« on: January 30, 2015, 12:43:13 PM »
First things first. Clean up my file-keeping and ratings. Upgrade that dang computer! I have been happy with it, but it is a 2010 pre-Retina MacBookPro. Granted, it's pretty fast with well-designed programs like AutoPanoGiga, but it has only been crunching 18 to 20 MP files.
Canon may be recognizing that the (U.S.) market is segmenting into 1. the non-technically minded, screen-quality-only masses, currently heading rapidly to cellphone-ography ; 2. well-off enthusiasts and pros who are looking for a single all-around camera with good low light capability (6D, 5D3, 1DX in increasing complexity) and some relatively automated video capacity (PDAF should be on the 5D4 at least) 3. well-off enthusiasts and pros who have specialty interests (sports, wildlife = burst speed; architecture, studio, landscape = high MP) and are willing to buy specialty cameras in addition to their likely general-use camera. Making "specialty" cameras is one way to deal with the decreasing interest of the masses and still keep selling cameras to that segment of the gear-oriented population with disposable income and the far smaller number of specialized pros. It really is the only way for Canon to proceed in a relatively mature product line appealing primarily to stills photographers. Most general purpose photography camera users are going to conclude that the body they have is good enough for almost anything they do, and get off the camera body upgrade cycle, and Canon hopes, on to the more lenses cycle.
Whoa, +1! I couldn't agree more w/ this analysis! Canon is really pushing the limits of what people want/need, AND their wallets.