""The video bitrate is a very high 91Mbit* in 1080p ALL-I mode. That is well beyond broadcast standard AVC Intra 50."
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well this is what i call a mass suicide, and i thought that the tech on the D800 was old, lmao look at the metering system on this beauty, no AF on video, black spots(a la 5dmk2), omfg no clean uncompressed hdmi out, wasn't this thing suppose to be a cinema minded kind of HDSLR king, so why the ___ this options aren't there? omg the video from the D800 is crap compared to Canon's but c'mon, at least a proper face lift to justify the price hype madness that is going on at Canon, Jesus this is not Olympus with it's bloated company, this is Canon men i use to have them since i was 15 yo.
We, as consumers, should demand more. I still maintain that the 5D3 should be <= $3k. I'm not a professional, nor do I make big $$, so $3500 is a significant chunk of change for me. If I had a 5D2, I couldn't see myself justifying spending $3500 (+ tax) for the 5D3. I currently have a 60D, and I've been looking to jump up to FF, but I'd rather get a budget FF (<$2k) with 3-4 fps, less sophisticated AF and AE, etc.; I may end up with a 5D2 assuming the price drops.
I'd tell you that too, if I was selling cameras. Congrats- you didn't do anything special.
I was just about to write a "jump back, dude" response to this, when it occurred to me that you probably thought I was a doubting Thomas about your preorder experience, rather than just a guy who had a contrasting experience at a different location. Sorry if you took it that way, that's not what was intended.I went to the store of a major retailer that also runs a major online camera/electronics site (One Call) at 1:00 PST, and they did not know what the camera was going to retail at, nor what dealer cost is going to be. The sales guy checked their internal pricing data base and could only tell me "it may be around $3500" retail. That may be where it ends up, but he clearly did not know for sure even now. He didn't invite me to "preorder" at that price, even though he knows I'm a serious buyer.
You're talking about one salesman at a shop, and I'm sure he'll tell you tomorrow that you can preorder for $3500. And do you have a personal relationship with these people or are you just another customer walking into a photo store? Is this store one of the 17 stores that Canon chose to carry the C300?
In my situation, I know the people at the shop very well, and have spent over $20k there in the last year. They are also the biggest canon dealer in Georgia. They didn't invite me to do anything, I went in there with $4k and demanded that I get one of the first ones they get. They wouldn't take my money, but they put me on the list. I asked if they thought it might be any cheaper or more expensive, and they said no, not to worry because they already had the SKU in the computer for it, $3499.99.
People have been saying $3500 all over the web and they said the same thing, meaning that is the set price until proven otherwise. I go to the shop, and they say $3500. If that's not enough for someone to believe that it's going to be $3500, they must really really want it to be cheaper. See when you really want something, you'll cling onto any little shred of evidence that you may be right. Even if you read 10 articles contradicting your belief, you'll only focus on the one article you found just to hold on to that little piece of hope. It's called confirmation bias, and if you have a brain this affects you, and that's ok, it affects me too. But in this situation I am indifferent, if it cost $4000 I wouldn't care, and if it cost $3000 I wouldn't care.
I'm going to disagree with you on this one.
In my experience, most Canon dealers stand by the "money talks" motto when customers want to get in line for new product launches. They will not be willing to give up a pre-order position to some one who can't back up their order with cold hard cash. You don't always need 100% up-front, but pre-orders on announcement days usually require a $1000 deposit (or more) to show intent. Otherwise, everyone and their brother would call up screaming "put me on the list" - and then when the shop calls 6 weeks later to tell them their 5D Mark III just arrived, they might change their mind and the shop would be out the wholesale money on their product orders. Not smart business.
So - needless to say - anyone who wants a Canon 5D Mark III will need to shell out some serious coin to get on a pre-order list. It's just the nature of the beast. The shops are not going to put themselves at risk on the whims of thousands of photographers dreaming of the next best camera, only to have them back out weeks later when they can't come up with the cash.
I am not liking how supposedly people who have connections to authorized dealers are able to put their preorder in before the camera has even been officially announced. I know that this is the way of the world and there are always perks to who you know but it's unfair in my book. How many preorders do you think bhphotovideo is going to get? Does anyone think that it will be worthwhile to place a preorder with one of the major online dealers? Or just wait until stores have it in stock?