People that are satisfied taking pictures with there phones most likely never where in the DSLR market to begin with.=1
Thats just the social pic snappers people that like good quality pics will always want a DSLR but hey its recession/crisis. My free spendable income keeps going down as insurancen, Food and everything keeps going up in price and my income isnt going up.
so i simply do not have money for thoustant dollar bodys and multi thousant dollar lenses.
The last generation canon lensen have had some seriously absurd price gains which most normal non professionals simply can no longer afford.
Like the 70-200 F2.8 IS that lens wwas 1350 euro the new IS II is a whopping 50% more expencive at 2086 euro.
The same happend with all other new lenses so canon just like any other greedy company in this time of recession is doing this to itself.
A normal wise company would lower prices which upps sales and helps the economu but for some reason in this crisis all companys seem to upp prices which lower sales and then bitch about it.
The greed has gone to there heads.
We the consumers dont have the money for your insane prices anymore ajust to it or see your sales drop even more.
Two quick comments:
1. While 90% of the time I believe you are correct and that those using camera phones will never buy a dSLR, I have to think to some degree increasing the number of people snapping pictures, posting pictures and ultimately participating in photography will eventually increase the number of dSLR owners. The slice of the pie may shrink, but the size of the pie may be growing.
2. For people that can't afford a Luxury lens (L is for Luxury), have you noticed the new 55-250 STM, or the newer 18-55 lens. Honestly, they are getting pretty darn good optically. Canon also cut prices on the 17-55 and the 15-85, which are optically very good. So Canon does have an improving "value" product. Not surprisingly at all, their top of the line, Luxury, products, aren't aimed at their "value" customers. They are aimed at people that will pay a lot more for something that is a little better. Your complaint is analogous to someone that can afford a Honda but angry that a Mercedes isn't more affordable. Honda is a good car (I drive one). But it isn't Luxury.