Thanks for the welcome Bob/all.
In the past I have had a few exchanges with Gordon when he was involved in the sadly missed PCW magazine as we have many of the same interests, which is how I found this site.
As regards the 60D price, I do accept the issue with UK VAT and that is only going to get worse when it goes up to 20% next year. This does not account for the 50%+ mark-up. Some US states have very little if any sales tax to add to their prices. The UK prices are simply a rip-off.
I am in the lucky position of visiting the USA regularly and would have the opportunity to buy there if required, but I resent being "milked" in the UK.
Nobody in their right mind would buy a 60D at full price with the 7D less than £100 more in the shops. Yes the 60D will come down in price- it will have to when Canon and the dealers realise nobody is buying them!
The camera itself seems to be more in the xxxD consumer mould than the xxD "prosumer" bracket. The smaller, lighter plastic body all shout "budget" to me. The gimmicks of flip-out LCD, in-camera editing and special effects all point to it being targeted at the section of the market that is impressed by such froth, rather than the serious photographer who is mainly concerned with image quality and ruggedness.
Yet, Canon have released it at a price that is closer to its professional-grade big brother the 7D. A consumer-styled camera at a professional price?! In the midst of the deepest world economic depression since WWII?
Yes. the price will drop and all the suppliers will be shouting about saving $/£400 when it hits a sensible price, but wouldn't it have been better to release at a sensible price in the first place and actually make some sales?
At one point | toyed with the idea of skipping a generation (the 50D) and possibly trading in my 40D for the 50D's successor. There is no way I would change my 40D for this camera as I feel it would be an expensive retrograde step. I have no need for the video functions.
Based on this release I am sure the 5D3 will be priced at silly money when it comes out but will fall, too, just as the 5D2 did. I may just end up getting a reconditioned 5D2 until the 5D3 reaches a sensible price.
As I understand it, the 5D3 was due out in a year (autumn 2011) but there have been lots of rumours of this being moved up to the end of this year. If Photokina doesn't produce the goods I may have a long wait