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EOS 7D Firmware Update 1.2.5 RELEASED

Canon has finally and officially released firmware update 1.2.5 for EOS 7D. Check our previous articles for a weird history of forth and back moves!

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

As previously posted one week ago in this article, these are the fixes and changes incorporated in this update:

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April 26, 2011 Posted by | CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Coming Soon


UPDATE: April 24, 2011 – Download still available –

As mentioned in our previous article, Canon UK removed the links to the new firmware version 1.2.5 for EOS 7D. But we realized that in fact the files are still on the server.

So, if you really need the update and don’t want to wait until Canon officially release, you can still download it (if Canon doesn’t change the file location or completely removes it).

To know about the improvements and fixes incorporated in this update, please check this article. Below we post the current links to Canon server.

DISCLAIMER: You should know what you are doing and all the precautions that must be taken when updating your camera’s firmware (doing it with a fully charged Canon brand battery, not touching anything during the process, etc.). If you’re uncertain about it, please wait until the official announcement and release. We are not responsible of any kind of damage or loss of information due to any reason. We only provide the information we found.

General instructions: Firmware Update Procedures (English)

Software (for Windows):

File version: 1.2.5
File Size: 13.7 MB
Downloads: eos7d-v125.exe

http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/4/0400000304/01/eos7d-v125.exe

Software (for Mac OS X):

File version: 1.2.5
File Size: 13.7 MB
Downloads: eos7d-v125.dmg

http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/5/0400000305/01/eos7d-v125.dmg

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As mentioned on previous articles, firmware version 1.2.5 for Canon EOS 7D was available at Canon UK website and then removed 1 day after we announced it.

According to our friends at Planet5D firmware version 1.2.5 will be released soon:

Just in from canon:

There are no safety issues with 7D firmware including version 1.2.5. The Canon UK web site posted it before they were supposed to, but it will be reposted worldwide within the next few days.

So it seems it was some kind of leak, nothing else. Weird anyway!

Stay tuned!

April 21, 2011 Posted by | CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 7D Firmware 1.2.5 REMOVED

Today Canon UK has removed firmware version 1.2.5 for the EOS 7D from their website.

Yesterday we wrote an article about this new release available for download. Pretty weird it was only available at Canon UK. But even more strange that it was removed less than 1 day after we posted about it!

As we mentioned earlier, there was another weird thing: version 1.2.5 referred to a previous version (1.2.4) that was not widely (if officially) released.

We wonder… was a bug found on it?

Did Canon change their mind and are willing to add new features like disabling AGC to give manual audio control? (very unlikely to happen even when it’s so easy, but we all hope so)

Still no answers. So far, the “new” firmware version 1.2.5 is not available anymore.

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April 20, 2011 Posted by | CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 7D Firmware Update 1.2.5

UPDATE: April 20, 2011 – Firmware version 1.2.5 for EOS 7D was removed from Canon UK. Check this article to know more.
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Canon has released a new firmware update for the EOS 7D . It includes some fixes and improvements, but there is still no option to disable AGC (auto gain control).

Weird indeed, this firmware refers to a previous version (1.2.4) that was not widely announced. Moreover, this new version 1.2.5 still doesn’t appear on Canon USA website at the time of writing this article.

EOS 7D Firmware version 1.2.5

Changes in this firmware:

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April 19, 2011 Posted by | CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

USB Follow Focus Controller PRE-ORDERS

Less than 48hs after the official release, the new USB Follow Focus Controller has run out of stock!

But we were notified that due to the very high demand the manufacturer (Okii Systems LLC.) is now accepting pre-orders.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

The manufacturer kindly allowed us to give a Coupon Code to get $50 discount on your purchase. It is cumulative, if you buy two controllers you get $100 discount.

  • COUPON CODE: okii50

To place your order visit the manufacturer website: www.okii.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FF-001

Please check our dedicated section USB FF Controller which includes a brief description, features list, some video tests and very important technical information and details that all potential customers should read.

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Quoted text from the manufacturer website:

Preorder Information

Due to the high demand for this item we are allowing preorders, which will reserve you a USB Follow Focus on a first-come, first-served basis. As inventory arrives, orders will be processed in the order they are received.

The next production run is expected to be ready the week of February 21, 2011. There are a limited number of units, so there is no guarantee that the incoming inventory will cover all preorders. Unfulfilled preorders will roll over to later production runs. At any time you may cancel your preorder and receive a full refund.

As with any kind of manufacturing, circumstances beyond our control may lead to production delays. Please be assured that we are working as hard as possible to meet our projected delivery dates.

Please refrain from emailing about preorder status. This page plus the Okii Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated regularly with status information.

Image on top courtesy of Okii Systems LLC.

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February 3, 2011 Posted by | EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS T2i/550D, NEW Devices & Accessories, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

USB Follow Focus Controller Released

Okii Systems LLC. has released today the Okii USB Follow Focus Controller for Canon HDSLR cameras. As mentioned earlier, this device can do MUCH more than controlling focus.

We have opened a dedicated section called USB Follow Focus Controller with full details, important information and some video tests for your convenience.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

As previously announced, the manufacturer kindly allowed us to give a COUPON CODE to get a discount of $50 to all those readers interested to buy it.

Please check the USB Follow Focus Controller section for the coupon code and more details.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION & USER GUIDE

It is very important to understand that this is not a mechanical follow focus, but a USB one, with its advantages and limitations (the real limitations are due to Canon’s USB implementation).

To fully understand the capabilities and benefits of the Okii USB Follow Focus controller, you should read the following:

Once you really understand HOW the controller works, then you start taking advantage of its capabilities. It is VERY important to configure the controller to your specific camera and lens to avoid confusion. So take a bit of time reading the instructions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You will find lot of additional information, feedback and some video tests on the previously mentioned section. Please also check the manufacturer website for even more detailed technical information and pictures of the product.

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January 28, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS T2i/550D, NEW Devices & Accessories, News & Info, PROMOS, REVIEWS | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

USB Follow Focus Controller

PREVIEW:
Accessory for Filmmakers & Photographers

As far as we know, this is the first USB Follow Focus controller that will be released in the world. But the best part is that this device can do MUCH more than controlling focus!

As we have told in our previous article, we have been participating in the beta-testing process of a very nice new device compatible with all Canon HDSLR cameras that will be released by the manufacturer very soon.

Today we can unveil some more details of this amazing accessory that will be extremely useful for both filmmakers and photographers.

Please note: we are not the manufacturers nor designers of this device. We have been testing it and giving feedback, reports and suggestions since 2 months ago.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The controller is pretty well made, it feels solid and strong but it’s lightweight at the same time. Enclosure and knob are made of black anodized aluminum, giving it a very nice look.

It has a round shape design, easy to handle and a 1/4″-20 standard mounting hole on the back face, so you can easily mount it on any kind of support.

It obviously works via USB cable connected to the camera, so basically you can remotely control your camera, but with the HUGE advantage that it does not turn off the rear LCD screen! So think about the possibilities…

The controller can work in 3 different modes:

  • Focus Points
  • Settings adjustment
  • Focus Zone selection

As you can see on the picture it has 9 multifunctional buttons, 1 knob, a power switch and a very nice and helpful multicolor LED.

The controller usually comes with white buttons (except the Start/Stop button which is red), but the user can also replace them with other colors.

It’s amazing how well the manufacturer has implemented such a bunch of features in this device with a LED that changes its color to indicate almost all actions, helping the user to exactly know what he/she is doing.

There is a HUGE work behind this device, and a HUGE potential inside it (available to the user!).

Some of the features include:

  • Turn Live View mode On/Off
  • Start/Stop Video recording
  • Take pictures
  • Change/Pull focus using the knob or 2 dedicated buttons (Near/Far smooth focus buttons) even whilst recording video
  • Capability to save 4 focus points (2 “hard stop” points + 2 focus points) and do a Rack Focus by just pressing any of those buttons
  • Toggle Zoom level x1, x5 and x10
  • Change camera settings
  • and much more… (full details will be available after the official release)

Compatibility:

The USB Controller is fully compatible with the following cameras:

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR READERS

The manufacturer kindly allowed us to give all readers a COUPON CODE to get $50 discount!

This code will be published after the official release in just few days, so stay tuned!

Using the USB Follow Focus Controller

This very short video (without sound, sorry) is only intended to show some operations that can be done, and some of the controller’s features. Sorry for not being able to provide a HD video this time (see at bottom). Also, since the LED is very bright, in this video it is not easy to see how good it actually is and how much it tells once you learn the controller’s operation.

Basically, on this video we did the following operations:

  • ISO adjustment
  • Turn Live View mode ON (ISO, aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation can also be changed in LV mode)
  • Check focus of subject “David” using zoom level function, and save focus point #1 for later use
  • Move the focus zone to the subject “chair”, adjust focus using the knob with the help of zoom level and save focus point #2
  • Start recording video
  • Rack focus from focus point #2 to focus point #1 by simply pressing focus point #1
  • Stop recording video
  • Move the focus zone to subject “David” to show that the rack focus was done properly.

Setup: Canon 5D Mark II + Canon EF 24-70 2.8L @50mm

Additional Comments

After testing and using the controller for over 2 months, we can certainly say it is AMAZING. It’s one of those accessories you start to love especially if you are a filmmaker or someone who do macro photography (or do those kind of video/photography shootings that require avoid touching the camera/lens or when it’s hard to access to them).

It’s important to note that a USB Follow Focus doesn’t work exactly as a mechanical Follow Focus, especially due Canon’s USB implementation and since the controller is electronic and not mechanic. Both have their own limitations and advantages.

The user should read the detailed information provided by the manufacturer to understand the way this works, its possibilities, what it can and can’t do. That will be available on the official release.

We will post Full HD video and more details in few days after the official release, so stay tuned!

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January 20, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Articles & Tech Info, EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS T2i/550D, NEW Devices & Accessories, News & Info, PROMOS, REVIEWS | , , , , | 48 Comments

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