Archive for: 5d mark II
*UPDATE* Firmware Available (Canon USA)
You can now download the firmware from Canon USA.
Firmware version 2.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:
- Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.
- Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Dutch language.
There is no download link that I can find anywhere, so the above may change before it becomes downloadable.
From Canon USA
Canon USAs site is showing download links to a new 5D Mark II firmware. Version 2.1.1. At the time of posting this, the download links do not work.
No release notes as to what the firmware will fix/add.
When you get your 5D Mark III…..
Why not convert your 5D Mark II to an infrared camera?
Keith over at Northlight has been using an infrared 5D Mark II for a while now gives his thoughts with examples about the medium
Well it takes practice to get consistently good results. Focus needs care and it helps to bracket exposures to allow for the variable amounts of IR light in a scene compared to what you can see.
The ‘creative’ aspects of IR photography are more difficult to pin down from my own point of view.
There is that initial burst of enthusiasm for something different – that urge to explore and see just what you can do.
Read the article
No, there are no direct replacements coming soon.
The issue with shortages is to do with the floods in Thailand and parts needed to manufacture the cameras. Nikon is having the same troubles and the D7000 is experiencing the same issues.
I haven’t heard if any other Canon DSLR is affected.
5D Mark II – Canada
In Canada, the 5D Mark II body only is out there for $1999 at Henry’s and Vistek.
5D Mark II – USA
There will be an instant rebate on the 5D Mark II in the USA starting September 25 and running until October 29, 2011.
Let me know if your country sees a big rebate on the 5D Mark II
The EOS 6D or similar
Received a vague bit of information that Canon could be readying a new entry level full frame camera. It would sit below any sort of 5D Mark III. It would not be the “mythical’ 3D.
The camera would be lower megapixel than the 5D Mark III. A Canon rep recently told the BBC that “fewer megapixels are better”.
I’m still getting some hints of an October announcement of some kind of DSLR, nothing seems difinitive though.
There is a suggestion Canon themselves don’t even know what they’re going to announce, if anything at all. The problem is not prototypes that aren’t ready, the problem is production. If there is an October announcement for a DSLR, I wouldn’t expect immediate delivery based on this information.
I received a price list from a German dealer today, omitted on the price list was the 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV. The dealer is a pro dealer.
5D Mark II Crazy Price
Best Buy dumping 5D Mark II’s for what appears to be below cost.
Visit Best Buy 5D Mark II Listing
Canon Australia bug or more?
The 5D Mark II is listed twice on the Canon Australia web site, it wasn’t like this a little while ago. A placeholder or a mistake?
*UPDATE* It was pointed out to me that if you click the second 5D Mark II link, the URL says “6D” at the end. *thanks Mike*
Nothing else too crazy today.
Firmware 2.0.9 for 5D Mark II
Firmware Version 2.0.9 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens
3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.
The new feature?
I’m told Canon has prototype flashes with radio receivers built in. They’ll be triggered by an updated ST-E2. Yes, wireless radio Canon flashes, by Canon.
I had been told previously that Canon’s next flagship flash would have new and innovative technology built in, this could be that.
No ETA on an announcement.
5D Mark II/III
Lots of stock shortage reports of the 5D Mark II. No, it’s not being replaced anytime soon. Canon cannot provide enough stock at the current moment. Adorama does have 5D Mark II’s in stock for $2699.
There were some rumors floating around about a May announcement of a 5D Mark III. I’ll say “not likely”.
1D Mark IV stock.
1D Mark IV’s, don’t expect to see many of them well into the summer.
I’ve been busy
I’ve been busy with other ventures recently. Mainly moving Lens Rentals Canada to new digs and ramping up for the wedding season rentals.
Most of what is coming my way is about stock levels.
I’m told from a good source that Canon is discussing the delaying of new product announcements until they can at least deliver what was announced last year. Everything is still up in the air as companies still don’t have a firm grasp on what will happen with their ability to manufacture in the coming months.
Maybe not so crazy
I posted the craziest rumor of the week on Sunday, it didn’t seem at all plausible to me.
One person in particular wrote in saying it may not be that far off. Such a camera was apparently discussed with him/her before Christmas.
- - New small body FF
- - Pro AF (45 point same as Eos 1D MKIV)
- - 16.7 MP
- - 6 FPS (booster with extra batterygrip up to 9fps)
- - ISO 100-12800 (L50 / H102400)
- - Single CF slot
- - Video as Eos 7D
- - Msrp $ 4,399
What I was told was the MSRP was way off, the rest of it was relatively on the mark. A CP+ announcement was unknown, as the source was told it would be announced at the end of February.
5D Mark III / 1Ds Mark IV
As most people know, the 5D Mark II completely killed the 1Ds Mark III sales numbers. The same source explains that Canon will move the 5D Mark III into the territory of flagship resolution camera and the 1D Mark IV/V will be the flagship “pro” body. The 1Ds Mark IV will be something completely different, yes, another person saying it.
The whole Canon DSLR lineup is due for a big shake up, all of this info points to that. I’m not going to commit to all of this being true, but there’s an awful lot of people saying the same thing.