Why Did Scott Kelby Switch From Nikon to Canon (video)?

Long-time Nikon user Scott Kelby explains why he switched from Nikon to Canon 6 months ago.

Since lots of people asked Scott Kelby about the reasons for the switch, he decided to give an interview to Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon, addressing the questions he was asked.

The Canon DSLRs Scott Kelby switched to are the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The video gives all the answers, but let me give you a spoiler: ergonomics, menu system, and skin tones are among the main reasons.

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  • Ahmad Al-Joboori

    It’s not only Scott a lot of nikon user are switching for the same reason, NO CAMERA BEATS CANON COLORS

    • Cinekpol

      IMHO when it comes to colors in RAWs (NOT jpgs!) the order of color, and skin tones is:
      – Canon EOS
      – Sony A

      – Pentax K
      – Nikon F
      Yes, you can make brilliant photographs with Nikon – so you can with every other camera, but to get really lovely results you need to invest most time and manipulation in Nikon. IMHO if you buy Nikon camera an Xrite Color Checker should be the first thing you get after a body and lens – must-have with you all the time. Otherwise it’s just needless waste of time.

      • Ahmad Al-Joboori

        Exactly, I owned D90 & D300s and they both gave me great pictures with unnatural colors, let alone shooting people and getting those weird greens or magentas, furthermore, I used my friend’s Leica M9-P for few months and you can forget about the Leica if you shoot color, the images are outstanding if you shoot BW though.
        Now that I am using the A7 for its wonderful size, and it is AMAZING, though I have to spend sometime in post (as you’ve mentioned) to get the right colors.
        On the other hand in Canon, I owned 300D, 30D, 5D original, and 7D, and I almost was doing nothing for my pictures in post other than contrast and sharpness,

        I don’t think there is a bad camera nowadays, but if you wanna enjoy shooting and spend less time in post, then, Canon should be your first choice.

      • nc

        I’m surprised no-one has mentioned Fuji yet. Personally, I think Fuji’s sensors are superior to Canon’s and Sony’s colors.

        • Cinekpol

          I don’t. I tried it, and it’s not even close. And the issues with some very specific artefacts make it useless for fashion photography or everything that includes complex patterns on clothes. Not to mention lack of lenses or any serious native flash system – what all by it’s own eliminates it from even hitting my list.

  • jk

    ergonomics and UI are very important and very personal , I did not switch to Canon still shooting Nikon but I might get a 5D3 soon since there is no proper D700 successor in current Nikon line.
    I know the D4 is there but the D4’s AF system is a bit slower than the mk3 AF.
    I do not need the noisy 36mp sensor but faster operation and better skin tone.
    And for many of us(event photogs) the video aspect of camera system is becoming more and more important, many news sites or wedding sites now ask us to also shoot video.
    the D800E is a great camera for pure photographic work done at slower pace but it is not fast or versatile enough for many event type of works and its video sucks as with all current Nikons.

  • canonwatch

    I agree with Ahmad. Color rendition on Canon sensors is excellent

  • Peter Gana

    oh well….. nikon is theworst performer in the nikkei 2013.
    and now even scott kelyb noticed how crappy nikon cameras are.
    the only good thing in nikon cameras are the sony sensors.. really a shame.

  • I own both the 5D MK III and the Nikon D800. The Canon is well suited for *scott*’s needs. That doesn’t mean it’s well suited for everyone’s. I’ve found the Canon excels at action / sports / events photography, thanks to its superior focusing system, fast shutter speed, and great low light performance above ISO 800. On the other hand, my Nikon D800 hands down blows away the Canon at dynamic range on normal ISOs, has superior sharpness, contrast, colors, and overall image quality. I use the D800 for studio / portrait / landscape / commercial work, and the 5D3 for sports / events / low light work. They’re both fantastic cameras, but there are some things Canon (or anyone) just can’t touch (like dynamic range) if they’re trying to build a general purpose camera. Get the tool that’s right for you, not what Scott’s using… and he’d probably tell you the same.