I recently got back from a trip of a bit over two weeks, to a number of locations in the Mediterranean. Mostly prime tourist locations. Actually, it was a Mediterranean cruise. About 2400 tourists on the ship, and stops at 10 different locations in 5 different countries where there were thousands of other tourists. I saw a LOT of people with cameras. Asians (on the ship, mostly Koreans and Japanese, but some Chinese as well), Europeans (east and west), Americans and Canadians, primarily. (Links to photos will follow once I have time to go through them all.) Anyway, I made a point of paying attention to what kinds of ILCs I saw people using. Not surprising, but Canon and Nikon are, by far, the 800 lb gorillas. Even more so that I expected. I would guess that 98 to 99% of the ILCs I saw people using had Nikon or Canon written on the front (and on the strap). Yes, that high. I was surprised, and expected to see more MILCs, but they were few and far between. The vast majority of the Canon's were Rebel / nnnD series bodies, but I saw a lot of 60D and 7D bodies, and more FF bodies (mostly 5Ds, but some 1Ds) than I expected. I noticed a number of Japanese tourists with Nikon 800D's (easy to spot--the strap says 800D in big letters). I'm not as familiar with Nikon's lineup as Canon's but I suspect the percentage distribution between amateur, advanced and pro bodies is similar. And this was true of Asians as well as westerners. Almost everyone carried Nikon and Canon, regardless of where they came from. Other than those, I noticed a very few Sony A series DSLRS (2 or 3), and a fair number of NEX bodies. Pentax bodies were more common than the Sony A series, but still very few and far between. Among m43, I noticed more Pens than Pannys (no OM-Ds) by a little bit, but not a lot of either. The most common MILC was the Nikon, mostly the J1. Very unscientific, I know, but I came away with the feeling that all the MILC makers really need to do a much better job at marketing their products if they really expect to make inroads against the big two, at least in the west. Some random impressions: the little DSLR bodies are really pretty darn small. Other than lenses, I'm not sure the typical entry level DSLR buyer is going to complain that DSLRs are "too big." If that's true, then m43 needs to market more than just "small." The 7D body is huge. The first time I noticed one I thought it was a 5D until I actually saw the lettering. It seems considerably bigger than my 50D. Not everyone who buys an 800D is going to see the benefit of all those megapixels. The two I was close enough to notice the lens had slow consumer zooms on them. I also noticed one woman shooting a 1Ds Mk III with a 28-135 consumer zoom on it. I actually talked to this woman, and she's a professional portrait photographer, so who knows..... Lot's of people have no idea what a lens hood is for. I had to laugh at the number of people wandering around taking pictures with the hood on backwards, as for storage. While there were a fair number of people taking pictures with their phones, the vast majority of people had a real camera, mostly small P&S or DSLR, but quite a few superzooms, too. The iPad is an absurd looking camera. I saw at least half a dozen people wandering around taking photos and videos with iPads or other tablets. To say this is not the ideal format for hand-held photography is an understatement. I saw a very, very few people using tripods. The first person I saw with one I thought "must be a very serious photographer." Then I noticed he was mounting a dinky little P&S camera on it, and setting it up so he could take pictures of he and his girlfriend using the self timer. I think every picture he took was of he and his girlfriend in front of some vista. If they ever break up, he's not going to have any pictures to remember his trip by. The standard method for handheld photography with P&S bodies now seems to be to hold the camera at arms length with only one hand, squint, press the shutter release, and then see what you actually took a picture of. If you're too close or too far from your subject, don't adjust the zoom or move your feet. Bend at the waist until you guess the framing is correct. I saw one woman bent almost parallel to the ground so she could get the camera far enough from the subject. I was so tempted to walk up and say "Why don't you just take 2 steps backwards?" Cruise ship photographers are hacks. They wander around taking both candid and posed shots of the passengers, and then post them for sale. The number of awkwardly posed shots, and shots with the tops of someone's head or one side of their body cut off may have outnumbered the decent images. And all the candid shots are with direct, on camera flash. Not even a bounce card. When I retire, I'm going to try to get a job as a cruise ship photographer. I'm at LEAST as talented as they are. With the high-ISO performance of today's cameras, flashes and fast lenses are almost unnecessary. Even inside cathedrals, mosques, and other similar locations I could generally use my 7-14 f/4. A while back I replaced my 20mm f/1.7 with a PL 25mm. I think I may trade back. I mostly want the faster lens indoors, and often found the 25mm FOV was too narrow for what I was trying to capture. I'd love to have the 12mm f/2, but may get the 12-35 f/2.8 instead. Not as fast, but much more versatile. Finally, and please don't anyone take offense. Shoot the way you want to shoot. But.... I don't understand how anyone who's ever used a camera with a good eye-level VF can prefer using the LCD to compose images. In bright outdoor light, framing is nothing but guesswork. I used the flip-out screen of my GH2 from time to time to get an angle I couldn't get otherwise, and in normal daylight I was largely guessing about framing. As one of my traveling companions said after taking a photo with his Canon P&S: "I'll have to wait to see how that turns out. I can't see what I'm taking a picture of because the sun's too bright....."