MY Attitude: Goodbye Canon

Started May 25, 2001 | Discussions thread
Michael w Regular Member • Posts: 487
Re: MY Attitude: Goodbye Canon

Morris, I do agree with you on most of that and I think Kevin would too. His frustration came from, I belive, the fact that most problems we identified can be corrected quite easily had Canon just respected our opinion and addressed them with a simple firmware update (or at least tell us they intend to). I don't think any intelligent user would demand Canon to address unfixable issues (like the hand grip) or to add features they did not advertise (like a histogram) though we would be grateful if they do.

Morris wrote:
Kevin,

It has been a pleasure sharing with you. You have been an
inspiration. I think that some of you disappointment is due to
your experience level. I have a few comments

  • Digicam are in there early development stage. They are just

starting to do a relay good job. Those of use who are used to the
fine quality routinely we get from a film camera are at times
frustrated by the challenges the digicam engineers are working to
overcome.

  • The G1 is a camera of compromises. It has high-end controls, yet

is based on a point and shoot layout to keep the price down.

  • When I decided to get the G1 I realized that it was not going to

be as capable as my Cannon AE-1’s and assorted detachable lenses.
I felt that I was tired of spending time scanning rather than
creating and wanted to spend more time on the creating side to I
decided to give the G1 a try after seeing the wonderful results on
this web sight as well as others. I knew that this camera would be
a transition for me. I await the relay good improvements in
technology and price that will come over the next 5 years. Then I
will jump.

  • I agree that the G1 has its issues. I’m also producing images

that I am happy with from my G1. I do miss occasional shots
because of its limitations.

  • I was excited to see the Pro90 come out. Having seen the photos

it produces I feel that cannon has a looser. The telephoto images
just are not sharp and have bad CA. The reach is wonderful, but
not if it dose not work. This is an example of how this whole
digicam industry is an experiment. The engineers and trying to
push the technology. The manufactures are testing the market. I’m
shore that Cannon hears use. They just don’t have an answer for
the pro-sumer yet. They are producing fine professional cameras.
The low end of the market is where the money is and that market is
easier to please. Prices will continue to drop and the engineers
will work the problems out.

Please keep in touch with us. It has been a pleasure exchanging
ideas and techniques with you.

Morris

Kevin Bjorke wrote:

I am personally sick and tired of dealing with the G1 being out of
focus; of the G1 refusing to cooperate with standard gear or even
Canon's own gear; and of Canon's almost Microsoft-like attitude
against its customers (akin to the attitude of cigarette makers,
who view their customers as property). I've worked quite a lot with
the camera. I am a professional shooter and cinematographer and I
know what I'm doing. I've used Canon gear since the mechanical F-1.
I made web sites and solicited help, spoke to Canon techs on
numerous occasions all over America, and really believed that it
was just a matter of me learning to use the camera adroitly that
would make it as capable as, say, and Argus C-3. But it's not. The
G1 is so full of bugs and dead-ended broken features that my
patience with it is really at an end. Watch for mine (along with a
550EX and a wireless controller) on Ebay or in the Honolulu
newspapers soon. I'm buying something else.

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