This is what I don't get....
Thinking of all the forum topics about the mkiii rumored specs and expectations - If i were a canon marketing rep reading all this and reporting back to canon with the header title of - "this is what people want," then this spec list is right on target!
behold (taken from http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3249.0.html-
High MP (30-36mp) body with price to match $3k 35 (15.1%)
Hi DR; mid MP (21-24mp) body with improved AF priced $2.5-3k 95 (40.9%)
Hi DR lower MP (18-21mp) body with great ISO priced $2300 -$2500 40 (17.2%)
Mini/crippled 1Dx @ $3000 23 (9.9%)
Awin's Shove it in Nikon's face 40MP+ monster priced at $3k 39 (16.8%
Now the specs we see today are potentially better what was asked for. Most of the responses said such things as, just give me a better AF and I'll be fine. If many of the other things are addressed (better DR, ISO, Weather sealing) then even more of a bonus. And there may be a few more bells and whistles in this beast that we don't know about. Like another poster here said, how do they market this beast? What will they be able to say that makes people draw their eyes from the d800? Well, the above could very well turn into one add, you asked and we responded! There are a lot of wedding photogs out there, and the 5d series is a mainstay in that trade - so i'd guess there are a few marketing campaigns ready to go...
With all that said, the cost is ugggggggg...but, remember this ---
While the d800 is $3000 - there is also the d800e at $3299.... $3300 is very close to $3500.
Regardless of whether or not $3500 is too much to you and others, there are still enough people willing to pay $3500 that I'm sure there will be a waiting list at first. I know there are people that really wanted one, but if you can't afford something you can't afford it. Canon makes plenty of other cameras that cost less than that, so if $3500 is too much then people can always get something else. I
I dont get why people expect a bargain basement price on one of the most highly-anticipated cameras of all-time. I mean I know everyone wants everything for as cheap as possible, but if I complained about everything I wanted but can't afford I would be bitching for the rest of my life.
I see what you're saying, but my point was that, IF the rumors about the 5d2 replacement are true, then the pricing shouldn't be above the D800 by any means. With Nikon's promised improvements on auto focusing and low-light performance, along with improvement on video quality and its medium-format-level resolution, I would expect that anything that anything Canon makes is going to evenly match the D800 AT BEST, and at worst it's going to be a mediocre improvement over the 5d2 and not on par with Nikon.
Sure it has lower pixel density and so it may have better noise performance at high ISO than the D800, but what pro shoots above 1600 anyway? I know I don't. What I've noticed is that "high iso performance" typically refers to the 4000-12800 range. That's because you see a nice gentle increase in noise from 100 to 3200, and then it usually skyrockets above 4000. Down around 100-800, though (where I imagine that most of us shoot), it's pretty evenly matched between all the DSLRs of a particular generation. Sure the D7000 has lower noise than the 7D at 12800, but not at 100-1600. Same can be said when you compare the D700 to the 5d2. Anyway, just my $0.02.