There was recently a long thread regarding the reality that the Canon 1Dc is mechanically identical to the 1Dx and is simply a firmware difference... that costs an additional $6000.
I don't know if it is or isn't electronically or mechanically the same. And I don't care.
I'm really interested in the 'simple' firmware difference.
Can you write firmware or processing alogorythms for temporal and spatial compression etc?
I'm sure the magic lantern guys will have a chuckle at that 'simple' bit too!
My office mac would cost around £10k to replace, around £6k of that is 'simply' software. But my Mac wouldn't be worth anything to me without that software. See what I'm getting at?
The 1DC is a limited market product, so market forces apply, economies of scale apply and absorbtion of R&D costs apply. Oh and Canon, like Nikon, like Blackmagic, in fact unless you are the worlds last cardinal altruist, I bet you expect to get paid for your work as well? For what it's worth I think the 1DC is a 'wrong' product. Wrong form factor for a video device costing 10k. Folk will accept limitations if they are getting a lot of bang for their buck, but 10k is too much to spend against things like the Sony F's which are dedicated video devices with conventional switchgear etc.
This is screwing non-EU consumers because Canon is wary of getting slammed for violating EU rules, and probably afraid that offering the firmware upgrade only in non-EU countries would cause an underground blackmarket of product making its way to the EU. (Much like the graymarket here)
Emmm, the underworld blackmarket and the graymarket are different things, and both exist quite independantly in the EU and US.
I'm not being funny, but I've bought quite a bit of graymarket gear. I would be really disturbed if I thought the vendors were re-investing my cash in prostitutes, people smuggling and heroin dealing.