Agreed. After 5 years it has to be something exciting. The same has happened with the 1Ds3/1D4 to 1Dx and 5D2 to 5D3 transitions, both noteworthy improvements. A 5-year interval between releases was a loooong time even during the film age.The EOS-1 ran from 1989 to 1994 (5 years) followed by the EOS1-n which ran till 2000 (6 years) followed by the EOS 1-V which I believe you can still buy (14 years). The venerable Canon A1 ran from 1978-1985. The legendary EOS-3 had a huge lifespan, 1998-2007.
Exactly. Electro Optical System was already a mature tech in the '90, electronics (exposure, autofocus) were widely adopted by practically all camera manufacturers and implemented on all high-end models, so the lifespan of cameras settled around 5 - 6 years which, at that time (i.e. no canonrumors.com
), seemed to me even longer than today. Then digital kicked in around the beginning of the millennium and R&D on film cameras stopped, so there's no real significance to make a lifespan comparison with cameras that have not been, and presumably will never be, upgraded or replaced.
As the dust has settled after the initial decade of the digital revolution, we'll continue to see just incremental improvements and longer lives between updates. Personally I find this both refreshing and irrationally irritating.
How true!!! I really like your last sentence a lot because it perfectly defines how I feel, I couldn't express myself better. "Irrationally irritating": pwp, you're a poet. To me, though, refreshing and reassuring feelings overrule the irritating uncomfortable sensation: when I'm going to lighten my wallet on expensive gear, knowing it's going to last longer it's sort of consolatory.
Back in 2007, talking with a pro, I told him I was waiting for the release 5Dmark2 before upgrading to FF and that one would have been my camera for ten years: never really believed in what I had said then, but time has passed and, since I have skipped the mk3 and my next purchase will most likely be the 7D2, my prediction is probably going to come true.