It's utter absurd they didn't offer zebra stripes too or focus peaking.
At least ML can add that.
But I fear it is up to Canon to deliver crop mode.
I just don't get how short-sighted they are. There marketing department is killing them. For no reason.
The "problem" is, it ISN'T killing them.
Until it begins to affect the bottom line ($), they will continue to do such things.
When it finally does begin to obviously have an adverse effect, it will be close to too late to save themselves.
On the specific issue here, for me, a crop mode which yields high speed capability would be greatly appreciated, and would be a major selling point. Look at the prices for the Casio EX-F1 used (wish I had bought one when I had the chance). Canon is missing a major potential revenue stream that they haven't tapped, and which none of their super expensive cameras does either - so no cannibalization.
I've been a Canon user for 35 years. Why did I chose Canon initially back in the late 70's? They were 25% cheaper than Nikon, just as well made, and had the same accessory set. Now look at who is 25% cheaper, and offers more features. The storm clouds could be gathering...