That is farcically ridiculous and failed logic.
If I had been given the option of getting a $50 Canon made RT compatible trigger to work with my 550EX's instead of getting $450 600-EX-RT's I'd have done that, I wouldn't have got as integrated a system as I have, and Canon would have made $200 off me rather than $2,000. This way we are both happy. I am no Canon whore either, I have been running the 550's via Yongnuo RF 602's for years.
I paid $220 for most of my 550EX's new, I am getting around $150 for them now nearly ten years later secondhand, I wrote them down to nothing by 2008, they own me nothing yet they have given me ten years faultless service for $70. I expect similar figures from the 600's.
well, if I'd be coming from 10 years old written-off 550EXes, I'd also see much more sense to upgrade them to 600EXes. But in my case I got a pre-2012 camera model and Canon speedlites that are either still current (430EX II) or were current (580EX II) when I purchased them only about 2 years ago. Plus a 430EX which is maybe 5 years old. All of them used rather sparingly. Would you jump to an all 600EX-RT setup? btw. where I live, the ST-E3 retails from 270 € (=USD 365) and 600EX-RT runs from € 485 (=USD 650) a piece. The Yongnuo trigger is € 100 and I expect their YN-600EX to come in at maybe € 200 ... just to give you an idea, what I am looking at.
Anyway to me its a very minor problem: a few more weeks of occasional optical triggering until the Yongnuos become available.
Canon however has a bigger problem ... they spent R&D money and managed to create a highly beneficial technical advantage for many (potentially all) users of their ecosystem ... and then they don't distribute the goodness (against reasonable charge of course) to as many of their users as possible, but only to some ... 2012-Camera-model owners and 600EX-purchasers - rather than fully leveraging that USP against all their competitors. And driving nice synergies of scale. That's all I am saying.
So basically, your bitching about the fact that Canon created this really kick-ass new technology that you really really want, but you can't afford it, so you go off on a name-calling binge and try to paint Canon as some greedy company run by a bunch of idiot-buffoons who apparently wouldn't know a gold mine if it collapsed around them...because they aren't selling the 600-RT at a price point you can afford to refurnish your entire collection of flash right now.
Can you really get more childish than that? Seriously.
Oh, don't worry. I could afford more speedlites than I could carry, even at Euro prices.
I just refuse to throw money at Canon without getting *exactly what I want*.
And I do point out that some of Canon's business decisions don't seem to make a lot of business sense. Even though they manage to sell more cameras than other makers. Today. ;-)
btw: I would again ask you to please watch your wording and refrain from personal attacks on me. I do respect you and your profound technical knowledge you share in many of your posts. Feel free to criticize my opinions/posts, but please do so in a civilized manner, Thanks! After all, we are only discussing Canon stuff and economics 101, not even world politics or religious topics [heaven forbid!]. :-)
I'm sorry. It's just that your arguments have gone so far into the realm of...absurd...I'm honestly having a hard time comprehending. A lot of what you've said over the last 8 posts or so honestly sounds a little insane to me. It sounds like a LOT of assumption about the inner workings of a company you do not work for, and have no internal insight into. It sounds like your somehow turning what you think might possibly be true about Canon's inner business workings into fact in your head, then, with the assumption that your assumptions are actually indeed fact, you proceed to fabricate these wild stories... (At least...thats what it looks like from the outside...)
It's all well and good to not want to give Canon your hard earned money until they produce a product you want to spend that money on. That's entirely your prerogative, can't fault you for that.
It's another thing to concoct a rather cockamamie idea about how Canon is greedy and stupid and missing out on a supposed goldmine. I'm not a billionaire CEO, however I've spent more than enough time reading C-level management profiles for companies as a stock investor to know that you don't get to be a head honcho at a corporation like Canon unless you have incredible credentials and a ridiculously friggin CLEAR picture of what the markets your company caters to are, exactly what they want, exactly what kind of price burden they can bear, and exactly how to leverage the balance between product diversity, flexibility, technology, service and price in order to keep the vast majority of your customers happy while sustaining the bottom line.
I'm a reasonably intelligent guy. I know a some stuff about photography, some stuff about astronomy, a whole hell of a lot of stuff about software engineering, and a bit about a bunch of various things here and there. I would bet really good money, however, that every single C-level honcho and all the presidents and vice presidents and what have you of the various departments at Canon could RUN CIRCLES around me. They all tend to have rich, classical educations, so their knowledge is deep and wide (kind of a necessity in their business.) I've listened on financial report calls of a number of corporations I've been interested in buying stock for, in sectors ranging from energy (oil and gas drilling) to precious and rare earth metals mining to tech to finance. I don't even need to bet, I'll just pay up, the CEOs of all those companies are far smarter than I am.
A lot of people complain about the wealthy being wealthy, how unfair it is, how greedy they are. Man, if you spend just five minutes talking (or even just listening to) to a good, creative CEO, you'll understand why they are all millionaires and billionaires. You'll think they deserve their riches too...most are unbelievably hard working individuals who spend far more time than the average joe working, wheeling, dealing, funding and building economies. Most of the good CEOs are empowering and enabling individuals (although yes, there are some CEOs who just don't get the job, but I'd say they are a small minority). They are incredibly smart people, and they surround themselves with people just as smart and in many cases even a hell of a lot smarter (usually the case with engineers and the like...creme of the crop there.)
I'm just sayin...it's all well and good to wish for and rumormonger about a potential flash product you hope Canon will make in the future. As a matter of fact, its about the most encouraged thine here on CR. But your just digging yourself a hole calling them greedy and stupid and missing the ball (and otherwise, yes, sounding childish...it isn't really an insult, more an observation) on what you personally believe is a gold mine. Trust me, if Canon thought your idea would turn into a pile of gold for them, they would have already been all over it. They are already 15, 20 moves ahead of you. If the idea has merit, and will make a giant pile of silver, they are already working on it.