This isn't Ethics, it's Business.
Thread posts like this tend to generate angst where none is needed. Has the OP considered the big picture? (Pun alert.)
As a consumer, I understand (and sympathize) with wanting as much camera and as many features as possible from a given design, esp when it costs thousands of dollars. However, Canon is a business and they do whatever they think will make them profitable and desirable at the same time. If this means making one camera design for two cameras and restricting one with firmware to save production cost, fine. I don't care.Be glad that Canon doesn't stomp and mash entities like Magic Lantern for messing with their firmware
and exposing features or causing errors that very well might cost Canon money in negative product perceptions or slightly elevated support/warranty costs. Compare Canon's tolerance with ML hacks to Apple. ML has existed for years and Canon hasn't done much to thwart them in firmware roadblocks or shut them down with lawyers. We all know what would happen if ML was trying to hack Apple products!! If you want to discuss poor ethics, take a look at Apple
. They've been suing people since the 80's. They even sue people for petty things like having a name that just sounds
like "apple". http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409669,00.asp
And while we're on the subject of ethics, be glad Canon's ethics don't dictate that they should wage all out legal war on third party companies that make tons of identical third party accessories like intervalometers, flashes, grips, etc to compete with Canon's overpriced accessories. (Because Canon could if they wanted to, that's what Apple does constantly all over the world.)
Fortunately, Canon is savvy enough to realize that their upper end market is intelligent and entities like ML actually help boost the popularity of Canon products in the long run. Many photographers that can afford the Canon EOS line usually buy new gear regardless of what ML may offer them on their older gear. In fact, they might buy new gear because of what ML can give them with that too! I put ML in the same realm as the IR mod folks who give you a new way to use a great camera that Canon doesn't offer. And that's great in my book.Thank you Canon for resisting the urge to bully the little guys who hack your products! (And expose a few little features and secrets in the process.)