Roger Caris wrote in post #10462528
It is a tragedy that Canon’s marketing department became the dominant force in the recent development of its prosumer cameras, namely the 5D2 and 50D. File sizes and video facilities were developed when the pressing need was to upstage Nikon’s D700. I fully expect this trend to continue if ever this 60D comes out. The same thing will happen with the 5D3.
Like you said, the 5DII wasn't so much trying to upstage the D700 as it was just not competing with it in any way, shape, or form. In terms of AF spec, frame rate, weather sealing, etc. it's not even close, while in megapixels it's way ahead. They're basically 2 completely different designs for different target audiences, with the only major commonality being the FF sensor. I'd rather have Canon make their own D700-like body, but Canon have other plans. A Canon equivalent of the D700 (EF mount, FF sensor, medium res, pro-level AF, weather sealing) would be a camera that would satisfy me and a lot of other shooters for a very, very long time, which is probably why they won't put one out.
The marketing department is appealing to people who are obsessed with numbers and facilities. In a similar way the development of mobile phones has travelled along this route. Another example is how Adobe’s Lightroom started off very well but as it evolved it attempted to become all things to all men.
Eh? I think Lightroom v2 is much better than v1, and LR3 looks to improve on that further still. There's nothing about Lightroom to me that smacks of playing the numbers/specs game, rather I consider the progression to be that of genuine improvement and refinement.
On mobile phones to a certain extent there's an obsession with bigger numbers just like with most tech gadgets, but there's a lot of room to grow and the latest releases (iPhone 4, HTC Evo 4G, Droid X) would have caused an absolute nerd-gasm if launched just a year ago but somehow already seem almost commonplace with how much potential there seems to be for further advancement (Motorola are already talking up a 2GHz CPU by year end). To me there's still plenty of headroom for mobile phones to improve, even with the rapid pace of development and the heights already reached, and it's not just numbers but real improvements in performance.