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Canon to Nikon Converters vs All New Nikon Gear
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:45 pm 
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I have to give my boss options on purchasing Nikon gear that equals and expands functionality of our current Canon gear.

Currently we own:

Canon 20D
Canon 60mm Macro
Canon 100mm Macro
Canon 18-55mm Kit Lens
Canon Teleconverter TC-DC58 1.5x
Canon Speedlite 430EX


Our primary function has expanded to studio, event and portrait photography from strictly product photography for corporate office. We're making the switch because the 20D isn't cutting it in the low light situations we're finding ourselves in and my boss has it in her mind that Nikon is the best out there. *shrug* (best not debate with the boss, right?)

My boss has purchased a Nikon D7000 for personal use, but is going to donate her gear to the department:

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18-200mm

So I'm looking at either buying converters for each of those Canon Lenses, buying a Speedlight equal to that of the 430EX (SB-700?), probably selling off the Teleconverter.

The Nikon gear list will be as follows:

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18-200mm
Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
Nikkor 85mm or 105mm (??? which is more appropriate for consumable pills/vitamins ???)
Nikon Speedlight SB-700

Sound about right? I'm curious if using converters as the cheaper option is a viable way to go.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:53 am 
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Whilst you don't want to argue with the boss it may save you money to stay with the set of lenses you have rather than start from scratch.

If the issue is low light then the sensible route is to purchase lenses that let in more light (smaller f numbers) as these can be used with any camera body (of the same brand/fitting). If you were to purchase a newer Canon body with better low light capability would your current set of lenses cope with your needs? You could be looking at saving some cash this way.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:27 pm 
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For multiple reasons it isn't practical to adapt Canon lenses to Nikon bodies. If you're going to make the switch, make a clean switch.

I'm not going to argue with the boss, but if the existing lenses are ok then just upgrading the Canon body could be a option. I assume they would be since the Nikon equivalents are similar. Then again that isn't a massive amount of kit anyway, so a change isn't a major deal.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:59 pm 
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Great idea. I didn't consider purchasing a new body with better low-light. I'll keep you posted.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Okay gang... so Boss Lady does not want to continue Canon at all.

So, we'll be instituting a buy as needed program for our Nikon gear.

My question is this:
The upcoming shoots I have are of both individual and group shots of products. These products range from canisters of protein powder about 10 inches in height and 4 inches in diameter all the way to supplement pills... so I'm thinking the 60mm Macro is the first purchase. This will also allow me to do some business profiles. Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:07 pm 
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The 105 has VR, & also makes a very good portrait lens, but obviously more expensive.

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