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Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i

By dpreview staff on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:21 GMT

Canon has issued a warning to owners of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i that the rubber hand-grips of some models may turn white, and produce a chemical that can cause an allergic reaction. According to Canon, the chemical, zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), is not used in the production of the camera but is a potential by-product of a chemical reaction between other substances found in the hand-grip. Canon has identified a certain number of cameras where a larger than normal amount of 'rubber accelerator' was used in the production of this component, which could potentially cause this chemical reaction.

Canon has set up a website where you can check whether your model is affected. Click on this link and enter the serial number of your camera, and the site will let you know whether your camera is from the affected batch.

The hand-grips of some EOS 650D/Rebel T4i cameras may become discolored due to a
chemical reaction caused by substances used in their manufacture (image: Canon Inc.)

According to Canon USA, 'some EOS 650D/Rebel T4i cameras' manufactured between May 31st and June 15th 'may be affected' by this chemical reaction, which causes the hand-grips of the cameras to turn white. Zinc bis, the substance produced by the chemical reaction, may cause an allergic reaction in some people, and 'as a precautionary measure' Canon advises owners of affected cameras to 'thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip'. 

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keysmith
By keysmith (Jul 14, 2012)

Ok, these things happen all the time. Good for canon for admitting it. I think its not a big deal. ( Not like Nikon that had sensor issues whit their d7000! This was more important failure).

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CarvingPhoto
By CarvingPhoto (Jul 15, 2012)

So you're saying a mess-up sensor is more important than a health issue? Canon, nikon, sony, etc...they all have defects & problems of their own. Just saying I wouldn't pay $800+ for a camera body that can give anyone rashes or whatever.

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Ivan Lietaert
By Ivan Lietaert (Jul 13, 2012)

What's going on with Canon's rubber grips? In previous models, like the T2i - which I onw - the grip would start swelling within a year, and then peel off...
Now this, a toxic grip... In my view, if it triggers an allergy with some people, it can't be good for our health...

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lasm
By lasm (Jul 13, 2012)

I recall having a similar problem on the very first Rebel 300D. I had a sticky hand which I couldn't remember whether it was glue or some food residue, and without thinking of washing my hands, I was holding on to the rubber grip.

The next thing I knew the rubber was melting and coming out of the camera body. I couldn't use it anymore and rather than scrap it off and do a DIY replacement, I gave it away instead..

So apparently certain chemicals do react with the rubbery stuff they put at the grip , better to wash your hands before you pick up the cam !

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jeansebca
By jeansebca (Jul 13, 2012)

omg this is the new L-body released from
canon. the perfect combo to match my old white L-lenses
if I knew before I wouldnt have made the mistake
of turning this company away, please forgive me Canon!

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shantu
By shantu (Jul 13, 2012)

Interesting news about exploding Nikon batteries...so now shall we start bashing Nikon?
http://www.nikonusa.com/Service-And-Support/Service-Advisories/h0ndzaip/EN-EL15-Battery-Recall-Service-Advisory.html

Wonder why DP Review did not cover this news ;)

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Mollysnoot2
By Mollysnoot2 (Jul 16, 2012)

They did cover it. http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/04/25/Nikon-EN-EL15-battery-recall
Try to keep up.

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Higuel
By Higuel (Jul 13, 2012)

canon goes WORST&WORST!!! :(

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Jul 13, 2012)

Is this the same stuff that shows up years later on, for example, old Minolta autofocus lens grips?

If so, there are many comments about cleaning with a toothbrush (perhaps with a little toothpaste) and then sealing with Armorall as the "permanent" fix. The Armorall does leave a thin coating, so I can imagine it being effective in preventing allergic reactions... although I've never heard of allergic reactions to the white stuff on Minolta lens grips. Anybody know?

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mandm
By mandm (Jul 12, 2012)

This is nothing new, search DPR for 'bug spray & suntan lotion'; comments about how both products have been damaging the coverings on cameras go back to 2002. A simple mix of common products (bug spray/suntan lotion) interacting with other common products (plastic camera coverings).
So, who's fault was this, the camera companies or the bug spray & suntan lotion companies?

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Jul 12, 2012)

Good and bad publicity at the same time. Still, kudos to Canon for admitting this production mistake. Hopefully future batches will have non-allergy-causing grips.

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TEEZR
By TEEZR (Jul 11, 2012)

Well apparently too much volcanization accelerator (http://chemicalland21.com/specialtychem/perchem/ZINC%20DIMETHYLDITHIOCARBAMATE.htm)
A word of caution: another name for this substance is ZIRAM, a well-known dithiocarbamate agricultural PESTICIDE.... A fungicide to be precise...
I wouldn't want a camera to have an exsudation of pestice in my hands....

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CFynn
By CFynn (Jul 12, 2012)

Maybe it will prevent lens fungus :-)

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Dmitriy Balashov
By Dmitriy Balashov (Jul 11, 2012)

I hope some Canon engineers (and marketologists) do a seppuku after that.

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Scales USA
By Scales USA (Jul 11, 2012)

Since it was a most likely a error by a subcontractor putting too much accelerator in the rubber compound, blaming the engineers seems ignorant.

Maybe blame the subcontractor? Even QA cannot check every step of every process to see if someone follows instructions. Some workers just dump in additives thinking more is better.

We once had some electrical wire with conductive insulation. Same thing, the manufacturer had a person who insted of adding a little carbon black for the black color, dumped a whole bag in - the more is better syndrome again.

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Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Jul 11, 2012)

you are right in your analysis..but still canon is responsible .
Canon now need to make sure that all 3rd patries prodct are upto canon quality standard.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Jul 11, 2012)

I understand the antidote is taking some oil off the mirror and applying it to the affected areas of skin.

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samhain
By samhain (Jul 11, 2012)

Lol

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IRay808
By IRay808 (Jul 11, 2012)

Tsk tsk. At least Nikon doesn't try to give their customers rashes

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oysso
By oysso (Jul 11, 2012)

edit:
They actually are planning for a fix of the problem .
that is good.

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photohounds
By photohounds (Jul 11, 2012)

Canon advises owners of affected cameras to 'thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip'.

Where's the bias, I ask?
Good they admit and warn people!

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 11, 2012)

It is remarkable how many people have to express their views on a post or issue without actually bothering to fully read up on the post or issue. Gotta love DPReview sometimes.

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whyamihere
By whyamihere (Jul 11, 2012)

Welcome to the internet: News stories are overblown, people have polarizing opinions not based on facts, nobody can be bothered to read or spell correctly, and nobody cares because they can't and won't be sensored.

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huyzer
By huyzer (Jul 11, 2012)

Not to be a jerk, but if you say something like "...nobody can be bothered to read or SPELL correctly...", you should spell perfectly.

sensored = censored

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CFynn
By CFynn (Jul 12, 2012)

Who cares about facts? A camera that causes allergic reactions makes a great story....

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Peanut88
By Peanut88 (Jul 11, 2012)

Dumb company with poor quality control !

So what should those affected do ?
Return the camera or send it in servicing ?

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gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 11, 2012)

blah blah blah whine whine complain boo hoo hoo

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Iamzing
By Iamzing (Jul 11, 2012)

Who knew the zombie apocolypse was the cause of a camera grip? LOL! Just kidding!

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jul 11, 2012)

Nice sarcasm but poor spelling.
It's «apocalypse», actually.

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Mike Fried
By Mike Fried (Jul 11, 2012)

Uh... you got that apocalypse was misspelled, but didn't catch that cause should have been effect? What kind of nit-picker are you? :P

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Iamzing
By Iamzing (Jul 13, 2012)

Oh no! Misspelling word is the first sign of become a zombie! Someone come shoot me in the head! Eye kant spill wurdz naow! ;Z

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Joo Prates
By Joo Prates (Jul 11, 2012)

The problem is the greed of big companies that cut costs, by using bad material, to make more money. It is incomprehensible that a company like Canon put defective, or in this case, dangerous products on the market. Perhaps they transferred people from quality control to costs control. I am a Canon customer for years but I think is inadmissible the use of bad materials in such products, to save a few cents. And it is true that these problems are happening more and more, because the millions in profits are not enough…
"wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip"...it seems that to grab a camera is like playing with poisonous substances. whatch out ! wash your hands.

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ozarktroutfisher
By ozarktroutfisher (Jul 11, 2012)

Wow. Really? First of all we haven't been told what caused the problem. For you to attack Canon like this shows your political leanings and exposes you as a person with an agenda totally unrelated to the topic. I've spent 25 years in design and manufacturing and I can assure you the problem is rarely "saving a few cents" as you suggest. Sometimes it's some type of machine malfunction and sometimes it's people that simply didn't do their job correctly. And yes sometimes we engineers simply made a mistake in the design. So you've never made a mistake at work? Really?

Comments like yours demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of fundamental manufacturing processes and are therefore not relavent in an intelligent conversation.

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Joo Prates
By Joo Prates (Jul 11, 2012)

Yes I make mistakes, everybody that works, makes mistakes. But a company like Canon should have product control and testing, to avoid and correct this mistakes before launching defective products in the market, what is bad for the company and for the clients. And as a client, I don't have to know the manufacturing processes, I don't have to worry about that. We are spreaking about a company with decades of experience in making cameras, and not a new company in the market. This is not political criticism, but just a fact.
Some last words to comment your last paragraph: opinion, freedom of expression and democracy…

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (Jul 11, 2012)

I do not think that quality issues are just greed. There is a battle for survival going on in these companies as the model of poor Asian people being paid very small amounts of money to make cheap but sophisticated toys for rich westerners is unravelling rapidly. Most western wealth is borrowed or based on synthetic paper valued with absurdly elaborate mathematics which is in fact worthless when a modicum of common sense is applied instead. I doubt if any of these companies are actually making any real money. Expect these sort of goods to get very expensive in the near future and in the interim quality issues to increase before they inevtably have to be sold at their real cost.

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Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Jul 10, 2012)

Essentially it is a Shape Shifter.

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photosen
By photosen (Jul 10, 2012)

It turns into a white Pentax???

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 10, 2012)

I have allergy on badly engineered technology. How long do I have to live, doct..

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jul 10, 2012)

I may have missed it in these fascinating comments but not one word concerning the people who handle this material during assembly. A footnote for the Canon vs. Nikon fanclub. I bought a Nikon OEM electric cable release (MC-30) and the directions say it contains lead and the user should wash their hands after handling the cable.

Look at the bright side. We no longer put our fingers in selenium toner or Pyrogallol or formalin hardener. I doubt most pros even know what these things are.

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mandm
By mandm (Jul 12, 2012)

Every electrical cord of any type or voltage that may end up in California USA carries the warning to wash your hands and more, after touching it. Why, because the great state of California says.....
'WARNING: This product contains chemicals including lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG'.
California also requires this warning on all types of faucets, they may have lead in them also.
Why doesn't the great state of California just ban the products if they cause cancer and birth defects?

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Jul 10, 2012)

Burlap pattern on skin? Hehe...

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Jul 10, 2012)

I for my part had my little pocket camera (Fujifilm) exchanged four (4) times, one time for a warming battery issue, two times for SR issues, one time for a grip issue. The last camera had to be repaired again for the grip issue (and two other problems) and you know what ? The grip was glued with a tape ! Yes, a simple tape !

And I don't speak of my stereos (Aiwa, Pioneer) my Sony hard-drive-video recorder, my Toshiba laptop etc. that all died in no time for latent defects reasons...

Where is gone the good old "Made in Japan" ?

Note: I had just one little problem with my Canon G10 and none with my 7D... so far.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jul 11, 2012)

The good old Made in Japan is now bad new Made in Thailand. (Or Phillipines, Vietnam, People's Republic of China.)

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Jul 11, 2012)

Right ! And living in Japan, I can tell you there would not be so much a difference if the products were made in Japan these days, as there is a very fast development of carelessness in this country. In fact, around 30% (or even more) of japanese workers are now part-timers (in fact full-timers paid as part-timers, without any welfare etc.) in these conditions it's easy to understand why the former "Japan perfect finishing" is slowly but surely about to disappear.

Too bad Japan is forgetting the reasons of its success... and it's all good for its competitors that, on the contrary, have well studied the recipe of the so-called "Japan miracle". One's man meat is an other man's poison...

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (Jul 10, 2012)

I ordered some cheap camera handgrips overseas and got the California Prop 65 this has materials that can cause cancer warning (common on many overseas leather goods). Puts this whole allergy thing into perspective.

Anyhow I don't think the Canon allergy warning is a big deal and just shows how proactive and quick Canon has been in providing service and remedies again. IMO they hold the lead in QC/QA and will in the future as they move towards robotics. They are so damn quick to identify SN ranges for issues as well as to pinpoint issues from the source in manufacturing, etc. People think this is no big deal, but there are other manufacturers with faults that are still in the denial stage, and still wouldn't be able to identify and confirm commonly reproducible faults. They've fixed the light leak, S100 lens issue, upgraded the 7D, and now this. There are other companies that would rather stall you with poor phone support on your issues.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (Jul 10, 2012)

And on the bright side Canon regularly has some of the best refurb discounts available and I hope to see the t4i hit refurb with low shutter counts with returns from overly sensitive soccer moms or xenophobes.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 10, 2012)

Timukto, don't you mean zincophobes?

If we see T4i's with white-tinged grips might I be able to buy one (with its new lens) for under $700?

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The_cheshirecat
By The_cheshirecat (Jul 10, 2012)

I noticed white residue appearing and accumulating in the recesses of the grip on my 7D. I always make a point of keeping my hands clean when handling the camera, so I thought it was the covering was breaking down and wondered what might be causing it.

I think the problem is not confined the 650D, and goes back a few years because my 7D was one of the first delivered in the US.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 10, 2012)

Could just be the usual scurf that accumulates on anything which offers a bit of friction and gets handled regularly.

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tongki
By tongki (Jul 10, 2012)

iPad also made in China,

help !!! somebody allergic to iPad smart cover because they ain't smart !!!

met once a lady who always wash her hands, count there are 5 times within 1 hour she wash her hands

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 10, 2012)

Too bad doctors in hospitals don't wash their hands that often, or their neckties and iPads ever!

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Jul 10, 2012)

Guys, i notice lately in my G12 rubber sides of the camers white spots as if the user (me) used it with fingers stainned with white out paper paint. Where do i go from here?

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gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 11, 2012)

Hurry to the hospital and have your arms amputated before the poison raches your brain. May be too late.

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shockdoc
By shockdoc (Jul 10, 2012)

Yet another reason to never be a first adopter. Anyone wanna buy my old first gen. Toshiba dvd player. Won't play burned dvd's or even many newer releases and it only cost me 800 bucks when I bought it. LOL

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Zerblatt
By Zerblatt (Jul 10, 2012)

I¨m allergic to all Canon products...

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nicoboston
By nicoboston (Jul 10, 2012)

I'm allergic to idiots.

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Hans Gruber
By Hans Gruber (Jul 10, 2012)

Then you must be in a constant state of suffering.

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Zerblatt
By Zerblatt (Jul 10, 2012)

nicobost
"I'm allergic to idiots."
So you have some auto immune disorder

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gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Jul 11, 2012)

Just so you all know Idiotunctivitis is a real disorder. Making fun of someone with that problem IS NOT COOL.

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Zerblatt
By Zerblatt (Jul 11, 2012)

gdfthr
You don't have a clue
Unctivitis is called Pink eye syndrome and has nothing to do with my joke.

A autoimmune disorder is when the body's one immuno system attack itself.
And with nicobostons remark
"I'm allergic to idiots "
I meant he was allergic to himself,
I hate to have to explain a joke...

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thelixir715
By thelixir715 (Jul 12, 2012)

*whoosh*

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Steve
By Steve (Jul 10, 2012)

There is also a problem with Nikon.
I purchased my first camera.. a Nikon D7000 and when i put my eye to the viewfinder and click the shutter, i experience a horrible allergy attack affecting my eyes.
When i came home and loaded the image into my computer I noticed that the compositions were horrible ! There were lamposts eminating from my subject's head... horizons were centraly located vertically along the frame ... running subjects were placed along the wrong end of the frame ... geometic lines were mergining together .. landscapes were blurry ... studio shots were lit unevenly ... too much dead space in the frame .... distracting objects in the backgrounds, and too much noise and artifacts.
I tried to take some antihistimines before going out for a shoot but my results are always the same.. I fear there is some chemical in that rubber eyepiece or the shutter release button which is causing my eye difficulty. Do you think I should contact Nikon about this ?

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Charly Diaz Azcue
By Charly Diaz Azcue (Jul 10, 2012)

No, before contacting Nikon try to take a photo course that should solve your problem ^^
Best Regards

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jul 10, 2012)

O the wonders of zinc oxide: http://youtu.be/oAJ4XVmI4dc

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Sergio DS
By Sergio DS (Jul 10, 2012)

Oh man didn't knew that one :D It reminds me of the "Look Around You" BBC series

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Gary S
By Gary S (Jul 10, 2012)

This is not the first product or manufacturer to have this issue. I've seen Bausch & Lomb high end binoculars do the same thing. Unlike Canon however, they remained quiet about it.

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tocar
By tocar (Jul 10, 2012)

'May' or 'may not' have an allergic reaction. If you get a reaction then have Canon change the grip otherwise people are just worrying for nothing.

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Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (Jul 10, 2012)

...but it's soooooo safe to manufacture cheaply in countries where no care is taken with chemical and other pollution...
...no wonder it's cheap...
oh yeah, sure: it's nothing to worry about. Enjoy genetic diversity, idiots!

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 10, 2012)

Maybe you should not buy from any overseas company at all. Good luck with an American-made camera.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (Jul 10, 2012)

'thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip'.

Oh thats ok, i always hold my camera with the command dial gripped between my teeth!

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canon-a-holic
By canon-a-holic (Jul 10, 2012)

Ok, for all you who are downing Canon...let's just see how many white lenses are out at the Olympics! It's just a rubber hand grip. The world isn't going to fall apart because a few people react to some weird chemical.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 10, 2012)

Makes you wonder why the lenses are white...

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cheie
By cheie (Jul 11, 2012)

the lenses are white because white absorbs less heat than dark-coloured ones, therefore minimising the effect of thermal expansion, thus increasing the integrity and accuracy of the lens as a whole

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jul 11, 2012)

The (intentional) white color of the lenses is probably using titanium oxide for the color, so no zinc issue there.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (Jul 10, 2012)

regardless of what sort of fanboy you might be, what the hell is going on with camera manufacturing this year? Fuji release a camera that cant handle highlights, nikon release a camera that cant focus! and canon release one that falls apart requiring tape or gives you rashes! wtf!

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Heie2
By Heie2 (Jul 10, 2012)

And Pentax releases the 100% weather sealed and 100% Penta*PRISM* K-30 that no camera under $900 can hold a candle to...WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?!

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Jul 10, 2012)

The K-30 is still very new. Be careful about implying that it won't have problems, because very few units are out and it takes time for people to find problems.
And given that every manufacturer (including Pentax) has a record of seeing bugs surface on new products, I wouldn't be surprised if the K-30 had a few glitches too.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jul 10, 2012)

Heie2, Pentax has a long running problem with SDM motors on what are increasingly very expensive lenses.

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Heie2
By Heie2 (Jul 10, 2012)

This is false. The SDM issues were when it was first incorporated. But as of the last couple years? It has SIGNIFICANTLY dwindled to a whisper (please remember to look at sample size versus entire population). I personally have had 3 SDM DA* lenses with a fourth in the mail here in Afghanistan, and never a single issue. I am confident my lenses will never suffer an SDM issue, and if they do? Sh** happens, I'll replace it and get the same exact lens, because they are that good. But to say that there is a "Long Running Problem" is ignorant and using exaggerated data to generalize. Might as well say "Don't ever go there, the food is horrible" when you had one or two bad experiences with a bad chef during the grand opening. Your choice, but in my opinion the wrong one.

Also, have you seen the prices lately? Find me a Canon/Nikon alternative that is 100% sealed in that focal length range + aperture for less. You won't.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jul 10, 2012)

It's easier to find people who have had a SDM lens fail, than it is to find someone who has skin irritation from a Canon grip. Just because it didn't happen to you, doesn't mean it isn't a problem.

Check reviews on Amazon for SDM lenses. There are frequent new reports of failed AF motors, and failures on replacement lenses.

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Jul 10, 2012)

There are some seriously sad, paranoid and xenophobic people here (the comments about Canon using "Chinese" parts are especially stupid and offensive).

I wouldn't touch this camera with a bargepole because of the sensor. A chemical reaction in the handgrip producing zinc, bis? Who cares! There are probably idiots out their taking that for their health!

Really, you cannot make anything any more, the world has gone mad.

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Sergio DS
By Sergio DS (Jul 10, 2012)

C'mon, with an announcement like that poking fun at Canon is to be expected... however this is serious stuff, consider an instrument which you can spend several hours a day using such as a a car or camera, and that causes you discomfort to the point you can't use it... My girlfriend has very sensitive skin on her hands, imagine that I'd buy her a 650D, and that she'd get this problem... It's 850 bucks we're talking here. And the fact that this wasn't an issue before, is an indication that Canon has used a sub-par material, that seems wasn't the case in the 600D. I would't buy any camera that could deal this kind of nuisance.

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Oli4D
By Oli4D (Jul 10, 2012)

Well but unfortunately there ARE a lot of toxic products from China, sometimes even Cloth!
Sure, most of the time it's noticed before it ships to the resellers all over the world, but sometimes it's not and needs to be recalled when in stores or already sold.

In this case here, it's definitely not dangerous and most people are for sure not allergic to this anyway. But some are. Like me for example.
So I'm glad Canon is honest about it.

Some people might be xenophobic but low quality and sometimes even toxic goods from China (and other "cheap" countries) are an issue that needs to be addressed.
Also for the safety of the workers there.

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (Jul 10, 2012)

I work in a lab that deals primarily with chemical toxicity and this kind of problem is far more serious than most would think. Approximately 60% to 70% of what goes on the skin is absorbed into the body and becomes very difficult to remove, and puts tremendous stress on the immune system. The most toxic products we have tested are t-shirts containing dyes from China, socks containing dyes from China, and running shoes made in China (most contain numerous dyes and over 16 kinds of glues and solvents, especially the most expensive ones). Most people have these kinds of toxic products against their sweaty bodies and feet all day long! I only wear organic cotton or hemp clothes and shoes. People who laugh off the effects of this problem will come to regret their error.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 11, 2012)

Who'd expect "Valiant Thor" to be so skittish?

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Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Jul 11, 2012)

Indeed industrial world's people are exposed to huge constantly increasing number of chemicals which wouldn't naturally occur freely in environment.
Full effects of those chemicals are rarely studied thoroughly and their combined effects even less. And pollution spreading globally through air and water makes it harder to study them when basically everyone is more or less exposed.

Lead is very good example of human's stupidity with chemicals: It was known to have toxic properties for two thousand years but was still allowed to be added into gasoline for dosing whole atmosphere with it.

How ironical that society which has more than ever ways for treating diseases is such determined to keep doing slow poisoning experiment on itself.

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Mikofox
By Mikofox (Jul 13, 2012)

Valiant Thor you are absolutely right! I have had many "rubber" products from Asia in the last three years, that "smelled" so poisonous that I could not handle them indoors or without gloves. It also happens that these synthetic rubbers from Asia don't last one season (cold winter) before cracking apart. Some manufacturers obviously have no clue or scruples about the ingredients they are mixing together.

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Sergio DS
By Sergio DS (Jul 10, 2012)

Do not want :P
Well you could pick it up from the flash... Maybe that's why Pentax makes that new overgrown flash housing on the K-30

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Joe P Doyle
By Joe P Doyle (Jul 10, 2012)

Hand-Lotion and a towel come as standard

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Jul 10, 2012)

Here at the North Pole everyone wears gloves anyway, including Santa...

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bearseamen
By bearseamen (Jul 10, 2012)

Something that doenst really surprise me. Some store clerk told me on the quiet that the Rebel T3i's plastic wraping around the handwrips comes off on every demo unit he puts out. It pretty much simulates years of touching and greasy sweaty fingers within a couple of weeks.

Canon probably found some chinese supplier who offers those allready cheap plastic grips for even less, the ramifications are obvious.

It's also obvious that Canon does not bother with quality insurance past a certain point, but I'd say they are in good company in that regard. I'm looking at you Fuji and Tamron.

10 upvotes
EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (Jul 10, 2012)

What makes you single out Chinese as offenders? Are you a Sino phobic? Words like that offend and hurt whether you realize it or not.

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Heie2
By Heie2 (Jul 10, 2012)

If you are looking for quality (and look! the T4i looks like a black brick) at the same price that WILL surprise you, check out the Pentax K-30. Seriously.

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Zigadiboom
By Zigadiboom (Jul 10, 2012)

The grip must be definitely made of dog poo as it is the only thing I know that eventually turns from black to white over a period of time. Considering that Canon also advises owners of this camera to 'thoroughly wash your hands with water if you come in contact with the rubber grip' is even more indicative that this is the case!

11 upvotes
Pentaxer
By Pentaxer (Jul 10, 2012)

LOL! I always thought Canon cameras looked like sh#$! ;-)

0 upvotes
sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (Jul 10, 2012)

Ahhhhh love it!!!!

Go Canon.

4 upvotes
tom sugnet
By tom sugnet (Jul 10, 2012)

allergic contact dermatitis

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (Jul 10, 2012)

That's a lot of words to say "we used cheap stuff from China, it's a serious problem, may even irritate your skin, and we're trying to place blame in convoluted story about chemical reactions rather than admit any fault."

5 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Jul 10, 2012)

There must be a good number of people who never register their cameras (or anything) so they may never know about the recall. Not everyone frequents camera sites. Those affected will surely be in for a nasty surprise.

5 upvotes
Archer66
By Archer66 (Jul 10, 2012)

I'm allergic to all Canon cameras.

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