makes some excellent points but first, I think the technical term 'craniorectal inversion
' should be noted and given bonus points. Excellent!
I've been busy and so I'm catching up on this thread. In general, dgatwood's
comments on this from the beginning are logical and appropriate. Accessories are part of the whole camera market. They shouldn't be marginalized by Canon or any other camera maker. If one considers this topic from both sides without emotion, it's pretty obvious what's going on. There are really no clear winners when this kind of thing occurs. Whether the user always buys 100% Canon or not, these kind of tactics usually punish everyone, esp if unforeseen collateral problems develop. It's just a short sighted idea that ultimately results in very little benefit for everyone. Like the poor novice that is crestfallen when they think something is wrong with their new camera at Christmas and end up returning it as defective like dgatwood
suggested. Now Canon may have just shown a new buyer that their product is faulty out of the box (when it really isn't).
IMO, there are two or three camps of buyers for DSLRs. The novices, the pros and the 'pro-sumers' in between. All of these groups buy 3rd party accessories for their DSLR for a variety of reasons and have for decades. Canon knows most everyone won't jump ship over this but won't appreciate it either.
The novices will buy a Canon battery because it's the safe call. One. Likely the one extra they think they need but will probably never use because they never use the camera except at special events or holidays to take less than 100 frames. They may have just bought a Canon battery anyway at the same time the bought the camera. So no big change or increase in that market for Canon. However, if they bought a 3rd party battery, they may think the camera is bad and just return the whole kit and buy something else. They aren't invested in a system, they just want a camera that doesn't have problems.
The pros either always bought Canon batteries before or they didn't. And that won't change as a result of Canon's little tactic either for many of the reasons stated here in this thread. $40 increase times 5 batteries is significant so the battery message will just be endured, or Canon batteries simply aren't available, etc.
That leaves the 'pro-sumers'. More than likely, these are the only ones that might actually pony up more money for the Canon batteries and even replace their existing 3rd party batteries. Why? Because the 'pro-sumer' market buys most of this stuff because they want it, not because they need it or even use it that much. It's a toy. Even if they do use it a lot, they want it all to work perfect
. 'Pro-sumers' buy all the extra goodies and likely have special luggage just for the trip to the neighbors house. The backpacks, special straps, covers, hoods, etc. And there's nothing wrong with that! But I guess Canon thinks that the 'pro-sumers' are going to buy a hell of a lot of batteries because I don't see the other two parts of Canon's buyer market changing much. Not changing much except to perhaps hate on Canon a bit in blogs and forums and wonder what they did to deserve such treatment after giving Canon so much of their money. So thanks for the love Canon!