- Aug 27, 2019
I am in the group that has done well from Covid both in my full time job as a QA developer and in my stock footage\photography portfolio's. People wearing masks, crowds at the beach, disposable gloves on the ground etc... have all sold well.many people aren't directly impacted by the covid19 situation. not to mention, a lot have profited from it as well.
most of the people that were living ie: in the USA with a $400-500 emergency backup fund and paycheck to paycheck wouldn't have been interested in the R5 no matter what (as an example).
Even pros, if they are so impacted by it financially, most likely they wouldn't be interested in a new camera regardless of price. it was never going to be a $2000 camera.
and just because this happened - does mean that Canon turns around and gives it away at a loss or what you deem is an acceptable price.
Also, retailers get volume deals as well, to help with promotion, so it really depends on the arrangements between Canon UK and the retailer really. The cost to the retailers - is what Canon charges them - the rest is a payment to the retailer, to I don't know.. run promotions, pay staff, buildings, taxes, that sort of thing. What you are complaining about is not Canon - but the fact that Canon has the unprecedented nerve to want the retailers to make money on the camera.
we don't know what the FOB price is - and lets face it, the UK is an expensive country to do business in.
Canon would have developed the camera - with a price in mind, but in a few months before release is supposed to strip down that price? I can't see any business with long development timelines surviving doing that.
This latest round of protesting has also been a real boon to my sales. Though I personally do not like being on the streets with so many people and have some moral conflicts about selling photos\video of people so I tend to only submit the more abstract photos where people and places are very hard to identify and it is more about the feel of the image.
My goal is to be a full time photographer and in order to do that I need to have multiple revenue streams but am am also lucky that my wife and I both have a full time jobs we can do from anywhere and have not really been impacted other than it was hard to find toilet paper for a few weeks. Oh and those empty store shelves photos also sold really well.
I will be getting the R5 even at the $5500 CDN price tag. My EOS R will likely be traded in or sold to help offset the price but I think the price for what it looks like we are getting will be worth it.