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UPDATE

It appears as though Canon jumped the gun on this announcement, and have pulled the press release. However,  I do expect to see it some time in the 7 days. I would also hope to see a 5D Mark III firmware update as well. I’ll keep asking around. 


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update in response to user requests which further enhances the capabilities of Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D X will now be capable of AF point illumination during AI Servo AF and cross-type AF for maximum apertures as small as f/8. The new firmware update is available now at no charge from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.


AF Point Illumination During AI Servo AF

To support the needs of wedding, portrait, sports, wildlife, and theatrical performance photographers working in low light, the new firmware allows AF points in the EOS-1D X’s viewfinder to be illuminated in red when the shutter button is pressed halfway during AI Servo AF, for easy viewing of the selected point. This valuable feature will enhance the photographers’ ability to aim the camera accurately in low-light conditions, and when photographing dark subjects. To preserve exposure-metering accuracy, illumination is intermittent, not continuous. Three choices will be selectable from the menu system – Non-illuminated, Illuminated (Normal) and Illuminated (Brighter).


Cross-Type AF Support at f/8

The EOS-1D X is equipped with an innovative 61-point High Density Reticular AF System featuring up to 41 cross-type AF points, depending on the lens in use. The cross-type AF points recognize a wide variety of subject matter, making them highly desirable for maximum autofocus performance. Until now, cross-type AF on the EOS-1D X has been limited to EF lenses and lens/extender combinations with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger. The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. Ideal for wildlife photographers and others who often use EF super-telephoto lenses with extenders, this new feature greatly expands the range of EF lens/extender combinations that support autofocus when used with the EOS-1D X.


If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF Assist points. This option effectively expands the size of the AF detection area to enhance autofocus performance with subjects that are small in the frame and difficult to track, such as small animals and birds in flight. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.


http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/EOS1DX_firmware


The link currently doesn’t work, but should shortly.


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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 10:08:06 AM »
It's not yet available on the Belgian website neither...  :(
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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 10:09:53 AM »
this is great news! i better start saving some money again...
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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 10:14:56 AM »
Sure would be nice to have the same update for the 5DIII....

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 10:16:23 AM »
Hopefully they will get this out for the 5DIII as well.

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 10:23:05 AM »
another vote for this on the 5Diii, at least for the red points.

Thank you Canon for listening to people on this.

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 10:25:21 AM »
5D3 please, thank you.  (P.S.-This is definitely going to add fuel to some fires elsewhere on this site, hehe)
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 10:25:21 AM »

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 10:33:04 AM »
I'll add my vote that we need the same for the 5DIII.  Though F8 AF has always been a point of differentiation on the pro bodies, I would at least like the red AF points. 

I wonder how many folks jumped to Nikon over the F8 AF issue, and now wish they hadn't? 

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 10:33:44 AM »
Thank you Canon.
But makes me wonder why this was not provided initially.
Beter late than never...

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012, 10:47:12 AM »
Thank you Canon.
But makes me wonder why this was not provided initially.
Beter late than never...

+1. 

I literally almost bought the Kenko 1.4x yesterday, to try out with the 100-400mm for those times when I can't bring the 600/4 II.  Now that the Canon 1.4xIII will soon give me AF, I've just ordered the 2xIII (to replace my 2xII) for use with the 600/4 II.

Side note - the Kenko remains a viable option for those with a 70-300 L, which is physically incompatible with the Canon TCs.
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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2012, 10:47:57 AM »
Until now, cross-type AF on the EOS-1D X has been limited to EF lenses and lens/extender combinations with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger. The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. Ideal for wildlife photographers and others who often use EF super-telephoto lenses with extenders, this new feature greatly expands the range of EF lens/extender combinations that support autofocus when used with the EOS-1D X.</p>

Hillarious - translates as: "Everyone keeps telling us that our camera is actually better than we realised, so we decided to reprogram the software to stop telling the AF system to not do what it is clearly capable of if you can con it into doing it". 

If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF Assist points. This option effectively expands the size of the AF detection area to enhance autofocus performance with subjects that are small in the frame and difficult to track, such as small animals and birds in flight. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast

That is a bit different.  Hope it works well, or many users would be better off using the original firmware and electrical tape over the relevant TC contacts (or buying Kenko). 

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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2012, 10:50:43 AM »
there's no reason why the 5D MK III can't have this as well, so logically it surely must be on it's way in a firmware update. would be mad not to. in which case i completely expect it soon.
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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2012, 10:52:29 AM »
Yes, there's no reason why the 5D3 can't have the same..BUT i highly doubt Canon will do it for the 5D3..that way if you REALLY want it, you gotta buy a 1DX…smart marketing from Canon i must say..

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2012, 10:52:29 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2012, 10:57:02 AM »
Yes, there's no reason why the 5D3 can't have the same..BUT i highly doubt Canon will do it for the 5D3..that way if you REALLY want it, you gotta buy a 1DX…smart marketing from Canon i must say..

possilby on the f/8 side of things you may be right. but not for the red AF points...as that's a work around to correct something that is clearly an issue for many photographers.
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Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Addresses f/8 & Red AF Points in AI Servo
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2012, 11:12:53 AM »
Great News.

Though, just like many others now, I'm asking for the same firmware update for the 5D3!
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2012, 11:12:53 AM »