5D Mark II Team

Improvements & Gear

New Firmware at Tech Service Centers

CONFIRMED:

We got confirmation that the new firmware for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is already available at Canon Tech Service centers since 1st or 2nd week of February (depending on each center/country).

But they are not allowed to update cameras until March 17th.

We will update this blog / post as soon as new information arrives.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | EOS 5D Mk II, Firmware Updates, News & Info, Special Info | , , , , , | 3 Comments

5D Mark II Firmware Release Coming

According to CanonRumors the announcement was briefly on-line at Canon UK website.

We got not one but many confirmations that the release was imminent, and it was intentionally delayed, as we already posted many times before, so this date could be the “final” and “official”.

Let’s hope Canon give us the FULL featured firmware release for the 5D Mark II, which includes Standard 23.976 / 25 / 29.97 fps, 720p modes and some other additional improvements (like AGC fix, etc.).

Check CR post here:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2010/02/5d-mark-ii-firmware-release/

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DEAR CANON INC.,

We are still waiting, we do know what you have.

Please take professional care of your professional customers and give them all the features that you include even in an entry-level DSLR.

They are possible, they share almost the same hardware.

The 5D Mark II has huge potential inside and was adopted by thousands of amateurs, professionals and companies around the world thanks to its great video capabilities.

By updating it properly you will keep it “fresh” and more competitive. Not to mention customers’ loyalty who see they are listened after their big investments.

All of that will reflect in more sales, not only on the camera but also on full frame lenses.

That is a great business opportunity for an already designed and in-production model.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | EOS 5D Mk II, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Make your voice Heard

A SMALL CAMPAIGN

We started this “small” but still effective campaign many weeks ago when Canon announced the EOS 550D including MANY of our requests for the 5D Mark II, but we think it would be good to make this campaign more “official” now through this post.

A fact: the Firmware for 5D Mark II is already made, waiting on the desk and even getting dusty…

It will come with some important improvements like “standard” 24/25/30 modes, and more (yes, not all what they could give, sadly that’s something we already expected), so we keep on requesting all around the world.

Let Canon know what we 5D2 customers feel and NEED (politely, but clearly):

http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&v=3f7l-Z4NF70&fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3D3f7l-Z4NF70

http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&v=PdDAfOi3nb0&fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3DPdDAfOi3nb0

Post your comment there. It only takes a moment (do not copy and paste other’s comment because it will be marked as spam)

We do NOT want a 5D Mark 3, but the firmware update to the existing 5D Mark 2, that CAN be made (in fact it is already) with MANY fixes and improvements to match cheaper and even entry-level DSLR’s video features (24/25/30, 720p50/60, AutoISO limit, EDIT option for video in playback mode, Crop Video, etc.)

If you check carefully our List of Fixes & Features and the Petition to Canon Inc., we are also requesting some “STILL-ONLY” features since the beginning of 2000, like AutoISO limit (recently implemented in the 550D), and even more frames for Bracketing.

AutoISO limit and Crop Video mode are in our list since LOT of months ago. Canon is taking our ideas (and we’re glad about that) but still doesn’t give them to 5D2 users (and that is not really professional)

We think that people (amateurs, professionals and even studios) who invested thousands of dollars in Canon gear deserve better and more professional attention.

Those fixes & improvements are completely possible via firmware (purely software related). They don’t need any hardware change at all.

Thanks for joining.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hidden Potential of 5D Mark II

Contents:

  • Update
  • Introduction
  • Magic Lantern: Video Interview
  • Conclusion

UPDATE

March 2nd, 2010: Canon announced the new firmware update 2.0.3 with the standard frame rates (23.976,25,29.97fps) and some few additional “extras”.

That is a great update, long awaited and deserved for such a best seller camera.

Unfortunately Canon didn’t implement some additional features, that ARE possible. Just to mention few: AutoISO limits in M mode (for stills and video), Audio meters on real time while on LiveView (so easy), Focus programming (Focus Rack, etc.), Full HD output through HDMI, etc. (check our link to the list below).

There are LOT of possible fixes and improvements still possible to this camera, that was a real unexpected success to Canon. Let’s hope Canon take advantage of that success in a smart way, that contemplate all 5D Mark II customers, ensuring their loyalty that will reflect in more sales on full frame lenses too.

INTRODUCTION

After the release in Q4 of 2008 of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and its unexpected and huge success in the world of cinematography, thousands of users started to request “Full Manual Control” in video mode, to  “fix” the most obvious limitation that Canon put on this camera: it was released without manual control in video.

After many months of requests, in May of 2009 Canon announced the release “By Popular Demand” of firmware 1.1.0 which gave that basic function to customers.

The requests didn’t stop there, because there were (and still are) evident limitations: the camera only records video in one and non-standard frame rate (30.00 fps).

That means every single video clip has to be converted to the standard 29.97fps (NTSC) or 25fps (for PAL users) or 23.976fps (for real filmmaking purposes) with all the big time consuming tasks, technical problems and many times bad results (footage degradation) that implies.

So, thousands of customers kept requesting for all the “standard frame rates” that were even introduced on the EOS 7D but still not in the 5D Mark II.

Then after a big campaign (“Calling Canon“) and all the previous requests from all around the world (by amateurs, professionals and even companies) Canon USA launched an on-line survey specifically aimed to video on the 5D Mark II. A couple of weeks later, in October of 2009 Canon made the official announcement (.PDF version) they will release a new firmware update.

MAGIC LANTERN – VIDEO INTERVIEW

Since Q1/Q2 of 2009 one person, “tired” of requesting to Canon for full manual control and 24/25p modes, started the process of analyzing the firmware of the 5D Mark II with the hope of fixing it. His name: Trammell Hudson. The project: “Magic Lantern“.

That process had many stages and is still in continuous development. The first step was to fix the easiest automatic function: Auto Gain Control (audio gain/level is automatically controlled when recording, not allowing manual override). It’s a remarkable fact that Manual gain control is even available on many P&S cameras like the G line, but still not provided by Canon on the 5D Mark II (a $2,700 body-only DSLR).

After that, many features and “fixes” were introduced in this project. Lot of them were never seen on a DSLR before, and probably not even dreamed by Canon (check the List of Fixes & Improvements).

Below there is a link to a recent video interview with Trammell Hudson, a pioneer who Canon still seems to underrate.

CONCLUSION

If only one person with the help of a tiny group of people, without knowing a piece of the firmware source code has achieved so amazing results, how much more could Canon do if they wanted?

What could be concluded in a scenario like this?

A: Canon is not really “listening to customers”, but only willing to give to customers what “it’s enough to sell”.

B: Canon’s high level executives and managers still didn’t understand what they have achieved with the introduction of 5D Mark II. Do they forget thousands of customers who already invested so much?

C: Canon is not treating customers correctly and professionally. Thousands (really thousands) of customers from all around the world have requested by any possible way all these fixes and improvements to Canon. But Canon declines to tell anything else than the last brief announcement about a firmware with 24/25p modes.

Maybe Canon is forgetting that people who invest in a $2,700 body-only camera and full frame lenses (and in most cases several thousands dollars in Canon gear) are not entry-level users nor hobbyists. They are mostly serious amateurs, professionals or even companies. So as a serious company, Canon should give clearer answers and better attention to what thousands of customers are asking for.

– The most interesting fact about all of this:  Magic Lantern has proven lot of those features requests are possible via Firmware Update. No redesign of the camera is needed, only an enhanced firmware to let this camera take advantage of its huge inner capabilities, and give improved functionalities (for stills-only shooters & filmmakers).

– The “funniest” fact (if we can call it that way):  Even many Canon representatives are using Magic Lantern, because they do know the extraordinary features and functionalities it provides to the 5D Mark II.

Our last conclusion still are questions:

  • WHY Canon seem not willing to implement these fixes and features when they really CAN?
  • Is Canon not interested to make this camera more competitive, more featured with an insignificant investment cost on firmware enhancement, then getting more profit of an already in-production camera?

They could perfectly apply this concept to the 7D and 1D Mark IV as well, and then have a full line of full featured DSLRs capable of Full HD video, something that no other company on the world still have.

Please take a look at the List of Fixes & Improvements that has been elaborated with thousands of customers’ feedbacks and requests.

Some years ago Canon (like many companies) would have paid a lot to know what customers needed and requested. Now Canon can get it for free.

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info, Special Info, Tech Ideas | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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