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Dear Canon.

Henchard

Hi I'm your typical 'grumpy old git' who takes the odd snap now and again. Don't come here much and really don't give a 'monkey's' about what camera you have or don't have or whether you like or dislike my photos.

On the other hand if you want to say hi and chat about photographs please do!

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Dear Canon.

13 Jan 2009 7:55AM   Views : 10784 Unique : 664

Dear Canon,

you've just reported poor sales.

Canon Inc.’s 2008 holiday sales were “disappointing” and the world’s largest maker of digital cameras expects 2009 to be its “worst year,” Chairman Fujio Mitarai said, according to a Reuters report.

“This year must be the worst” for camera sales and the economy, Mitarai said, speaking in Seoul, South Korea, according to the report. Mitarai is also chairman of Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby.


Of course sales are disappointing. Who wants to buy an overpriced 50D that produces noise? Who wants to buy a 1D Mark III that can’t focus properly? Who wants to buy a G10 that produces noise? Who wants to buy a 5D Mark II with black dots, white dots, red dots, banding, blurry images, creaking CF doors, a viewfinder blackout that could make you miss the entire space shuttle launch and an autofocus system that dates back to the middle ages?

So you 'mitigated' (not rectified) some of the issues you had with the 5D Mark II recently. Quite how a camera with such issues got released is a sad reflection of how bad things have got. But then again QC at Canon does not seem to have a high priority (some people have reported trying several copies of a lens to find a sharp one). People are still complaining about other 5DII issues such as stuck/hot pixels, creaking CF doors, Err 20 and 30, slow and inaccurate autofocus, exposure problems when using the 580 EX II flash and blurry images. And speaking of blurry images, it looks like Japan was trying to get away with enabling noise reduction by default in DPP to make images appear to have less noise:

I guess that’s one way of “improving” the image quality of the 50D and 5D Mark II. Oh yea and this comparison isn't too flattering either.

As a Canon user myself I was waiting for the 5DII but won't be buying one now. What I want is 'better pixels' not necessarily more. If the 5DII had had about 18MP, full weather sealing and a state of the art autofocus system (and no on board video) for a list price of about £1500 it would have been the killer prosumer camera.

Oh and why I'm moaning can we have a really good, sharp wide angle lens because Canon don't make one.

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