Our allegiance to the big camera companies is weird, isn't it? Sometimes, it's a real badge of honor. Other times, well, I'm a little "meh" about the whole thing. Nikon reds pitched up against Canon reds, in a technical tug-of-war? Stripped to the waist and battling it out to the death? Side-by-side comparisons and sensor wars? Not for me, my friend. If you think I'm going to type out 300+ words on as painfully contrived a topic as Canon versus Nikon, you're wrong. Kind of.
My first camera kit purchase, when stepping into the world of professional photography, was a Nikon D600. I went with Nikon, because it was the cheaper option at the time and because I didn't envision a world where video would become the unruly overlord of all things digital. It wasn't me then and isn't me now. The 5D Mark II was around at that time, I believe, and crikey, was it pricey. So, it was a nope from me. I wanted a full frame and high enough quality to edit and make it look like I knew what I was doing. The D600 was shortly thereafter recalled because of grease marks leaking onto the sensor, which was so much fun! Nevertheless, I've stuck with Nikon ever since, and moreover, I've stuck to DSLR.
Now, don't get me wrong. I feel the pull of mirrorless. It calls to me from beyond. I'm 35. Do you think I don't want a lighter body swinging around my neck during eight hours of shooting? I'm also increasingly aware of looking like a bit of a tool taking the D850 on holiday, particularly with a 14-24mm strapped to the front, erupting into the world around me like some enormous compensation tactic. Fitting it into a nice, fashionable, manageable bag with my water and book? Forget it. It's slung around me like a techy sash, the business end letting me know it's there via the odd clang against a railing or thud of a passerby's ribcage. Or, it's dropped perilously into the bottom of a rucksack and doesn't come out again because I frankly can't be bothered with the hassle.
But, like many others, I love DSLR. And boy oh boy, do I love the D850. There will come a time when it starts to fade and fail me (far more likely that I will fail it — that thing is a powerhouse of a workhorse), and I will likely jump ship or just get a backup for shooting nice European bridges when away.
Anyway, here is Joanie Simon explaining more eloquently and sensibly than I ever could why she jumped over first to Nikon and then to the Z7. I think what is interesting here is that we assume we should change up, move over, improve, upgrade, whatever you want to call it, because it will allow us to be better at what we do. But at the level of the top-end DSLR and mirrorless camera bodies, that's just not the case. It becomes about preference and usability. Simon sheds light on why these changes worked for her workflow in the realm of studio food photography, and this is fascinating to hear, rather than simply going through all the usual chewy tech stuff.
It's absolutely worth a watch no matter what your preference. Let me know what you're using below.