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Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:09:48 AM »

5D Mark III’s running the new firmware

We’ve received various reports that EOS 5D Mark III’s that have come back from Canon service in the last week are running firmware 1.2.1.


So I guess if you can’t wait until the 30th of April, you can drop your camera off to Canon!


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Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:09:48 AM »

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 09:12:50 AM »
I just wait and see but looking forward to it.
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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 09:23:54 AM »
T minus 9 days and counting! :)

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013, 10:47:41 AM »
It's curious why, if they're updating bodies in their Service Centers with this new firmware, they haven't already posted it on their website. I have a big shoot coming up this week, and would have liked to run the camera through its paces with this new code. Oh well.
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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 11:04:57 AM »
I received my 5d mark3 yesterday after one week in canon service Qatar with the same 1.1.3 firmware  :)

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 11:10:45 AM »
I received my 5d mark3 yesterday after one week in canon service Qatar with the same 1.1.3 firmware  :)


Interesting to see that Canon Service Centers use different policies. I wonder why.
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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2013, 11:50:44 AM »
It's curious why, if they're updating bodies in their Service Centers with this new firmware, they haven't already posted it on their website. I have a big shoot coming up this week, and would have liked to run the camera through its paces with this new code. Oh well.
A very valid point. One can hand off a Beta, but you would not update somebody's software (or firmware) without their consent. In fact if a company updated somebody's software without their consent even if it was released, they could be sued...

That said, I am sure there are new versions are in the wild. There has to be a larger group doing a Beta test before release. If they shifted the date till the end of this month, there has to be a reason to re-validate the working of a fix (or three).

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013, 11:59:09 AM »
Perhaps the ones that went in for service and came back with 1.2.1 had an issue resolved with that firmware.

It's curious why, if they're updating bodies in their Service Centers with this new firmware, they haven't already posted it on their website. I have a big shoot coming up this week, and would have liked to run the camera through its paces with this new code. Oh well.
A very valid point. One can hand off a Beta, but you would not update somebody's software (or firmware) without their consent. In fact if a company updated somebody's software without their consent even if it was released, they could be sued...

That said, I am sure there are new versions are in the wild. There has to be a larger group doing a Beta test before release. If they shifted the date till the end of this month, there has to be a reason to re-validate the working of a fix (or three).

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2013, 12:23:39 PM »
Perhaps the ones that went in for service and came back with 1.2.1 had an issue resolved with that firmware.

It's curious why, if they're updating bodies in their Service Centers with this new firmware, they haven't already posted it on their website. I have a big shoot coming up this week, and would have liked to run the camera through its paces with this new code. Oh well.
A very valid point. One can hand off a Beta, but you would not update somebody's software (or firmware) without their consent. In fact if a company updated somebody's software without their consent even if it was released, they could be sued...

That said, I am sure there are new versions are in the wild. There has to be a larger group doing a Beta test before release. If they shifted the date till the end of this month, there has to be a reason to re-validate the working of a fix (or three).
In the US of A? I would not even try that in India...

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2013, 12:48:19 PM »
Its very typical that the firmware is first installed on production cameras, then in repair centers, and finally for the millions of users.  The gradual introduction allows them to spot any issues that were missed in beta tests.  Even years of beta tests can't find issues found by users who make unusual or obscure settings.
 
I prefer it that way, it gives me a bit of a cushion to see if anything nasty happens.  I certainly would not install new firmware just before a big shoot.  Thats asking for trouble.

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2013, 12:51:04 PM »
I received my 5d mark3 yesterday after one week in canon service Qatar with the same 1.1.3 firmware  :)
Qatar is a bit slow in getting technology 5D MK III was several months slower to arrive in Qatar than most countries ... I live n Qatar.
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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2013, 12:58:56 PM »
I received my 5d mark3 yesterday after one week in canon service Qatar with the same 1.1.3 firmware  :)
Qatar is a bit slow in getting technology 5D MK III was several months slower to arrive in Qatar than most countries ... I live n Qatar.
That seems strange.  I believe you, but with the excellent Global Transportation system and
Communications, there must be a reason that involves the government.  Qatar is not some backwater country, even if it is small.  It could be something like getting radio intereference approvals.  Bureaucrats can slow down things anywhere in the world.  Canon probably tends to work issues in countries with the largest sales first.

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2013, 01:04:57 PM »
... The gradual introduction allows them to spot any issues that were missed in beta tests.  ... I prefer it that way, it gives me a bit of a cushion to see if anything nasty happens.  I certainly would not install new firmware just before a big shoot.  Thats asking for trouble.

For any firmware or software I update, I keep up to two previous versions on file, so I can revert back to an older version if I experience any problems with the latest release. I've rarely had to backtrack, but its good insurance to have, if for nothing else than peace of mind.

If the new 5D3 firmware were available today, I'd download and install it, regardless of my big shoot this week. I have the installer for the current (1.1.3) version on my PC, so I could revert to it, if necessary. Before I did that, however, I would switch to my back-up camera body if I ran into any trouble.

I completely respect the preferences of some to wait a while before installing an update, but they shouldn't press their conservatism on the rest of us. Personally, I would willingly become an unofficial beta tester, just to be able to put the promised new features through their paces.
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2013, 01:04:57 PM »

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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2013, 01:07:07 PM »
I waited almost 9 months ... so I can wait another 9 days ... No need for me to send it to Canon service center
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Re: Firmware 1.2.1 for the 5D Mark III in the Wild
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2013, 01:18:14 PM »
I waited almost 9 months ... so I can wait another 9 days ... No need for me to send it to Canon service center
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