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Canon cannot be taking advantage of consumers. They don't hold up the customers and demand their money. If the prices were too high for what consumers were getting, the sales figures would drop precipitously. Don't blame Canon, blame all the people willing to pay for the cameras and features, namely all of us on the photography boards hyping up one body over another, sharing samples, feeding each others' gear acquisition syndromes, etc.
Really though, just like any other hobby, there are times you want the latest and greatest, and cannot afford it. You have to wait until 1) you build up the funds for it, 2) extend yourself on credit, or 3) wait for the used market to reach your budget. No different than cars, houses, watch collectors, guitar lovers, etc. Don't blame Canon, blame international markets, the value of the dollar, rising prices across the spectrum, and the lack of big organizations to manage debt to revenue ratios properly.