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| p.11 #10 · New Canon 35mm F2 IS and 24-70mm f/4L IS! |
Ralph Conway wrote:
Not me. I never asked for a 35mm prime and I am still not interested in one. So for me Canon created a needless 35mm 2.0 IS next to their existing one without IS. They are both much overpriced. Maybe I would purchase one and spend the price of an 50mm 1.8 for one if it offers much better IQ.
DPR forgot to say that after over one decade now Nikon the first time does enough to follow and overcome Canon AND undercuts Canon pricing sheme to get some part of the market. That has not been the case...Show more →
Regarding Nikon, I've never suggested that they're perfect, nor are they always the right choice.
You're also right that Canon has traditionally offered better pricing options than Nikon. Where we see things differently is that Nikon - since moving to Sony CMOS sensors vs CCD sensors - has often been offering better real value in terms of usability.
Nikon offered the D3 and D3x in 2007, and both were more than competitive when it comes to performance. Now - to me - the D600/800 offers something significant (high DR) that Canon can't at any price. Comparing a more expensive Nikon lens with a 5-year warranty also adds some real value.
Canon started down the wrong road in 2007 with the 1D3 release. Everything about that initial release, from the AF problem to the last minute $500 price hike, has set the wrong tone to the market. Some will point to stock prices and sales as proof that I'm wrong, but it takes years for the problems to surface, and by then it's too late. There are some real problems at Canon, and they're easy to see if you look.
Now they're replacing a $350 35mm lens with a $900 lens (close to what I paid for my 35mm f/1.4), just because they added IS? They're giving us a new 24-70 f/4 at $1800 when you can buy a 24-105 f/4 for $800-$900? The world economy, the Euro/USD to Yen exchange rate are not the real problems; it's Canon's management decisions. The forced crippling continues, the unnecessary price hikes (because Canon drinks their own bath water) will eventually take it's toll.