I find this whole conversation silly, however it is keeping the loonies out of some of the other forums.
I just read an article today on Apple, they were described as a bumble bee that should not be able to fly, but does. Why, who knows. Their computers doe the same thing, if not less, than any other computer on the market and cost over twice as much. So why buy? This is one way of looking at it.
They are reliable and what they do, they do very well. They rarely crash. They are incredibly well designed and last much longer then their competitors. That is why I use Apples.
Do I drive a Ferrari? Hell no, they are too damn expensive. Too much money to spend on a device that only gets you from point A to point B. Not to mention I've found my life companion and do not need the sex appear any more. Kind of funny, I write this and think the same mind set could be put towards Apple and MF, but in the end I am willing to spend the money for great design in these two markets.
Not to mention, just like with Ferrari, many more wealthy hobbyists buy MF then professionals. I spoke to a camera salesman the other day trying to move a used Schneider 35mm. They got it when a hobbyist came in to buy an IQ180 only to be told that that lens does not work well with that back. With out even thinking about it, he traded the 35mm in for the new Rodie 32mm. There you go, some wealthy hobbyist dropped over $40K for something that will make him no money just like car lovers (who dont race professional) drop a quarter mil all the time for a Ferrari.