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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

END OF POST UPDATE.-
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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 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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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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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 1.2.2

Contents:

  • Firmware Update 1.2.2 – EOS 7D
  • Canon Official Announcements
  • Download
  • Additional Comments

FIRMWARE UPDATE 1.2.2

As expected and mentioned in our last article, Canon has just announced a firmware update that fixes the “iris jitter” issue that we previously reported here and here for the Canon 5D Mark II on April, 2010, especially affecting macro lenses (but not limited to that kind of lenses).

Fortunately all those efforts to report that issue did help all Canon customers using all HDSLR cameras.

The fix was firstly released for the EOS 5D Mark II and then for EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS Rebel T2i/550D.

Now it’s time for the EOS 7D! This firmware update also fixes other issues as detailed below.

We thank Canon once again for listen to their customers. That really makes a difference.

CANON OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Extracted from Canon website:

Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
  2. Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
  3. Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
  4. Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.

DOWNLOAD

Please, before downloading and updating your camera, read the entire contents of Canon download page.

You can download the new firmware from here:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/firmware.html

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Thanks to all people who helped on this regard.

If you appreciate our efforts to help all Canon users, please consider supporting us.

Thank you very much in advance.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, EOS 7D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Firmware Update 1.0.8

Contents:

  • Firmware Update 1.0.8 – 1D Mark IV & 550D
  • Canon Official Announcements
  • Download
  • Comments

FIRMWARE UPDATE 1.0.8

Canon has just announced a firmware update that fixes the “iris jitter” issue that we previously reported here and here for the Canon 5D Mark II on April, 2010, especially affecting macro lenses (but not limited to that kind of lenses).

Fortunately all those efforts to report that issue also helped other users. This time the update has been released for the EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS Rebel T2i/550D.

We thank Canon once again for listen to their customers. That really makes a difference.

CANON OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Extracted from Canon website:

Canon has announced firmware updates (both called Version 1.0.8) for the EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS 550D DSLRs that incorporate fixes, including ensuring the set aperture doesn’t move when shooting EOS Movies in manual exposure mode.

Firmware Version 1.0.8 for the EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
  2. Corrects misspellings in the French and Spanish menus for applicable products.

Firmware Version 1.0.8 for the EOS 550D DSLR incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).

DOWNLOAD

Please, before downloading and updating your camera, read the entire contents of Canon download page.

You can download the new firmware from here:

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/eos_mark_iv_550d_firmware.do

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

We received reports that this phenomenon also occurs in the EOS 7D, so we expect a firmware update for Canon EOS 7D in near future as well.

If you appreciate our efforts to help all Canon users, please consider supporting us.

Thanks a lot in advance.

July 7, 2010 Posted by | CANON, EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS T2i/550D, Firmware Updates, News & Info | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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