Saturday, April 14, 2007

In a dilemma

I have to make a critical decision soon. Like, by tomorrow evening. I need to decide whether to commit to C or to N, for a long term relationship. It's not practical to have both at the same time, because they can't really get along with each other. It would be too expensive too.

C and N are both very good. I like both of them. The problem is, like I said earlier, I can only have one, for practical reasons.

Part of the problem is that my head and my heart are kinda at odds with each other. In a nutshell, my heart goes for C, but my head goes for N. I have a history with C, and we go back quite a long way. But that is in the past. The future is now. Things have changed, and I need to keep up with the times. Yet, I still have a certain fondness for C. It's just that C seems to be championing a solid legacy, while N is creating new and exciting things. N is promising a more attractive total package deal, while C seems to argue that "total packages" will compromise on quality.

I think N is more innovative and keeping up with the times. C won many hearts in the past, but I wonder if C is keeping up with N, seeing the way N is setting new standards nowadays. I like C for sentimental reasons, and for being with me so long, and giving me much pleasure over the years. But lately I've been having more encounters with N, due to N's gaining popularity among my friends. I find N to be generally more friendly than C. N is more avant garde and versatile, whereas C is more traditional and headstrong. It seems to me that N pleases the crowd, while C is more aloof. N is popular among the younger generation, but C has a stronger following among the elite and upper class.

In terms of looks, they are both about the same. Anyway, looks don't really matter as much as the performance. They interact with me in different ways, so I just have to learn to press the right buttons. They both feel good in my hands or around my neck.

The bottomline is, either one will do fine. I like C for certain things, but I like N for other things. They have their strengths and weaknesses. But I can choose only one.
It seems I can't have the best of both worlds...

Well, I could go with either one first, and could still crossover later if I really want to, but that would entail much hassle and monetary cost. It's not an irreversible decision, but I would like to get it right at the start. I've not much experience in this new area, so I'm still learning as I go along.

I've tried to be "spiritual" about this, and pray for God's guidance, but really, in these sort of things, there's no clear black or white.

So for now, within the next 24 hours, I'm gonna sleep over it a little bit more, and ask around for some advice from the wise and more experienced people. But everyone has their biases.

Sigh.



p/s. Oh, in case you were wondering, C is Canon and N is Nikon. The shootout is between a Canon 30D with 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS lens and a Nikon D80 with 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens. Of course, the answer is crystal clear to you, isn't it?

13 comments:

Rudi said...

Had I been able to do it all over again, I might have gone with C.

N happened to be the best candidate at the time I was in the market with the D70, which totally destroyed the C offering in every way.

Times have changed, and the field is pretty much level again, which means that Canon gains a historical and technological advantage.

The only thing I would say is that you have a much greater pool of N gear to borrow from friends (right), so that might sway your decision somewhat. It's expensive being a lone ranger.

But I am seriously considering selling the bulk of my kit (I'm sitting on thousands of unused second-hand ringgit!). Which means you could be the buyer, or you'll have less N gear to borrow.

I don't do people or party shots. Camera worked perfectly for me when I was in the UK and was mostly a loner. I went on holidays alone and spent my time seeking solace with my camera. I loved it, and I love photography when I have the time and initiative to pursue it in this way. At the moment, now that I don't go on holidays alone anymore, I find interacting with people a touch more rewarding than doing so with a camera, so I don't even bring it. Creative photography (the only kind I do!) for me demands alone time, which I'd happily sacrifice these days for people time.

Which means the stuff has to go.

jacqui_woo said...

You crack me up! Happy Birthday!!!!! Love and hugs from MA, USA.

CH said...

haha..very funny...corny guy..From the start, I knew that this isn't about girls..U wud never blog about a thing like that! ;p But I didn't think it was about a camera as well!...thot it was about a job prospect...

d said...

so you got it already? :)

HL said...

rudi: You might have huh? But would you?

jacqui: Thanks!!!

ch: Haha, u so smart.

d: No, unfortunately.

Shih Chung said...

What about your old flame? :P She's been with you thru thick and thin, with lots of photos together too...

HL said...

Shih Chung: Yes, it's heart-wrenching to part with her... She died 2 months ago, just refused to wake up one morning when I gently tapped her... I thought it was the end of the world for me, but I'm OK now, so it's time to move on. Times have changed. But I'll never find another like her. *sniff sniff* :'(

wolfdash said...

dude, there are really lots of N users out there. its great for budding enthusiast with tight buck to spare and it's friendly where the C's punishing for beginners. But pros also like it for its friendlyness. I have no regrets getting my d50. which is good enuff for me coz it's light and i do lots of event photography nowadays. became default nestle ipoh camera man. sigh. but certainly helps me gain the xps i need. hehe.

HL said...

Wolfdash: Thanks for the comments and encouragement, dude. Keep on shootin' those pixels.

nicole said...

So what is the decision?

HL said...

Ze decision vill be made soon and very soon...

Paul said...

Lok, hah! found your blog. This was a good piece!! I was a bit confused as to what this was about... (thanks Rudi ;_)
Was just talking about you with Jin Wan (remember him)a couple fo daysa go over lunch and wondering about you ... then read Colin's blog and you popped up again!
Hope all is well with you ..

Paul Long

HL said...

Hi Paul, nice of you to drop by. :) Jin Wan sounds familiar... from SSGC? Yes, I'm doin' fine here. You too huh? NZ is treating you well.