crazy idea at the next board meeting.
“What we’re saying is that because of the improvements to the sensor and the Digic 4 image processor this is going to be the highest image quality of any EOS digital SLR ever released,” Canon’s Chuck Westfall said. “We’re raising the bar for EOS.”
He added that image quality from the 5D Mark II should even surpass what is offered from Canon’s flagship 1Ds Mark III, a camera which costs approximately $5,000 more.
“Image quality is going to be a generation ahead of whatever else is out there right now,” Westfall said.
Nikon and Canon are traditional rivals, like the Hatfields and the McCoys. They compete in just about ever segment of the market. But, in recent years Canon has, with its G series, had one small niche to itself, that of the pocketable digicam that shoots raw and has an optical viewfinder (pathetic though the latter may be).
Now, with the introduction by Nikon of the Coolpix P6000, and Canon’s upgrade to the G10, we have what appear at first blush to be competitive products in this category. Let’s see how they initially stack up.