Canon to Halt Sales of EOS-1D Mark III to UK and Recall?

We told you about Canon's willingness to fix the focus problems in its flagship EOS-1D Mark III camera, and now it appears the company is taking further steps to make sure the $4500 digital SLR is working properly. In a letter allegedly sent to UK dealers and dated October 25, not only does Canon acknowledge a quality issue with some of the EOS-1D Mark III units already sold, the company has decided to stop shipping the product and will collect all unsold units from dealer stock. Take a look at the letter:

Canon to Halt Sales of EOS-1D Mark III to UK and Recall?


We talked with representatives at Canon USA this morning, who said they hadn't heard anything about this letter, nor did they know if sales of the EOS-1D Mark III would also be halted in the U.S. or if existing units would be recalled. They're looking into it for us, so stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE: Canon tells us all the U.S. models now shipping have already been modified, and no recall is planned. If current EOS-1D Mark III owners are experiencing autofocus problems, they're invited to return the camera to Canon for repairs. [Rob Galbraith DPI]