I just got off the phone from a conference call with Canon Inc. in Japan and Canon in the UK, and we had a very heated argument. The F-word was used quite often, and if you’ve never heard the Japanese curse, trust me, you don’t ever want to. I’m still sweating like a race horse right now. Heads are going to roll this week, I can assure you that.
The problem we discussed the most was the pictures taken with a 5D Mark II by pro wedding photographer Damien Lovegrove. Someone at Canon UK seemed to have allowed him to post those pictures on his blog, and the quality of the pictures is quite awful. Needless to say, it definitely does not show what the 5D Mark II is capable of. Almost all the pictures are out of focus or soft. He’s currently subject of a serious bashing over on DPReview and what is concerning us is that the 5D Mark II is being dragged along into the bashing with him. This is very bad publicity for us. The UK marketing team is going to have a rough week and some aren’t going to make it. I’m just happy I’m not the person at Canon UK who asked this “pro” to demonstrate the 5D2. He’s already clearing his desk and packing his things as I type this.
We definitely do NOT need these kinds of issues right now, especially after the 1D Mark III debacle Galbraith created and everyone attacking our autofocus system these days like it’s some kind of new sport.