The Empire Strikes Back

Man I’m so tired. The last couple of months have just been soo hectic. There’s so much exciting stuff going on here at Canon, and I  have to tell you I’m starting to really enjoy my work again. Many of you loyal readers will undoubtedly still remember how depressed I was during most of 2009 and 2010. I even developed a drinking problem and started doing drugs. I got hospitalized a couple of times, got into rehab, and really put my family through hell.

But starting in early 2011 things began to change. It seemed like all the feedback we’ve been giving Japan in the previous years started to bring some positive change. Many of you wrote in to ask why I wasn’t updating the blog back then. Well the answer is that 1) I was busy and 2) I honestly had nothing to write about. Especially point 2 is going to be a huge problem from now on. Seeing how Canon Inc. were doing their best to listen to the feedback we were giving them during the development of the 1DX and other new models, I just couldn’t continue to give them hell on my blog like I used to. It just wouldn’t be fair. I wanted to write about the positive developments, but obviously I can’t discuss unannounced camera models here on my blog, and also, I didn’t want to get too optimistic too soon. I’ve done that in the past and got burned. It seemed like Canon Inc. were listening, but you never really know until the official announcement is made and everything is pretty much set in stone. So all I could do at the time was make cryptic remarks about exciting times coming to EOS.

When the 1DX was finally announced last year, it was a very emotional moment for me. All the hard work and all the effort we put into making Canon Inc. realize what we wanted paid off in the end. And it’s not just me, but it’s all of you. All the photographers who weren’t afraid and told Canon what they wanted, what sucked, what needed improvement, all of you who supported this blog and left comments with your experiences, all of that helped. Japan took notice.

After the press release for the 1DX went out, I went into my office with tears in my eyes, sat down behind my desk and just cried for 15 minutes. It felt really good, I felt happy. Adachi came into my office moments later and hugged me, and it was clear to both of us that we were heading for a much brighter future with Canon.

Just a few months after that we announced the C300 and I was just ecstatic. The entire industry shook on top of its foundations when the C300 and 1D C were announced. Of course we also had Vincent Laforet, eternal peace and blessings be upon him, with a great new video to show off the C300 too. It was awesome.

Vincent Laforet, peace be with Him

Vincent Laforet, peace be with Him, got his hair done by a professional hair stylist before the C300 launch. Thanks to Philip Bloom for bringing this to our attention.

Philip Bloom has a review of the C300 on Vimeo:

It was immediately clear to everyone that Canon was making a major come back. And we’re going to fucking trash everything out there in the coming months. Remember when I wrote this:

Nikon’s apparent decision to start fucking up really is coming at a bad time. Because here at Canon Inc. we’ve had a couple of months now, okay years actually, to regroup our efforts, and shit are going to happen for Nikon, that much I can tell you. Ever since the release of the D3 Nikon has given us blow after blow, and we haven’t been quite able to answer back. I mentioned in a previous post how the release of the D7000 was like the attack on Pearl Harbor to us, taking out both our 60D and 7D at the  same time – a rather serious offence. And if you saw the movie “Pearl Harbor”, you can maybe remember the scene with the Japanese general after they attacked Pearl Harbor, when he mentioned that “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” He might also have said “Gentlemen, we have just kicked a rabid dog.” Nikon has either awoken a sleeping giant, or they have kicked a rabid dog, but either way, all I know is that we’re going to fucking own them! Make no mistake about it, Canon Inc. is at war. This is no time for Nikon to be screwing around. Trust me on this.

Well my friends, the sleeping giant has awoken. Not only are we going to fucking own Nikon and Sony, but even RED got owned. RED’s timing to start fucking up with the announcement of the Scarlet-X was pretty terrible. I laughed my ass off when Jannard couldn’t even properly announce the Scarlet-X. This is what happens when a bunch of amateurs think they can go up against Canon Inc. The Scarlet-X was announced 3 years ago for about $3000, has been fucking vaporware ever since, and now all of a sudden you’ll have to pay $14000 for a complete Scarlet-X, and get this >>> if you can actually buy one. Good luck with that. If you get one, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the quality of their forever in beta software too LMAO. But seriously, the C300 has the best image quality and overall features. And remember, the C300 is basically a version 1.0 product and a pretty incredible one at that. The shit is really going to hit the fan for RED when the C300 Mark II hits the market in the future. Not to mention the 1D C.

You absolutely, most certainly, fucking can - Canon

You absolutely, most certainly, fucking can - Canon

And Nikon? LMFAO. Nikon can’t possibly hope to compete. The entire EOS ecosystem is fucking unparalleled in this industry. Make no mistake about it, the sleeping giant is awake. What you guys have witnessed in the last few months is the empire striking back in a very big way.

Remember when I said the following:

Everyone has been busy praising Nikon and Sony in the last few months, either for their outstanding sensors or their recent innovations. But it seems that everyone ignores the fact that Nikon and Sony have only now gotten to a point with their sensors where Canon Inc. had been over 3 years ago! The image quality on the D7000 and the Sony A580 have just recently caught up with the image quality we had 3 years ago on our 40D! The image quality on the D700 that everyone is raving about, existed almost 3 years earlier on the original EOS 5D. Yeah that’s right, fucking recognize! It took Nikon and Sony 3 years to catch up. Imagine where we are now. Yeah sure, we fucked up with our latest sensors, I’ll give you that, but this doesn’t mean we didn’t innovate. We still have our 3 year lead, I promise you, and you’re going to find out about it soon! Y’all better prepare for penetration!

Nikon, Sony and RED had better start stocking up on personal lube.

But don’t take my word for it, you can already see what’s happening with the G1X. Check out what DXO Mark had to say about the G1X, it fucking slaughtered the competition!

The Powershot G1X Fucking Rocks

The Powershot G1X Fucking Rocks

The G1X even fucking owns the Nikon 1!!!

The Powershot G1X Fucking Rocks

The Powershot G1X Fucking Rocks

You can see why DXO Mark would call the Powershot G1X the best compact camera ever made. The way it completely trashes the other competing models is just ridiculous. In fact, I’m surprised this is even legal.

It wasn’t so long ago when Nikon was the one on top in DXO Mark benchmarks. In fact, Nikon has been consistently on top in the last 3-4 years:

I know what you’re saying right now, yes I’ve gotten the emails, “but Chuck, these people at DXOMark are saying the Nikon sensors are all better compared to Canon sensors in the same category.” Go ahead and believe those morons at DxO Labs if you want to. Who are you going to believe? A bunch of ganja smoking Europeans who don’t have anything to do and slapped up a website with some “data” to kill some time, or your own eyes? And get this, according to them the Nikon D90 has a better sensor compared to the Canon EOS 5D? Daat’s riiight, mon! When you ees high, ewrytheeng ees possybal!

As you can see I wasn’t quite happy with the results from DxO Labs back then, but obviously now that Canon is ahead in the benchmarks, this no doubt means that their data got a lot more accurate over the years. This shows improvement, and I like that.

But there’s one downside to all of this.

With all of these very positive developments, Canon Inc. is taking the wind out of my sails here on this blog. If they don’t fuck up anymore, what the hell am I going to write about? I may even have to start thinking about shutting down this blog.

Because trust me, you’ve seen nothing yet. The last few releases have just been the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more coming to EOS in the following months. Obviously we’ve got the 5DX coming soon, but there’s still more in the pipeline. Our ancient flash system is screaming for a replacement. We’ve got some absolutely killer new lenses coming up. Moses recently wrote about the 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye lens, which those morons at PDN thought wasn’t that great. But we’ve got the 200-400 f/4L 1.4x coming up as well, which is at least as fucking awesome and innovative as the 8-15mm fisheye. If that lens doesn’t win the PDN Gear of the Year award there’s no hope left anymore for anyone at PDN.

So what do you guys think? Personally, I think it’s time for a good cup of cappuccino.

33 thoughts on “The Empire Strikes Back

  1. Chuck,, are you ok?? I think your days have been a little to hard on your mind!! We both know if the new can not x body can focus correctly it will be by chance only!!! The only good news from the company is the president stepped down!!!! That really may help… Get the lead out of the top!!!! Then maybe you can make a camera that works!!! The new movie camera ,, is just to PRICY !!! And Sony is kicking your rear in best bang for the buck dept. My new Nikon is really just 5 years ahead on your best performer in ISO,, FOCUS SPEED , LACK OF SEEKING during focus and EXPOSURE on the money results. The x is out of focus vapor. But chuck,, please get some rest. MAY BE just maybe , your smart designers can do there magic in the future ,.. IT JUST IS can not right now . Lets hope for better …

  2. Dunno, Chuck. You’ve been the voice of reason for so long….it saddens me to watch you drink the kool aid! Canon simply isn’t moving o where the puck will be. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for photographers…but Canon is low on my list even with all the lenses I own. A working 5D3 and a better 7D2 are too late, too expensive, and too yesterday.

      • Really?
        What about m4/3 or Nikon v1/j1 you was bragging about?
        By the way g1 x beat j1 only marginally – by 4 points having 1.5 times bigger sensor. Canon sucks big time.
        How about comparison with Fujifilm FinePix X100? Or is it wrong (to scary) to compare?
        I have better idea. Lets see if canon managed to reach in 2012 what sony offered, lets say, in year 2005. Guesed what I’m talking about? DSC-R1 !
        Let see how long that giant of yours had slept.
        Bigger sensor, brighter lens, AF speed that scared pants out of you (by you own words, by the way) six years ago.

      • When the G1x wins from a m4/3 that’s an accomplishment. The other way around shouldn’t be a surprise. That’s the difference.
        The x100 is also in a whole other category man. However, I agree about the DSC-R1, that camera fucking rocked. Rocked, i tell you!!

      • Looool Chucky Boy, you really made my day with this comment: “You should not compare a compact with a hybrid”, well provided that the mirrorless canon system to come this year will be quite similar to the G1X (G1X is a test run for a mirrorless Canon in other words), then it is not wrong at all to compare the G1X with Sonys precious diamond NEX-5N. By the way I promised to buy my wife a new camera compact or mirrorless as a Christmas present and as a replacement for her G9. Now as all major companies presented their cams I really have to admit it will be a Sony NEX-7 as it has the best IQ and a lot of cool features. So and this year I would like to replace my 1DS mk III as I am finally pissed of by the sensor dust problem which is extreme with this cam (very nice IQ but that sensor dust pisses me offffff!!!! arrrrghhhhhhhh). Did you built in a sensor dust collector ???????? Hopefully the new 1DX wiwill be better in that department.

      • Guenther can’t argue with your there. The Sony NEX-5N is great. The G1X is not an answer to that. The G1X is a compact and fucking annihilated everything in its class. Keep in mind that the G1X has a CMOS sensor using the older 7D sensor tech, which was enough to fucking slaughter the competition in this category. For the Sony NEX-5N, we’ll have a different answer and a much newer sensor. It will fucking blow you away.

      • “When the G1x wins from a m4/3 that’s an accomplishment. The other way around shouldn’t be a surprise.”
        Winning from camera with smaller sensor and higher pixel density?
        Oh I’ve forgot we’re talking about canon. Than its indeed accomplishment.

        “That’s the difference. The x100 is also in a whole other category man.”
        Did you mean difference in beating weaker opponent as “accomplishment” and avoiding stronger one by laughable reasons?

        “However, I agree about the DSC-R1, that camera fucking rocked. Rocked, i tell you!!”
        And canon didn’t managed even to get close to it. “Empire strikes back” and hit somebody by accident.

      • Don’t be ridiculous.
        On another though that would be truly accomplishment and achievement worse of all those epithets about somebody awakening and striking somebody else. (But I expect if canon continue to “establish world innovations” and to “strike back” that indeed could happen, in revers. Somebody’s else compact could win over canons pro dslr.)
        I understand that the combo of koesey, marketing bs and rehab could brainwash you so that black become white and vice versa. But accomplishment is competing and wining against stronger opponent not avoiding them (even seven year old) at all costs and wining over knowingly weaker ones (and definitely not barely wining over much weaker like j1).
        What I didn’t expect is to read that I shouldn’t compare canon’s compact camera vs compact camera (especially good one). Perhaps I should expect that.
        P.S. I just got an idea. What if all you post is well hidden sarcasm of canon messing up everything as usual and how stupid I look convincing you in the very same thing in details.

  3. m4/3 cameras are hybrids, brah, and that’s what you were comparing the G1X to. Jeeze, you’re an ass when you’re manic.

  4. “Because trust me, you’ve seen nothing yet. The last few releases have just been the tip of the iceberg.”
    Let’s see: 1d x – camera for sport/wildlife photogs which doesn’t focus with f/8 lens (hand-twisting to force new long wighties?) and doesn’t have headphone jack. 🙂
    1g x – camera targeted for serious amateur or as backup beginning pro, screwing all the advantages of big sensor by not interchangeable f/5.8 lens and priced so it could compete and loose to everything from prosumer superzoom to mirroless of every brand including samsung.
    8-15L – zoom that actually is two focal length lens, loosing one stop to very lens it’s suppose to replace and doubling price. I knew many photogs who was very cautious considering fisheye lens due to limited use. Good luck convincing them to buy 8-15 at that price.
    200-400 x1.4. Tell me how long nikon sells its 200-400/4 lens? And the innovation of canons version is that I have to bought separate tc for lenses I already own and than one build to 200-400 and have to carry both of them?
    No, we didn’t see anything of that awaken giant at all.
    What we saw is that sony, nikon, m4/3 club and even samsung scared the giant to complete diarrhea and now it very slowly and coutiously (not to disturb the content of it’s pants) taking steps to WC.

    • Really the only ones who can scare us are Sony. The rest doesn’t matter. But we’ll have an answer for Sony very soon.

  5. It’s ok Chuck, we all understand… It’s been a hard winter and the voices in your head are starting to sound like real people. Maybe you’re in an old resort with just your cameras, wife, kid, and a non-existent bartender is telling you Canon is back…oh, and also to kill your wife and child…

    Please read these comments, load up the Suburban, and travel back to civilization. It’s all in your head. Once you have TV again and see the last episode of “House” again, you’ll realize the last few months was simply in your head. Nothing has even been released yet, the 5D Mk II is still our only choice and it still doesn’t auto-focus.

    BTW, no matter what that bartender says…don’t try to kill your wife and child…

  6. I liked it better when you weren’t owned by Canon. This is serious fanboi stuff.

    BTW – three new Canon lenses today… A 24-70mm without IS and two wides with IS. Perhaps the Jap brains have been rattled too much lately.

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