The rumor mill is in full swing across a variety of camera brands right now. While I’m happy to pass them along, remember folks, these are still rumors. I do my best to point you to the sources when I can find them. Additionally, there are a ton of rumors that I simply pass over because they are so obviously false.
Looking back at some of the comments made by Photography Bay readers on the Canon 5D Mark II rumor regarding a purported screenshot of a Canon.de webpage (see here), I was almost certain that it’s a fake. Additionally, I’m inclined to disregard the information that appeared with it.
However, I want to point out one additional observation. A commenter going by the name “Phil” found what appears to be the source of the screen shot over at PBase (here’s the link). Phil actually didn’t link to the 5D Mark II screenshot. He linked to a screenshot of a Canon EOS 3D from Canon.it (Canon Italy). When I saw it, I figured I would post something a little later tonight; however, it’s gone now and the following message appears in it’s place:
The images have been removed. We simply had to remove them. Why?
Well, a very well-known lawyer sent us a long letter on behalf of an extremely irritated marketing department of a dreadfully famous company.
Guess what happened?
Well it seems we slightly messed up the plans they had for the launch of a product . . . sorry but it was not our fault.
Peace & be happy.
You can take it for what it’s worth. Frankly, I don’t know if PBase’s message isn’t a worse marketing headache for Canon than the screenshot. I was ready to write off the screenshot as a dummied up page by someone trying to stir the pot. Now, I’m scratching my head a bit. Also, the presence of this message on the Canon 3D screenshot page makes me wonder even more. I’m still trying to dig up a cached image of the Canon.it screenshot, but haven’t had any luck yet.