Back in the good old days, there was a furious feud a-goin' on.
Ford vs Chevy vs Chrysler.
I've never been much of a car person, so I never got caught up in all of that brouhaha.
As if there was ever a nickel's worth of difference between the three anyway.
And the fight still lingers in the minds of some, although Chrysler, sadly, is no longer an American car, and hasn't been for a number of years now.
Heck, Chrysler is even trying to shore up flagging sales by associating the brand with the much heralded German engineering of the parent company, Diamler-Benz, in their latest commercials.
The whole Ford vs Chevy vs Chrysler thing has always been a big yawn to me, but my Dad and Big Brother were Chrysler men.
And the NASCAR fanatics that I know at work still swear allegiance to the Ford or Chevy flag as the case may be, but personally, I hate NASCAR.
A lady at work told me she saw a man in a store recently that had on a NASCAR jacket that said 'Viagra' all over it in huge letters. She thought he was insane until she realized it was as NASCAR jacket. Then she KNEW he was insane, because he had obviously spent a lot of money on this top of the line leather sleeved jacket, WITH 'VIAGRA' WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.
Iffen you love NASCAR, don't be offended. I'm not knocking it, it just doesn't interest me.
But men-folk love to be a-feudin'.
Men love to pick a side and come what may, stick to it. They love to argue the merits of their side and the folly of liking the other side.
This holds true, even with choices in cameras.
To this day, here in the 21st century, the storm still rages online with regards to who is the better camera manufacturer, Canon or Nikon.
And again, I'm curiously uninterested in the battle.
See, I have owned and loved Canon manual focus AND Canon auto-focus 35mm cameras.
I have also owned several auto-focus 35mm Nikon cameras.
I loved them all. I preferred Canon's older cameras's layout and operation, but with the newer auto-focus and digital world of cameras, I prefer Nikon's layout of controls and operation.
So when I post pics here that I have scanned from old slides of mine, they are Canon camera produced for the most part, but also some were Nikon.
The latest digital stuff on here, of course, I've said is from my new Nikon D70s.
So with such a mish-mash of camera brands and types, which is the best? Please tell me, I must know!
For me, in this day and time, Nikon is better, but I'll never say Nikon is better than Canon.
In fact, Canon is a bigger, wealthier company than is Nikon, and is much more on the cutting edge of technology than Nikon in many respects. Not in every area, but in most areas, Canon has the lead.
So why did I buy a Nikon? I looked at all the digital SLRs in my price range, and came down on the side of Nikon.
Nikon's camera controls are much, much more in line with my way of thinking. In other words, if I designed the control layout on a camera that would be custom built for me, it would be much like Nikon cameras already are built.
That being said, I understand that the guy standing next to me might very well feel exactly the same way about Canon. I've read reviews of Nikons by Canon lovers who say the same thing I said, but flipped. Nikon's controls make little sense to them, and Canon's controls, they can work as if born to them.
So you aren't getting the classic Canon vs Nikon argument from me. I still have a sack full of Canon equipment and lenses, but I also have a brand new Nikon digital SLR that I love to use.
I've said all of that to say this. If you like one, go with it. Enjoy it. If you like another brand, go with it, enjoy it.
This tired old fight still clogs up photography message boards with the same old junk that's been said over and over, literally for decades.
Can't we all just get along?
I just want to make nice photographs that are pleasing to me, and hopefully to others. I don't care what brand is on the camera, the photograph is the thing for me. Not how I got there.
I reckon I'm just not cut out for feudin' of any kind.