Archive for: 5d3

Odds & Ends [Various]

Odds & Ends [Various]

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.

Mirrorless [CR2]
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.

Photokina [CR1]
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



5D Mark III & 1D X Black Focus Point in AI Servo Information

5D Mark III & 1D X Black Focus Point in AI Servo Information

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.



Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Pics & Preview

Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Pics & Preview

BG-E11 User Preview
A reader of the site sent in some pics of the new BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III. It was noted a view new features and differences between it and the BG-E6 for the 5D Mark II.

  • Better build quality and stiffer than the bg-e6
  • New battery door cover storage setup
  • New way to insert batteries
  • Feels close to holding a 1D series body

Retail for the new battery grip is $349USD.

thanks Oliver

Continue reading for pics of the BG-E11.

What's in the box"

New design for the battery cover

New design for the battery cover

Top view

The new joystick for vertical shooting

Joystick and buttons



Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers

We’ve had spottings of the BG-E11 showing up in Australia and the UK. They should make their way around the rest of the planet fairly quickly. I’m told we’ll be able to get them in Canada next week, I assume it’s the same in the United States.

Proof! From @iSimonDavis in the UK

 Canon BG-E11 for preorder for $349 at Norman Camera |  B&H | Amazon | Adorama 



5D Mark III Body Only in Stock at B&H

5D Mark III Body Only in Stock at B&H

From B&H
B&H now has limited stock of the 5D Mark III body only.

5D Mark III Body @ B&H for $3499

Kits are now in stock too.

5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS @ B&H for $4299



Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS Service Notice

Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS Service Notice

From Canon USA
To Users of the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have confirmed that when the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses are used with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera does not need to be repaired as a result of this phenomenon.

The support measures for this phenomenon have been decided and they are as described below.

If either of the lenses is attached to the camera with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to ON, the Image Stabilizer will synchronize with the autofocusing (AF) function and an abnormal noise may occur. This abnormal noise does not affect captured images.

This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is used with either of the lenses, and does not occur when the camera is used with other lenses.

Affected Products

  • EF200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
  • EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

*This phenomenon does not occur with cameras other than the EOS 5D Mark III.

*If the fifth and sixth digit of the six-digit alphanumeric number that is imprinted on the lens mount of the above EF lenses is of any of the following numbers, the lens is affected.

  • EF200mm f/2L IS USM: If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, or 02.
  • EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM:If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 06.

How to Identify Affected Products:
Please check the six-digit alphanumeric number as indicated in the image below.

The Canon lenses affected by this phenomenon will be inspected and repaired free of charge starting from May 21, 2012. If you own one of the affected lenses, please contact our Customer Support Center.

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.

Thank you,

Customer Support Operations

Canon U.S.A., Inc

What if you’re not in the USA?
Other countries should follow suit shortly.




Incident on Marmont Avenue

Incident on Marmont Avenue

Canon Rumors Sponsors a Short Film Project
My friend Mitch from Planet5D decided to make a short film with another new friend Barry Andersson from Deodand Entertainment. Mitch asked if I wanted to provide some funding, and I obliged. The film is the first I’ve seen shot entirely with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and that’s what drew me into the project. I hung out with both of these guys at NAB and was quite impressed by how serious they took the project, from the story, execution and casting. I hope to help more in the future.

Barry Andersson, director and co-producer, said: “The film was designed to fit a budget that many filmmakers and still photographers can afford. My team tailored our shooting schedule, equipment and techniques to be accessible to all budget levels. My goal was to show that people can get absurdly good results with a DSLR camera with a smaller price tag than they realize.”

The film and summary after the break.

Incident on Marmont Avenue (Based on true events)
On November 12, 2011 the police were called to an incident at 1701 Marmont Avenue. This film is the story of what happened that night.

This project is one of the first narrative films to showcase the Canon 5D Mark III. We are excited to present a project that shows what DSLR technology can do for independent filmmakers at any budget. The entire film was shot on Zeiss CP.2 lenses courtesy of Carl Zeiss (

Get ready to watch our incredibly talented cast whose credits range from The Artist, Mad Men, 24, Lost, Scrubs, Sin City, Shawshank Redemption and more.



  • Directed by Barry Andersson
  • Written by Janie L Geyen
  • Produced by Mitch Aunger
  • Janie L Geyen
  • Barry Andersson
  • Director of Photography Julien Lasseur

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Lower Price Full Frame Camera [CR1]

Lower Price Full Frame Camera [CR1]

For Photokina?
Another mention of a new and less expensive full frame camera from Canon for Photokina. We reported this a few times before here and here.

Specs mentioned include:

  • 21mp
  • Less weather sealing
  • lesser AF system than the 5D3

CRs Take
While I don’t doubt a less expensive full frame camera in Canon’s future, I think most specs currently floating around will be of the wish-list variety. I would expect the camera to have the same 22mp sensor that is found in the 5D Mark III. After that , you can start knocking off about $1500 in “features” from the 5D3 to make the new camera.

Source: [CW]



Adorama & B&H Have Stock of the 5D Mark III

Adorama & B&H Have Stock of the 5D Mark III

5D Mark III at B&H *Out of stock*
B&H has stock of the 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4 L IS kit.

5D Mark III Kit w/24-105 f/4L IS @ B&H for $4299

5D Mark III at Adorama
Adorama has informed me that they will be filling all their preorders today, and will have stock of the 5D Mark III left over and ready for sale.

It shows out of stock at present, but there ARE some extras ready to go.

5D Mark III Body @ Adorama $3499

5D Mark III Kit w/24-105 f/4L IS @ Adorama $4299 



5D Mark III Body Only & Kit in Stock at Norman Camera

5D Mark III Body Only & Kit in Stock at Norman Camera

From Norman Camera
The fine folks at Norman Camera have notified us that they have 5D Mark III (Body Only) in stock and ready to ship. They will be the fixed cameras with serial number notifier “3” and not the affected “1” or “2”.

The kit with the 24-105 f/4L IS is also in stock.

5D Mark III (Body Only) @ Norman Camera $3499 

5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS @ Norman Camera $4299