$800 price drop of D600 - will 6D follow?

Started Dec 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
ZAnton Contributing Member • Posts: 592
Problem is a bit different

First, I am not even going to buy 6d, even if it will be cheaper than D600. I do need that big wheel, and I hate that muffy multi-touch-8way-controller. Second, 5D2 does have troubles with focusing. 5DII center point is good enough, but rest is unusable.

I don't need -3EV-black-hole-focusing ability of 6D center point. I need 4 freaking cross-points in rule of thirds and 1 in the center.

So 5D mk3 then? Well, 5D3 cost 1000 Euro more than 5D2 on release, and it is still 500 Euro over it.

The whole point of technical progress - is that with time you get more for same money (or same for less money). But relation between 5D3 and 5D2 is "more technology for much more money". They could have released 5D3 back in 2008 at current price. They have basically split 5D2 into 5D3 and 6D. Same they did with XX lineup - 50D into 60D and 7D.

I wanted to get XX camera first, but after they removed AF MA I kinda had to get 7D, which cost just a bit less than 5DII (1450 Euro vs 1700). Now I get a message from Canon: "hey, if you want a good AF, you will have to pay 3000 Euro. You will not get good AF in 2000 Euro range ever".

Last, but probably most important - lenses.

Canon does not refresh its most popular lenses, but makes lenses which I don't need.

What is the sense of 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 40 f/2.8 and 24-70 nonIS, if there is Tamron 24-70 IS?

One Tamron covers all four Canon's new lenses. Yes it is bigger/heavier, but I usually have "main" lens with me anyway. Yes it is not perfect in corners, but it is good enough.

Nikon has new 28 f/1.8, 35 f/1.4, two excellent 50mm and two excellent 85mm wide aperture primes for a very sane price. Canon does not. And even if they will do them, one will have to wait 3-4 years till the price come down to a reasonable value.

Canon is making money on a huge mass of people. They have their methods, they make products for that crowd, but these products are not what I need. Another (smaller) crowd of people with their priorities suits me better. So good bye Canon.

Now to your "theory".

Market economy exists in students imagination only. Product price has very little to do with its production cost and quality. It is mostly commercial and product placement. The fact that Nikon has lowered the price so much, is better explained by assumption that Nikon attacks Canon recently. With each sold D600 they get lens buyers and probably loyal customers. They a fighting for the market share. Profit is not that important at this stage.

That is my theory.

 ZAnton's gear list:ZAnton's gear list
Nikon D600 Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD
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