The story below has some good information in regards to the EOS 5D Mark III and some third party batteries. Not all of them are created equal, and a few companies will support you in making sure you get batteries that are 100% compatible.
When Canon upgraded the firmware of the 5D Mark III to 1.2.2/1.2.3 they killed some of the functionality of aftermarket batteries.
- Each time you put a battery in it required you to acknowledge “Communication with the battery is irregular” and the camera would not register it.
My contact at Canon explained this was an effort to cut out counterfeit batteries claiming to be Canon batteries. I explained to him the 3rd party batteries I used were clearly NOT labeled Canon and in addition contained a chip to allow it to communicate properly. My contact explained that Canon would probably never make a change backwards on this situation.
Third party battery error messages.
Jon contacted the vendor that makes the batteries he likes: Maxtek/YoKool, they advised him that they now have a new battery that is 100% compatible to the new firmware. The new batteries he got directly from them do not have the communications issue and they will register with the camera.
Maxtek/YoKool only sells these batteries through Amazon. Maxtek/YoKool advises at least for the moment (until Amazon stocks reduce and have the new batteries) to make sure to order the batteries directly from them, not use the Amazon fulfilled link: See the correct batteries here.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:
- Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
- Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom 5.3: Windows | Macintosh
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
- Canon EOS M2
- Canon PowerShot S120
- Casio EX-10
- Nikon 1 AW1
- Nikon Coolpix P7800
- Nikon Df
- Nikon D610
- Nikon D5300
- Fujifilm XQ1
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Nokia Lumia 1020
- Olympus OM-D E-M1
- Olympus STYLUS 1
- Panasonic DMC-GM1
- Pentax K-3
- Phase One IQ260
- Phase One IQ280
- Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
- Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
- Sony DSC-RX10
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3: Windows | Macintosh
Firmware Version 2.0.5 incorporates the following fix:
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.
Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
Download Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D;
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo is now selling the Canon EOS 70D body for $949 in cart. This is for a limited time.
Other deals from B&H Photo that are new are listed below.
Both Rebel kits come with a bag, memory card and an extra battery.
Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
We received a a hands-on claim about a prototype Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. We’re told that the lens is in the hands of select photographers and could be announced in the first half of 2014.
It’s said that the lens is slightly wider than the current version but weighs a bit less. The lens has a new type of coating on at least one of the elements. The version that was tested had a 77mm filter thread.
This lens has been long rumoured for replacement and a few patents (here and here) have shown up over the years. However, it’s sounding like we may finally get to see one in 2014.
Interview with Mr Masaya Maeda
DCWatch has posted an interview (Google translated) with Mr Masaya Maeda from Canon Japan. He touches on the EOS M as well as a few other things in the interview.
The main points from the conversation
- A new EOS M3 camera could arrive in the 2nd half of 2014 with an EVF
- New EF-M lenses are coming, though worldwide availability isn’t mentioned.
- Canon is considering a prosumer/professional mirrorless camera
- Video performance will be a key feature of future EOS M development.
Read the full interview
It sounds like Canon has changed its plans with EOS M. It feels like the EOS M2 may just be a stop-gap between the EOS M1 and a more advanced EOS M body & system.
We’ve also heard more reports from Europe that the M2 is not coming to that continent and Canon USA is taking the “not at this time” approach.
Source: [DC] via [CW]
From Dodge & Burn
Dodge & Burn is offering 20% off to Canon Rumors readers again this year. There are a few great Canon shirts like the “fast shooter” and the Canon Rumors inspired “1959“.
Here are the details:
- 20% OFF your purchase at Dodge & Burn
- Use the coupon code: CR20
- This sale goes from Monday December 9th thru Friday December 13th.
- Dodge & Burn ships worldwide
Visit Dodge & Burn
BuyDig is running a couple of lens deals today. One is the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II for $1679 (after $300 mail-in rebate) and the other is the EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro for $758 (after $150 mail-in rebate).
There are also deals on two of the Canon Speedlite flashes.
You must go all the way through the checkout procedure to see the final price that you’ll be charged.
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo has posted a nice article about the coming of the original Canon EOS 5D camera body. At the time, it was the first full frame camera that was “affordable”.
A snippet from the article
“Most photographers in the mid 2000′s had developed their eye using 35mm film cameras. When they attached a 50mm lens and looked through the viewfinder, they expected to see a 50mm focal range. However, nearly all the DSLR cameras available at the time were using APS-C-sized sensors, which introduce a significant amount of crop factor. The classic nifty fifty is cropped to 80mm. This compromise threw many people off, and proved to be a persistent nuisance.”
The original Canon EOS 5D was the first full frame camera I ever used. I borrowed it a lot from the photo store I worked at, I just couldn’t go back to my EOS 40D, which was a great camera in its own right. I didn’t actually own a full frame camera until late into the life of the 5D Mark II, as I was using APS-H for a long time with the 1D3 and 1D4.
Read the full article
Super telephoto patent
A new Canon patent showing other lens formulas using a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Two of the primary lenses are an EF 300-600 f/5.6L IS 1.4x and a 600 f/4L IS with a built in TC.
The same patent also shows the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC. Perhaps Canon sees value in this setup for longer lenses? Here’s hoping so.
- Focal length f = 585.10mm
- Fno. 4.12
- Half angle ω = 2.12 °
- Image height Y = 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 467.32mm
- BF 83.15mm
- Teleconference insertion
- Focal length f = 819.00mm
- Fno. 5.77
- Half angle ω = 1.51 °
- Zoom ratio 1.90
- Focal length f = 307.50 – 585.00mm
- Fno. 5.88
- Half angle ω = 4.02 – 2.12 °
- Image height Y = 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 405.00mm
- BF 75.70mm
- Teleconference insertion
- Focal length f = 427.00 – 812.33mm
- Fno. 8.17
- Half angle ω = 2.90 – 1.53 °