Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17934926
not really a complaint, just an observation. The likelyhood of me ever owning a 1D X MkII is very close to zero, but it is surprising that the transmitter costs so much, there are plenty of wifi devices that operate on the 5ghz band and are a hundred bucks or less.
My 6D, while obviously on a whole 'nother level, is 2.4ghz but still supports the newer 802.11x transfer standards, which is what determines speed, not the ghz.
It costs that much because there is no competitive alternative for that specific purpose. Look at every other wireless camera solution for every brand out there and they're all slow as mollases until you get into the $$$$ high end drone live view remotes. Until then, you might want to incorporate this into your observation. My 6D sucks for wireless tethering, as do my friends' A7 cameras as well; all of them require some form of jpeg for usable tether speeds to my knowledge. 5ghz just means less interference, in effect faster speeds because of less interference from other 2.4 Ghz devices saturating the air. If the 6D is 802.11ac, it sure doesn't act like it. Transfer speeds are slow even on JPEG, unless there's some setting I'm missing somewhere.
Basically, you're not paying for the cost of components, but rather the implementation. If no competing implementations are ever truly on par for speed, there exists no reason to lower the price of the item. Those who truly need RAW wireless tethering will have to pay the asking price until competition exists.