that mean something new coming?
I just purchased a 5D Mark II from a store in Toronto and I asked about the price drop. The sales person told me that Canon has established a deal whereby a store must sell a minimal set of 5D Mark II's at the new lower price ($1999.00) and, if they meet that target, then Canon applies a rebate to the cost of having bought that number of cameras. So presumably the idea is that if you meet the stipulated quota the store will pay a lower price for the camera itself and therefore make a profit. He also said that with the current price the store will not make a profit until they reach the quota, which for his store was a 100 in total.
Now whether this is true I do not know but this is what I was told. I guess supporting evidence for this is that through out Canada many stores are selling at this same price: http://www.photoprice.ca/product/02699/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-price.html
But again, I am only reporting what I was told.
I then asked about the 5D Mark III and the sales person said he would not expect to see one in his store before later next year. Moreover, he said that Canon would not put a 5D Mark III up against the new EOS 1D X, a camera he does not expect to see until next April.
This makes sense to me but I again I am only reporting what I was told.
PS Very,very,very happy with my new camera. The shutter sounds like an elastic band!