Charlie wrote in post #18708765
Lot of Sony shooters double dip Canon, even if I don't associate myself as a Canon shooter. Some of us own Canon gear and not too far removed.
Same thing was going on with the Nikon release, many previous Nikon shooters were discussing that release. There's a certain excitement factor when these releases come to be, and they naturally die off in a few months.
Nobody starts off as a Sony or Fuji shooter then decided to go Canon, about as rare as Bigfoot, hence you really don't see the opposite happen.
We're a week away from Sony's announcement...... Drama will continue
I freely admit that I’m a Canon fanboi. I’ve used exclusively Canon SLRs since I first became interested in photography when I was in high school in 1982: AV-1, EOS 100, 20D, Rebel T2i, 70D, 7D, and 7Dii.
I don’t depend on photography for my livelihood (thankfully-I’d starve!), so I don’t have to constantly think about whether my gear is optimal for the shooting I do. I’m a hobbyist, not a pro. I have the luxury of being able to say that I won’t learn a new system if I don’t want to. If there’s a feature that Sony or Nikon has that looks really compelling to me, I can choose to switch, or to get by with what I have. To be honest, I think I have a pretty good collection of gear, and at my level, my gear isn’t what limits me.
I still like to pay some attention to what other vendors are doing. I’ve looked at the Nikon D500 specs enough to be jealous, and to hope that Canon will totally blow it away with the 7D Mark III. I followed the recent Nikon Z announcements, since mirrorless seems to be the “next big thing” in cameras.
The Nikon Z and EOS R announcements remind me of the introduction of the original IBM PC in 1981. Up to that time, the personal computer industry had been dominated by a bunch of smaller players, such as Apple and Commodore, and they sold mainly to hobbyists and schools. While IBM’s announcement represented a huge threat to those companies, it gave them a boost as well: One of the big incumbent computer companies was now making a personal computer, so the product must be a legitimate business tool. In this analogy, Sony and Fuji are the ones who had been dominating the new market of advanced amateur and professional mirrorless cameras, and Canon and Nikon are the big incumbents who are just now getting into this space. Whether Sony’s cameras go the route of Apple or Commodore in the next ten years remains to be seen.
Regardless, I have to agree with Charlie’s statement that drama will continue. It’s going to be an exciting ride for the next couple of years!