... 12-year-old lenses are [not] what I would consider mainstream in today's market.
Let's play it a bit further ... my EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
lens was manufactured in August 1993 (UH0801), which makes it over twenty years old. Is this lens on the CPS list of qualifying lenses? Yes. Does Canon still support this lens? Yes.
So where's the rationale? Where's the commitment towards professionals who bought professional grade gear?Scenario:
I'm a professional photographer, with CPS membership. I suddenly hit a bad patch, financially, due to the global economic slump. As a result, I don't "upgrade" my lenses to the very latest. Canon takes one of my professional grade lenses off the list of qualifying lenses and poof!
I no longer qualify for CPS membership.
Is this the way to build and maintain customer satisfaction, especially amongst professionals? Why even join CPS, if it's just for owners of "current" gear?
But, hey, I understand that Canon cannot financially offer that kind of a commitment and must always be selling, selling, selling new gear ... for how else will they pay for those 7 patents filed each and every day for the last ten years.