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Improvements & Gear

Magic Lantern AJ 5.0

MAGIC LANTERN AJ 5.0

Our friends at Planet5D have recently posted the announcement of a new version of Magic Lantern.

This version includes many improvements, along with a great and enhanced user interface (menu). Just check the video and you’ll see what we mean.

Here is a brief list of improvements:

1) AJ MENU: *
Have a play and let me know what you think.

**2) CANON ISO MENU* :
When you change the ISO (using the button) – the Canon menu is now displayed for about 5 seconds

3) HOTKEY* : Enhancement
More details in the FALSE COLOURS MENU. When you press/hold the Joy-Centre for a period of time (eg 1 sec) – on release, the false colours is toggled.

4) AUDIO* : Enhancement
When configuring audio – the audio meters are shown.
Options for Microphone source, analogue gain and digital gain dashboard display.

5) KILL OVERLAY* :
Activatable from GREEN SCREEN MENU.

6) ML CONFIG SAVE* : Enhancement
You can save config either immediately, every time the camera is switch off, or Once (eg to save the exact state you want ML to start up in).

7) AF-ON* : Enhancement
I have tried to untangle the DryOs spaghetti of ‘events’ to enable more keys to be on the Camera. I didn’t have much success (mainly because when AF-ON and ISO keys is pressed, the Dry-Os has a bit of fit). What I have done is try and stop these keys from interfering with the keys in ML.

You can find the original post by Antony Newman at Magic Lantern firmware development group here.

For LOT more details of this latest Magic Lantern version, check Planet5D article: Fantastic New Magic Lantern Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version Announced.

You should also check Magic Lantern Wiki.

CANON FIRMWARE UPDATES

This is one of those things that makes you wonder… “WHY Canon doesn’t improve the official firmware when there is so HUGE potential inside this camera?”

Well, that’s exactly what we ask and request to Canon since SO long ago…

Check the article Canon Firmware Updates: List of Fixes & Improvements.

EXTRAS – Firmware 2.0.4

Please note that this new version of Magic Lantern only works with Firmware 2.0.4.

If you need Firmware 2.0.4 for Canon EOS 5D Mark II, you can get it clicking on “Extras” at the bottom of this page.

1) AJ MENU: *
Have a play and let me know what you think.

**2) CANON ISO MENU* :
When you change the ISO (using the button) – the Canon menu is now displayed
for about 5 seconds

3) HOTKEY* : Enhancement
More details in the FALSE COLOURS MENU. When you press/hold the Joy-Centre
for a period of time (eg 1 sec) – on release, the false colours is toggled.

4) AUDIO* : Enhancement
When configuring audio – the audio meters are shown.
Options for Microphone source, analogue gain and digital gain dashboard
display.

5) KILL OVERLAY* :
Activatable from GREEN SCREEN MENU.

6) ML CONFIG SAVE* : Enhancement
You can save config either immediately, every time the camera is switch
off, or Once (eg to save the exact state you want ML to start up in).

7) AF-ON* : Enhancement
I have tried to untangle the DryOs spaghetti of ‘events’ to enable more keys
to be on the Camera. I didn’t have much success (mainly because when AF-ON
and ISO keys is pressed, the Dry-Os has a bit of fit). What I have done is
try and stop these keys from interfering with the keys in ML.

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March 22, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info | , , , , , | 1 Comment

EOS 60D Firmware 1.0.8

FIRMWARE UPDATE 1.0.8 for Canon EOS 60D

– Canon has revealed that the latest firmware update – Version 1.0.8 – for the EOS 60D DSLR is now available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fix:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera’s built-in flash, or an external Speedlite, in combination with the lenses listed below:
    • EF300mm f/4L IS USM
    • EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    • EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Before downloading the firmware please ensure that you read the entire contents of this link.

* To find out more about all of Canon’s EOS DSLR firmware updates just click here.

Official announcement:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/eos60d_firmware_update.do

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

It’s indeed very nice to see that Canon is actively fixing all bugs being detected and reported. All customers appreciate a company that makes efforts to fix and improve their current products.

But… Guess what!? Yes, we keep on requesting Canon for improvements on EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D.

Why? Because they CAN be improved (a lot). Many improvements are even a “kid’s game”, other require more work.

There are LOT of Canon users and customers asking those improvements since long ago (in some cases even since 2 years ago). Do not believe us, just do a research on forums, blogs and websites.

As always we post a reminder link to the List of Fixes & Improvements. Please check it and spread it for the benefit of all Canon users.

Some of those ideas and request listed there (collected from many hundred of professional and serious amateurs around the world) were taken by Canon and implemented on later but MUCH cheaper cameras (Panasonic took many ideas too, more seriously than Canon and did even a better job in their implementation).

If you want to get deeper and know more about the potential of Canon cameras that is not officially exploited by the manufacturer, please check The Hidden Potential of 5D Mark II and Magic Lantern Firmware Wiki. Do an internet research too, you may get surprised.

GREAT PROMOTIONS ENDING SOON

By the way, if you plan to buy a new camera, lens and/or flash, keep in mind there is a GREAT PROMOTION ending soon. You can save hundred of dollars when buying those items. Click here for more details.

There is an additional $100 instant rebate promotion for EOS 60D and EOS 7D ending soon too!.

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Thank you very much in advance for your support.

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December 17, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 60D, Firmware Updates, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , | Leave a comment

Mode Dial Lock Upgrade

Canon has recently announced a Mode Dial hardware (optional) upgrade for owners of Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D. It is already available for USA residents.

According to Canon Product Advisory: “The modification is intended to prevent the Mode Dial from accidentally moving, once set to a particular exposure mode by the user.”

We must note that we NEVER had such a problem with the Mode Dial in any situation at all. It’s pretty sturdy indeed, and we love it since you can change the shooting mode with one hand in a snap. Maybe the mentioned problem is only present on some production batches. We couldn’t tell so far.

What Canon SHOULD fix without a doubt is the Battery Grip knob and design (more on this later).

From Canon USA website:

“Effective December 6, 2010, Canon will start to provide as a chargeable service, a locking mode dial modification for the “EOS 5D MarkII” and “EOS 7D” digital single-lens reflex cameras.

This modification is available, for a fee, to owners of these cameras who would prefer a Mode Dial which locks in place and can’t be accidentally moved during normal camera operation.

For USA residents, the pricing of the locking mode dial modification service for EOS 5D Mark II and 7D cameras has been set at $100 per camera as of December, 2010. (Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.) For further details, see contact information for inquiries below.”

Check the full official Product Advisory here.

BATTERY GRIP ISSUE

Canon SHOULD fix all Battery Grips TOO, which are nicely built, but using a PLASTIC knob (engaging metallic gears) to attach to the camera body, thus giving a potential cause of failure (we have had this problem, as so many other users).

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE: the battery grip design prevents it from disassembling when it’s attached to the camera body, so… when the knob breaks or get stuck inside the battery grip, it CANNOT be removed easily (at all).

TWO big build & design mistakes:

1-Using plastic knob instead of metallic one on battery grips that cost over $230
2-Not possible to disassemble the battery grip when it’s attached to the camera.

These same mistakes repeat in all current Canon battery grips for DSLR cameras.

At least Canon should spend few more dollars on a metallic knob… and improve the design too, allowing to disassemble the grip even when attached to the camera.

Do not misunderstand us: the battery grip is great, and even necessary for lot of tasks (and even better comfort), but be careful and avoid over-tighten the knob.

There is an online store called USCamera which provides the replacement part for the battery grip (original from Canon, obviously with a plastic knob too), in case you don’t have any official Tech Service to take your camera to (or if they don’t know how to remove the battery grip; unbelievable but possible…) and you can remove it by yourself (not easy at all, but possible). Obviously the easiest (but not always possible) solution is to send the camera+battery grip to an official Canon service center.

This is an amazing easy to fix build issue (at least using a metallic knob), but the grip is STILL being made the same way since so many years ago by Canon…

Here is the link to the replacement part for the 5D Mark II’s Battery grip (BG-E6): http://www.uscamera.com/bg-e6.htm

If you need a different part, just send them an e-mail. Very friendly people.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

When is Canon going to open an “easy, clear and direct” channel to get users feedbacks and suggestions (that really works)? We don’t know, but indeed we already suggested it too.

As we always say: WHY Canon doesn’t offer non-free upgrades to Firmware (Software) improving some of the features/functions too? Just like most software companies do. If the cameras can be improved (they actually CAN) and IF Canon can’t offer it for free, then offer it as an option!

LOT of people are willing to pay for such kind of firmware upgrades. Just take a look at what Magic Lantern has already done and the enthusiasm around that project to bring the hidden potential of the great EOS 5D Mark II to their users.

It’s even smart from a business point of view: List of Fixes and Improvements.

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Please help us to keep this blog running. Make your purchases through these links:
Photography &  Accessories
/ Lighting & Studio / Video / Pro Video / Pro Audio / Home Entertainment / Computers & Software. There’s no additional cost to you.

Follow us on Twitter for special news, articles, important promotions and rebates. We try to keep everyone informed about promos, since they’re great to save when buying.

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

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December 7, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 7D, News & Info, Reports | , , , , | Leave a comment

EOS 7D Firmware Update 1.2.3

CANON 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.

Addition:
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

REMINDER TO CANON

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).

CUSTOMERS ASKING CANON

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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Thank you very much in advance for your support.

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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

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

RELATED COMMENTS & REMINDER

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.

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

Firmware Update 2.0.8 & Special Info

Contents:

  • EOS 5D Mark II – Firmware Update 2.0.8
  • Comments & Requests
  • Special Info: High level Canon email addresses

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FIRMWARE UPDATE 2.0.8

Canon has released a new firmware update for Canon EOS 5D Mark II today:

EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.8

Firmware changes

This firmware update (Version 2.0.8) incorporates the following changes and fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if a shooting mode Aperture priority (or Shutter priority) is registered in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to “on”.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L.
  4. 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.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

The Version 2.0.8 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 2.0.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download it from here:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

COMMENTS & REQUESTS

It is always great that the manufacturer releases firmware updates to fix every problem that users report and/or the manufacturer finds. We do thank Canon for doing that.

BUT, once again, and even after suggesting and requesting so many times for some very easy improvements to the firmware that would enhance the user experience a lot and would make the camera much more versatile, WHY does Canon seem reluctant to implement many of those requests to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

This also applies to Canon EOS 7D and even the more expensive Canon 1D Mark IV. We have been asked MANY times about improvements for those cameras too. Most Canon users who use Canon DSLRs for movie/video purpose are expecting such very possible improvements.

The feature called “Auto ISO limiter” (when using “Auto ISO” for stills and video) is one clear example of that.

Cameras much cheaper like EOS T2i/550D and the new EOS 60D already have this requested function, while the 2 or 3 times more expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark II still does not. It is ridiculous.

Improvements like this one does not require any hardware change, it is only related to software (firmware).

Please don’t misunderstand what we say; the 5D Mark II is an amazing camera with full frame sensor and lof of great features. But some improvements that can be implemented via Firmware updates would require small and sometimes VERY small efforts (like the request to enable/disable the “White square” on Live View to get a “clean HDMI output”…), and would exploit much better the huge potential these cameras have inside.

Check the full List of Fixes & Improvements we have collected from thousands of users around the world. Many of those improvements are even requested in the original Petition to Canon Inc. that was signed by more than 3,000 people around the world.

Feel free to send this information to Canon by e-mail, send Canon your own requests too, or even better: Call Canon asking to “enter a feature request for the 5D Mark II” or the camera you own (not for future models, but for these current cameras because it is still possible to improve them a lot).

We (a group of Canon users) have already done that but what can make a change is a community action (as in past campaigns like “I Called Canon“, please check it).

Canon does keep working on firmware for their current cameras; this latest update, despite it is released to fix some issues, is a demonstration of it.

SPECIAL INFO:
HIGH LEVEL CANON EMAIL ADDRESSES

We strongly encourage you to call Canon. You can find the telephone contact information at the main page.

But if you want to write to Canon CEOs, Managers and Representatives, below there are some of their email addresses.

This is something we never did before, but since Canon seems not to pay much attention to the requests we directly sent to them, and since we do know for a fact that community actions CAN make a difference, then we decided to publish this information for the benefit of all Canon users who want to participate and make their voice heard.

If you contact Canon by phone or e-mail, please do it politely, be smart handling solid arguments, and do not abuse.

CANON USA:

Yoroku Adachi
President and CEO

Yuichi Ishizuka
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Consumer Imaging Group

Chuck Westfall
Advisor, Technical Information
CIG Professional Products Marketing Division

Few others:

CANON EUROPE:

More here: European Professional Representatives

Remember: community actions do bring results, but be polite and handle solid arguments when you contact Canon by phone or e-mail.

Feel free to post here the responses you receive from them.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 5D Mk II, Firmware Updates, News & Info, Special Info | , , , , , | 5 Comments

60D Features Request

Contents:

  • Update #1 – Canon 60D Manual
  • Canon EOS 60D Features Request
  • Additional Comments

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UPDATE #1 – CANON 60D MANUAL

The english user manual for the new Canon EOS 60D is now available for download. You will notice that there is no AF microadjust in the manual.

Download it from here:  Canon EOS 60D Manual (.PDF)

This camera looks very promising indeed, and great to use as a second body or complementary to the 5D Mark II (keeping in mind the 60D is a crop sensor HDSLR).

Despite the AF micro adjustment is not necessary at all for movie recording, we hope a firmware update will add this feature for still shooters.

CANON EOS 60D FEATURES REQUEST

The new Canon EOS 60D seems to be a very promising camera for the entry-level segment, and even as a second body for many serious amateurs or professionals.

Canon Rumors has posted today an article about something we do also support and want to share with the Canon community:

The 60D Needs AF Microadjustment

No Microadjustment in the 60D

I just learned today that there is no AF microadjustment in the 60D. There is a great thread on the forum about it.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,127.msg1785/topicseen.html#new

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Read more here.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

As with every Canon DSLR we encourage all users to request to Canon to give the full potential of their cameras to their customers.

You will find the Canon contact information on the sticky post at the main page of this blog.

We support all possible improvements that CAN be achieved via Firmware Updates, like lot more that are still possible to the Canon 5D Mark II and the rest of the HDSLR line (check Canon Firmware Updates). Some features are essential, and many are even very easy to implement.

Soon we’ll publish an article based on a very interesting comment posted by a reader. Stay tuned.

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August 30, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 60D, News & Info | , , , | Leave a comment

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