Are you the once-proud owner of a Canon EOS 650D (alternatively known as the Rebel T4i or Kiss X6i in other markets) ? Has your camera’s grip changed from black to white? Have you developed a rash from touching the white grip? Apparently there’s at least one of you out there, because Canon has issued a voluntary recall on nearly 68,200 of its EOS 650D DSLRs.
Zinc bis is partially responsible for turning the camera’s rubber grip white, and in some cases, may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
As a precautionary measure, Canon has warned users to wash their hands after handling the camera to prevent the substance from spreading to their eyes.
“We have identified a quality issue on a limited number of EOS 650D units, which causes the exterior rubber grip used on the camera body to turn white after a period of time. This issue does not affect image quality or camera performance in any way, however we are currently in the process of updating affected stock models before sale. Any customers who may be affected are advised to visit Canon’s customer support site, where further instructions regarding our repair procedure are provided.”
Owners of the affected cameras are allegedly offered free repairs. On top of this, the company has released an online “checker” for users to verify if their EOS 650D is part of the affected batch simply by punching in the camera’s serial number.