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Where do canon make their cameras?

robert harper , Feb 05, 2007; 06:01 p.m.

I'm looking to buy a canon 5d body and have found a site that seems very cheap, but I know they get their camera stock from China in bulk then ship them out to customers. Can anyone tell me if all Canon products are made in China and if not is there a difference in quality?



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Alex Loveridge , Feb 05, 2007; 06:12 p.m.

All canon bodies, especially exensive ones like the 5D are made in Japan, only the cheapest consumer grade lenses are made abroad, so there should be no difference in quality. Be careful of "cheap" deals, they are often a scam.

Wee-Ming Boon , Feb 05, 2007; 06:20 p.m.

Not sure where else, but my 350d is made in China but my 5D is made in Japan. L lenses are also from Japan, from the ones I have.

Mark U , Feb 05, 2007; 06:24 p.m.

Canon has plants in various countries, but you have been misled if you believe that they make DSLRs in China: yes, in Japan (all the high end models including the 5D), and Taiwan. Some EF lenses are also made in Malaysia.


It's likely you are being misled by "a site that seems very cheap". That raises the suspicion that they are a scam operation. Have you checked them out at resellerratings.com?

David Crenshaw , Feb 05, 2007; 06:27 p.m.

The company wanting to sell you a cheap Chinese 5D wouldn't be based in Brooklyn, would it? Just from your brief description, it sounds like one of those rip-off places that advertises really cheap gear but when you try to order it, they inform you that the cheap camera being advertised has all the menus written in Korean, or the lens mount is made of plastic, or you have to pay extra for the battery and charger, or some other absurd line designed to get you to go ahead and order the American-spec camera with the metal mount and comes with the charger and battery and in the end costs more than everyone else charges instead of less.

As a rule, if a dealer offers equipment for slightly less than everyone else, it's a good deal, but if they have it for significantly lower than everyone else, shop elsewhere.

Kevin Conville , Feb 05, 2007; 06:49 p.m.

"All canon bodies, especially exensive ones like the 5D are made in Japan"

Smiling here. If all Canon bodies are made in japan, then how does the 5D get "especially" made in Japan?

BTW, my 350D is made in japan and my Elan 7 is made in China.

Kevin Conville , Feb 05, 2007; 06:53 p.m.

Oops sorry, my Elan 7 was made in Taiwan not China.

Someday..... p.net WILL add an edit function....

Leszek Scholz , Feb 05, 2007; 07:03 p.m.

Robert, stop looking for cheap deals. Digital cameras are quite a bit different from, say, apples - which may vary greatly in price depending on who and where produced them. If you are buying a DSLR which has been made in the same factory as all the others delivered to the market (all 5D's for instance) - what makes you think that by some miracle one of the suppliers, all of a sudden, is able to sell it to you at 2/3 of the normal price or less ?

I know, the desire to save some serious bucks is well and alive in most people - and that's exactly what all the scam artists prey upon. Do not let yourself be blinded - you can only loose. Go with one of the reputable vendors like B&H or Adorama and save yourself a lot of grief.

David Crenshaw , Feb 05, 2007; 07:03 p.m.

Generally if a company like Canon were to contract out to other countries to help pick up the slack, there's still a certain degree of quality control invested at all the factories to ensure all products are up to the company's specs. Thus either all the 350Ds should be equally good or equally sucky, and purchasers shouldn't have to concern themselves with which factory produced theirs.

Therefore if a retailer is suggesting that a 5D was made in China and thus might be inferior to other 5Ds, even if there actually are Chinese 5Ds out there, that still sounds more like a rip-off con artist trying to sucker some unsuspecting buyer into choosing option B for twice the money.

Rick Gerbehy , Feb 05, 2007; 08:35 p.m.

Get used to it......I can remember when we thought items "Made in Japan" were cheap and inferior. Now it means quality. Take a look at the economy in China and you can see that it's happening all over again. Canon will build at a lower price if the quality is good. It's just pure economics. The design and programing may stay in Jaopan, but the assembly and labor will come from China.

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