Canon Advisory: EOS-1D X Mark II image corruption with some SanDisk CFast cards, firmware update may come in July

Canon Advisory: EOS-1D X Mark II Image Corruption With Some SanDisk CFast Cards, Firmware Update May Come In July

Canon released a product advisory concerning image corruption occurring when using certain SanDisk CFast with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Canon states that it “has been confirmed that this phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards“. Never the less, Canon “is considering releasing camera firmware on the Web for a download service in early July“.

Service Notice: EOS-1D X Mark II: image corruption with some SanDisk CFast cards

Thank you for using Canon products.
It has been confirmed that when shooting still images with the EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera launched in April 2016 with SanDisk CFast cards, the following phenomenon will occur.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue.

Phenomenon
If a SanDisk CFast card is inserted into the camera or a card reader, the bottom part of still images recorded may be corrupted.
This phenomenon is confirmed in images recorded in both the RAW and JPEG formats.
In the RAW file, the image corruption may appear in the bottom right corner of the image.
In the JPEG file, the image corruption may appear in the lower third area of the image.

Please Note:
Movie recording is not affected by this phenomenon.
Still images or movies recorded to CF cards are not affected by this phenomenon.

Cause

This phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards. The camera does not cause this phenomenon.

Affected Products

SanDisk CFast cards.

Image corruption may be experienced with the cards listed below:
The “xxx” at the end of the product number varies depending on the sales region.
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxx)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxx)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxA)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxA)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxB)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxB)

Market Support

Although it has been confirmed that this phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards, to prevent the occurrence of this phenomenon, Canon is considering releasing camera firmware on the Web for a download service in early July.
We would like to apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask our customers to refrain from using SanDisk CFast cards when shooting still images until the new camera firmware becomes available.

Workaround

It is our understanding that image files of 16MB or larger recorded immediately before the camera’s power is turned off may become corrupted. Below are  the methods available to help avoid image corruption when powering off the camera:

The Camera can be powered off in four ways:

  1. When the power switch is set to OFF
  2. When the card slot cover is opened
  3. When the power is turned off due to the Auto Power Off setting
  4. When the battery is removed

 The phenomenon can be prevented by performing the procedure below:

Before powering the camera off, please take extra shots*1 because the extra shots taken immediately before the camera is powered off may experience the corruption and not the images taken before the extra shots were taken.

*1 The table below shows the most popular file types used and how many extra shots are recommended.

File Size (Approx.) How many extra shots do I need to take

in order to meet the 16MB or larger requirement?

<RAW> 23.2MB 1
<JPEG> L:6.2MB 3
<JPEG> M1:4.3MB 4
<JPEG> M2:3.4MB 5
<JPEG> S:2.2MB 8

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com 
For additional support options:  www.usa.canon.com/support

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II real world (video-) review

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Real World (video-) Review

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast cards in the new CFast 2.0 slot.
  • Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100 51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point, wide area AF system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8
  • Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
  • 4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
  • View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
  • Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
  • The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.
  • Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.

Jared Polin, aka FroKnowsPhoto, posted a 35 minutes real world video-review of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. He also made all sample files available for download (raw format).

[via FroKnowsPhoto]

Canon EOS 6D Mark II to feature a 28MP sensor? :: With Poll [CW2]

Canon EOS 6D Mark II To Feature A 28MP Sensor? :: With Poll [CW2]

I got a new suggestion (thanks) saying the Canon EOS 6D Mark II will feature a 28MP sensor.

Previous rumors mostly pointed to a 24MP sensor. However, since EOS 6D Mark II rumors started coming in, it always has been said the EOS 6D Mark II would have it’s own sensor, and not just the same sensor featured on the upcoming EOS 5D Mark IV (rumored to have a 24MP sensor, and to be announced in August).

I reccomend a big grain of salt here. While it is possible that the entry-level EOS 6D Mark II will have a higher resolution than the pro-oriented EOS 5D Mark IV, it’s still unlikely in my opinion. However, so far the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 24MP resolution is a matter of speculation, no reliable rumors have emerged for the time being. Anything is possible.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is expected to be announced in 2017. It’s early for reliable specs. Stay tuned.

EOS 6D Mark II's sensor resolution, what do you think?

  • 24MP (40%, 330 Votes)
  • 28MP (35%, 290 Votes)
  • More than 28MP (14%, 119 Votes)
  • Less than 24MP (10%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 822

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Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal at $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal At $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

This top deal is still live, or live again. Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,899. Compare at $2.599. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model with 1 year seller warranty.

Canon EOS 5Ds R hands-on video and sample pictures

Canon EOS 5Ds R Hands-on Video And Sample Pictures

Canon EOS 5Ds R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 5Ds R at a glance:

  • 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1: 12,800) sensitivity range.
  • Low-pass cancellation filter for maximum sensor resolution.
  • 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.

While working on his review, photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott posted a 12 minutes hands-on video where he analyzes design, features and specifications of Canon’s full-frame resolution champion, the 50MP EOS 5Ds R. Dustin also posted a sample image gallery here.

[via Dustin Abbott]

This Canon lens mug stirs your coffee for you

ef 24-105mm

Self-stirring lens mug

Lens mugs are nothing new and can be bought for a few dollars. However, this Canon 24-105mm F4 lens mug adds something new to the game: it stirs your drinks, as you can see in the video below. It’s surprising how much the lens mug looks like the original EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens.

The self-stirring EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens mug is available for around $13 at Amazon.

[via PetaPixel]