Canon and Nikon dominate the photo world, but I don't understand why.

Started Oct 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bob Topp
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Re: Canon and Nikon dominate the photo world, but I don't understand why.
In reply to jidery, Oct 31, 2013

As many have already pointed out, the OP does take a short view of things.  To fill in the blanks a bit, Sony has been innovative for years, but those innovations have often fallen flat.  To cite just a few: 1) Reversible reel-to-reel tape machine (ca 1972): Sony rotates the entire tape head instead of just putting in two extra heads- system fails to align or complete its rotation all-too-often, and reversal is slow, slow, slow. 2) Beta-max video recorders- great technology, but poor marketing by holding too tight to proprietary approach; blown away by inferior, but much more affordable VHS.  3) digital cameras beyond the Mavica (which was simply caught in a tough time of technological transition): Sony opted for proprietary flash memory instead of the dominant CF systems- cameras were pretty good, but the memory thing was a dead-end for anyone who shopped around. 4) apparent dead-ends with recent interchangeable lens models, both DSLRs and non.   Beating your way through the woods with a machete may offer the satisfaction of trail-blazing, but it doesn't make much sense when you're running parallel to a paved highway a few feet away.

For what it's worth, I shoot two Nikons, an EM-5 and soon (hopefully) an EM-1.  They all have a place for me.  At present, the EM-5 can't come close to the AF speed and accuracy of the D300 and D700, but it is still a pleasure to carry, and image quality is quite competitive for what I shoot.  With practice and improved technique, I have been able to use the EM-5 in most of the places I use my D700, but will always expect more OOF shots, especially in low light.  I have hopes for improved AF with the EM-1, but won't junk the Nikons until they wear out completely, probably a long time coming.

What I really don't understand is the rabid fandom that blinds people to the usefulness of multiple shooting platforms.

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