... is this part of a new trend or just a one time error on Canon's part?
Here's what we have seen since the beginning of 2012:
- The new 24-70/2.8 II and the new IS primes (24mm, 28mm, 35mm) are ~2x more expensive than the products they are replacing (current prices).
- The 1DX and the 5DIII are ~30% more expensive than the 1DIV and 5DII respectively (intro prices).
- The new 24-70/4L is ~30% more expensive than the 24-105/4L.
- The new Rebel (650D) was announced at $850, which is 8% more than the 600D intro price of $800.
- Considering its specs, the new 6D could also be considered overpriced (although under-spec'd might be a more accurate description).
Overall, we are seeing price hikes on all
new Canon products.
So, definitely not a one time error. More like a new pricing policy.
Let's see how long this policy will last, though.
Those deep Christmas discounts are telling me that the market doesn't agree with Canon on the new pricing.
And, of course, the market has the last word.