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Do u really think that they know how much to price the EOS 1Ds & Kodak DC14? They all price it and then hope to see what the sales figures end up being!
Really? I wish it were all that simple. When you have blown millions on R&D and production setups, part of an ordinary prudent man of business' actions would be to do market research, to get an active team of experts together to try to determine the best pricing point with regards to the competition and what the market will tolerate. As well as maximising profits, not necessarily the same as maximising sales. Of course they don't always get it right, it's far from an exact science, but they do make far more of an effort than you are suggesting,
The shortage of cameras is typical. The EOS1D was very very thin on the ground when it first came out. I know of several Canon users at the World Cup who did not receive their second 1Ds in time for that event. The Nikon D1 was thin on the ground for ages. As was the D1x and the D1h.
Probably because of another market factor. Demand is strongest when a product is first introduced. An ordinary prudent man of business also doesn't go about keeping his new technological marvel under wraps just so that he can stockpile 50 million units so he can meet initial demand. He decides to ship units for sale when he has a reasonable quantity and then keeps the production line running to continue output.
Besides telling me to buy the (85mm?) tilt and shift lens,
Using Nikon and Canon has you confused.
he was also telling me about the foresight of his Japanese CEO etc. in implementing the EOS system in the 80s.
Firstly, that's debatable. But I won't go into that, point conceded. Secondly, he would say that wouldn't he?
It was the equivalent of aircraft fly-by-wire technology but airplane enthusiasts can take it up with me another day.
Like Nikon messed about with autofocus with the F3AF. Like Nikon messed about with Vibration Reduction in their P&S a year before Canon produced an IS lens. Like Nikon came up with a truly viable digital SLR 2 and a bit years before Canon came out with theirs. Which in digital terms, is an absolute age.
I wonder if the Nikon CEO wouldn't also say it was great foresight implementing the F mount back in 1959 or whenever it was implemented. Somehow it wouldn't surprise me if he did.
Show us the numbers.
I have done. I have thrown UK and European numbers (the latter to a lesser extent), I have seen the Singapore and US figures referred to by people before you. In fact I think I brought in the US figures, so I am considering both sides.
On the other hand, I'm waiting for figures from you. I'm seeing opinions from a Canon President, and conjecture on production costs which in all honesty no one really can quantify (I don't deny that you're probably right, but you're not giving figures strictly speaking either).