Mike Waters wrote:
Not knowing how to use the equipment and being a lousy photographer means nothing. A good photographer can take a better photo with canon gear then he can with a cell phone. Do you read photo equipment reviews? Canon and nikon own the market with good reason. Even ashton cutcher couldn't sell me a Sony.
I have owned Contax, Yashica, Minolta, Canon, and Sony (D)SLRs over the last 25 years.
I have shot photos in the field in the last few years with several Canon Rebel interations, the Nikon D70s, several Sony DLSRs, and two Pentax DSLRs. I have never shot with the Olympus DSLRs.
I have experience with many brands of DSLRs, etc., and find that my shots aren't better or worse with the different brands. Yes CMOS sensors produce better results than most CCDs (that's why I have a CMOS camera) and cheap lenses produce inferior results to expensive lenses (in ALL brands). But the label on the camera/lens makes no real difference.
If I lost all my camera gear tomorrow and had to replace it all, I would look at Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Olympus and compare the sensors, bodies and lenses that I would use. They all make good cameras and lenses. I don't particularly like Canon ergonomics, I like in-camera stabilization, and I like having wireless flash without having to buy a separate controller, but I would still take a long look at the Canon 50D. But there are a half dozen other cameras I would compare it to (Nikon D90, D3000, Sony Alpha 700, 850, etc).
And yes, I read LOTS of photography equipment reviews in magazines and online. I try to read the unbiased ones as much as any of them are unbiased.
If you are going to base your quality assesment on market share, that makes the Ford Focus a superior vehicle to a BMW or Mercedes.
BTW - this argument is pointless. You aren't going to convince me that Canon (or Nikon) makes superior equipment because I have spent many years doing research into it and following changes in the market. I also have some experience actually USING the other brands (and Canon and Nikon). If you want to believe that Canon is superior to the other brands, more power to you and I hope you are happy with your equipment.