WHY DOES EVERY THREAD START WITH AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT PRICE?
umm, that would be because at least 3 people in each thread are annoyed with Canon gear being priced above the competition. Sorry, just couldn't resist!
On a separate note, I think Canon is looking into a brand re-positioning a la Apple and Leica and that would be unfortunate for those of us who purchased Canon gear considering their market position as it was...
If people are correct and Canon is going to try and make all of their stuff too expensive, they will fail, but look at the Rebel market; the T4i is an absolute winner with so many things that people have been asking for. The HS stuff is also takes fabulous pictures for what they're priced at and what they are.
And those types of cameras are their bread-and-butter. They forget that, and they're toast, plain and simple.
I think (hope) we're getting back to a point where the only thing that separates one good brand from another is how it shows it's customers it values them. The rumor basically told us the design of the store -- which doesn't say much over that there IS an education section, which is promising. That, to me, says they're trying to take the Rebel users and show them how to use their gear . . . it's definitely a start.
Now, that's not us, but it's also not the ultra-high-price market either. It's one thing to long after L lenses (as we all do), it's completely another to go on as people have done since the 5Dmk3 came out.
I want one, badly. But the price is stopping me . . . but I still get 'ooh' and 'ahh' with my 60D or 5D2 with my 85 1.8 or 200 2.8 and that just won't change, no matter how much I want the more expensive camera . . .
Again, let's hope this is a play for the mass market and an attempt to improve their brand, vs. how MS did it in just trying to get as much floor space for selling crap.