Glenn NK wrote in post #17182001
Then people with APS-C bodies added grips that made them look like pros. Honestly, I think it was driven by vanity.
I tried for a couple of weeks to use a 350D without a grip. It just hurt my little finger too much to try to hold the camera with one of the little finger joints always taking being pressed hard against the corner of the body. A grip was needed - at least for me - to make the camera comfortable. Then I bought grips for the 40D and 5D2 directly with the body just to make sure. The grip makes it very much comfortable to use Canon's hand strap - the disadvantage is that the hand strap doesn't have a quick-release so it isn't easy to remove the grip when wanting a smaller body.
Canon/Nikon are not fools when it comes to marketing - they knew what "Joe Average" wanted - something big and impressive.
I'm not sure I agree. But small only works well when also light. A small body with a long lens or a big flash is not a fun combination.
You probably can guess how many and what type of comments I get when I'm out with by 5DII with the f/2.8 70-200 on.
But those comments are irrelevant to the question of usability and comfort. People makes their comments based on instamatic cameras, P&S cameras and their mobile phones - any DSLR whatever size is "big" in their view.
I'm going to suggest that both Nikon and Canon have two of the best marketing groups in the business - and they know what is required to earn a profit. This does not imply that the business models for Canon/Nikon are the same, but the most important part of the business model is to earn a tidy profit, and they both know how to do that.
But Nikon doesn't really seem to know what is required to earn a profit - they actually have a very hard tome earning a profit.
Is Canon losing the war? It's only losing the war if it fails to generate profits for the shareholders.
Correct sentence should be "a significant - or constantly increasing - profit for the shareholders". It isn't enough with a profit. To buy shares in Canon, the share holders expects a greater-than-average profit. There is no reason to buy shares if you expect them to perform worse-than-average.
Perhaps the OP should have stated, "Is Olympus Losing the War". Great bodies, excellent lenses, and they lose money every year. Now that's what I call success.
And please reread the previous post - #294.