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EOS 7D Firmware Update 1.2.3


Today Canon has released a new firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D.

Firmware changes:

Firmware version 1.2.3 incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT24-EX) and slave flashes do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

Firmware version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.2. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Note that cameras with the version 1.2.3 firmware (and also versions 1.2.0 through 1.2.2) cannot be downgraded to a previous firmware version (such as version 1.1.0 or earlier).

Important: Before downloading the firmware update, please be sure to read the entire contents of Canon’s page.

Official Download: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/firmware.html


This update is aimed to fix some issues, which is great and always very much appreciated for all Canon users, especially those ones suffering the issues.

But we can’t give up on asking Canon: why don’t they also IMPROVE some of the functions of their current expensive cameras?

This not only applies to Canon EOS 7D, but also to the rest even more expensive models like EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS 5D Mark II.

We don’t only want to see new cameras “replacing old” models (which in fact are not really “old”, that’s mainly a marketing crazy race) then “forcing” customers to buy new ones, but also firmware updates that give to the users and customers the HUGE potential these cameras ALREADY have inside.

We always like new cameras, of course, but we do not like the crippling that is applied to them, at all. Stop crippling cameras and “free” the current ones!. We are all customers and consumers, but not fools.

As a reminder we mention very few examples of features that CAN be improved on many current Canon DSLR cameras via Firmware Update (without hardware change):

  • “Clean” HDMI / AV output (function to enable/disable the white focus square in Live View mode. So easy to do)
  • Auto ISO Limiters, essential for M mode (in normal & Live View mode) (*)
  • Manual Audio gain control (*)
  • More frames available on Bracketing mode (for HDR photography)
  • Capability to “Edit” movie/video clip in camera (*)
  • Movie “Crop” mode (*)
  • etc.

(*) Notes: Some of these features are already available on specific models, while not in others sometimes much more expensive. Also, some of them are even available on P&S cameras under $500, but NOT in muti-thousand dollaras DSLR cameras!. This inconsistency and incoherence should be fixed by Canon.

Please check the article Zoom H4N – Firmware Update 1.70 (which indeed implements improvements) for more details, and also check the List of Fixes & Improvements to know more possible enhancements. It’s even smart from a business point of view (as commented on the previous link).


We have received LOT of messages from 5D Mark II and 7D users asking if there is a hope for such improvements. We couldn’t tell for sure. It all depends if Canon is willing to implement them or not (even when they actually CAN).

We sincerely hope Canon will “listent to customers” once again, and fix this inconsistency and incoherence, and improve the higher level DSLR cameras’ features to match the entry and mid-level ones.

Feel free to spread this link and support this “reminder” to Canon (of course, feel free to send it to Canon too using the contact information on the main page or your own personal way).

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November 25, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , | 5 Comments

Zoom H4N – Firmware Update 1.70


If you have followed our blog since a while ago, you already know that we always encourage and support all kind of improvements via firmware updates. In fact we encourage every possible improvements to already existing cameras or every kind of device, because that increases the product competitivity and value.

On November 18th, Zoom Corporation (an innovative japanese company) has released a new “system update” (which is a firmware update) that gives the user independent level controls on the two XLR inputs available on the device, adding a new level of versatility to the most popular handheld recorder on the market.

The Zoom H4N became the popular affordable solution for most HDSLR shooters. Chek its great features and specs clicking here!

This new functionality available thanks to the firmware update is especially useful for serious audio recording and will be very much appreciated for those who use it with HDSLRs for video or filmmaking purposes.

Download link: http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/download/software/h4n.php


This is another demonstration that firmware updates can bring more or enhanced features and versatility to already designed and in production devices. That means no really big costs since firmware updates are in fact software updates, no hardware changes are required to the current production line.

Of course, we keep on requesting Canon to improve the EOS line of HDSLRs, which has a huge potential inside, not fully exploited yet.

As a reminder we mention very few examples of features that CAN be improved on many current Canon DSLR cameras:

  • “Clean” HDMI / AV output (function to enable/disable the white focus square in Live View mode)
  • Auto ISO limiters (in normal and Live View mode) (1*)
  • Manual Audio gain control (2*)
  • More frames available on Bracketing mode (for HDR photography)
  • Capability to “Edit” movie/video clip in camera (3*)

NOTES: Some of these simple features are already available in some specific DSLRs, while they are not in other models (many times MUCH more expensive). In most cases there is no hardware limitation, it’s only a matter of firmware (software), which controls the camera.

It’s even ridiculous to find some of these functions in P&S compact cameras that cost less than $500 (lens included), but not in thousand of dollars more expensive DSLRs cameras (body-only).

(1*): This function is already available in EOS 60D and EOS T2i/550D, but not in much more expensive models like EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D.

(2*): This function is only available on EOS 5D Mark II and the new EOS 60D

(3*): This feature is only available on EOS 7D, EOS 60D and EOS T2i/550D.

This inconsistency and incoherence is indeed something that Canon SHOULD fix.

For more possible enhancements, check our List of Fixes & Improvements.


November 21, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS 60D Special Rebate


OFFER EXTENDED for both EOS 7D and EOS 60D, now ending on 01/08/2011. Still time to buy and save!

Besides the “Double Instant Rebates” promotion Canon has launched a special $100 instant rebate on the new Canon EOS 60D (also available for EOS 7D). It applies when buying the EOS 60D body only or the EOS 60D camera Kit with Canon EF-S 18-135mm lens.

Of course, if you buy a lens or flash with the camera, then you double the rebate on that item! (this can save you many hundred dollars).

Please check Canon Double Rebates for more details.

IMPORTANT: this special promotion is also for Canon EOS 7D and ends 11/24/2010.

The EOS 60D has great feature for both stills and video shooters. One of the most noticeable new features is the new fully articulated LCD screen.

A very brief summary of the most relevant features include:

  • Includes Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens (optional)
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video Capture at 24/25/30p modes
  • 1280 x 720 HD Video Capture at 50/60p modes
  • Manual Audio Gain (yes, you read it well)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Vari-Angle Clear View 3.0″ Flip-Out LCD
  • Top panel LCD & Rear control dial
  • 5.3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • HDR Photography function
  • RAW and Post Processing functions (correct distortion, chromatic aberration and more)
  • Works with all Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 6400 – Expandable to 12800
  • HDMI Output to HDTV
  • and lot more…  Check full specifications below.


As previously posted some days ago in our article EOS 60D 5 Test in 1, Mr. Amila C. Kumarasinghe from Sri Lanka has recently posted a very nice and interesting video test made with the new Canon EOS 60D.

One of the comments he sent us was about the improved performance of the 60D related to overheating during long sessions.

He told us: “last days I had a recording with 1hr and 45mins continuously. Camera (EOS 60D) didnt get overheat. Thats a good point. In my experience we can’t use 7D for 30mins continously, they get overheat. 60D does great job. (Basically my country is little Warm that means normal temperature range is 30-35º C in my area. . . .)”

That indeed is a very interesting point to keep in mind, that lot of filmmakers and videographers will really appreciate.

Additionally, this new camera has VERY interesting buil-in RAW and Post Processing functions for still photography (see Specifications below).

EOS 7D vs. 60D

If you are planning to buy a new camera and you are choosing between these two models (both APS-C sensor cameras), the first thing you should keep in mind is: Are you mostly interested in still shooting OR in movie/video recording?

To make it very brief:

Continue reading

November 8, 2010 Posted by | EOS 60D, PROMOS | , , , , | Leave a comment

F1 Ad Shot with 5D Mark II

Formula 1 Trackday summit 2010
OnBoard dpt.

RTV GmbH has produced an amazing footage, shot on Formula 1 race tracks worldwide between 2006 and 2010 with Canon HDSLR, ARRI 35mm & RED cameras.

Emanuel Maximilian Schwermer, BVK, who worked on this and many other projects, has recently told some details about it:

“We shot all the onboard stuff with up to three Canon 5D Mark II rigged on a single F1-car. We used also little remote heads invented exclusively for this shooting by Thomas Roim (see the credits). Shot with superFlat gamma and Nikkor primes with Novoflex adaptors, graded in Apple color.

There is a bit of behind the scenes stuff. Some Making of Films of our F1 productions the last 8 years can be found on my Homepage. You can also find some articles written about this F1 productions, few in english, most in german.

The 5D2 onboard stuff is featured in the latest articel on my homepage in the german magazin Professionl Production.

The car-mounts we used were all custom made. Our KeyGrip Thomas Roim of www.movie-cars.de built them together with the technicians of the race teams. Also the little remote (auto-pan) heads were invented especially for the F1 productions by Thomas Roim.”

You can find the mentioned article on the Archive section of Emanuel Schwermer’s website (check at “Publications” near the bottom of the page: “Published in the german film/tv magazine “ProfessionalProduction” (issue 05/2010)”).

Picture of the custom made car-mount (credits: Professional Production)


It is well worth to mention that there are many technical difficulties when filming on cars running at such high speeds. To mention some of them: strong vibrations, very strong G-forces, wind forces, etc.

According to the magazine article, to get those amazing shooting perspectives Thomas Roim specifically developed a small electronically controlled support, where one of the three Canon 5D Mark II was mounted. This provided an impressive pan in dynamic perspectives.

They used specially adapted manual Nikon Prime lenses (16, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50mm). More modern lenses with auto focus and without manual aperture ring were not suitable for this project because their internal mechanics and electronics suffered the huge vibrations in the F1 racing car and didn’t work properly.

For more technical details about shooting and post production, please check the full article in the german magazine.


Footage produced by RTV GmbH

Director of Photography: Thomas Stokowski
OnBoard Photographer: Emanuel M. Schwermer
Editor: Felix G. Rauch
Sound Design: Ike D. Aligbe
OnBoard Rigs & Speedcar: Thomas Roim
Camera Equipment: FGV Schmidle GmbH
Russian Arm: Filmotechnique

Driver in order of appearance:
-Timo Glock
-Niko Hülkenberg
-Rubens Barrichello
-Jarno Trulli
-Nico Rossberg
-Michael Schumacher
-Ralf Schumacher

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info, Shot w/ HDSLR | , , , | 2 Comments


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