Not sure what normal is, but I've been pretty impressed with the level of hysteria over the last two weeks.
It seems like we've got more drama queens than a trainload of junior high cheerleaders on their way to a Justin Bieber concert.
People are now reduced to whining about instruction manuals and auto-ISO buttons, not to mention everyone pouring over image files to examine them at sub-atomic levels to see if the molecular structure of the D800 is cleaner.
While people may be overreacting and really getting crazy in the d800 vs. 5D3 debate, the underlying issue remains: someone at Canon totally f*cked their market research
. I wouldn't be surprised if said employee/group is currently unemployed.
A few observations:
- Canon went for lower MP, thinking the chatter from users leaned towards lower MP - but improved quality
- Nikon has demonstrated that higher MP doesn't necessarily mean a sacrifice in quality
- Canon took a gamble that Nikon could not produce a mind-blowing high MP body. They took that gamble and, in the short term at least - lost
- Nikon is likely under-pricing their d800 as a loss-leader to get Canon people talking, and possibly jumping ship. And so far... it's genius marketing, because - well - it's working. We're all talking about it, aren't we?
So while we all may be able to sit back and say "calm down!" or poke fun at what we may deem to be over-reactions from the Canon base, the reality of the situation is that Nikon has stirred the pot. The d800 cannot be ignored
; it has completely changed the dSLR landscape, and the frustration we're seeing from Canon users is because this innovation did not come from Canon first.
Canon is now in the position of responding/reacting, instead of leading the development. You can't blame the Canon fans for being frustrated with being put in that position. We'd all prefer leading to following. And as much as we may hate to say/admit it, Nikon appears to be leading in the fast pitched game of sensor-tech... at least for now.
Canon will respond accordingly - and I trust that they will with an appropriate body when the time comes. All we can do is wait and see (or bitch and whine in forums in the meantime).