Cost of going full frame full equipped: nikon vs canon

August 27, 2012

Thinking about going full frame (FX)? If you are a DX (not full frame) user, probably you have to start from scratch as probably most of your lenses would not work in a full frame camera.

This is the perfect moment to rethink if you want to go for canon or nikon. They both are great, so I guess is a question of taste.

The two contestants for this comparison are the the nikon d800e and the canon 5d markIII.

Deep reviews of these cameras can be found here:

I am not going to get into which one is better. I bet both are great and it is more of a question of whether you are more a nikon type or a canon type.
Personally I am a nikon one. But my “traditional” camera was a canon, an A1 which I love and I still have.
I went for nikon because I liked the grip and how it feels in your hand. For the way the menus are done so you can reach any function without having to go to a million screens, mostly with physical buttons. But I like canon, and I have always loved how good it performed in low light conditions…. but these to cameras… well they are good enough, so I believe it is a question of taste and… maths…
You can say, they cost the same but that would be short sighted. We have to compare what would cost a full set of camera plus lenses, so this is why I am writing this. (prices are in Swiss Francs and I have use toppreise to get them):
nikon d800e body3268canon 5d mark III body3200
14-24 (2.8)178316-35 (2.8)1448
24-70 (2.8)153024-70 (2.8)2287
70-200 (2.8)198070-200(2.8)2145
50 (1.4)34250 (1.4)352
So even if initially when buying the bodies it appears that canon is cheaper, at the end of the day, when you build your ecosystem it ends up costing a bit more.
Both are around 9000 CHF… so it is a serious investment. Unless you go for a travel zoom such as the 28-300 with costs 800 chf and then the 14-24. That would cover the same range at the cost (for nikon) of 5.851 chf…
I keep my iPhone and my d300 for the time being…


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