Canon cameras may cause allergic reactions

The Cannon EOS 650D as sold in Australia.
The Cannon EOS 650D as sold in Australia.
The EOS Rebel T4i ... as sold in other countries.

The EOS Rebel T4i ... as sold in other countries.

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

This story Canon cameras may cause allergic reactions first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.