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A friend of mine just picked up a 5D Mark III and let me play around with it yesterday. I was CRAZY IMPRESSED by it
Which got me thinking...
1) To my hands, the build quality of the 5D Mark III is as good as a 1-Series. It also has the same AF system now as the 1-Series (i.e. the 1DX)....before it had the same 9-point AF system as the XXD-series.
2) The 1DX took the familiar 1D-series (which emphasized speed) and combined it with the 1Ds-series (which emphasized high resolution + full frame).
3) There still has been no 1Ds Mark IV.
So, this is what I could see happening:
(A) The 5D-series becomes the new 1Ds-series. At the moment, the 5D Mark III already has a better AF system, a larger and more capable ISO range, a better frame rate, an improved LCD screen, higher resolution, etc. than the 1Ds Mark III. At the initial $3,000+ price tag, it is definitely still targeted at the advanced / pro photographer.
(B) The 6D is the prosumer version of the 5D Mark III, a gap that I feel is nicely filled.
So if (A) above is true, then high res. oriented professionals now pay +/- $3,000 for their cameras, but speed-oriented professionals can only choose from the 7D (equivalent of the 6D in "high-speed world") or the 1D Mark IV (a series that will stop with the new 1DX now released).
This is why I could see a new line eventually coming that would carry the high-speed cameras forward (2 / 3D-series?..the # must of course be lower than 7 and not repeat 5 or 6).
The idea that the next pro speed camera would be the Mark V when the 1Ds-series is still on Mark III peeks my curiosity, so all of the above *could* make sense...at least to me
If this happens, then I suppose the 1-Series would no longer stand for Canon's *professional* camera line, but rather just the *top of the line*.
You're welcome to call me insightful or delusional Just wanted to share my thoughts and then ask: "What are your thoughts regarding Canon's lineup change? What would it look like categorically in the next few years?"