Canon “facing unprecedented difficulties”, shuts down massive factory

Thanks to the eagle eye of YMCinema Magazine, a report by Reuters and GlobalTimes China has been brought to our attention.

For a while now, Canon has decided to restructure camera and lens manufacturing.

According to the latest reports however they are to completely shut their established factory of 32 years in China.

The factory is not a small one. Even in the pandemic year of 2020 it produced nearly 13 million lenses and over 1 million Canon cameras.

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Thoughts on the accidentally confirmed Canon Cinema EOS R5C which will EXPLODE onto the market January 19th

The EOS R5C is set to be one of the hottest cameras of 2022, and the first one announced via the magic of a JPEG filename accident.

Who needs the fanfare of NAB?!

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Camera rental trends – Smaller cameras, larger sensors, dominant start for Canon RF

Lensrentals have revealed rental sales data for 2021, as summarised by Yossy Mendelovich of the excellent YMCinema here.

You can see extensive charts from Lensrentals here for 2020 and 2021 which reveal what gear has been successful, and what’s missing from the top 20.

However there’s more to this data than meets the eye!

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Is this the end for affordable Sony cameras? A7C, A6600, A6100 all cancelled

Due to a major chip shortage, Sony has announced it will cancel the production of several recent models, some permanently. Sony are themselves a manufacturer of semiconductors, can’t they just make more? Of course it isn’t that simple. Sony use thousands of third party chips in their products. The pressure on supply and even their own manufacturing facilities which are ramped up to capacity means they must prioritise cameras with higher margins, sold in lower quantities. This means that for the foreseeable future, affordable cameras may well be dead.

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