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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

EOS 60D Firmware Update 1.0.9

Canon has recently released a firmware update for the EOS 60D DSLR camera.

Before proceeding to update your camera, carefully follow all instructions given by Canon. Update it with a fully charged battery (Canon brand) and do NOT touch anything during the process.

Below we post the information provided by Canon and the download link.

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March 29, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, EOS 60D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

What Canon will NOT give…

Last Update: September 1, 2009

BRIEF LATEST NEWS:
– Check: Canon 7D and WHAT IS GOING ON?
– New Magic Lantern 0.1.6 released!!


What Canon will NOT give to customers…

Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern Project:
Improvements for Canon EOS 5D Mark II

– This Blog was firstly created and intended to spread the Petition to Canon Inc. requesting for FULL Manual Control in movie mode and other improvements that can be really implemented via Firmware Update. With the help of thousands of people signing and requesting by every possible way through many months, enough “noise” was achieved to bring Canon’s attention and make them realize the benefits of giving FULL manual control in video mode to their customers.

It was a long and hard task though, that even many people didn’t believe as possible. Canon kept complete silence until the announcement; and there are also some secrets regarding the matter of “manual control” for video that were not revealed to public, and will be probably never widely known…

At least, and at last, the firmware with Full Manual Control in movie mode was released to the public…

– Aside that, while Canon is capable of, but unwilling to make more and very possible improvements (due to business reasons, etc.), there are few people who spend lof of efforts and their valuable time to bring us improvements to this great camera, the EOS 5D Mark II.

What is Magic Lantern ?

It is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR. This camera is a “game changer” for independent film makers. This Project will allow every user of the 5D Mark II to freely enjoy and use improvements for the camera that Canon will not include in their Firmware (if any update is still to be released).

It is very remarkable that this very small  group of programmers does not have the source code nor the resources that Canon does have. That means:  LOT of hard work to figure out how the camera system works, how to make changes and how to implement improvements to it.

(Having the source code, or even some kind of guides, would help VERY MUCH indeed. If you can provide some help on it, please contact us. Any help in this regard will be kept completely confidential and private.)

While still in development (this is a work in progress), we want to share this great and exciting project with people who might still don’t know about it. Below is the link to the official website and some screenshots and videos of progress.

Please consider supporting this very big effort, as it will improve the existing features of the camera and more interestingly: is adding new ones that Canon will never include.

Official Website: http://magiclantern.wikia.com

Support this Project:

Rev. 0.1.6 released !:

“After a month of development and testing, Magic Lantern 0.1.6 is finally ready!
Some of the new features:

* Custom cropmarks bitmap file
* Live histogram while recording
* Time remaining estimate indicator
* Automated focus pulls
* Focus stacking
* HDR exposure bracketing
* Lens data (hyperfocal distance, DOF, etc)
* Cleaner, multi-level menus that timeout automatically
* Audio monitoring can be turned off during clip review
* Internal mic can be used (must enable audio.mic-power=1 in config)
* Output audio volume control
* Configuration can be saved into magiclantern.cfg

More info at official site and also at: www.cinema5d.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=4589

Focus screen
Curren Features  (rev. 0.1.5):

. On-screen audio meters
. Disabled AGC . Manual gain control
. Zebra stripes (video peaking)
. Crop marks for 16:9, 2.35:1 and 4:3
. To do list for more ideas
. and MORE…
. See the official website for updated fixes and NEW features

Screenshots of Progress and Features:

Pre release 0.1.5

Zoom & Focus info

Pre release 0.1.4

Zebra Stripes

On Screen Audio Meters


VIDEOS:

intro

zoom-focus-info-1

audio

zebra

onscreenaudio


Last Edit: September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, Special Info, Tech Ideas | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hack in Progress #1 – AGC disabled Firmware

HACK in Progress #1

AGC disabled firmware

Firmware-hud

Thanks to the hard work of a member who got tired of waiting for Canon responses and actions, there is some progress in the process of disabling firmware locked functions. This is just the beginning.

The demand for this Firmware Update is HUGE; what is Canon thinking in ignoring it?

Is Canon waiting for Nikon to make an announcement, and then follow them…?

http://cinema5d.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2477

Editorial comment:

Canon showing themselves as a face-less company (regarding to this matter), remaining in complete silence without any CLEAR word, but telling to be “listening to customers”… what kind of behaviour of a respectable company is that?

They should show more respect to their customers, who invested thousands of dollars in equipment over the years and decades.

Canon loose not giving even an answer to what thousands of customers have requested to them.

Customers are not married with a company, and attitudes like this only helps to drop loyalty and credibility.

Japanese companies SHOULD listen more, watch more, and take MORE care of customer’s feedback and requests.

Arrogance can be a very big mistake.

Thanks a lot to this member and everyone else for the hard work and efforts in every direction to give us FULL MANUAL CONTROL in video mode for EOS 5D Mark II.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info, Special Info, Tech Ideas | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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