1D MK3 shipping & focus issues - NOT rumors

Started May 18, 2007 | Discussions thread
José B
José B Forum Pro • Posts: 19,554
Thanks for the headsup Peter (nt)

Peter Gregg wrote:

I have some information in interacting with Chuck on 2 points of
interest for the MK3 camera and I have asked him if I can post the
info and he said yes.

On the shipping of the camera here in the USA market only Chuck said:

"Canon U.S.A. is still on target to begin shipments of the EOS-1D
Mark III to its authorized dealers by the end of May. This is the
same information we supplied to dealers on April 16th, and there
have been no changes in our plans since then. "By the end of May"
is as close as I can say for now. Shipments may begin sooner than
that (they have not begun yet in the U.S.A.), but they most likely
won't begin any later than that. Again, this is U.S.A. information
only. Shipment schedules in other markets may differ.

As I am sure you can imagine, demand for this camera is going to
exceed available inventories for an unknown period of time. As a
result, the camera will initially be "on allocation" to authorized
U.S.A. dealers. It's difficult to say when a specific dealer will
receive merchandise, or how many cameras will be shipped on a
per-dealer basis. The basic idea is to spread the distribution as
fairly as possible according to the orders we've received. We
expect to receive shipments from the factory in Japan regularly,
and shipments to dealers will be scheduled accordingly."

I asked Chuck about the focus issue that RG brought up:

"Hi, Peter:

Neither I nor anyone else I know at Canon has any complaints about
Rob Galbraith's comments on the EOS-1D Mark III, nor did we attempt
to influence his report in any way, shape or form.

I can't comment on the specific AF issues affecting pre-production
1D Mark III cameras, but I can confirm that none of the
pre-production cameras were completely functional in terms of AF
performance. In other words, there was nothing unique about the
particular camera that Rob used.

In the meantime, the initial firmware for mass production samples
of the 1D Mark III (i.e., cameras intended for sale to the public)
has been approved. Therefore, it stands to reason that any known AF
issues that may have affected the preproduction cameras have since
been resolved to Canon's satisfaction. In any case, the proof will
be in the pudding as "they" say. We are content to let our
customers tell us what they think after they perform their own

Best Regards,

Chuck Westfall
Director/Media & Customer Relationship
Camera Marketing Group/Canon U.S.A., Inc."

So preproduction cameras - ALL of them - were not fully functional
in their AF.

And shipping is on target by the end of this month or sooner for
the USA market.

Please do NOT quote Chuck unless you do it in it's entirety and
also reference what he said as a quote from him.

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