Most of you know that I am very passionate about photography. I've invested my blood, sweat and tears into my Canon 40D, together with a couple of lenses, speedlights and such. But, one thing disgusts me, or rather pissed me....were the error messages I've received for these couple of weeks. A lot of my buddies informed me that Canon's Service Centre is top notch. Friendly and excellent service. This I have no doubt. But it is time consuming and I had to use my DSLR the whole time.
The Canon 40D was built to last. But its internal hardware/software wasn't. Just imagine yourself shooting at a wedding (the only appointed photog), most shots were candid. Family shots, friends' shots, happy shots, crying shots etc etc etc......you would have to switch the camera on and off once it displayed the "error99" message. There were so many shots that I couldn't take, and I was near to banging my head against the wall.
I consoled myself and planned to head on to the service centre once everything is settled. Little did I know that since participating the Nikonian Academy courses (which was 2 weeks back), and having petty conversations with Nikon users, they have not encountered any major problems with their gears. One guy told me that he accidentally dropped his DSLR on the street 2 years back, and it can still be used till this day...without sending in for service. A Nikon body is said to be of like a Nokia handphone, so to speak. You can drop it, you can slam it....but you can still use it.
So, after contemplating the pros and cons, I decided to change my gears to a Nikon. I got a good deal actually. I traded in all my Canon goods for a Nikon D300, 2 lenses, an SB600 speedlight, an extra battery and a battery grip. This is a photo of my current gear :-
and here are some shots taken with our Facebook DSLR-Club Kuantan buddies last Sunday