|Chuck Westfall, pictured in front of our studio test scene on a visit to DPReview to show us the EOS 7D Mark II, in 2014.|
We were sad to learn that Chuck Westfall, 35-year veteran of Canon USA and friend of the site, passed away last week. At the time of his death he held the position of Product Planning Advisor for Canon’s Imaging Technology & Communications Group.
After DPReview moved to Seattle in 2010, Chuck became our primary point of contact for technical questions and product briefings on high-end products in the USA. His pride in Canon’s portfolio of cameras and lenses and his very genuine love of photography was undimmed, even after more than 30 years at the company. During this time he played a key role in the development of countless flagship products, both film and digital.
A legendary figure within our industry, probably the nearest Chuck ever came to being a household name was as a result of the briefly-famous ‘fake Chuck Westfall’ blog of the late 2000s – which could not have been further from the character of the man himself. The real Chuck Westfall was polite, reserved and unfailingly professional.
While we didn’t work with him for as long as some of our US-based peers (we’d recommend reading Dave Etchells’ heartfelt tribute at Imaging Resource) all of us at DPReview have benefited from Chuck’s expertise in one way or another. He didn’t talk about his illness and it didn’t stop him working; he was a welcome presence at product briefings and trade-shows until relatively recently, and he will be greatly missed by everyone here at DPReview.
Remembering Chuck Westfall
Barnaby Britton, Senior Editor, DPReview.
The first time I came across Chuck Westfall was in 2000 or 2001, → continue…