Canon 5D Mark II Accessories = Price Gouging?

I noticed that Canon put up the retail prices for the Canon 5D Mark II accessories.  Holy smokes!  I had to double check to make sure I wasn’t on the Canon Australia website.  Sure enough though, it’s US dollars.

Check these out:

  • Battery Charger LC-E6 – $80 (it’s a freaking battery!)
  • Battery Pack LP-E6 – $100 (are you kidding me?)
  • Battery Grip BG-E6 – $380 (the current price of a Rebel XT)
  • Car Battery Charger CBC-E6 – $270 (isn’t this just a battery charger with a different cable?)

I’m a big fan of battery grips, but come on . . . $380!?!  Granted these are retail prices, but these are still off the charts for retail.

I suppose Canon is making the most out of that attractive price point for the 5D Mark II body.  Well, maybe we’re just a couple days or so away from when you can put all these fancy accessories on your new 5D Mark II.

Who’s going to get in line for these accessories?  Which ones are must-haves?