The real world of photojournalism is in such stark contrast to the online world. There are online forums where people try to convince everyone that Canon makes crappy crippled overpriced cameras with lousy everything, outclassed in every way by this or that new Nikon or Sony. Meanwhile real photographers are choosing and using those same "crappy" cameras to do some outstanding work under often difficult circumstances.Is photojournalism the only "reality" out there? Or are there other professional/respectable photographers out there who might choose differently?
Does the choices made by current photojournalists reflect the objectively "best" tools out there, or are they biased by kick-backs, free samples, the legacy of owning a full set of lenses, or having spent 20 years learning the system?
There is not doubt that professionals make great pictures using Canon, Nikon, Sony,... whatever gear. This only tells us that it is possible. Not much about what would happen to _my_ images if I chose a particular piece of gear. I am not a pro. Never will be. I just enjoy taking images. If some tool will help me make pictures that I am more pleased with, I am all for it, no matter what the pros use.
Obviously, I wasn't saying that. I wasn't talking about objectively "best" tools for every
photographic task or every photographer out there. I wasn't even saying Canon is "best". I was making a contrast between the very harsh criticism that Canon gets in some online forums (for bad sensors, bad autofocus, bad everything), often from people who are anonymous and in non-photographic fields, and the work that photojournalists do — people who depend on these cameras for their bread every day.
No doubt the camera business has kick-backs, free samples, etc., but that works across brands. I don't know what deals Canon has with any photojournalists, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be using Canon if the cameras & lenses weren't helping to get the job done, get published, win awards, etc. Which is not to say another brand couldn't get the job done. But it is in contrast to the bashing that Canon gets online.
Photojournalists do "vote with their feet" to some extent, despite the legacy of owning a set of lenses, such as in the late 1980's when Canon offered autofocus and Nikon didn't, or the early 2000's, when Canon offered full-frame and good high ISO performance and Nikon didn't. Likewise, many who switched to Canon went back to Nikon once Nikon got up to speed with autofocus, or later with full-frame and high ISO. A legacy of lenses is quickly replaced and a new system is quickly learned when it becomes important to the work at hand. A legacy of lenses may consist of only a few key lenses anyway, and eBay is a quick way to find a new home for them.