Canon is issuing new firmware for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on June 19, 2012. No new features have been added to the camera. I’m told that is is coming at a later date.
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
- Supports the single focal length EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens*1) is mounted to the camera with an extender*2).
- - EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM
- - Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III
- Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens
Download Firmware 1.1.3 for the 5D Mark III at Canon USA
More 5D Mark III’s
Norman Camera now has stock of the 5D Mark III in body and kit forms.
5D Mark III Body $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299
B&H has new stock of the body only for the 5D Mark III.
5D Mark III Body Only $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299
5D Mark III Body Only
Amazon has stock of the 5D Mark III body only.
5D Mark III Body @ Amazon $3499
B&H has available stock of the 5D Mark III. It’s available in body only, as well as in the 24-105 f/4L IS kit.
5D Mark III Body Only $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS Kit $4299
A new shipment of the BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III has arrived at Norman Camera. All preorders have been filled and they’re ready to ship.
Canon BG-E11 at Norman Camera $349
I’m told that B&H expects a new shipment of 5D Mark IIIs to arrive today or tomorrow as they are in transit. We should also hear of other retailers getting more shipments in the next few days as well. I’m not sure if it’s bodies and kits, or just kits alone.
5D Mark III at B&H: Body ($3499) | Kit ($4299)
Canon Rebates Extended
The Canon rebate program that was set to expire at the end of May has been extended until the end of June. This is the double up savings program if you buy a camera body along with a lens. There are also instant rebates on lens purchases only.
The 5D Mark III isn’t found in stock in too many places, so at least you get an extra month if you’ve been waiting to take advantage of the rebate when buying a 5D3.
Click to go
Visit B&H for the rebate portal.
BG-E11 Shipping Everywhere
I’ve received notifications that B&H and Adorama have begun shipping the BG-E11 to preorder customers.
Sigma Lens Rebates
Sigma has rebates going on until July 31, 2012. Visit B&H for more.
Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Availability
Various smaller retailers have received lenses. I know of a couple of 500’s that appeared in Toronto, and I received my 600 today.
I know B&H is expecting a shipment this week, however there is a preorder wait list. They expect the first 2 shipments to cover what is already preordered. I am unsure about the status with Adorama.
B&H: 500 f/4L IS II | 600 f/4L IS II Adorama: EF 500 f/4L IS II | EF 600 f/4L IS II
If you’re a retailer and get a 500 or 600 in stock that isn’t spoken for, please let me know and I can let the readers of CR know.
5D Mark III Stock
Stock of the 5D Mark III is low at the moment. Shipments for the camera should start arriving near the end of this week. I’m waiting to hear from the large retailers.
They have lots
Norman Camera in Michigan has lots of battery grips for the 5D Mark III in stock and ready to ship.
Canon BG-E11 at Norman Camera $349
New Firmware [CR2]
A mention of a new “important” firmware for the 5D Mark III was mentioned as coming sometime in June. No mention of what would be “fixed” or added to the camera.
More mentions of a mirrorless announcement in June. Launching with 3 lenses with a public “roadmap” of what would coming for the system down the road.
A few other mentions that Canon would make a “big splash” for Photokina in September. If the mirrorless is already available, not sure what that would be.
On a Photokina note, I’ll be there in Cologne to check out the new wares from Canon and the rest.
EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Availability
The lens will be available in July from a few people. There is “no risk of more delays”. Initial stock will be good, but there will obviously be backorder lists for a while.
Preorder at B&H & Adorama
Some technical stuff for you
I wrote about this functionality a few weeks ago, and it appears no solution is in sight. I have been given a bit of information as to why it may be difficult to address.
For some of us shooting the 5D Mark III, there is an issue that is driving some, not all, photographers bonkers. That is, when shooting in AI Servo mode, the focus point we have selected does not illuminate red, like it does on the EOS-1’s like the 1D Mark IV. The 7D has always had the black focus points in AI Servo and we never really heard many complaints about it. However, since the 5D3 came about, there have been countless complaints about shooting in AI servo mode without the illuminating focus points.
I finally spent a serious amount of time with the 5D Mark III, and I am on the side of it being extremely annoying that I can’t see my AF point in AI servo mode in various situations. Lowlight, black shirts, birds in flight and that sort of thing. With the 61 AF points, I do move the focus point off of center during AI Servo usage.
As mentioned, there have been lots of forum threads on the topic and I have finally heard from a few people what the issue is.
Below is some technical information about why (correct me if we’re wrong).
The transmissive LCD is the issue with both the 5D Mark III and the 1D X. Despite greatly improved AF, the exposure is affected by the red light of the AF point. This is why they do not light up in AI servo just prior to the exposure reading being made.
In order to solve the problem, Canon will have to figure a way to turn them on (red), yet adjust for the exposure differential. That isn’t as easy as it sounds, as each focus point will affect exposure slightly differently not to mention it’s also dependant on which exposure mode is active.
Can it happen?
It’s possible, because I’m told Canon is working on a solution. They do know a segment of photographer is having trouble with the black AF points. I am told the 1D X will launch with the same functionality as the 5D Mark III.
For some photographers, this is not an issue, or even a minor annoyance.