the jump in the retail price from 2700 USD (at the time of the release) to 3500 USD is entirely due to the currency rate.
So please people, get mad at bankers on this one, Canon is NOT milking the cow
Just to preface, I'm not trying to come off as a jerk here, but I can think of about a dozen factors driving exchange rates more than "evil bankers". Start with moron politicians who apparently learned economics from watching cartoons, then work your way down the list. Exchange rates are an EFFECT, they don't just get set first, they are along for the ride.
Again, no offense meant, but I think after years of being bombarded with little drive-by comments like that, people eventually get a very misguided views of reality yet don't really know why they feel a certain way. And I have the misguided urge to correct someone on the interweb! Lol
Now imagine you are Japanese buying stuff from the USA. You're a happy camper!
Now a totally separate point: how did Nikon avoid the exchange rate? They didn't. I will wager that:
1. There are features we don't know about yet or
2. The rumored price is wrong.