I shoot with a D3s, and I am quite content, and I would say that the majority of Canon shooters are the ones who are left with the feeling of "limitation."
Well for photo camera yes I agree with you. But in terms of video Canon is way ahead.
If you do video, especially professionally, you likely have an HD video camera that is worth much more than even my D3s.
True, but since the introduction of video in DSLR my HD camera has been left behind because the industry over here has gone DSLR.
Have you used the video capabilities of the D3s before? Have you compared them to the likes of a 5DMKII? Have you compared the optics of Nikon's system vs. the Canon system?
I haven't don it personally but I know some professional DOP at Zacuto shootout 2010
http://www.zacuto.com/shootout , which have done some test with DSLRs to compare it with Fuji and Kodak and guess who came close to film? Canon 5DM2.
Just check the site and you see what I mean, these tests are done by professionals so they knew what they where doing. One thing that I find it interesting but wasn't surprised was the fact that they only used D3s against all Canon range of DSLR including the new arrival T2i.
Canon has spent an exorbitant amount of money on marketing the video capabilities of their cameras, Nikon has chosen not to do so, and at this point I think it was a smart choice.
I don't know about that mate! Since the introduction of the video in DSLR a lot of people bought Canon cameras over Nikon because of the video functionality so in terms of sales I don't know if that was a good choice because Canon has pressed hard in video mode and took the film industry by storm. It seems that every filmmaker has one.
It is shame because Nikon was the first one to introduce video and should of been the once to celebrate but not, Canon took it over to a next lever and are using it as marketing strategy.
No doubt that, I to think that Nikon is much better camera but when it comes to shooting video I am sorry to say but Nikon has lost the battle no matter what people here think.
You get the option to shoot manually which you don't get that on D90 and D300s. You choose you're ISO and SS but not on Nikon that is done by the camera, you also get to chose different frame rates whiles on Nikon you are only stuck to filmic look at 24fps.