I've been vaguely aware of Manga Studio 5 for some time and thanks to high praise from people like Frenden. (his brushes always appealed to me), I decided to give it a go. After a decade of using Adobe Photoshop (not counting a very brief toe dipping into Corel Painter) I really didn't know what to expect, like many I'd blindly fallen under Adobe's spell of industry dominance, but I was instantly happy with what I found.
It's a fairly simple logic really: the truth is, I only really utilise a small percentage of what Photoshop can do, (it did start out life a photo editing program remember?) so why not use a program build for painting and drawing. So far it's the handling of the brushes you notice straight away - it just seems to keep track of the Wacom pen so much better. I didn't actually think Photoshop did that bad a job until I tried Manga Studio 5!
This is all I've really done in the program so far. Created using Frenden's brush set which you can pick up HERE.