Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware 1.0.2 released (Sandisk CFast memory cards issue)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware 1.0.2 Released (Sandisk CFast Memory Cards Issue)

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II to address the issues with Sandisk CFast cards. Download the update here.


Firmware Version 1.0.2 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

1. Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.

2. Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.

If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, please make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.

The Version 1.0.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.

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Canon EOS 5Ds deal – $2,583 (reg. $3,499)

Canon EOS 5Ds Deal – $2,583 (reg. $3,499)

Canon EOS 5Ds at a glance:

  • 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1: 12,800) sensitivity range.
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors for outstanding image processing speed and camera responsiveness.
  • 5 frames per second (fps) with selectable burst speeds and silent shutter mode.
  • 61-point wide area AF with 41 cross-type sensors with iTR, AI Servo AF III and AF Configuration tool.
  • 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.
  • 100% magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II with electronic overlay.
  • 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1 ratio crop modes with masked viewfinder display.
  • Mirror Vibration Control System to reduce mirror vibration blur.
  • Fine Detail Picture Style.
  • CF + SD (UHS-I) dual memory card slots.
  • Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Lens Correction in camera.
  • Multiple Exposure and HDR mode.
  • Customisable Quick Control screen.
  • Built-in timer functionality – bulb timer and interval shooting timer.
  • Time-lapse Movie function.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer.
  • 150,000 shutter cycle life.

Top Rated Plus seller Deals-All-Year on eBay has the 50MP resolution Canon EOS 5Ds on sale at $2,582.99. Compare at $3,499. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import item, 1 year seller warranty applies.

Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens video-review (a game changer?)

Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art Lens Video-review (a Game Changer?)

Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ARTat a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements and Five SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Tony & Chelsea Northrup on YouTube posted a video-review about Sigma’s 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART Lens. This is likely not a lens anyone will have in his or her bag, it’s a highly specialised lens. It’s for full-frame sensors but will work perfectly also on your APS-C DSLR. It’s another one of Sigma’s recent optical jewels, and as all of those recent Sigma lenses it comes at an almost affordable price, $899. It would sell for more if it was made by Canon or Nikon.

Did you ever want to put your Canon gear in a hydraulic press?

The Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube does exactly that. They put gear into a hydraulic press for the fun of doing it, and for some serious scientific purposes too, obviously. The video above shows all the gory details for your sadistic viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

And some animated GIF for those in a hurry…

We want to see a crushed Nikon:

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Yet another Canon patent for the EOS M system, it’s an EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

It appears Canon is filing one patent for EF-M lenses after the other. Here is another one for an EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

I can’t say if this optical formula has something to do with the already available EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. Maybe it was a patent obn the road to the 15-45mm. However, Canon appears to be definitely commited to the EOS M system.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-118658
    • Published 2016.6.30
    • Filing date 2014.12.22
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 2.88
    • Focal length 16.51 21.00 47.49
    • F-number 3.49 3.77 5.80
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 39.61 33.04 16.05
    • Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
    • Overall length of the lens 82.00 77.35 84.14
    • BF 10.70 10.70 13.31
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