fact is that Canon is selling in Europe Videocamera which can record more than 29min. So for these devices Canon has no problem to accerpt this tax, and for Still Canons they cant do it because of the fact they're producing only one cam for the world? Thats sounds like a fake argument. The Canon named in USA "Rebel Xti" is named in Europe "400D" and many others models too have different stickers in 3 different regions and different manuals and different boxes for one and the same product. So this is economically also doubtful, the customer has to pay for this.
As in my case... I could save buying a second (video)camera if this European law would no longer exist.
So its finally Canons economically advantage having this law in existance, Canon can sell (worldwide) more Camera... and its customers disadvantage.
What makes you think that is a fake argument? Do you really think its only Canon?
Which came first? The Camcorder or the Tax?? The Camcorder was already out there for many years when the tax was levied, but the 5D MK II had not been released yet.
Since The 5D MK II was the first high quality DSLR that would potentially be taxed, they merely limited it to under 30 minutes. That wasn't a issue because it could only record for 12 minutes anyway. Until the past year, overheating of the sensor also made it impractical to record for long periods, and the battery will not last very long either.
ALL camera manufacturers do the same, be it Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, or whoever.