5D Mark II Team

Improvements & Gear

Firmware 2.0.4 Released

Content:

  • Firmware 2.0.4 Released
  • Considerations
  • Support
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FIRMWARE 2.0.4 RELEASED

Special Thanks to Canon Firmware Team for this great update and for fixing the previous reported problem very fast.

Download Firmware 2.0.4 from here:

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

PLEASE: Follow carefully all instructions to update your camera. Do not touch anything during the process.

CONSIDERATIONS

As we reported in our previous post, we collected few other possible issues that were supposed to be malfunctions of update 2.0.3. But after some deep tests everything seems to work fine.

We will keep checking and reporting on them or any other possible issue. We are welcome to receive any comment regarding issues that users might find.

As we said, this is a really great update, although more professional on video and cinematography should have been given with beta versions to test deeper and detect issues faster, and even make some suggestions.

SUPPORT

If you think all our efforts and campaigns to help to brig these updates for improvements to ALL users since beginning of 2009 (1st for Full Manual Control, later for STANDARD 23.976/25/29.97fps modes) and some further ones deserve some support, please consider supporting us.

You can read a brief history of the whole process here, here, here and here.

The whole story would be very long to tell, and even include some aspects not publicly known, so we won’t bore you.

We will keep watching closely to check if further improvements are possible to achieve. Few of the most requested ones are 720p50/60 mode and Full HD output through HDMI. So stay tuned, this might continue.

No matter the amount, your help will be very much appreciated and valuable.

We really need your support. Thank you very much in advance.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | EOS 5D Mk II, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Announcement

Content:

  • Official Announcements & Details
  • Brief History
  • Thanks
  • Download Link
  • We Need your Support

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & DETAILS

▪ March 2nd, 2010 – Canon Press Release:

Canon adds 24 and 25fps HD Movie recording to the EOS 5D Mark II with Firmware 2.0.3

Download: Full press release (.PDF )

▪ Canon USA website with Details and Pictures of new Features:

EOS 5D Mark II: Firmware Update v. 2.0.3

▪ Canon España – Anuncio de Prensa:

Canon añade a la EOS 5D Mark II la grabación en alta definición a 24 y 25 fps mediante el nuevo Firmware 2.0.3

Descargar: Nota de prensa Completa (.PDF)

BRIEF HISTORY

This has been a long road indeed… with huge amount of time spent on spreading information to the public, phone calls, emails, private conversations with Canon and lot more. We did our best, and learned a lot in the path.

Now we will finally get the so much expected (and delayed) firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II for ALL users, and not only for few “lucky” ones.

Full Manual Control was just our first goal. Now the standard 24/25/30 frame rates, and other highly requested improvements will also be available to ALL users of the first DSLR in the world with Full HD capabilities. The List of possible Fixes & Improvements was and is still long though.

There are many factors that make influence on a company’s decision, and the huge amount of customers requesting to Canon all around the world through our campaigns, and by their own ways, clearly made a change (as many Canon representatives already told).

MANY times we heard words like “No, Canon will not update the 5D Mark II”, even by renowned people. You probably heard them too, but we did not give up because we did know it was possible to do, and we were firm in our purpose.

That people telling those words didn’t understand nor realize how a HUGE amount of customers showing so big interest on many possible improvements could make influence on the company’s decisions. It’s all about business, of course we know that, so we all “showed” Canon that improving the 5D Mark II is a good business due lot of reasons.

We won’t bore you with more details. You can find more information and testimonials in previous posts.

THANKS

We know this Firmware could’ve been released MUCH earlier to customers, and we know it could include more improvements too (720p50 and 720p60 modes have been removed from the “official” release). Canon has been doing changes lately…

But it’s finally here, so we say THANKS CANON for these great improvements.

We send big and special thanks to all those people who joined forces to contact Canon in all possible ways, to spread all our campaigns and efforts to let Canon know what we all want and need.

All those people who participated in our “Calling Canon” Campaign, were very important, and made a clear impact which reflected in Canon’s announcement few weeks later, in October 20th, 2009. As we said many times: Community actions do bring results.

DOWNLOAD LINK

It’s not available for download yet, although as we already reported in our previous post it’s available at several Canon Tech Service Centers since firsts weeks of February.

Soon it will be time to update the 5D Mark II with the official firmware and take more advantage of its huge potential.

Canon stated: ” The firmware will be available to download from mid-March from the Canon website http://www.canon.com/eos-d/

Expect it to be available since March 16th.

PLEASE: When updating remember to carefully follow the instructions. Do it with a fully charged battery, and do not remove it, do nor open the battery door nor memory card door during the process.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

We all made history, so enjoy it!

If you think all our efforts made since beginning of 2009 deserve some support, please consider making a donation.

In case you would like to help, no matter the amount, please click here:

We REALLY need your support and it will be VERY much appreciated!

Thanks a lot in advance.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Canon Firmware Updates

WHY to release Firmware Updates?

Adding and improving functions and features via firmware updates on current Canon cameras would be a very smart and important action from a business point of view.

Please note that many of the features mentioned here were already requested in the Petition to Canon Inc. since early 2009, signed by more than 3,000 amateurs, professionals and studios around the world.

On this post:

  • Update #1: Non-free Upgrades
  • Main factors & reasons for updating the firmware
  • List of Fixes & Improvements collected from thousands of users’ feedbacks

UPDATE #1: NON-FREE UPGRADES

There is a huge amount of users willing to pay for Firmware Upgrades with enhanced movie/video features like those ones listed below (also for some improvements on photography functions)

QUESTION TO CANON: If there is the need of giving resources to programmers and engineers to work on such improvements, then why not to give that option to those customers who really want and are willing to pay for them?

That would be another way to keep these cameras more featured and competitive for longer time, without any kind of hardware change and the obvious benefit that they are already in production.

Make a survey, do marketing research and read what customers write on dedicated HDSLR forums like www.cinema5d.com.

Most software companies do offer special upgrades for a fee. Why manufacturers of expensive devices, with a “long” life cycle like EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS 5D Mark II couldn’t offer the same? We would all benefit from it, since replacements for these models will not appear in near future.

This option should be considered very seriously.

MAIN REASONS

5D Mark II has huge potential inside not fully exploited yet, that leaves lot of “room to move on” whenever you (the manufacturer) want.

• Canon has a product that has no competition (until now): a Full Frame sensor camera with Full HD capabilities that can really be used for serious Video and Cinematography purposes (along with its great still capabilities). Canon has been in this situation for more than 1 year. This is very significant and also a unique case in a very long time.

• With firmware updates incorporating improvements customer satisfaction will increase notoriously. But what is even more important to any company: when customer satisfaction increases, sales are bigger and the loyalty to the brand also increases. Loyalty is a key factor for the long term company profit. Especially in a high competitive market area such as digital SLR cameras.

• It is much more convenient to “refresh” a camera (of this level) and then get more profit from it (already designed and already in-production model) adding features and functions than “leaving it as is”, getting lower value over time and being surpassed by competition.

• This “refresh” can be easily made via firmware update, because the camera does have the possibilities inside, with insignificant costs to the company when compared to designing a new whole camera with its own firmware (and all the processes and very big costs that imply).

• Customers have already demonstrated the huge interest on this camera and these improvements. Just remember all the requests for Manual Control, STANDARD 24/25/30p modes and frame rates, and all other features being requested to Canon. Please check here and here.

• The Filmmaking Community (Amateurs, Professionals and even Studios) has adopted the 5D Mark II far beyond anyone could have expected (Canon included). This camera has been selling like almost no other camera in the past for over 1 year at the same price since its release date. So, improving and adding features will broaden the usage scope, keeping big sales on it.

• The addition of FILMMAKING features (like Preset/Rack Focus, and all those achieved by Magic Lantern Project) is a hidden “card” that Canon CAN use if they want to make this camera more competitive, especially when competition arrives.

We sincerely hope Canon Managers and Executives consider this list very seriously (and before competition) for further Firmware Updates.

This is a big and free list of ideas that has been elaborated from thousands of users’ feedbacks on how to improve the camera with all the benefits mentioned above. Including them would make this camera unbeatable for a VERY LONG time.

LIST of FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Frame Rates as in EOS 7D Done
29.97 / 25 / 23.976 fps: STANDARD 30/25/24p video modes.

720p mode at 29.97 fps
It will allow LONGER video recording time before reaching the 4GB file size limit.

▪ Improve AF contrast detection algorithm and/or add Focusing Aids
Magic Lantern has done a lot on this, and proven it is extremely useful, even essential. See additional Filmmaking features.

Digital Zoom Video mode
To record on video a smaller area of the sensor as “digital zoom”. Very useful.

1:1 Crop Sensor Video mode – Like much cheaper T2i/550D
To record a native 1920×1080 area of the sensor (or 1280×720 or even VGA), which minimizes “jello” effect and completely eliminates aliasing issues/artifacts. This is possible in a similar way how Zoom level x5 and x10 works, but recording on video what you see on screen. This function could be part of the above one.

720p mode at 59.94 and 50 fps   X Removed from final release 2.0.4 (why?)

File Spanning function
A new video file is automatically created when 4GB is reached without stop recording. Very important for lot of users, and very easy to implement.

“EDIT” option in playback mode – for Video mode, like EOS 7D
This would allow Cut and Save part of recorded video clip. It is available on 7D and much cheaper P&S cameras.

Noise Pattern (Stills and Video mode)
FIX. Noise pattern/banding visible on shadows at high (and not so high) ISOs.

More frames in Bracketing mode
For still photography. VERY easy to fix.

Auto ISO with limiters – like much cheaper T2i/550D
For still photography, improved and with selectable limits.

REMAP” hot & stuck pixels function
This will save Canon Technical Support LOT of money and time. It is an essential feature. We still don’t understand why it wasn’t already implemented.

“Clean” HDMI output
A function to Enable/Disable the “white square” on the AV OUT and HDMI output.
VERY easy to do.

Full HD through HDMI output while recording (if hardware possible)
Also fix the delay of 5 to 7 seconds of “black” image after pressing the “record” button

Live Histogram for video mode   Done

Remote Start/Stop video recording using cable release – Like EOS 7D

Audio Manual Gain for video recording   Done
FIX. Very easy, and essential for acceptable audio recording.

LIST of additional FILMMAKING features

Hugely demanded and used (until now only via Magic Lantern)

▪ Control of focus
▪ Focus Assistance
▪ Focus Rack/Presets
▪ Focus stacking
▪ Zebra stripes (video peaking)
▪ On-screen audio meters
▪ Peaking, false-color and edge detection on LCD

Most of these functions have already been proven to be possible (and VERY useful) by Magic Lantern Project.

They are helping thousands of users on filmmaking jobs
, and Canon could do even a better implementation of them via Official Firmware update. That would be another BIG BANG to keep big sales on this great camera.

Focus Assistance System / Focus Detection Area
It would tell (in Live View mode, and in real time if possible) when a specific area of the frame is in focus or not. This feature would be very helpful and very much appreciated by filmmakers.

Magic Lantern’s New Features Request:  Check them here, you will get very good and creative ideas on new features.


 

As we said before, we sincerely hope Canon Managers and Executives consider this list very seriously for further Firmware Updates.

It will indeed benefit not only Canon customers, but also the company.

It would make this camera unbeatable for a very long time.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 7D, Special Info, Tech Ideas | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

24p & 25p Firmware Update Announcement

Contents:

  • Official announcement
  • Just in case & release date
  • Additional thoughts
  • A new way of doing business
  • Keep on calling
  • Thanks

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

At least and at last Canon said something!

– From CANON Europe:

EOS 5D Mark II firmware planned

” (…) This scheduled firmware development for the camera is being developed as a direct result of feedback received from cinematographers and photographers. “

– From CANON Europe:

Download the full press release (PDF, 92kB)

“ Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.

– From FXGUIDE:

New 5DMKII & 1D News from Canon

“We understand that EOS 5D Mark II users desire additional frame rates and we’re preparing a firmware update to allow the camera to shoot at both 24P and 25P,” said Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “The upgrade to 24P and 25P will broaden the usage scope for this popular camera to include cinema and broadcast applications, respectively.”Canon expects the firmware update to be available in the first half of 2010 and will release more details as they become available.

JUST IN CASE & RELEASE DATE

Just in case it isn’t still clear enough:

  • ALL Frame Rates must be the STANDARD ones.
    That means 29.97fps for “30p” and so on.

We are very happy with this announcement, BUT we don’t see a clear reason why to wait until 2010 for the firmware update, because it has been beta tested since months ago… (as mentioned here in previous posts)

Probably it is being improved, but it looks like more as a marketing strategy than a real technical reason. We hope the firmware is released sooner than later.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

It’s a great opportunity and it would be a smart move from Canon to also fix, improve and add some other features in this firmware update, especially because this camera has a HUGE potential inside still not exploited, as Magic Lantern project has already proven. Check the Features Request List for reference.

Releasing the new firmware without fixing AGC (for instance, a VERY easy fix) would be ridiculous…

It would be great to see some of Magic Lantern features in upcoming firmware updates.

A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS

Adding and improving functions via Firmware Updates on an already-designed and already in-production camera can be a new and very smart way of doing business,especially because this cameras has HUGE potential still not exploited and already known.

To keep selling a camera model for longer periods of time and to keep customers’ loyalty at the same time is extremely important in a competitive market, and will reflect in more sales on in-production cameras (meaning improved cost/profit ratio in serial production), lenses, accessories and also future camera models.

Because when customers see that a company does care about improving existing cameras, the chances for buying that brand again are MUCH higher. (See previous post for a quoted reader’s comment).

All of that has the logical consequence of long term company profit.

KEEP ON CALLING

Until an official announcement with full details, we should keep on calling Canon to register our Features request for the 5D Mark II.

And even after the release, because this camera has lot more to give (that Canon won’t implement at once) and this doesn’t end here.

Check the previous post for instructions and a Reference List. It’s VERY easy and fast. Thanks for joining us! As you can see, community efforts do bring results.

THANKS

We want to express special thanks to all those people AROUND the WORLD who did help in any and many ways to achieve this goal, even while many others said it was futile or impossible (just like the campaign for Manual Control…).

It’s because of them, acting as a Community or by their own, but aiming the same goal, that we will all have the “so requested” update.

We also thank very much some few websites (some of them linked in previous post and/or at the right side of this page). Very specially to Cinema 5D forum which has become an incredible source of information and technical help for all 5D Mark II users, with lots of creative initiatives. Magic Lantern and many other improvements and accessories were born there.

Even Canon should take a deep look at that site… (if they aren’t already…)

While many websites were reluctant to write or post anything to help this “Campaign”, which in fact was and is for the benefit of ALL users, few others supported it without hesitation. So thank you very much.

And finally, but not in last place:

Thanks to Canon for “listen to customers”. You are leading the market with innovation, and addressing those (so requested) improvements to an existing and very popular model you ensure your leadership and also your profit.

As we already told: Community actions DO bring results. Thanks to everyone supporting these campaigns.


October 20, 2009 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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