Canon EOS 650D having… chemical dilemma!?
dpreview.com|Uh-oh! Watch out for some… chemicals!
dpreview.com TELLS IT ALL!
Canon has issued a warning to owners of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i that the rubber hand-grips of some models may turn white, and produce a chemical that can cause an allergic reaction. According to Canon, the chemical, zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), is not used in the production of the camera but is a potential by-product of a chemical reaction between other substances found in the hand-grip. Canon has identified a certain number of cameras where a larger than normal amount of ‘rubber accelerator’ was used in the production of this component, which could potentially cause this chemical reaction.
According to Canon USA, ‘some EOS 650D/Rebel T4i cameras’ manufactured between May 31st and June 15th ‘may be affected’ by this chemical reaction, which causes the hand-grips of the cameras to turn white. Zinc bis, the substance produced by the chemical reaction, may cause an allergic reaction in some people, and ‘as a precautionary measure’ Canon advises owners of affected cameras to ‘thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip’.
Duh! This is not new to me, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III suffered a certain light leak. Oh noes, do you think this is the end of Canon’s “magic”? I hope NOT!
Wikipedia|Light leaking example
Seriously, like Canon 5D Mark III’s mishap would be, “LOMO-fication”?
I know every technology has its own mishaps, but light leaking on a respected camera model and some chemical reactions on a simple rubber grip for the latest model would only make Canon’s reputation tainted. There’s nothing really good in making one mishap to make your loyal fans burn their money for your “profit.”
Japanese Inconsistency (not again! Whoopsie!)
If you think that Japan is perfection to all of you, I might prove you wrong. Look what happened to Tekken, after Namco made some excuses and inconsistencies. Look what happened after Itagaki Tomonobu was kicked out because of scandals (please include the time when he did not embrace the PS3 for his games… all he wants is the Xbox!). Also, please include the Toyota thing (anyways, Toyota is still one of the best brands, undeniably true — it learns from its mistakes). I’m afraid, Canon is next in line with all these “mishaps.” Look where is the 24-70mm L lens Mark II and the 1Dx? Delayed after their announcement dates! Now I know why after Koizumi’s rule as Japanese PM, his successors could no longer stand it and simply resigned immediately — like what I have written before, the Japanese pioneered the art of balancing. However, their consistency is questionable. Companies would rather become nalipasan because they lost their magic. Olympus, Sony… and the old ones (Aiwa, anyone?), they’re no longer existing.
However, I still love the Land of the Rising Sun, though! At least for them, they believe that there’s always room for improvement.
Believe it or not — Offshoring isn’t good!
When Sony, Canon, Olympus… and other Japanese firms were not yet offshoring to China, the magic was there. They were the top giant gadget companies during their time, but when they offshore to China, there were inconsistencies that happened.
Labor costs in Japan are damn costly, and that’s undeniably true, as a matter of fact. Yet when thinking about manufacturing goods in a country with a very high labor cost, you’ll safely say that their products are really GOOD. Leica, Zeiss… and any German firms — every technology that is Made in Germany usually gets the highest form of respect; it earns a very good reputation for its durability. Scandinavian companies such as Phase One, Hasselblad and the like have a reputation that could par with German technology — no wonder cost of living in Europe (European Union included!) is very high, unless you’re going East.
Offshoring may be helpful and beneficial, but it certainly isn’t proper at all. Imagine your Apple products are really produced and assembled in the United States — see? You’re really going to smile when I say this, but please take note that the Mac computer’s prices, however in that case, might have the same price with a single vehicle. I’m not kidding on this, if a typical MacBook Pro costs USD 1,000+, it might rise to USD 2,000+ or worse, USD 5,000. In that case, iPods might cost like USD 800+. I ain’t an economics expert, but usually, manufacturers do not set the price. It is either the government or the seller who will dictate the price, whether they would implement tax on it or not.
If you’re going to ask why offshoring exists, and occurs, is because of labor cost issues. It would have been better if Filipino mobile phone companies would set up factories in the Philippines, but they had no choice but to offshore it in China, which is bad news to everyone. If only governments support technologies in the Philippines, then better! Maybe Cherry Mobile, myPhone and Torque would not only be regional but global! That would be good news if that happens.
China may be a place for offshoring, but please take note that there’s Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines as other countries to set up those factories. At least their quality is better (no biases intended) and of course… quality-oriented. After all, offshoring might not be a bad word at all!
Canon’s offshore to Taiwan
Taiwan is like the “Japan” of the Sinosphere (please, don’t take this against me!) — Asus, Acer are going global, too! However, despite controversies surrounding Japan-Taiwan relations (oh, discrimination against Japanese in Taiwan, and discrimination against Taiwanese in Japan, as Takeshi Kaneshiro and Sadaharu Oh!), you can’t blame what ever happened to history! Taiwan was occupied by Japan before… so maybe there are haunted memories still staining Taiwan… but please take note of Amuro Namie’s visit there!
I believe Canon insisted to move part of its factories to Taiwan to continue the making of some lenses and cameras there… and the first camera to be manufactured in Taiwan is no other than the Canon EOS 1100D. The Canon EOS 650D is manufactured there, yet this “chemical dilemma” should not be blamed to a certain country of manufacture. That isn’t right! I believe Canon is doing something dubious to create another issue and make excuses — again!
You can’t blame Canon for its entrance to err… ending up like the other companies I’ve mentioned. I hope it doesn’t end up that way, though.