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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Canon vs. Nikon, a continuing saga... (part 2 in a series)

As president of Alkit Pro Lab. I am frequently asked by our clients to recommend the best choice for image capture.  As most of you know, I was raised on photography, and come from a traditional film background using my Nikkormat FT2 and Canon AE-1.  My 25+ years at Alkit have afforded me the opportunity to sample many cameras.  As a Nikon Pro Products wholesaler for decades, Alkit stocked the breadth of Nikon equipment and many others, including Hasselblad, Leica, Olympus, and many others..  Back then, there was only one 35mm choice for working pro’s, and that was Nikon.  And for all those years, Nikon did us all a favor, and let us use their equipment, which was agreed to be the best.  I say that they did us a favor, because if you ever needed to call upon Nikon to assist with your needs as a working professional, you met with a fair amount of frustration.  Thanks to visionary equipment dealers such as Alkit, and revolutionaries like Marty Forscher of Professional Photo Repair, the pro’s using Nikon were content.

In 1988, Alkit supported Kodak Still Video products, the precursor to digital photography.  Fast forward to 1994 with the introduction of the first consumer-digital cameras, the Apple QuickTake 100 camera and the Kodak DC40. (Stay tuned for my input regarding those companies!)  In 1999, Nikon released the D1, known as the first camera to take market share from film cameras.  In 2001, Canon introduced the 1D Digital Camera.  Within two years, Canon was manufacturing cameras with 6.3MP sensors.  As time progressed, our consumer and professional clients gravitated toward Canon.  The product innovations in Canon’s entire product line from consumer through high-end professional were simply what the photographer wanted.  ELPH became a term known by consumers, synonymous with style, quality and value.  Here come the DSLR’s!

For the next decade, Nikon is playing catch-up to Canon.  First the megapixel race.  We need three megapixels for a quality 8x10 print; more if you intend to crop-in. Six megapixels, ten, twelve, eighteen, (okay, now it becomes overkill for most of us.)

Now the dilemma.  Many pros have a tremendous investment in Nikon glass.  By any measure the lens is THE most critical component of photography that contributes to high image quality.  Do I trade my Nikon equipment for Canon?  As a dealer in used equipment, Alkit saw the exodus.  Rarely a day goes by without a photographer sending in his Nikon gear, for trade to Canon.  The fact is, both Nikon and Canon manufacturer extremely high quality lenses.  They are both durable and sharp.  Spec for spec, apples to apples, Nikon and Canon lenses both perform exceedingly well.  However, check the price tag, and Nikon is more expensive.

The next problem goes back to the DSLR sensor, and “noise”.  Noise is the digital equivalent of grain.  The higher the ISO, the more noise is introduced.  It has taken both manufacturers years to effectively deal with this issue.  And the winner is, CANON.  Year after year, model after model, Canon has innovated higher effective ISO ratings with minimal noise effect.  The result is faster shooting at wider apertures in more difficult lighting situations. The proof is in the image.  

To compete, Nikon has taken the route of vast megapixels.  Its D800 boasts 32 of them!  This is awesome for all of you shooting images for billboards on the Long Island Expressway.  If this is your gig, you should be using Hasselblad, or Phase One, (another horror-story!)  For the rest of us, image quality is key.  Cost effectiveness, flexibility, lens options, and picture quality need to be considered as variables when selecting a camera system.

In the Alkt Lab, we invariably see the finest quality images shot with Canon.  These images require less color-correction and post-production manipulation by our technicians, resulting in higher quality prints, and more satisfied clients.  Canon supports its equipment through CPS, Canon Professional Services, in addition to its dealer network which includes Alkit.  

Steven Buchbinder is a member of Professional Photographers of America. Certified Photographic Consultant. Member and panel speaker for PMA, (Photo Marketing Association,) PMDA, (Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association.) and was awarded Photographic Retailer of the Year, 2001.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Saturday, March 27, 2010

No Facebook

I'm sorry if you arrived here thinking that you were visiting my Facebook Page, or my Photography Fan Page. I have RETIRED from Facebook. I have received too many communications from friends wanting to know why I "blocked" them. So I found it necessary to write... nothing personal!

I have invested countless hours into what I have concluded to be, a mindless and unproductive activity. At the end of the day, I write-off this investment as a vast experiment... my social networking experiment. I refuse to ever play Farmville or Mafia Wars. I never understood why people were throwing snowballs at me. For those of you who sent me drinks, thank you all, but I'd prefer to actually imbibe.

This is not a political statement, and at this stage of humanity, I am sure to remain in the very small minority of non-Facebooker's. For those people who really want to locate me, I'll be with my wife & kids. If you'd like to contact, feel free to see my company website, my personal website, my blog, my charity, LinkedIn, email me, text me, IM me, BBM me, or better yet, CALL ME! I'm not hiding.

Given to me by Troy... a Southpark episode about Facebook. This DEFINITELY sums it up. Enjoy, and thanks Troy! Southpark, You have 0 Friends

Apple Macbook Pro is TOUGH

How tough you ask??? Real tough. I drove over it with my car. That's right, I drove over it... and not just once, but twice. Moving cars in and out of the garage, I had placed my attache down in a "safe spot." While pulling in, I ran over a bump. Convinced that this bump was an umbrella, albeit a big one, I continued to pull in. So sure that I killed the umbrella with the front wheel, I had no concern at the rear wheel. It wasn't until I got out of the car that I realized my attache had fallen over into the path of the wheels, (Imagine that sinking feeling you get in the bottom of your stomach... yup. That's it!) My glasses were completely flattened, but my main concern was my 5-week old Macbook Pro. Only damage... a slightly contorted ethernet jack. Wow! Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. New nickname for my trusty laptop is "Speed-Bump".

I figure, better to provide full-disclosure of such an event, rather than to withstand the abuse that is sure to follow. I am available for driving lessons, and/or computer technical assistance; whichever you feel you might still trust me to do.

Monday, March 22, 2010

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bumper Guard

Here's my accessory du jour... Bumper Guard. I passed a parked car in NYC that had one of these attached to the rear bumper. I actually stopped and backed up so I could find the name of this ingenious device.

Anyone who drives in the city knows that your parked car is a target waiting to be kissed, smacked, rubbed, tapped, and mangled by other drivers, and ESPECIALLY parking attendants. Bumper Guard has engineered a device that replaces your rear license plate frame. When needed, you simply slip the foam bumper over two receptacles that lock it into place with a key. This thing is functional as it is practical and not an eye-sore as most other such guards are. I've seen the rubber blankets that get draped over your fender... yuck.

So as you can tell, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and I enjoy spreading good cheer. Everyone should own one for each of their cars.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nikon vs. Canon, according to ME!

From: Steve S

Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009

To: Steven Buchbinder

Subject: RE: Nikon vs. Canon

I saw your recommendation for Canon on your web site. The debate between Nikon and Canon is never-ending. Surely the 5D II is an incredible camera. But I wanted to mention one interesting point. I work for a Japanese company and have been for 30 years. So I obviously talk with a lot of Japanese people day to day. Some of them are avid photographers. The feeling or perception about Canon vs. Nikon in Japan (the home country where these two camera companies are head quartered) is that Canon is used mostly by amateurs and Nikon by the pros, whereas here in the U.S. it is more split with maybe a leaning towards Canon – but I’m not sure.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Husky 5000 Watt Generator

So, the power goes out in Merrick. Thanks to my friends for weighing in. Paul R. told me that I could camp out in his backyard. Ira Rosen let me know that this is one of the many reasons he prefers Bellmore. Alan B., however, actually offered to put us up, (Thanks Alan!)

I did what all weekend warriors do in such a situation... I went to Home Depot and bought a generator. (Husky 5000 watts.) To which, my wife asks me what we need this for. Within minutes, the refrigerator is hooked up, and we're all prepared for an evening without power. It was a little hard to explain why I couldn't turn the air-conditioning back on.

Anyway, Leslie is now smiling , as she is able to charge her Blackberry. She still doesn't understand why boys need to have such toys, (It is a pretty manly looking piece of equipment, isn't it?) Life is good!

Kudos to LIPA, as the power was restored before sunset; about four hours in total. But, now I'm prepared!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blackberry Tour for Verizon

FINALLY, I think that the wait is over...

Verizon Wireless has announced that the Blackberry Tour should be available, soon. Anyone who lives or works in Long Island or New York City knows, that Verizon has the best cell service. (This is not an opinion, it is fact... come on you AT&T guys, admit it. Your service around here sucks!) The problem is that Verizon's selection of advanced hardware is always a step behind.

AT&T Wireless has the iPhone, and the Blackberry Bold. I have opted for Verizon's better reception, thereby sacrificing on the hardware side. To me, the primary purpose of this device is that it's a PHONE, used to make telephone calls!

My Palm Treo has loooong outlived its useful life. It now has developed a mind of its own, locking up and crashing regularly. Hooray, here comes the Blackberry Tour, which looks like it could finally provide great cell service, AND smartphone features, speed and durability that we need. This device "should" be available by July 20. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Nose Job

This Wednesday, June 24, I'm finally doing it. I haven't been able to breathe for my whole life. I'm so excited. This should even fix the snoring... (Leslie is so excited.) I have Gary to thank for pushing me over the edge, as he recently had the same surgery. I'll be ambulatory at South Nassau. BTW, that's my CT Scan. Personally, I think I'm much better looking in real life.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Balashi Boy

This was definately worth posting. Nickname officially bestowed by Mitch Imber, and immortalized by Scott Mittleberg. But then again, I gave them good reason!

(Wacky Wahoo, Aruba)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Shotgun Golf

Since we're just testing the new blog, I HAD to upload this video!