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Update – Product Advisory for EOS 5D Mark III LCD Illumination Exposure Issue

Update – Product Advisory for EOS 5D Mark III LCD Illumination Exposure Issue

UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
 
Phenomenon
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
 
Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
 
Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn]
“X”=”0″ and “N”=”1″ or “2″
“n” represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: “0nnnn1nnnnnn” or”0nnnn2nnnnnn”

Support
Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.

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Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?

Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?

PlanetMitch over at Planet5D speculates about the possibility of adding Dual Pixel Technology to the EOS 5D Mark III. With Canon adding it to the Cinema EOS line, can we expect the same thing for the EOS lineup as well?

Mitch asked Canon, and received the types of answers you’d expect.

This would certainly change the game for the EOS 5D Mark III and adding features to an existing Canon DSLR.

Says PlanetMitch
“Tho of course, we don’t know if it is going to be added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or even the Canon EOS C300 and who knows how long Canon has been putting Dual Pixel capable sensors out… but we do now know that they shipped cameras with capable sensors before they had the firmware necessary to make it all work.”

Read the full article

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Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]

Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]

We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.

The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.

As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”

I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.

More to come…

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EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries

Tech Support
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.

Says Jon
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.

Third party battery error messages.

Solution
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.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kits Coming to USA

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kits Coming to USA

Canon USA to start selling the new kit
Canon USA will start selling the EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS kit next month (November 2, 2013). The MSRP will be $4299.

Is this the beginning of the end for the EF 24-105 f/4L IS?

Source: [Canon] via [TDP]

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Magic Lantern Improves 5D Mark III Dynamic Range to 14 Stops

Magic Lantern Improves 5D Mark III Dynamic Range to 14 Stops

From Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern team is letting the world know that they are at the beginning of a new function for the 5D Mark III and EOS 7D. Apparently they’ve figured out a way to boost dynamic range by 3 stops by using a new way of making a photograph by using ISO 100 for some of the vertical lines and ISO 1600 for the rest of it. Sounds wild to us, not sure how they’re doing that. There will be a process to combining the lines of 100/1600 ISO to give you the full resolution file.

From Alex at ML

  • Works for both photos and raw videos on Canon EOS 5D Mark III. On Canon EOS 7D, photo only (since it can’t do raw video).
  • What are the benefits? more dynamic range (less shadow noise).
  • The functionality was not really in Canon firmware, but in the chip that samples the sensor. Canon firmware does not make any use of it (they just set both ISO “registers” to the same value). It was implemented on the hardware side though (and that’s why it works only on these 2 cameras, because only they have two ISO amplifiers).

Read more at Planet5D | Visit Magic Lantern

 

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5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study

Magic Lantern is onto something…
There have been a lot of posts lately about Magic Lantern’s breakthrough enabling RAW video recording on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Below is an ISO test of the standard H.264 of the 5D3, and what the RAW video from Magic Lantern looks like. This was done by Dustin J Tolman.

The results are pretty remarkable and easy to see, this software is still in its early stages and will probably get a lot better over the next few months.

Workflow
An ISO test comparing Canons H264 compression vs Magic Lantern’s 14 Bit RAW hack.

• First I converted the RAW files with ML’s raw2dng.
• Next I dragged the files into Photoshop which opened up Adobe Camera Raw.
• I selected the first image and used the auto white balance setting which got rid of the heavy magenta tone.
• Then I synchronized the additional files, and exported them as 16bit tiff files.
• First I tried to use QuickTime 7 to create an image sequence, but it render the video with incorrect color.
• So instead of QT I ended up using Final Cut Pro X to create an image sequence to a ProRes 422 HQ output.

Canon 5dmk3 @ F8
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II @ 200mm
Technicolor Cinestyle

Music – Soundgiant

Read more about this test at Planet5D.com | EOS 5D Mark III at B&H Photo

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5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording

5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording

From Magic Lantern
Magic Lantern has unlocked RAW video recording in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. From early reports the quality of the video files is pretty amazing and might be better than the C300 and definitely better than the BlackMagic Cinema Camera.

You can read about the workflow, see sample videos and more at EOSHD.

Read Mor at EOSHD | EOS 5D Mark III at B&H Photo

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information

Firmware Coming?
There has been a lot of questions wondering when Canon will release a firmware update similar to the EOS-1D X  that adds the blinking red AF point when in AI servo mode. While I figured they were working on it, I wasn’t quite sure why it hadn’t been brought to market or included with the announced and upcoming firmware update.

This is a direct quote of what I have been told:

They are testing that at the moment but don’t know if it is possible to implement. The former system had a different type of focusing screen and it was easy to handle because it had no reflection in the viewfinder. The new system, with the LCD screen inside the viewfinder is reflecting the red light back and this can affect the light metering system. In the EOS-1D X, the viewfinder box is bigger than in EOS 5D Mark III, which aids in making it possible and workable. In the EOS-1D X they alternate red illumination and metering, and this is why there is the red blinking. With the EOS 5D Mark III, they are testing it but they are not sure if they can make it operate in the same way.

This sounds logical enough, and it’s good to know they are trying to implement it.

5D Mark III at Norman (Body | Kit), B&H (Body | Kit) Amazon (Body | Kit), Adorama (Body | Kit)

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EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Firmware

Not included in the April update?
I’m wondering aloud if we’ll see the blinking red AF point firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III before April?

Why April?
Maybe the recent clean HDMI out software from Magic Lantern forced their hand.