>There are very many features I don't really use at >all. I never use auto ISO, only shoot in aperture priority, I >never found a need to bracket my shots or to rapid shoot >sports with large bursts. I got along just fine for over 30 >years with film bodies that didn't have those features. My >interests are in picture quality, color accuracy, build >quality, lens variety and compatabilty and ease of use. I do >use Canon for one lens only but I really don't like Canon >bodies. I don't understand why they don't work like my Nikons.
Len - you're the guy that keeps Nikon, Canon and all the rest of the makers awake each night worrying themselves sick. You can't be distracted from just making photos. The bells & whistles and feature bloat are inconsequential to you. I'm glad you mentioned it and I agree. So many of the touted new features, when active and properly configured, can actually get in the way of making a good, quick photo.
I think we can acknowledge that Canon's design, form factor and configuration settings are intuitively usable by an enormous number of photographers. My younger son (he's 24 now) has used Canon gear for many years and finds my Nikon gear awkward to hold and use. He chose Canon years ago because he thought it was the most intuitively useful gear and because the form factor fits his hand like a tailored glove.
By contrast, I personally find that most Canon lenses and digital SLR bodies just feel wrong to me. Can't get used to them. Makes it difficult to do objective product testing too.