Chuck Westfall, a photography industry legend and Canon’s main technical advisor, died yesterday after a long battle with kidney cancer. He began his career at Canon at 1982 and as Canon writes, he worked his way up to become the Technical Advisor for the company’s Consumer Imaging Group. Westfall was loved and respected among photographers, and his death made the community shocked and saddened.
I still remember clutching a pair of Nikon D100 bodies back in 2004 when Nikon announced the insanely high resolution 12MP D2x. It seemed so wild back then when other high end bodies were still only 4-8MP. People lamented on various forums about “the laws of physics” and how quickly the megapixel race would end. Oh, how short sighted we all were. We’re spoiled by today’s sensors.
With entry level models today at 24MP, and higher end bodies going 36-50MP, it just seems nuts by comparison. But, that’s not enough for Canon. Oh, no. At CES this year, Chuck Westfall (the real one, not the fake one), was showing off Canon’s 250MP APS-H sized (1.3x crop) sensor. Chuck says that it’s unlikely we’ll see this sensor in a DSLR any time soon, but it does hold some exciting possibilities for the future.