Yes I would be all over a 1.7x TC too. But I guess since Nikon has had one for a decade, Canon needs to wait another couple of decades before they bring one to market. You know, just to make sure they get it right!
Oh, you mean like ultrasonic motors (Canon: 1987, Nikon: 1998)?
Or image stabilization in 35mm lenses (Canon: 1995, Nikon: 2000)?
Or electromagnetic aperture mechanisms (Canon: 1987, Nikon: 2008)?
How about full frame digital sensors (Canon: 2002, Nikon: 2007)?
Or CMOS sensors for DSLRs (Canon: 2000, Nikon: 2004)?
Built in teleconverter (Canon: 1984 [2012 for AF], Nikon: never)?
Yeah, like those.
I know I have cherry-picked a few examples, but you can't possibly think that Nikon is a substantially faster-moving and more innovative company overall. And that 1.7x TC you desire, there are two versions for Nikon: 1) that works only with AF-S and AF-I lenses, and 2) a version that is manual focus only for all lenses. Own an nice AF 300mm f/2.8 or 80-200mm f/2.8D? Tough luck, no AF for you (not that Nikon AF lenses are fast by anyone's definition).
Grass still greener?
Yes, yes I do think Nikon is the faster, more innovative company! And I'll meet you on the field of battle if you say otherwise!!!
Get over yourself here dude...how about the 200-400 zoom? Nikon brought theirs out when? 2003? How about the Nikon D4 vs. 1DX rollout? How come the general public couldn't buy the 1DX in any significant quantity until the summer that year, where the D4 could be bought by anyone by what, February?
How about a 14-24 f/2.8 zoom?? Which company has one of those again?
Why does Nikon have to announce a D300S replacement before Canon would even consider a development announcement of a 7D2?? Why do they need to get their little leakers to leak that there just may not be a 7D2?? Silly games on Canon's part...
See? I can cherry pick too!
Of course I'm being sarcastic, I know Nikon is the less innovative company, but they do tend to do things first. They just don't do them best...except of course for their dynamic range under ISO 1000. Hopefully that will come to an end in 2014, but it just may not! What then???
I stand by my word, that Canon will bring a 1.7x TC to market. It will be announced in the fall of 2112, and will be available at authorized dealers a century later, if not sooner!!
Technically speaking, Sony did ISO 100 DR...Nikon only used their innovation. Canon also pioneered the use of large artificially grown fluorite lens elements, UD glass elements, diffractive optics, and a whole host of other true innovations in the photographic industry. Canon is particularly innovative on the optical side of things, but they have still been plenty innovative on the digital technology side of things as well.
The thing about Nikon is their business is built on alliance, rather than innovation. That approach allows them to be faster, but it is also fragile...the failure of an alliance can have a devastating impact on Nikon. I would also point out that Nikon is a little schizophrenic when it comes to their management and marketing policies. The best example of that is the naming of their camera models...does ANYONE understand the logic behind Nikon camera names? It seems to change every few years, sometimes a Dxxx means something specific, but then the next time a similar camera rolls around, it suddenly has a Dxxxx designation, then you have the D800 and D600, both of which interfere with potential future naming for the successors of the D300 line, so on and so forth.
Nikon may be quick to market, but that is quite simply BECAUSE they are not as innovative. They don't have to spend as much time researching and designing new products and new technology from the ground up...they simply have to find the right parts, buy them, and assembly a new product. Oh, and maybe throw in a little bit of innovation here and there...a true RGB metering sensor, then a reticular AF sensor....maybe, just MAYBE, something else. But for the most part, Nikon assembles parts, rather than designing cameras.
It should come as no surprise that the 1D X, therefor, took longer to hit the shelves. The single most critically important thing for Canon's reputation with the 1D X was the AF sensor. It was a completely new AF unit design, with a completely new AF sensor designed from scratch, paired with a unique new processor that intertwined metering, the RGB image the meter recorded, and the AF system with special logic to produce the most accurate AF system the world has ever seen. It was absolutely CRITICAL, especially after the issues with their prior AF units in 1D bodies, that the AF system worked perfectly out the gate. It was wise for Canon to withhold the product until the early issues were worked out. There is no question that Canon's 61pt AF system is faster, more consistent, more accurate, and more precise while concurrently covering a much broader area of the frame than anything available from Nikon. Nikon may have been first with a reticular AF unit, but Canon did it WAY better.