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Canon to revive shelved Nagasaki camera plant plan

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TOKYO, June 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s Canon Inc said on Friday it has decided to revive a shelved plan to build a $180 million digital camera factory in Nagasaki, southern Japan, on solid demand for digital single-lens reflex cameras.

Details on the timing of the plant’s start-up and any changes in the investment will be announced later in the day, a Canon spokesman said.

The plant, to make both digital compacts and digital single-lens reflex cameras, was originally to have an annual production capacity of 4 million cameras.

(Reporting by Mayumi Negishi)

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10 responses to “Canon to revive shelved Nagasaki camera plant plan”

  1. This sounds like good news.

    Aparently their reduction in revenues is not related to the digital camera division.

  2. As a Canon shooter and fan, let’s hope this facility features a QC Department.

  3. Sales of DSLR’s have been reported as strong. Laid-off workers think they can buy a “Professional” Canon Rebel and go into business as a photographer. I see this happening very frequently now. Of course, very few will manage to avoid losing their shirts, but sales are strong, so thats good news. Prices also seem to be good on used equipment as well.

    I am selling some of my seldom used lenses on Craigslist and three people in less than a week said they were picking up a new XS or XSI and wanted to buy lenses for their new camera. None of them really knew what they wanted, just upgrading from point & shoot to get professional quality photos. Most will have focusing issues, where a point & shoot has a huge depth of field and is very forgiving, not so with a DSLR, in fact, a lady called last night, getting out of focus photos with her new DSLR and two new lenses bought with it, so she was looking for better lenses. I explained that she will need to learn to focus again because its more critical with a DSLR. People think that it will be easier.

  4. Ed,

    Yes, you are absolutely correct. I’ve had several friends who bought a SLR and later called me wondering why their photos didn’t look as good on the new camera. Since most point and shoots have a f2 lens and SLR kit lenses are 3.5/5.6, I have to explain repeatedly how the loss of several stops cause people to need more light than before. This then leads to a discussion about ISO and shutter speed and then flash. I’ve actually made a worksheet in order to help speed the process along after all the discussions I’ve had about this.

    Needless to say, it’s more than people think it’s going to involve and they typically end up either letting their gear collect dust or end up turning out great shots after a few hundred horrible ones.

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