Video is not the reason this thing is more expensive. The 5D2 HAD video when it came out and it did not cost this much. Getting rid of video will not change the fact that Canon is getting greedy.
No, getting rid of video won't make the US Dollar buy more Japanese Yen.
If that was the issue, then almost all new Canon products would be seeing a massive price hike like this, and they aren't.
Then I wonder what explains the high growth of lens prices (http://www.canonpricewatch.com/canon-lenses-better-stocks/) for some years now... Compare to the USD value against the Yen: the dollar lost ⅓ of its value against the yen in five years!
Should have Canon (a Japanese company, may I remind you, whose accounts are done in Yens) really followed it, a lens costing $1000 (= 120000¥) in August 2008 should be $1500 now!
For every product that's gone up in price, I can name one that's stayed the same. Their printers, their powershots, the starter DSLR line, etc.
That's because they're completely different products! Lens are to be expected to stay to the same price over large amounts of time, whereas printers, and low-end DSLRs are only on the market for a (low) fixed amount of time and discontinued. Moreover, they could even almost be sold at a loss as that would be tallied on the accessories (ink and lenses, respectively).
And, on Canon's point of view (accounts in Yen, again), the 5D mk3 cost less for the US consumer than the 5D mk2: 5D2 (+24-105) list price was $20083499, which is 420,000¥, whereas the 5D3 (+24-105) is $20124299, which is only 340,000¥!
Exactly! The Yen-to Dollar exchange rate is the same reason why Honda Civics now cost over $90,000.00 in the US. er...no, wait. Honda Civics do NOT cost over $90,000.00. They cost about the same in America as American cars do. Hmmmmm.
If Canon wanted to, it could circumvent the exchange rate just as the Japanese car makers do. Either make the products in Tennessee for sale in America like the Japanese car makers do, or make them in low-wage countries (which they already do), or both.
Could it have something to do with the fact you can easily drive a Nissan for a few years, then a Ford for a few years, then a Honda for a few years, etc... with no problem? But not so for an entire camera and lens system. You can't put a Canon Lens on a Nikon body, and you can't put a Nikon lens on a Canon body (without a goofy adapter that sucks). Therefore, the actual competition between Canon and Nikon is greatly dampened. Most of the competition is with first-time buyers, who have yet to commit to a system and lock themselves in. Once you have bought in to one system or another, it is very difficult to liquidate it all and start from scratch buying everything all over again in the competitor's system, so few people will do it. This highly convenient fact has not gone unnoticed by Canon, who feels freer to charge a lot of money for their products. As long as they feel enough people are buying, they will keep the prices as high as they possibly can.
The only real competition is from 3rd party lens makers, as they actually DO make lenses that fit all the major camera systems. Maybe they will step it up on quality. Or to some extent in the 4/3 convention lenses where several camera bodies accept lenses in that format from their real competitors.