RobC - one reason a person might be interested in the continuing existence of a camera brand is the availability of manufacturer support and repair for existing cameras owned.
Indeed, and as a Nikon user, count me in there in a serious way, especially now!
However, Nanacy, that is a separate thing, and has not a lot to do with the question I posed:
"As a matter of interest, why do people care a damn about the cameras that other people use? What difference does it make to their own images? Surely, by now, what with the Internet allowing one to see images from everyone everywhere, you'd be forgiven for imagining people would know that brand has precious little to do with the quality of photography, something which has everything to do with the photographer.
My point is about interest in the camera brands other
people use, and why that should concern anyone else.
I was trying to point out that cameras don't make photographs, that that's the job for photographers, regardless of whether they worship at the shrines of Nikon, Canon, Leica or anyone else.