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by Shawni

I’d like to introduce our newest “family member:”Yes, I finally decided to switch to Canon.

And although I feel like I’m getting carpel tunnel in my fingers and wrists trying to figure out all the new knobs and buttons, I really like my new camera.

That’s not to say I haven’t looked longingly and lovingly back at my Nikon beauty over and over again as I’ve tried to figure out how in the world to have this new one take it’s place! It’s proven to be a big adjustment both with the technicalities of the camera and all my settings in Lightroom.

But, slowly but surely I’m falling in love.

Here are the reasons I switched:

1) I wanted to upgrade to a full-frame camera. This meant that either brand I chose I’d need to invest in some new lenses. (My favorite lens I used for EVERYTHING with my Nikon was made specifically for a crop-frame camera.) So I kinda felt like I was at square-one on the equipment although I do have a LOT of Nikon stuff to sell now:(Look at those beautiful boxes…even the Nikon boxes are works of art in my opinion. I know, I’m totally way too dramatic and I know Dave is rolling his eyes as he reads this, but I’m into that stuff and the Canon box is just plain old black and white. Ok, gotta stop, I am a Canon girl now…)

2) This Canon camera has amazing video capabilities. I’m talking crystal-clear, perfect picture. And I feel like I want to video stuff more often. Pictures capture glimpses which I obviously adore, but there’s nothing like having voices and funny idiosyncrasies captured forever alongside the pictures.

3) I read tons and tons of reviews which made me realize that I really couldn’t go wrong with either camera…they were both works of art. But I wanted the video option.

4) I went to this great professional photography store and experimented with both full-frame cameras I had my eye on. The Canon is way lighter than the hefty Nikon one, and in some ways seems almost like a toy in comparison (sorry Canon die-hards), BUT, then I thought to myself, what’s wrong with a lighter camera when it’s something I carry all over creation?? The Canon just felt like a good fit for me.

So, there you have it. I am a new woman.

Now I just need to figure out how the heck to STORE all these humongo files I’m taking (I think the 21 megapixels is a little bit overkill), and how to keep up with and manage the video stuff.

I’m off to ice my sore hands…

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Sarah February 23, 2010 - 1:55 pm

I bought my Canon just about a week before the one with video caps. came out. Alas. Now I have to put in some time before I go lusting for that new one. Love your neat boxes too…

Stacey February 23, 2010 - 1:56 pm

would love to know some prices on those pretty gold boxes you have there……had i known they came like that, maybe i would be a nikon user as well.

Kara Pothier February 23, 2010 - 1:57 pm

You better let me know what the prices for those pretty boxes are!

Natalie* February 23, 2010 - 2:11 pm

is that an sb800 speedlight flash i see?! mine just broke – are you willing to discuss prices on your old nikon boxes? hope so – my address is:

~Mary February 23, 2010 - 2:16 pm

I know NOTHING about cameras, but I DO know that I am envious of people with the amazing talent for beign able to capture the beauty in the world with the click of a button…I can't wait to see the pictures you take with your new "family member"…

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY February 23, 2010 - 2:16 pm

ooh I have a Sony A700 but been crushing on the Canon 5D Mark II !
What model is yours ?


Pam February 23, 2010 - 2:26 pm

We LOVE our Cannon camera! For me I love that I can take picture and great video at the same time

mcdaniellaurie February 23, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Hi! Are you going to let your readers have first dibs on the well loved Nikon goodies? They are calling my name!

Lindsay February 23, 2010 - 2:50 pm

I just switched from Canon to Nikon about a year ago and I left all of my lenses and flash at a hotel in Newport Beach it has made me sick for weeks when they said that FedEx lost it. I would love to know prices also maybe I can replace some stuff!! Thanks:)

Kim Skinner February 23, 2010 - 3:10 pm

I'm a fellow blog stalker. We have mutual friends, but we've never met. Hi. Now we've met. 🙂

I'm a Nikon girl, but I have nothing against Canon. That's a great camera too.

Let me know what you have to sell to, I'd be interested.

Love your blog btw. Thanks for making me feel inspired about my life.

Jamie C. February 23, 2010 - 3:54 pm

And I'm sure one of those boxes has my dream lens. The 17-55mm 2.8. I've been waiting over a year for that baby. The plan is to get it for my 30th birthday and 10 year anniversary, but I would love to know if you're willing to sell it to a perfect stranger three states away! 🙂 You'd be giving it to a good home, I promise to treat it just like one of my own! 🙂

Nicole February 23, 2010 - 3:55 pm

I can't believe you switched!
You traitor! Just kidding.
What lens did you get?
One of these days we need to get together.

angie b February 23, 2010 - 4:35 pm

Shawni…please do let us know pricing for your lens!
The 21 pixels was something I was SO impressed with Canon!
Can't wait to see your shots from your new family memember!!

Please let us know about those nicely stacked boxes. I'm looking for a Zoom 24-70 2.8

Leigh Anne Wilkes February 23, 2010 - 4:43 pm

I am curious – what is your favorite Nikon lens? I'm in the market for some new lens and would love to know – thanks!

Kerri February 23, 2010 - 4:52 pm

Hey! I too, like everyone else, would love for you to share your favorite Nikon lens. I forget which one was your new favorite. I am hoping to get a new lens soon before this baby of ours arrives! 🙂 Love reading your blog, just wish I could see you in person every once in a while. Claudia needs to move back so I can see you every now and again!

Jen February 23, 2010 - 5:01 pm

I own the Canon Mark ii and love it 🙂 For everyday pictures I actually started taking them on Medium size because I don't normally need a larger picture. WhenI'm staking something more important I switch to Large. With my old 5D I had started taking everything in RAW, but with this baby, the file sizes are so humongous and the quality is amazing even without being in RAW. So… just a thought. Best of luck! It is a saweeeet camera!

Anne February 23, 2010 - 5:24 pm

I'm a Nikon girl too, lusting over your gold boxed pile! You should call my husband and tell him to buy it for me! 🙂

Half of my in laws have Canon SLRs and the other half uses Nikons. When we use each others for a quick picture it's pretty hilarious. I hope you're ambidextrous enough to switch and judging from your gorgeous photos I'm sure you are!

Been reading along on your blog for a few weeks and it's wonderful. Thanks!

Natalie February 23, 2010 - 6:02 pm

I love your blog. I have been debating between a canon and a nikon for a while now and just decided on Nikon. (I am brand new at all this.) PLEASE let me know what you want to sell and how much! I am so very interested!

HELLO my name is Jill February 23, 2010 - 6:12 pm

ahh you did it! keep me posted on how that all works out! ive been having the same debate with myself. i want that video so badly too…

pakosta February 23, 2010 - 8:13 pm

I am a Nikon girl at heart, like I told you, but I do LOVe my CANON 5d. I like the color better on canon, the straight out of the camera shots don't need any work!
what lenses did you get?
the 24-70 2.8L is a MUST have!

twolittletots February 23, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Almost a year ago I bought a Nikon-D40 and I love it. I would love to get a new lens, but I just don't know which one…any tips, I would love to hear them…and your new camera looks wonderful!

and if you are selling anything, please let me know what the prices are and if they would work with my D40!

Amy Twitty Photography February 23, 2010 - 8:23 pm

I like everyone else LOVE your blog. You truly are an inspiration to me as how to be a better mother and wife.

I am in need of an upgraded Nikon lens and those babies are calling my name. Are you selling them, or at least what do you recomend?

Thanks for making a perfect stranger feel like "I can do it"

The Astons February 23, 2010 - 8:24 pm

congrats!! I want this camera SO badly….but can't really justify the upgrade considering most of my pics are of my kids 🙂

MaryClaire February 23, 2010 - 9:10 pm

i'm so excited for you, but at this point i'm still a nikon girl, and i would love to take one of those nikon lenses off your hands for you. i can see that i'm not the only one with that thought, but please let me know what you have. you can email me about it.

maryclairebrown at gmail dot com

Karianne February 23, 2010 - 9:23 pm

I'm thinking of getting into photography and would love a SLR camera, but I really know nothing. Where do I start?

Eyrealm February 23, 2010 - 10:08 pm

Did Josh have anything to do with this?

Christina February 24, 2010 - 12:14 am

Hooray for you! I agonized over the Nikon vs. Canon option (though not for the full-frame option) and chose the Canon for about the same reasons — video! Have fun with the switch.

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign February 24, 2010 - 3:49 am

LOL – Shawni – you obviously hit a chord here! Congrats on the new cam! And I've always wondered what photo-editing you use — thanks for the insight!!!

God Bless,

Crystalyn February 24, 2010 - 4:08 am

totally laughing as i'm upgrading to full-frame and switching to nikon! haha! the video does seem awesome and you're right…they're both great cameras.

Brigitta February 24, 2010 - 4:25 am

Maybe I should bring my canon on our girls trip and you can show me some stuff I have the Canon Eos 40D. I know I am not using it to it's full potential…I know what a waste I am….but I need to learn

Raskills February 24, 2010 - 5:45 am

YAHOOO!! You go girl! You will LOVE it.

Kylene February 24, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Congrats on your new addition. I'm excited to see your pic's! I've got a great Canon camera but am now in the market for a bag to carry all the fun loot in. Any recommendations??

ps. sounds like you need to do a post on lenses and editing software. You've definitely struck a chord.

Thanks for always inspiring!

Waggoner Family February 24, 2010 - 10:03 pm

I have "stalked" your blog for a few months now and you are an inspiration to me. Thank you for lifting me up on those days when I didn't know how to do it all!
I am also a Canon girl and i LOVE my canon. I can't wait to see all your "works of art".
Robyn from Oklahoma

Kristie Holland February 24, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Hooray! Are you really selling your old Nikon stuff. I may be interested…I am working with a d60 and could really use an upgrade.:)

Nina Diane February 25, 2010 - 12:40 am

what lens do you have and where will you be selling them? On here?

Anonymous February 25, 2010 - 4:45 am

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Canon all the way!!

Connie February 25, 2010 - 1:43 pm

I just recently bought a Nikon. and need a speedlight and some more lenses..let me know what you want to sell your for, I may be interested…conniestevemadisonriley@yahoo.com

Anita and Tal February 25, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Yeah for Cannon. We are happy G10 owners.

Jandi February 25, 2010 - 5:34 pm

Sounds like you need to have a silent auction for all of your beloved Nikon items. How will you ever decide who gets what unless it is by the highest bidder? I am a Nikon lover, just because of Kara. Can't wait to see and hear how you love the Canon…
(Can I say again how fabulous you and your mom did at TOFW. So glad I was there to see and hear your imparted wisdom. Thank you for sharing.)

amy March 7, 2011 - 8:44 pm

A year later – are you still glad you made the change?

I'm nikon – but I shoot a lot of dance, gymnastics and wakeboarding so I like the faster continuous focus. But for portraits I'm longing to make the switch.

My favorite lens was made for the crop sensor as well – struggling cause I really want to go full-frame.

Stephanie February 19, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Ready to jump…but going back and forth between the banks for Canon and Nikon.

Are you a truly converted to Canon?

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