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There have been a lot of visceral posts from a couple of web sites that have either taken things out of context or clearly just want to appear relevant.
Yesterday I wrote about a lot of reports of long delays in the second allocation of the Canon EOS R5.
I also wrote:
New firmware is definitely coming, but will there be a hardware solution/recall too? It’s starting to feel that way. But let’s wait and see what Canon has to say about the issue and get further confirmation about the second allocation being delayed until November.
I regret using the word “recall”, but I did write it in a responsible way, as in we should wait for confirmation from Canon Inc. themselves.
Let’s be honest, this launch is quite unusual, and a 4-month delay (if true) between the first and second allocations is also unheard of. Maybe Canon planned it this way, or maybe there’s more to the story. We’re going to have to wait and see.
To those saying a “recall” would lead to a complete camera redesign are quite frankly ridiculous. The auto industry does recalls all the time, and you know what? They don’t redesign the entire car.
There are many reasons for hardware recalls. There could be an issue with a manufacturing process, there could be an issue with a third party part that wasn’t manufactured to specifications, there could be something simple like a material change. There are so many things that fall under the umbrella of a “recall”. The most famous recall that I can remember was on the EOS-1D Mark III when there were two recalls dedicated to autofocus. If I remember correctly, at least one was about hardware replacement and another was for hardware configuration. Shockingly, the whole camera wasn’t redesigned, and it didn’t take years to implement.
As reminded on the forum, there was also the EOS 5D Mark II recall that required a piece of black tape to block a light leak.
We then have also seen the report on Newsshooter (full disclosure, Mr. Allard, and I have the same disdain for each other). The report quotes Canon Australia.
These speculations are untrue. There is no recall. There are no delays in local shipment, with the first local pre-order consumers collecting their EOS R5 units from local retailers this week. Canon has been transparent about recording limits for the EOS R5 and is confident that the camera performs to stated specifications.
Anyone that has worked or dealt with PR knows that subsidiaries pretty much have a book of responses to questions from customers. No one at Canon Australia knows anything about the inner workings of Canon Inc. in Japan and the statement should be treated as such. Perhaps it will turn out to be true, but to claim this statement puts everything to rest is irresponsible writing.
I think we can safely say now, that the Canon EOS R5 does NOT perform to the stated specifications Canon has published.
This is the last I will report on this issue until we have a response directly from Canon Inc.
Be well and have a great weekend. Create lots!