Check this out: Canon’s Mitarai Calls Holiday Sales, Outlook Weak, Reuters Says
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Canon Inc.’s 2008 holiday sales were “disappointing” and the world’s largest maker of digital cameras expects 2009 to be its “worst year,” Chairman Fujio Mitarai said, according to a Reuters report.
“This year must be the worst” for camera sales and the economy, Mitarai said, speaking in Seoul, South Korea, according to the report. Mitarai is also chairman of Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby.
Ofcourse the 2008 holiday sales were disappointing, you stupid moron!! Who the fuck wants to buy an overpriced 50D that produces noise? Who wants to buy a 1D Mark III that can’t focus properly? Who wants to buy a G10 that produces noise? Who wants to buy a 5D Mark II with black dots, white dots, red dots, banding, blurry images, creaking CF doors, a viewfinder blackout that could make you miss the entire space shuttle launch and an autofocus system that dates back to the middle ages?
And you know what? While Canon Inc. are pretending like they’re suffering because of the economy and making us all look like fools, at Nikon they are actually increasing their prices!! How fucked up is that shit? Just to put it in perspective:
Now, if you’re like me, and I know I am, your blood is probably starting to boil at this very moment. We can’t even seem to produce enough 5D Mark II’s on time to sell to all those suckers who DO want to buy our crap!! For God’s sake!! Do we want to sell or what?!
I’m just so angry and frustrated right now. Seriously, this year is going to be very tough on me, I can see it coming. It didn’t have to be this way. This is all thanks to that group of old men sitting in Canon’s top management who should have retired a long time ago. By now they’re probably running the company from an old people’s home in Japan while playing checkers the whole day. And it doesn’t look like they’re going to retire anytime soon, not with the current issues in Japan:
The number of elderly people who killed themselves rose 9% from a year earlier as Japan grapples with a rapidly aging society and rising poverty among pensioners.
People aged over 60 made up the biggest individual group of victims, rising to a record high of 36.6% of the total, the agency said.
More than half the elderly suicides were connected with ill-health, but a sizeable number were due to financial pressures, the report said.
Yep, looks like they’re going to ride their management position out as long as possible.
So at least we fixed some of the issues we had with the 5D Mark II recently, but I still am getting quite a lot of emails about issues such as stuck/hot pixels, creaking CF doors, Err 20 and 30, slow and inaccurate autofocus, exposure problems when using the 580 EX II flash and blurry images. And speaking of blurry images, it looks like Japan was trying to get away with enabling noise reduction by default in DPP to make images appear to have less noise:
Caution with Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.5.1 update, released December 21, 2008. The update introduced a disturbing side effect: detail-blurring noise reduction is enabled inappropriately, at least on two of my systems, and there is no warning from the software. This is the Mac OS X version; reader Timothy S confirms the same problem and fix for Windows.
DPP 3.5.1 defaults to Apply Camera Settings for noise reduction, or at least it did on two of my systems (Macs). The problem is that even with all noise reduction in the camera turned off, noise reduction is enabled at level 2 for RAW files, even at ISO 50 and ISO 100!
I guess that’s one way of “improving” the image quality of the 50D and 5D Mark II.
On top of that, readers wrote in to me complaining about a recent test published by Nikon whore Ken Rockwell, where he compares the sharpness of the 5D Mark II to the D3x. Yes, this is the same Ken Rockwell who said he would not buy a D3x and called for a Nikon boycott. A reader likely sent in his D3x to Rockwell so he could review it.
But anyway, when I saw that test, my initial conclusion was that Rockwell clearly can’t properly use a camera. Obviously Rockwell was handholding the 5D Mark II while he took that shot during what must have been a windy day, resulting in the blurry trees in the picture. Nice try Rockwell, but you can’t fool everyone. And to think that the 5D Mark II sensor is better than the one in the 1Ds Mark III. So if the 5D Mark II image quality is as bad as Rockwell wants us to believe, then what does that tell us about the 1Ds Mark III image quality compared to the D3x? Actually, on second thought, let’s not discuss that right now.
I need to go over some preparations for the launch of our next 1D body in a few months and I want to try to be optimistic while I do that. Oh, and I also updated my previous post with an actual screenshot of Galbraith’s website.