Canon's chemical grip issue proves there is little oversight inChinese factories

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by RichA, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    For those who believe Japan is somehow magically monitoring all
    aspects of production of cameras.

    BBC:

    15 August 2012 Last updated at 14:22 GMT
    Canon recalls cameras over skin rash substance worry

    Canon is recalling some of its digital cameras after it emerged a
    chemical reaction involving the device's rubber grip could cause a
    skin rash.

    The EOS 650D range contains a substance which, when exposed to
    humidity, reacts to produce a substance known as "zinc bis".

    Zinc bis turns the camera's rubber grip white and in rare cases can
    cause irritation.

    Camera owners are being offered a free repair.

    Canon has warned people that contact with the affected cameras may
    cause an allergic reaction, such as a rash, on skin and as a
    precautionary measure users should wash their hands to prevent
    spreading the reaction to their eyes.

    It is understood that 68,200 cameras suffered the manufacturing
    glitch, although when asked by the BBC Canon would not confirm this
    number.

    "Canon has identified a quality issue on a limited number of EOS 650D
    units, which causes the exterior rubber grip used on the camera body
    to turn white after a period of time," the company said in a
    statement.

    "This issue does not affect image quality or camera performance in any
    way, however we are currently in the process of updating affected
    stock models before sale.

    "Any customers who may be affected are advised to visit Canon's
    customer support site, where further instructions regarding our repair
    procedure are provided."
    Batch checker

    The company said the faulty batch in question contained a "higher than
    usual" level of a substance used to "vulcanize" the rubber grip, a
    process which makes it harder and stronger.

    In certain conditions - such as when gripped by hot hands - the
    resulting chemical reaction produces zinc bis
    (dimethyldithiocarbamate).

    Canon would not confirm whether any customers had reported being
    adversely affected by the flaw.

    The EOS 650D - also known as Rebel T4i or Kiss X6i in other markets -
    was the first Canon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera to
    feature a touchscreen LCD screen.

    The recall covers some models that were mostly manufactured in June
    this year.

    The company has provided a simple tool which allows users to enter
    their camera's serial number and see if their device is in the
    affected batch.

    "We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been
    inconvenienced by this," the company added.

    "Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our
    customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make
    sure our customers use our products with confidence."
     
    RichA, Aug 16, 2012
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  2. RichA

    RichA Guest

    On Aug 16, 6:30 pm, Eric Stevens <> wrote:
    > On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:36:51 -0700 (PDT), RichA <>
    > wrote:
    >
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    > >For those who believe Japan is somehow magically monitoring all
    > >aspects of production of cameras.

    >
    > >BBC:

    >
    > > 15 August 2012 Last updated at 14:22 GMT
    > >Canon recalls cameras over skin rash substance worry

    >
    > >Canon is recalling some of its digital cameras after it emerged a
    > >chemical reaction involving the device's rubber grip could cause a
    > >skin rash.

    >
    > >The EOS 650D range contains a substance which, when exposed to
    > >humidity, reacts to produce a substance known as "zinc bis".

    >
    > >Zinc bis turns the camera's rubber grip white and in rare cases can
    > >cause irritation.

    >
    > >Camera owners are being offered a free repair.

    >
    > >Canon has warned people that contact with the affected cameras may
    > >cause an allergic reaction, such as a rash, on skin and as a
    > >precautionary measure users should wash their hands to prevent
    > >spreading the reaction to their eyes.

    >
    > >It is understood that 68,200 cameras suffered the manufacturing
    > >glitch, although when asked by the BBC Canon would not confirm this
    > >number.

    >
    > >"Canon has identified a quality issue on a limited number of EOS 650D
    > >units, which causes the exterior rubber grip used on the camera body
    > >to turn white after a period of time," the company said in a
    > >statement.

    >
    > >"This issue does not affect image quality or camera performance in any
    > >way, however we are currently in the process of updating affected
    > >stock models before sale.

    >
    > >"Any customers who may be affected are advised to visit Canon's
    > >customer support site, where further instructions regarding our repair
    > >procedure are provided."
    > >Batch checker

    >
    > >The company said the faulty batch in question contained a "higher than
    > >usual" level of a substance used to "vulcanize" the rubber grip, a
    > >process which makes it harder and stronger.

    >
    > >In certain conditions - such as when gripped by hot hands - the
    > >resulting chemical reaction produces zinc bis
    > >(dimethyldithiocarbamate).

    >
    > >Canon would not confirm whether any customers had reported being
    > >adversely affected by the flaw.

    >
    > >The EOS 650D - also known as Rebel T4i or Kiss X6i in other markets -
    > >was the first Canon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera to
    > >feature a touchscreen LCD screen.

    >
    > >The recall covers some models that were mostly manufactured in June
    > >this year.

    >
    > >The company has provided a simple tool which allows users to enter
    > >their camera's serial number and see if their device is in the
    > >affected batch.

    >
    > >"We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been
    > >inconvenienced by this," the company added.

    >
    > >"Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our
    > >customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make
    > >sure our customers use our products with confidence."

    >
    > Where is the link to China?
    > --
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Eric Stevens


    You mean the cameras are made in Japan?
     
    RichA, Aug 17, 2012
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