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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

EOS-1D X firmware update v.1.0.6

Firmware version 1.0.6 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following:
1. fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out;
2. fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM or EF 200mm f2L IS USM and the Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III the images captured become back-focused;
3. fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), an Error 80 appears on the camera;
4. fixes a phenomenon, where if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the 'Standard' or 'Auto switch card' setting is selected for the recording method [Record func+card/folder sel] and then one of the CF cards is removed and reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card;
5. fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of captured images;
6. displays an 'O' or 'X' to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

Friday, 24 August 2012

EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens firmware update

Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens addresses the phenomenon where, if pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (or if the lens is placed and carried around in a bag with the lens cap attached), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working. Without the firmware upgrade the issue can be resolved by removing and reattaching the lens.

Firmware version 1.2.0 is for lenses with firmware version 1.1.0. The lenses with the following serial numbers were supplied with firmware version 1.1.0 installed:
- the third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, or 2 (xx0xxxxxxx、xx1xxxxxxx、xx2xxxxxxx).

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above already have firmware version 1.2.0 installed.

The lens firmware is updated by attaching the lens to an EOS-1D X, 5D Mark III or 650D. The downloaded firmware file is copied to a CF or SD card which is inserted into the camera before running the update procedure.

A detailed firmware update procedure is supplied as a PDF document with the firmware download.

If you do not own any of the cameras listed above, but wish to have the lens firmware updated, contact a Canon Service Centre.

>>more information and download



Thursday, 23 August 2012

Cashback on EOS 7D and 60D cameras

Purchase an EOS 7D or 60D between 23 August and 31 October 2012 and receive a cashback of £80 (on EOS 7D) or £40 (on EOS 60D).

The camera must be purchased within the UK or ROI and must have been supplied and distributed to retailers by Canon UK Ltd or Canon group companies located in the European Economic Area.

>>more information and claim form



Cashback on Canon Pro printers

Purchase a PIXMA Pro 1 or Pro 9500 Mark II and receive £100 cashback. There is £50 cashback on the PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II). The purchase must be made between 23 August and 31 October 2012.

The printer must be purchased within the UK or ROI and must have been supplied and distributed to retailers by Canon UK Ltd or Canon group companies located in the European Economic Area.

>>more information and claim form



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

80 million EF lenses

Canon has now manufactured 80 million EF lenses. This new milestone comes just over nine months after the company announced the production of the 70-millionth lens in October 2011 and coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Canon EOS System.

Production of Canon’s EF lens series began in March 1987 alongside the introduction of Canon’s first EOS SLR camera system.

In addition to EF and EF-S lenses designed for EOS digital SLRs, the range now includes an expanding selection of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses.

In July 2012, Canon also announced a new line of EF-M lenses developed specifically for the company’s EOS M compact system camera, which combine Canon’s signature image quality with compact, lightweight designs.



Wednesday, 15 August 2012

EISA award for EOS 5D Mark III

The EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR has been awarded ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2012-2013’ by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The EISA awards are voted by panels of editors representing 50 prominent magazines across 18 countries. Commenting on the camera, the EISA judging panel said: “The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile still camera as well as being an easy-to-use, professional quality, DSLR movie camera. While the specification seems similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a substantial improvement in real life photography as well as in performance. Its 22-million-pixel CMOS sensor yields great results under normal and low light conditions, and the camera gets its advanced 61-point AF system from Canon’s new professional models. Additionally, this new EOS 5D generation has significantly improved weather resistance and 6fps continuous shooting speeds.”

Canon also received awards for the PowerShot G1 X (‘European Compact Camera 2012-2013’), the LEGRIA HF M52 camcorder (‘European Camcorder 2012-2013’), and the PIXMA PRO-1 (‘European Photo Printer 2012-2013’).


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Autofocusing issue with EF 40mm lens

Canon has confimed an autofocusing problem with the new EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens.

If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working. Attaching the lens cap or carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag can cause the error.

The problem does not occur during normal shooting and does not result in a malfunction of the lens. To restore autofocus, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery.

Tests suggest that not every EF 40mm lens is affected.

Firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

EOS 7D firmware update

EOS 7D firmware v2 is now available (see news item 28 June 20122). It offers greater control of image settings and functionality, including a higher maximum RAW burst rate, now up to 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs. A new range of in-camera editing functions includes processing of RAW files, as well as easier adjustment of white balance, sharpness and Picture Style.  Enhanced control over Auto ISO levels during both still and movie shooting now allows users to limit ISO speeds to within the native ISO 400-6,400 range.

Videographers will benefit from new manual control of audio levels, with the ability to choose from 64 different sound levels. New compatibility with Canon’s high-performance GPS unit, the GP-E2, enables photographers to track the locations of their images using longitude, latitude and altitude geo-tagging.

EOS 7D firmware v2 new features:
Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
In-camera RAW image editing
In-camera Image Rating
In-camera JPEG resizing
Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
GPS compatibility
File name customisation
Time zone settings
Faster scrolling of magnified images
Quick control screen during playback

Firmware v2 is available to download now from http://software.canon-europe.com/



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Free firmware update for super-telephoto lenses

Canon has released firmware update version 1.1.1 for the EF 300mm f2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM, EF 500mm f4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be carried out free of charge from 6 August 2012 by Canon Service Centers.
Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

The new firmware is for lenses which currently have firmware version 1.0.0. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with firmware version 1.0.0 are as follows:
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx、xx1xxxxxxx、xx2xxxxxxx、xx3xxxxxxx).
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM / EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).


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