A look at Canon’s impressive support operation at the Winter Olympics


posted Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5:31 PM EDT


It's pretty much expected to see huge support from camera companies when it comes to global sporting events. If you've followed camera news for a while, you've probably seen the photos: Huge rooms filled to the brim with camera bodies, stacks of lenses, hardworking support staff. But no matter how many times I see these photos, I'm still in awe. There is an absolute mammoth amount of work put into sporting events, and the Winter Olympics is absolutely no exception. Canon just shared a few images from their on-site Canon Professional Services support center in Pyeongchang, South Korea and even though I've seen images like this several times, I'm still impressed. 

Just look at how much product they have on hand. They have 72 service reps from 10 countries speaking 10 different languages who are expected to service over 1000 pieces of gear coming in and out of their facility. Pictured below you'll see a segment of the 300 camera bodies and over 700 lenses they have on hand to support the event. Incredible.


Additionally, Canon shared a few images of a team putting together a remote robotics rig inside the Olympic Figure Skating and Ice Dancing venue. 


Last time I saw thiat many Canon cameras together in one space was during the previous World Cup, and I'm still repeatedly impressed by the scale of these kinds of international operations. There are going to be millions of photos taken at the Winter Olympics, and Canon professionals are going to have access to some of the best equipment the company makes to help capture the best of those.