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5D Mark II Firmware & More

5D Mark II Firmware Upgrade
Expect a new firmware upgrade for the 5D Mark II to address the “iris jitter”.

Timeframe for the release is unknown at the moment.

Do not expect any other functionality to be added (i.e. 60fps).

House & the 5D Mark II
Mitch over at Planet5D reported to me that Fox will only be using the 5D Mark II for special lighting circumstances and for a few other types of shots. Apparently post production costs were as high as standard film with the 5D Mark II’s files.

50 f/1.0L
The timing is off for me to buy this thing, but you can. I swear this lens was on the 5D Mark II in the final bathroom scene during the House finale. I could be wrong. :)

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/901471/0?keyword=canon,50#8494486

Editorial: A Little 1D Mark III Love (Don’t yell at me)
Some people are curious about what I’m shooting with.

Well, I sold my 1D Mark IVs and moved back to the 1D Mark III.

Why? I honestly prefer the files from the 1D III. My shooting conditions never triggered the AF issues. It also AF’s better in low light than the Mark IV.

I’m also not a pro sports photographer, I had no need to have that much money tied up in camera bodies.

I’m also good with having the 5D Mark II for video. Although my video skills leave a lot to be desired.

So if you want a camera that I feel is better than the 7D in IQ, build & AF’s as well, give a 1D Mark III a try. They’re getting very inexpensive. I’ve seen some below $1800 USD.

If you love your Mark IV, I’m happy as heck. It’s a great camera. If you want a steal, try a Mark III out.

Lens Rentals Canada
We’ve added more stock over at Lens Rentals Canada to meet great initial demand.

If you haven’t checked us out, do so!

http://www.lensrentalscanada.com


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D10 Replacement & More

New Waterproof Soon
A sign a new waterproof camera is on its way is Canon Canada seems to be replaceing broken D10′s with whole new cameras, instead of fixing them.

I’ve seen this once before with a midlevel PowerShot, and sure enough it was replaced shortly after.

There are lots of factors that probably go into these decisions, but cost of warehousing them is definitely a factor. A discontinued PowerShot is a hard sell for retailers outside of the G series.

Theres also perception issues and high administrative costs to just pricedrop a camera to get rid of them.

Entire 2010/2011 Season of House By Canon DSLR?
I received information that the makers of House plan to shoot the entire next season with the 5D Mark II and possibly the 7D.

However, this time they would be adapting PV & possibly PL lenses.

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News & Notes

From NAB
Our man on the floor in Las Vegas at NAB 2010 has let us know what’s going on.

“What the Canon floor exhibits are showing: Broadcast lenses, HD camcorders, DSLR’s, Real IS LCOS projectors, large format Prograf & Pixma printers.

On hand to play with in the booths: HD studio lenses, IS zoom HD field lenses, cinema style primes and zooms, remote control robotic pan/tilt/zoom HD cams, Canobeam HD wireless video transceiver, telephoto HD lens for stereoscopic 3-D HD camera rigs and IP video security cams.

Notably, the featured cams are the 1D IV, 5D II and 7D. No showing of the 1Ds line at all (not hard to figure out why). Also, 5D II still being pushed as though it came out yesterday.”

That should let you know that the 5D Mark II isn’t going to be replaced in 2010. You’ll be waiting for the 5D Mark III into 2011.

5D Mark II Does House
Old news by now, but here it is.

The 5D Mark II was used to shoot the entire season finale of House.

http://philipbloom.co.uk/2010/04/10/house-season-finale-shot-entirely-with-canon-5dmkii/

Canon Expands the Explorers of Light
Canon has added some cinematographers to their Explorers of Light.

New folks on board? How about Alex Buono, Russell Carpenter,  Rodney Charters, Crescenzo Notarile, Damien Strohmeyer & Shane Hurlbut.

Official press release and bios here: http://www.usa.canon.com/

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New DSLR Video Products Tomorrow

From Vincent Laforet

NAB 2010 kicks off tomorrow – and you should expect some pretty fantastic announcements from a wide variety of companies. I know of quite a few – but am sworn to secrecy for at least another 12 hours or so.

For those of you who could not make it out to the city of sin for this conference – know that a lot of the buzz here surrounds the HD DSLR and “convergence” worlds. Very exciting times. I can’t wait to share a lot of what I know with you very shortly. Zeiss, RedRock Micro, Lite Panels, Marshall Electronics, Canon and many many more have some very exciting announcement to make tomorrow!

Read More: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com

From Canon, it could be the remotes we were told about.

Adobe has announced Creative Suite 5
Check out all the info about the new suite from adobe.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/?promoid=FDTFL

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Odds & Ends

Mirrorless 5D Mark II

Someone has done this to a 7D already and called it the PL7D, but here’s a mirrorless 5D Mark II. The camera can still take still photos but is really geared towards video.

See the complete tear down here.

thanks mochapaulo

85 f/1.1L?
NL read on a Linkedin discussion that Canon was readying an upgraded 85 f/1.1L. Take it for what it’s worth. :)

Big White Lenses
We’ve heard before some big white lenses will be tested at the World Cup in South Africa. There’s another suggestion that we won’t see any new models for consumption until 2011.

I’ve also heard Photokina in September still may be the place to showoff at least 1 new big white lens. The 600 DO perhaps?

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*UPDATE* 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.4 Update

*UPDATE* Read This if you’re interested in the 5D Mark II firmware 2.0.4 apparent issue.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/885884/

Thanks for the link wickerprints.

Nothing is broken
After reading some comments and talking to folks, it turns out this is normal behavior for a Macro lens.

Explanation From Dave

If these people bothered to dismount their lens, and just look through the barrel when changing focus, they’ll notice that the 100mm Macro does this even when not mounted to any camera. All Macro lenses do this…the Aperture Diaphragm closes down as focus approaches MFD…this is what people refer to when they say that the “effective aperture” is smaller at macro distances

Now there is still some disagreement in the comments section whether or not it’s truly normal. I have sent a mail into Chuck Westfall in regards to the issue.

CR’s Take
The people critical of me posting this as fact need to see the “?” after the title of the post. I was questioning whether or not there was actually an issue and letting people discuss it. My technical expertise on the subject is lacking and I was seeking an answer.

Stuff like this is worth discussing and having a record of.

In the future, I’ll make it more obvious that I am asking, not telling.

Thanks!

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5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.4 Faulty?

From 5D Mark II Team
Description of the problem:

When a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens is mounted on the camera and the user manually changes focus (rotates focus ring), the lens changes the iris/aperture “by itself”, even when the camera is in full manual mode.

It is not normal, and should not happen. The tests were made by several users with many copies on many camera bodies, so it’s not an isolated lens problem.

▪ This malfunction always occurs in this situation:

When the camera is set to M (Manual) mode and in Live View mode (Still+Movie – Movie Display), which is the correct mode for “full manual control” in movie mode.

Read more about the issue below.

http://5dmark2.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/malfunction-in-firmware-2-0-4/

thanks everyone that sent this in

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5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.4 Available

In the Version 2.0.4 firmware, the following phenomena that occurred with the Version 2.0.3 firmware (which was to enhance the movie functions) have been corrected.

There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3.

The Version 2.0.4 firmware includes the movie function enhancements listed in items 1 through 5 below, and also incorporates the correction listed in item 6.

Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.

NTSC:
1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)

1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)

640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)

PAL:
1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)

1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)

640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)

Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).

Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.

Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.

Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.

Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Download: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

Alternate Download:

Windows: http://www.canonrumors.com/files/5dfirmware/eos5d2204.exe

MacOS: http://www.canonrumors.com/files/5dfirmware/eos5d2204.dmg

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5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Broken

Important Update Information for Firmware Update Version 2.0.3
Thank you for using Canon products.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera are experiencing issues with Firmware Update Version 2.0.3.

We are working on a new firmware update to address these phenomena, which will be available soon. If you have not registered your EOS 5D Mark II, please register so we will be able to notify you via e-mail when future firmware updates become available for download.

Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support.

Official Link: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=MultiMiscPageAct&key=EOS_5DMKII_Firmware&fcategoryid=139

Some of the complaints
“No audio in C modes unless I set my audio levels in one of the “creative” modes (M, Av, Tv, ) first and then go into my C mode of choice. Kinda defeats the purpose of having a C mode if I have to go to another mode first…”

“I have found the same thing. It only seems to work if you move from one of the other creative modes to a Custom mode. If you turn the camera OFF, then go to a Custom mode, turn the camera back ON, and then try to record Manual audio, you will get signal levels on your meters, but no audio is recorded.”

From 5D Mark II Team: http://5dmark2.wordpress.com/

Thanks Jay

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5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Available.

Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.

Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.

NTSC:
1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)

PAL:
1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)

Other Functions
Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).

Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.

Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.

Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.

Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Download: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

Shop
5D Mark II @ Amazon $2469

5D Mark II @ B&H $2499

5D Mark II @ Adorama $2499

Firmware Video @ Planet 5D
Mitch at Planet5D has done an instructional video of upgrading firmware, as well as a demo video.

Check it out: http://blog.planet5d.com/

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