Upload & Sell: On
Andre Labonte wrote:
I don't want to take you out of context, but I do want to focus on this one point.
Nikon and Canon are in the business of selling cameras. They do that best by making killer cameras people want, even at the risk of self canibalization ... better to canibilize yourself than to have the competition do it. The D400 would be just one of those bodies that would sell like crazy, even if it means a loss of some other body sales. The last thing you want is people settling for what they can get ... you get...Show more →
I think you're right that a D400 would sell a lot, but the way both Canon and Nikon separate their entry level, prosumer and flagship cameras is an indication of the way they maximize profits. Canon is less likely to introduce a 7Dll, in part because they're a much bigger company than Nikon is and they don't depend on camera equipment sales the way Nikon do.
You said they make money making killer cameras people WANT. I buy cameras and lenses I WANT, not because I need them. I only use them for my enjoyment and not to make money. Now I don't know the percentage of people out there that do photography as a business and the ones that do it as a hobby like me, then in those groups there are people with different budgets, so, as a business Canon and Nikon are probably more informed than you and I as to what they need to do to make profits selling what they think will sell.
As far as people jumping ship, that has happened before and will happen again, and to me it seems that is good for those companies too, after all, is not like people jump ship and throw their equipment away, they sell it and the new owner of that equipment will most likely buy something for his new system or eventually update it.