Canon Responds About Fujifilm X-T1 Composite Photograph and It’s Not Good Enough


Canon responded to FStoppers claims about the image they posted using a sky from a photo taken by Elia Locardi with a Fujifilm X-T1 with a less than ideal statement. I included their Italian and English response, which they put on their Facebook page, which I won’t link to again because they don’t deserve the traffic.

Ciao a tutti! Grazie mille per i vostri commenti sul nostro post e per aver condiviso le vostre considerazioni! Abbiamo preso questa immagine dal sito web https://unsplash.com/, dedicato alla fotografia senza copyright.
L’immagine è stata scattata dal fotografo @gregpaulmiller con una Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, con le seguenti impostazioni: ISO 100, f/6.3, tempo di posa 2 sec. secondo il sito web Unsplash.com. Vediamo la somiglianza con lo scatto di Elia Locardi, tuttavia le immagini hanno varie differenze identificabili tra cui cambiamenti stagionali ed elementi aggiuntivi, come la gente che cammina o si siede sulle sponde del fiume.
Cerchiamo sempre di coinvolgere la nostra community quando mettiamo in evidenza i contenuti generati dagli utenti e con la pubblicazione di questa foto speriamo comunque di aver ispirato altri a scattare foto straordinarie.

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your comments on our post and flagging your concerns! We’ve taken this image from a website, https://unsplash.com/ dedicated to copyright-free photography. The image was taken by photographer @gregpaulmiller on a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, with the following settings: ISO 100, f/6.3, shutter speed 2 seconds according to the website Unsplash.com. We do see the similarity with the image taken by Elia Locardi, though, the images have various identifiable differences including seasonal changes and additional elements like the people walking or sitting on the sides of the banks.
We always try to inspire our community when highlighting user generated content and hope that by posting this photo we have inspired others to take amazing pictures as well.

Canon should have acknowledged that it was a composite image and apologized. The photographers made it impossible to know what he had done unless you follow Fujifilm photographers. They even could have had something fun and positive with the post and said something like wow Fujifilm photos are really looking good or why would we believe part of this photo was captured at 16MP. Really any kind of acknowledgment would have been fine, even if it was nasty like we are sorry it’s hard to determine these kinds of things at web resolutions.

Instead, we get EXIF data and there are some similarities, but there are also identifiable differences including the season, people walking, etc… Which completely ignores the composite nature of this photograph. Canon really just needs to take this on the chin and they should not be surfing “free sites” for photos because those sites do nothing to ensure what is posted is owned by the poster.

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  • akkual

    Unsplash is legit and absolutely awesome site, and the uploads are moderated, just like on shutterstock or similar commercial ones. This is failure by the uploader, as now his account has been taken down from unspalsh – as to be expected for breaking the rules. Canon cannot be blamed on this.

    • Canon shouldn’t be using free photo sites. They have plenty of sponsored photographers to pull from. This is partially what’s killing the industry for professionals. I constantly have sites taking my photos without permission etc… especially my product photos and some of them can be quite large. This kind of thing is a huge problem.

      News worthy only gets you so far and DMCA take downs are always fun to file. Canon handled the situation entirely inappropriately. They need to acknowledge the mistake as I said above.

      • akkual

        I see your point, but I partly disagree. I like how Nikon and Canon have started to lift community pictures on to display to give high visibility for non-sponsored photographers too. And that is also what Unsplash is so great for photographers – high quality pictures get millions of views there and your name will be displayed when someone downloads the image. Try to get the same visibility by other means.

        Of course Canon should ensure better in these cases the picture is really owned by the uploader, but it is impossible to make 100% sure these kinda things. After all, it is not that uncommon that awarded pictures in high level competitions appear later to be wonky composites or even stolen ones.

        • Except the person that took the photo wasn’t even identified until Canon tried to throw them under the bus… I agree that exposure can be good, but that’s what embedded links are for etc… Readers can easily click through to the creators and start following them and the creators get metrics from the share….

    • Zos Xavius

      They can be blamed for their piss poor defense.

  • Ed Krisiak

    It’s great that Canon not tell the difference between a Fuji file and Canon file..

    • Zos Xavius

      You meant sony.

      • Ed Krisiak

        No I meant Fuji… “Canon responded to FStoppers claims about the image they posted using a sky from a photo taken by Elia Locardi with a Fujifilm X-T1 with a less than ideal statement. One day Sony will learn to make a good camera.

        • Zos Xavius

          You realize that having a good sensor and having a good camera are two separate things right? Last I checked Sony was making still sensors for Fuji and their sensors are quite good. Fuji’s X cameras would be pretty subpar without Sony sensors. Disagree?

          • I highly disagree. Samsung had the best sensor by far and still do, but their APS-C camera went under because of lack of UI and heritage… Fujifilm might get access to their sensors which would be huge, but ya sensors used to matter more than they do today.

            Oh and Fujifilm is way better than Canon and Nikon…