Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
That's a subjective view in hindsight but remember that Nikon and Canon were the last of the major Japanese manufacturers (of the era) to release an SLR (both in 1959) and that was probably an advantage although Canon made a poorer start. Pentax were the first company to sell 1 million SLR's due to the success of the Spotmatics. Also remember market share differed across the world.

The first SLR system I came across was about 1964 and I can assure you that Spotmatic system was very comprehensive. In the UK Pentax had an advertising campaign based around many well known professional photographers well worn but still fully functional Pentax Spotmatics, and they preferred them to Nikons.

Innovators don't always become--or remain--market leaders, I guess. Pentax 35mm didn't really crack the 1960s PJ or professional market in N. America.

Now, Sony seems to be upending the digital market with MILC/EVIL cameras that make Nikon/Canon DSLRs look antiquated. Change never rests.