Would you buy a Canon product?

I would buy a Canon product in preference to other makes, and for very good reasons.

I will tell you why I like Canon products so much, and it is about product life and usability.

Way back in 1977 I was traveling in Asia on business, which meant spending a week in Singapore sorting contracts and legals.It was my first trip to Singapore.

I met a fellow Australian on the plane who had been to Singapore dozens of times selling sugar refinery equipment. He was a typical lay-back Queenslander and a very nice helpful guy. He helped me move to a better hotel, showed me where to buy Australian Opals, quality watches, and electronic toys such as calculators, cameras and other new gadgets cheaper while avoiding all the imitations. Canon and Casio products along with all the other brand names are copied very well, so it can be hard for a buyer to tell a real one from a cheap copy. My Australian friend had seen it all before and knew exactly where to go and what to pay for genuine products..

He purchased a stack of Casio watches, opals and Canon calculators. I bought half a dozen watches for myself and friends. They were the latest models and were not sold in Australia until years later.

I saw a Canon calculator at the same place we bought the watches. It had all the features I had been looking for. Small, with big raised buttons and a big screen. I must have known I would be using it until my eyesight got dim, my fingers less agile and able to find the buttons on other calculators!

My Canon calculator made in 1977 still in use today. This photo is almost life sized.
My Canon calculator made in 1977 still in use today. This photo is almost life sized.

The amazing thing is that it is solar operated. In 1977 it was rare to find this new technology, and to get it in a calculator seemed cutting edge to me, and it was only around $10 Australian.

The same Canon calculator is on my desk as I write this hub, never having stopped functioning since I purchased it in 1977. It is not as if it has lived it's life in the sun either. It spent 2 years locked in a drawer while I was on an extended holiday. I put it to work again 5 years ago when I needed a shirt pocket sized calculator to carry around to jobs.

While others were using their mobile phone's built in calculator, I used my little Canon to calculate, as I had trouble making a call and using the phone's calculator at the same time, so I used my little calculator to do the job while I spoke on the phone.

I have never seen any electronic device last as long as this Canon has, and it is still up to date in as much as it needs no battery, has a very large screen and is very thin and light.

If this is the quality that they put in to a $10 calculator, I feel safe buying their cameras or printers as well. I believe Canon make very durable products. What do you think?

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Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

Hi,

I love the Canon cameras, have a couple of them, had other Canon cameras in the past as well. Have tried other cameras but always go back to the Canon.

Nice Hub


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Magdelene, My granddaughter used her Canon camera to take the pic of the calculator.


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telltale 5 years ago

I started using the Canon electrical calculators way back around 1973/4, when I was introduced to it, and that was because it's the only brand with paper rolls and more than 12 digits kind of thing. Currently, I have about 4 Canon cameras, 3 of which are film types bought over the years. I find their high range camera one of the best (if not the best) in the market.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks for the information TellTale, I have not counted all our Canon cameras, printers or other gadgets. I will now. It sounds as if canon were innovative even back in 1973.I am not a photogtapher, but have a small Canon I use for some of my hubpages photos. A friend does have a high range Canon camera. It was pretty expensive, but as he is a keen photographer of wildlife he needs quality photographs. He agrees with you about them being amongst the best or the best camera for high quality photography.


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telltale 5 years ago

Oh yes, @earnest, the high end ones are very expensive, and I am lucky to own one which is a Canon EOS 1N (film type) - the pictures which came out of the camera are totally unbelievably clear - credit actually goes to the camera, not me - don't consider myself a good photographer at all. Can't afford the EOS 1D now, it just cost too much for an amateur like me.. I have a digital camera, one of the IXUS models, not a DSLR, which I would prefer a full frame one, if I can afford it, but the cheapest one is a EOS 5D, which I still cannot afford at the moment, unfortunately... :)


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia

I have always been impressed with the quality of Canon products. Way back before Canon was established in Australia the company that I worked for had a joint partnership with Canon and I was fortunate enough to work on a range of their products. That lasted for about 5 years and Canon decided to go it alone.

I have the use of two Canon Cameras one the Powershot 430 which I have had for years and still takes great photos and the other is a DSLR EOS500D which I absolutely love.

Canon is the yardstick I use when I'm looking for any new piece of equipment.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Canon is a great and good quality makes.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

TellTale, I have never owned a high end camera, as I am not any sort of photographer, and always felt that a good camera would be wasted on me. Maybe I should re-think that one? Your camera sounds very impressive, I hope you make some nice money so you can afford what you would love to own.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Agvulpes, I have seen some of your photography, way out of my ability range I'm sad to say. I am a point and shoot sort of photographer, but I do appreciate quality from those who can take truly great shots. Thanks for the input mate!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hello, hello it seems many people commenting here have had good experience with Canon products.Thank you for your input.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

I love my Canon Power Shot A 420 digital camera, although its specs are humble these days. It has served me well for 4 years and I see no reason to upgrade...Bob


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi Bob. agvulpes has been using his Canon Power shot for ages as well, and loves it. I must have a look at his cameras. I noticed we have 3 Canon cameras in our family and my guess is I will see more Canon electronics if I keep looking.


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AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Canon are good. I like their stuff.


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quicksand 5 years ago

My first printer was Canon. It served me well for several years. Later on I used the Canon step-down transformer which came along with the printer, to power my portable driller of which the re-chargable battery was not usable any more. Of course the portable driller was rendered "no-longer portable!"


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks for the input Alex, I agree, Canon make good stuff.


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

I bought one of the Canon Rebel series, I can't remember which model, for travel, and I freaking love that thing. I named him, actually. My friend has a Nikon of about the same caliber, and it's way heavier, way more awkward, and does not shoot like a Canon to me.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I have only heard good things about the Canon Rebel series. They seem to have an awesome reputation. I'm glad you enjoy yours, and thanks for the comment.


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Unleashed Image 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

I swear by Canon and LOVED my 20d. Now looking at a 40d. Great info!


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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

I have a 40D. Canon is the undisputed king of cameras. None better.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Stan. So many people seem to agree that Canon is a good product. The 40D must be a fantastic camera, all the photographers I know seem to have one.

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