The best camera company

Started Apr 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ermac
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Best Company or Camera?
In reply to Airless, Apr 24, 2013

Airless wrote:

Time to settle this debate once and for all, at least until this year's new cameras are all announced. I'm dead set on finding out which camera brand is truly the best. Here are the choices:

Olympus

Sony

Fuji

Panasonic

Leica

Pentax

Nikon

Canon

Samsung

These are roughly in order of how likely they should be to win. So pick the best brand(s) and defend your choice. Informed, well-articulated comments are preferred, and no trolling please; nobody likes to see decent threads get sabotaged. No reason why a solid discussion can't take place without a flame war.

Now have at it!

P.S. I'll start: Olympus is the best brand because it has cool retro styling, professional IQ in a very portable sized camera, retro design, IBIS, a wide range of lenses (including compatible Panasonic and 3rd party lenses), compact-sized lenses, strong secondary market, reasonably priced, rumored fast zoom lens coming, and Olympus is an awesome name. Sony is cool too but their NEX lenses aren't quite as good, not as much selection, and too large.

Since we're Talking about companies that make cameras let's not talk about the cameras they make and speak to their execution of corporate responsibility...

Canon - A super strong commitment to the environment and the "Canon4Kids" program. I'm not a huge fan of their cameras though.

FujiFilm - Another company commited to the environment. Love their film.

Leica - Program to protect endangered speicies and habitiats. Way over priced for digital (read disposable) cameras... Worth every penny in film cameras, you would have never had to buy a new one until digital came along.

Nikon - Parent company is Mitsubishi, that means cars, I don't think they have a hybrid out. I've always liked their camera's ergonomics and light metering the best.

Pentax - Used to also be a chemical company... nummy toxic waste. Their lenses used to be great.

Olympus - Thieves, nuff said.

Sony, Samsung, Panasonic - Electronics companies not camera companies.

As for the digital is better for the enviromnet than film processing chemicals argument... E-Waste is a growing problem and processing chemicals for film should be used until they're nearly neutral and/or diluted enough to safely go to the same place your toilet water does.

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