Canon’s and Nikon’s crazy DSLR stockpiles at the 2018 Olympics


If you want to see a picture of Canon and Nikon’s continued dominance in the world of sports photography, just take a look at the massive camera arsenals each company brought to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

This story pops up every Olympics and every Olympics, I marvel at the incredible amount of hardware the big boys of DSLR bring to support their shooters.

  • Kip Beatty

    Yeah but the YouTubber I watch says Canon and Nikon are dead and all pros use mirrorless now. /s

    Shawn, you play lookout and give me 10 minutes with a cart inside one of those rooms. We’ll split the take.

    • John Kordyback

      Like the Sony Alphas? Just curious, I always shoot a rangefinder so I don’t have a good insight into DSLR’s.

      • GlennC777

        One of the comments on the original article:

        “Where are all the Sony professional photographers and their stuff ?

        My guess is over at Sony Alpha Rumors “talkin bout how many blurry photos an A9 can take per second”

        (Chuckle… snicker….)

      • Kip Beatty

        I don’t know what it is about Sony camera fans, they are unique breed. I guess it’s Sony fans in general as I gather it happens anywhere Sony competes (TVs, game systems, etc.), but they flood every review, every message board, anything discussing a new Canon or Nikon camera to tell everyone how Canon and Nikon are dead and all pros now use Sony. It’s nauseating. You think Apple/Google/Samsung stuff is bad, you ain’t seen nothing like the SDF (Sony Defense Force).

        The truth is Sony’s Alpha series of mirrorless cameras are absolutely superb. They are technological marvels that show the future of high end photograph. However, until very recently, they have been all but useless for professionals. They’ve lacked the wide range of glass, have had very slow operation (not shooting speed, menu and operation speed), and they crash. I’ve rented an A7 II a couple of times for video and had it crash several times. This is the kiss of death for a pro camera. Can you imagine trying to capture the 1 in a million shot on a Gold medal run and your camera crashes? I’ve not had a Canon DSLR crash on me once in 15 years despite over ½ a million shots. Canons and Nikons are rock solid reliable, and that matters a huge deal.

        Sony is getting there. Their most recent releases are truly spectacular (I’d love to have an A9), and as the lens collection builds they’ll be seriously competing at future sporting events. However, they aren’t there yet despite what YouTubers and Sony fans will tell you. Cameras on the Pro level are about more than specs. Sony has the specs in spades, but is catching up in reliability, ergonomics, and lens selection.

        • John Kordyback

          Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response, that’s very kind of you.

          ½ a million shots? That is impressive. My wife loves her Canon DSLR, but I’ve been shooting with a Sony a6000. I like the feel and form factor, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s more than enough camera for me and I feel like I’m living with the Jetsons when I compare it to the Yashica MAT 124 that I bought in a pawn shop as a kid.

          Again, thanks for your fascinating response.

          • Kip Beatty

            I actually wouldn’t have known the count if I haven’t been in the midst of the huge task of moving all my Aperture libraries over to Lightroom. I’ve been on Lightroom for 3 or 4 years now, but before that everything was in Aperture. Between several Canon DSLRs (10D, 30D, 5DMII, 5DMIV, etc.), I’ve got over ½ a million photos since around 2000, and this doesn’t count iPhone or point and shoot cameras. That’s just RAW photos from DSLRs.

            Sports events, they’re the killer. Each event may yield a couple thousand photos, and I’m loath to throw anything away. 🙂

    • Meaux

      I thought all they needed was an iPhone X.

      • GlennC777

        That pixel there… that’s the ski-jumper.

  • GlennC777

    This is CaNikon’s bread and butter, baby! Where DSLRs are still king! Better believe they’re going in with guns blazing!

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