I've had several people inquire in the last few months whether or not I was going to switch back to Canon after the introduction of the Canon 5D Mark III.
The short answer to that question is no.
But as you may have already figured out, I'm a long answer kind of a girl...
Several of my students came to The Hometown Workshops I taught back in September toting brand-spanking-new Canon 5D Mark IIIs.
For the first few days, I held my ground, refusing to hold, shoot with or even look at their cameras, despite their peer pressure, in much the same way a former crack-addict might refuse to hold, shoot with or even look at crack, because they know that holding the crack will inevitably make them want the crack.
And the Canon 5D Mark III is to photographers, what I'm assuming crack is to a crack-addict.
I shot Canon for 10 years prior to switching to Nikon. In fact, it was the Canon 5D Mark II that I owned which made me decide to jump-ship for the Nikon D700 (and I must say, I was quite surprised by the uproar it caused - as if I choosen communism over democracy or something.)
It wasn't that I thought Nikon was better than Canon straight across the board (because they're not.) It was just that at the time, in the category of full frame cameras in the $3000 range, Nikon simply offered a camera with a better focusing system. (The Canon 5D Mark II has nine autofocus points with only one of them being a more efficent cross-sensor autofocus point, while the Nikon D700 offers 51 autofocus points, 15 of which were cross-sensors) and since 99% of the shooting I do involves candid and/or moving subjects, there really is no feature more important to me in a camera than its focusing system and therefore, switching to Nikon seemed like a no-brainer.
It was a cake issue though (as in "You can't have your cake and eat it too.") because Canon manufacters a few lenses (like the Canon 50mm f1.2) that Nikon doesn't make and because traditionally, Canons produce better skin tones than Nikons straight out of the camera.
But I switched anyhow, just for the focusing system and have been pretty happy with that decision, though I've said before that I "felt like I gave up a beautiful camera for a workhorse of a camera."
Truth be told though, had the Canon 5D Mark III (with 61 autofocus points, up to 41 being cross-sensors, depending upon what kind of lens you're using) been available prior to my switching to Nikon, I wouldn't have switched.
And that's precisly why I resisted shooting with Aurora's 5D MarkIII until the third day of the workshop, when finally, I caved (as shown in the photo above.)
And since then, its taken all of my will-power to resist becoming a Canon-girl all over again. (Actually, its just the fear of my frugal husband leaving me that is holding me back.)
Honestly though, I can tell you with great certainty that if I switched back to Canon, it would just be a matter of time before Nikon released a new camera that would make me want to switch back to Nikon. And then Canon would release yet another camera that would make me want to switch back to Canon again.
And that viscious-cycle could go on forever.
But I'm always telling my students that while its important not to be limited by your camera gear, that it is equally important not to feel limited by your camera gear.
For example, if you do a ton of shooting inside your home at night, and you're shooting with a good, prime lens (like a 50mm f1.4) but your camera is an older camera that doesn't have an ISO any higher than 1600, then you ARE being limited by your camera.
However, if you've got a Nikon D700 (like I do) and you think that the Canon 5D Mark III (like I want) is the answer to all of your photography-related problems, then you're just FEELING limited by your gear, because there is unfortunately, NO CAMERA and NO LENS that is going to solve all of your photography-related problems.
In fact, I had a student in my last class that turned in a photo for one of her assignments that made my jaw drop...and it was shot with a kit lens (a low-end zoom lens) and an older, outdated Canon Rebel, which is just proof that a photographer should never feel limited by their gear.
And photography-aside, I'm at a place in life where I'm desprately trying to be more content with what I have, instead of always wanting for something more.
My car is almost ten years old, but it runs good and its paid off, and despite the fact that I want a new one (so alas, I won't have to smell the aroma of dog pee every time my car gets hot) I'm not getting one. And I want an iPad, but truth-be-told, I'm so technologically challenged that I can't do anything but make phone calls and chicken-peck a few text messages with my iPhone, so there's really no point in me getting an iPad either.
And yes, the tech specs for the Canon 5D Mark III make my photography-loving, consumer-driven, want-it-all heart feel a little downtrodden, but I really need to practice what I preach because my current photography gear is not limiting me.
In fact, its probably my unending desire for something more/better/new that is limiting me more than anything else.
So there it is...the long answer on why I'm (sadly) not getting a Canon 5D Mark III. (And might I add that after seeing that photo, all of the premature wrinkles around my eyes are no longer a mystery.)