I don't disagree that Canon's strategy was wrong with the 5DIII vs. D800/E...
...to which I was responding?
Oh, I know – nothing. But you lost the original argument, won't acknowledge that you were wrong, and are instead moving the goalposts.
Sorry, not going to play that game.
That was an error on my part. What I meant to write was that I agreed with you that Canon probably did the right thing by making what the 5DIII what it is. However, we don't know for sure because the alternative was never produced. Who can say whether or not a Canon-like D800 would have sold as well. After all, Canon sells a lot more lower tier APS-C cameras than Nikon does even with some of the advantages that Nikon has (i.e. wider selection of crop lenses).
My original post on this topic was this:
I think most companies do not hold back because it's unprofitable. Why would you delay the release of something that will get you more profit? 100-400L II rumors have been around for years. Has it been held back all this time waiting for a 7DII or is it more likely that worthy successor to the 100-400L had yet to be developed?
I remember when the 5DIII/D800 came out, and Chuck Westfall stated that Canon had high MP technologies and implied that Canon could respond quickly if the market demanded more MP. Well, it's been 2 years and still nothing. Maybe the response will come this year, but it won't be cheap and it won't be across the Canon product line (70D didn't have it, 7D won't have it [according to rumors]). People that work in PR or deal with media are there to tell the outside world what the company wants them to hear. It's in Canon's interest that we think Canon can respond to the threats of other companies (so that people don't switch away from the Canon ecosystem), but they don't tell you when.
My main two points were
1. I don't think Canon holds back ready-to-produce products because it is less profitable in the long run.
2. I don't think Canon could have responded to a high MP challenge as quickly as people thought. Perhaps people thought Canon could have responded in a year; I think it's closer to a full product cycle (as clarified in my latter posts).