Canon cameras may cause allergic reactions

Cannon has re-issued a warning to Australian consumers which originally stated that one of its cameras was not affected by a fault - when it was - which could result in allergic reactions and red eyes when users come into contact with the camera.

Cannon worldwide told owners of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i on July 6 that some of the units had been having chemical reactions that resulted in the grip changing colours and which could possibly lead to allergic reactions.

Cannon Australia issued a statement at about the same time which said that the affected camera - sold as the EOS 650D in Australia - was not affected.

But today Cannon Australia retracted its original statement, re-issuing a new one which stated that since the issue was first announced Cannon worldwide had "broadened the serial number range of potentially affected products".

"We believe that a small number of cameras in the extended range have been sold in the Australian market," Cannon's local arm said in a statement.

"Canon advises users of EOS 650D cameras who have checked their camera serial number prior to 3 August 2012 to please repeat the process."

The company has set-up a website for users to check if their camera is affected by the manufacturing fault.

Cannon has previously said that a number of units produced between late May and mid-June contained a slightly higher amount of rubber accelerator than normal. That in turn was leading to a chemical reaction that created the substance zinc bis, which can turn a camera's grips white and which could potentially cause allergic reactions.

- With LA Times

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