Canon Inc. just fired more than 1000 workers in Japan. They’re blaming the economic crisis, of course, but that’s just because it’s cool and hip to do so these days. Everyone seems to be doing it, they probably think, so why not us? I mean, we’ve got photographers everywhere, most of which are amateurs, producing worthless images and then go on to blame the economic crisis when nobody wants to hire them. How fucked up is that? I swear to God I’m going to wake up one of these days and read in the morning newspaper about Seinfeld blaming his poor career on the economic crisis as well.
The real reason for firing 1000 workers in Japan is simply low demand for our products, requiring us to scale back. Plus, most of the bastards who brought us the black dots from hell got fired too. They’re still trying to find out who else was responsible, and then we’ll kick them out too.
Since the black dot problem with the 5D Mark II became known, I’ve been getting calls from dealers who mentioned seeing an abnormally high cancellation rate of 5D Mark II pre-orders. So I just told them it’s probably due to the global economic crisis and they seemed to buy it. It’s just incredible how this works. They didn’t even ask any questions! Just yesterday a friend of mine called and mentioned how his wife caught him in bed a few days ago with another woman, and he just went “honey, the global economic crisis…” and she just seemed to understand and it was as if nothing happened. I’m telling you, it works like magic. I started thinking to myself that if we just had the 1D3 autofocus issues around this time, I could have just blamed it all on the economic crisis. It’d be somewhat like this:
Galbraith: Hey Chuck, the 1D Mark III doesn’t focus very well in AI-Servo mode in bright light. Look at all this data I gathered here.
Me: Well Rob, it’s just this global economic crisis that’s currently going on, it’s affecting everything negatively.
Galbraith: Yeah.. right, I noticed. Well, thanks for listening. I guess the camera is perfectly fine then.
Me: No problem, glad to help.
Just imagine all of the trouble this would have saved us. Luckily, the 5D Mark II black dot issue is able to benefit from this.
Speaking of the black dot issue, our engineers still don’t seem to be able to find out what is causing it, but it’s clear that even pre-production 5D2 bodies had the problem. For example, the videos and stills shot by Vincent Laforet have black dots in them, just look at this sample (lights on the right). There’s also this thread on DPReview containing more information. It’s a post production nightmare to fix this in movies taken with the 5D2. After so many issues with our latest products, even I am beginning to wonder if the move from film to digital was a good one. Maybe we should all have stuck to shooting film, just like Hitler and Stalin.
Just think about it, probably 90% of all the issues we’re having right now is because we’ve gone digital. If we still shot film, do you think Galbraith would have been pixel peeping and notice the slightly out of focus shots of the 1D Mark III? Heck no! If we shot film, do you think Phil Askey would have been able to pixel peep and see the difference between the 40D and 50D image quality? Heck no! If we shot film, do you think all of those pixel peepers on DPReview would have been able to see the tiny black dots in the 5D Mark II images? Heck no!! If we shot film, do you think people would be pixel peeping and notice their L lenses are slightly back or front focusing? Heck no!! And if you’re asking why not, I talked about this in a previous Tech Tips post. Back in the film days, almost nobody could pixel peep. People just used their equipment to take pictures, and sent the film to a camera store to get it developed. And all they ever saw was a small print that would look sharp enough. God I miss those days…
Anyway, my Tech Tips for december have been published over at The Digital Journalist. Check them out.