i am not a socialist and i believe in free enterprise but i don't agree with price gouging. i think the price of ff cameras has been artificially inflated for a long time. they are free to charge whatever they want as long as they are not involved in collusion and price fixing. afaik that would be illegal in the u.s.
Trust me, I'd love to have the FF prices as low as they can be. But do you honestly think that any manufacturer never tried to undercut the price to gain more market share? FF prices are falling over time and one day, they'll be as cheap as current entry bodies (fool's hope of mine), but I guess you are just upset about the pricing (as many others are). If there was a cartel deal between all FF manufacturers then either one of them would try to undercut the others to grab its market share or somebody would certailny whistleblew it a long time ago.
i have heard the argument about a ff camera costing more due to the sensor, mirror and other parts being bigger but that just doesn't seem rational when the 6d is as cheap as it is. i reckon ff sensors and parts cost a bit more but not enough to double the price. i would guess 20% more. take the 7dii 5diii comparison. they are the same size and the build is as good or better on the 7dii, it has gps and the dpaf sensor. it may well cost more to make a 7dii. i know about economy of scale but i can't see how the 5diii should cost twice as much.
Actually costs go up pretty dramatically as sensor size increases.
Every silicone platter is going to have defects on it, usually caused by dust in the air, and it costs the same to process the platter regardless of what you make out of it.
Just as an example, if every platter has an average of ten defects and you make 100 sensors out of it, you're probably going to lose 10% of your product. If you make ten sensors out of it you have the chance of getting nothing at all.
Basically that's the equation you face with sensors larger than Full Frame right now.
I remember reading that back when Canon was starting FF production they had to move their cleanliness standards to a whole new level.
ok, so how much does the sensor on the 6d cost compared to the one in the 7dii?
A little bit of Google returns a nice article on the subject.