In line with most Canon products, I've noticed that the price of the 1Ds 3 has recently risen, and quite markedly so.
Just a few weeks ago they were available for approx £4,400, and now the cheapest price I can find is £4,999 (the next cheapest being £5,290) .
The 1Ds' price fluctuations:
Also see: http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod580.html
Then, today I was reading the UK magazine 'Professional Photographer' and written in it is that Canon have actually increased the RRP by £1,730 from £5,999 to £7,729(!!). The reason being the Yen's strength against the Euro and the GBP.
I'm already the happy owner of a 1Ds 3 so it won't affect me, but I certainly wouldn't have paid anything near £7,729 for the camera.
The price of the Nikon D3X seemed utterly absurd when it was released, but even that is available for £5,199 now. It was rumoured than Canon ran the 1Ds 2 at a HUGE profit for a number of years due to a relative lack of competition from Nikon, but that is no longer the situation.
Have Canon dropped the ball here? Should the 1Ds 3 be run as a loss leader to dampen Nikon's flames?
Would you buy a 1Ds 3 @ £7,729 (or $11,000 USD)?! Am I the only person to think that this is utterly bonkers?