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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

Selected Great Deals 12/2010

Christmas is almost here! If you still didn’t buy all your gifts or want to buy some more, you might find this post very useful.

Below there’s a very short list of selected great deals, promotions and items you may want to consider. Some of them are ending in few days, so don’t miss the chance!

The list could be very long, we just picked up some very interesting offers. For a full list of items, check any of these links:

Photography & Accessories / Lighting & Studio / Video / Pro Video / Pro Audio / Home Entertainment / Computers & Software

Canon Double Instant Rebates

This is the BEST current promotion for photographers and filmmakers using DSLR cameras (or people interested to join this great level of cameras).

We already posted a comprehensive article about it:  Click here to see full details.

Do not miss the chance to get many hundred dollars instant rebates on cameras, lenses and flashes. It is Real!

UPDATE: Promotion extended!
LEXAR 32GB Professional UDMA 600x CF Card

UPDATE: This promotion was extended and now ends December 31, 2010!
It was not a typographical error, it really ended 12/13/2010 (the price was the regular one on December 14, but recently the promo was extended to the end of the year (or until it gets out of stock). So you have a new chance to get it at lower price. It’s a great card, don’t miss it.

There is a great INSTANT REBATE on this excellent memory card. It is really fast, reliable and you can save $70 from the regular price. Offer ends December 13, 2010! (in few days).

Check full specs and get yours clicking here.

LEXAR is one of the best manufacturers of memory cards. We highly recommend this card.

Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder: Full HD @ 60p!

You won’t see this kind of items very often on this site. This is a well deserved exception.

The reasons are simple: this Camcorder can record Full HD video at 60p (very unusual!), has a great image quality and costs only $750!

Check full specifications and reviews clicking here.

You can do beautiful Slow Motion with this camcorder. Very brief list of features:

  • 1920 x 1080p Full HD @ 60p (60fps progressive in AVC/H.264 format so you can edit it with almost every current video editing software)
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 9.15MP 3 MOS Sensor
  • 3″ LCD
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • 18x Intelligent Zoom
  • Power O.I.S.
  • 14.2MP Still Image Capture
  • Headphone and Microphone Connections

Click here to watch a very nice Slow Motion video shot with this camcorder by iamkalaniprince. Even Philip Bloom has this camcorder! (check comments posted on the video).

This camcorder can be a really nice mate for your Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D or EOS 60D.

By the way, don’t forget the current $100 INSTANT REBATE available on the EOS 7D and EOS 60D!

Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera

This is one of the best (if not the best) compact cameras available on the market today. It is solid, metal made (you can feel the big difference compared to other compact P&S cameras), with full manual controls (along with lot of automatic modes like most P&S cameras). It has a great image quality and LOT of great features (including HD video recording and HDR photography shooting mode).

You can shoot full manual, partially auto or in full automatic mode.

We love this little gem; you can carry it on your pocket everywhere and still have lot of great features (including articulated display, HD video capturing, 5x Optical Zoom with Stabilizer, etc) found on higher level, much bigger and much more expensive cameras (like DSLRs).

Image quality is great for this class of camera, and it’s fully featured. If you want a GREAT compact camera for less than $470, you should consider this one!

There isn’t any rebate on this specific item, but since it is so nice, we decided to include it in the list. It is highly recommended.

Some features:

  • 10MP CCD Image Sensor (less megapixel count, much better image quality and less noise)
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 1280 x 720p HD Video Capture (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV file format)
  • 2.8″ Vari-Angled LCD (Articulated Display)
  • JPEG and RAW File Image Capture
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMC+/HCMMC+ Card Slot
  • Lens: 28mm-140mm (35mm equivalent) with Hybrid IS (5x Optical Zoom)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stereo Sound for Video
  • Manual Exposure Control
  • Macro shooting
  • HDR shooting mode & more.

Please check the Full specifications and reviews for more details.

Acer Aspire AS5334-2598 15.6″ Notebook

This is not a high-end notebook. But it is a bargain!

You can buy one for only $349.95 and use it for your home or office daily tasks, browse internet, listen to music, burn CD/DVDs, etc., everything on a big 15.6″ HD wide screen.

Check Full specifications here. Offer ends 12/31/2010.

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December 9, 2010 Posted by | 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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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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November 25, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , | 5 Comments

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