« Last post by dak723 on Today at 01:04:31 PM »
I am clearly a minority when it comes to the typical user profile for this forum. I don't believe, however, that I am that different from the majority of folks who buy and use DSLRs.
I have absolutely no brand loyalty to Canon. My first SLR was an Olympus - and I still love Olympus cameras, and own an E-M1. My first Canon Rebel was bought around 1995 and I have owned Canon cameras since. Reasons I like Canon cameras:
Reliable. I have owned 5 Canons (2 pre-digital and 3 digital) and never had a problem with any of them. Unlike many gear-heads, I see very little difference in the photo quality from one generation to the next and in fact owned my 6 MP 300D for 9 years before buying a 6D and then an SL1. I hope my 6D lasts 9 years, too. I can't afford buying a camera every couple years and see absolutely no reason to. Every generation of every brand of camera has only small evolutionary changes, despite the gear heads claims. Many of the new bells and whistles are mainly toys to play with - not things a photographer really needs, in my opinion.
IQ. I think the color and tonal curves of the Canons give a better result than Sony (which I have tried) and Nikon (which I have seen). People love talking DR, but contrast is more important in my opinion. I shoot almost only in daylight and found no discernible difference in DR between my 6D and the Sony A7 under those conditions. I post process minimally and have never once had a problem lifting shadows adequately with the 6D - even when compared to the pics I took with the A7. The tone curves, however, gave me better differentiation between areas of light and shadow on the 6D, which is one reason I kept the 6D and returned the A7. My intent was to replace the 6D.
Ergonomics. Obviously, much of what a person like about ergonomics is what they are used to. The fact that the zoom rings rotate the opposite direction makes Nikon and Sony something I will probably not try again. The EVF on the Sony was also a negative (nowhere near as good as the EVF on the E-M1) and the kit lens was awful. Which leads to the final reason I like Canon...
Lenses. They are high quality. The inexpensive kit lens and 55-250mm lens for the SL1 are very sharp and perhaps the best lens deals you can get.
Reliability, excellent color and contrast, good ergonomics and high quality lenses. Those are my reasons for using Canon cameras.