Canon. We're not the best, but we're good enough for you.
Available everywhere better cameras are sold.
Retarded. This is what's wrong with so many people on these forums. It's amazing how much we expect out of our cameras and how little we expect from ourselves.
Why can't we expect Canon to produce the best cameras? Conversely, why are you accepting mediocrity from any company that charges you for a product or service? My question to you is completely detached from what I think about the quality of Canon products or the ability of the people on these forums to take quality images. For the record though, I'm a great proponent of Canon products but that doesn't mean that I'll let them off the hook for producing a second-rate product.
Which product do you consider second rate? Honestly, anyone who can't produce first rate content with any DSLR produced in the last 5 or more years has only 1 person to blame and it ain't Canon. I guarantee you that virtually any current Canon camera is better than you are at taking pictures, as it the case for most of us....
Couldnt have said it better myself.
Zhap - you are missing my point. It's not that I think we should accept second rate products from any company. Instead it's that we make mountains out of molehills. We create our own perceptions that because one camera does not have what another does that it is "inferior". The 5d mark ii and the 5d mark iii are amazing cameras, as well as the d800 and d800e. Anyone who says either of these cameras are "mediocre" is just being sucked into the hype. I totally agree that one camera may be better than another in certain instances, but that is true for any camera you purchase.
When we compare the "weaknesses" of these cameras it pales in comparison to the weaknesses that each of us have as photographers. The wonderful thing about photography is there is no ceiling. You can always get better as an artist. In truth, the weakest part of the equation is not the instruments we use but our own creativity. I have seen finger painters do amazing works of art and I also have personal friends who have spent thousands on their art supplies and produced crap. It's just sad to see how there is no sense of personal responsibility nowadays.
If you get a defective camera, a buggy camera, then yes, complain all you want. But if you have a 24 mp camera with 61 af points at 6 fps with dual card slots and amazing video, you are far from using a subpar or mediocre product my friend.
Can Canon and Nikon improve? Yes. Are these cameras truly holding us back? No.
And why can't we expect Canon to create the best cameras? Because if they did there would be no Nikon, no Sony, nothing... Competition breeds improvement. If we expect Canon OR Nikon to be #1 all the time prepare to be disappointed. Forget about what you want, concentrate on what you have and figure out what you can do with the tools at your disposal to push your own boundaries. Is it OK to be vocal about what you want for future improvement? Sure, but don't pretend that the latest camera is what is stopping you from being the next AA.