The Canon 5D Mark II has just been the beneficiary of a nice price drop, putting its number below $2500 for the first time. (B&H throws in two excellent 4GB CF cards and a shoulder bag to further sweeten the deal.)
This is a strategic move on Canon's part, to try to suck a few more fence-sitters out of the camera market before February. Because if you put your ear to the ground, that rumbling you'll hear is a thundering herd of new Nikons just over the horizon. (Anybody Canon can entice with a 5D Mark II now will not be in the market for the D700 replacement a month from now, in case you're wondering how a price drop can be strategic.) What's coming? I don't know anything official—no non-disclosure agreement and nobody in the know has spilled any beans to me in private—but the rumors are that there'll be some major new high-level Nikons in the first couple of weeks of February, a D700s and a D800 and maybe an even bigger surprise. If you enjoy following new camera introductions, well...cue the theme music.
(Thanks to Gary)
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