Rudeofus said:They used to do this, but this trend is going down - as shown by Lensvid's charts.Mikehit said:Well now you have me confused because you said people buy big whites to brag
Several years ago many people didn't buy new cameras to achieve some specific photographic task, but as a status symbol (just read neuroanatomist's postings constantly writing about his white superteles), as something to be shown off ("Look at my new 5DII sooo much detail", "OMG my 100-400 L IS II is soooo uber sharp!" or whatever)
Now you seem to be agreeing they bought them to do a job. What exactly is your point?
Those people, who buy photographic equipment to fill a photographic need, are a small minority, and these folks won't sustain the production numbers to keep prices where they are right now. Canon/Nikon/Sony can't sustain their business model (in the photography sector), if the "gotta have its" leave the market.
Really? Your theory on dropping sales is because people used to buy gear to brag about it but don't anymore?
Have you any evidence that those people who used to buy big whites to brag are now going to micro fourthirds and Sony with their smaller lenses?