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I've been periodically slumming on some unreliable rumor sites and as always people are talking about a new 5 series with improved AF. While I don't think the 5 series will ever rise to the level that some people do, I actually think there's a chance that the mythical 3D **could** arrive this year.
People still think the 5d3 will be a vastly improved camera but I think - if there is a new 5 series - I'm betting it will still be a down market body with crippled features.
It's no stretch to see how it makes sense at this point for Canon to release a 3D.
They can improve a number of things that people have been complaining about for years, but they can still get away with charging a huge premium for it by just renaming it the 3D. After all, for those that were shooting 14 years ago, you'll remember that the EOS 3 came out with the new 45pt AF, and that was years before it made it to the 1 series (the 1V/HS). The camera was a great performer for $999 and I lusted after one to throw in my suitcase at the time as a travel camera.
The pricing problem Canon has is the precedence they've established with two prior releases of a 5 series, so I think if Canon does release a 3 series (with optional grip), they will take the opportunity to increase the price to the $4k-$5k level. This strategy makes sense, especially when you see what other vendors are doing (Canon's value proposition has deceased significantly) and in light of the high-priced 1Dx. the 5 series can stay around as the entry level FF body (it always was one) and Canon once has a 3-tiered FF line up.
What do you think about the chance of the mythical 3d finally arriving?