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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 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

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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Please help us to keep this blog running. Make your purchases through these links:
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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 17, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 60D, Firmware Updates, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , | 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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Please help us to keep this blog running. Make your purchases through these links:
Photography &  Accessories
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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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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

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