Firmware 1.04 for Canon EOS 7D Mark II avalaible for download (fixes AF issues)

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A new firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is available by Canon. Firmware 1.04 can be downloaded from Canon Asia (Windows | Mac OS X). What has changed:

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s AF function may not operate properly at a focal length of approximately 100mm when used with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in rare instances, the reduction of the flicker effect cannot be achieved when in AI servo AF mode, despite the “Anti-flicker shoot” function being set to “Enable”.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the Picture Style settings may not be applied to the captured image when the camera is set to custom shooting mode C1, C2 or C3.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the first still image captured in live view mode may not record the correct date and time.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, image noise may appear in JPEG images when brightness or contrast is corrected by the Auto Lighting Optimizer function.

Don’t be worried because you are downloading the firmware from Canon Asia instead of Canon US or EU – it is the same piece of software.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Canon product advisory for classic EOS 5D (mirror detachment issue)

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Canon product advisory for the Canon EOS 5D Mark I.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Please note that the after-sales service period (service reception period) for this product will end on September 30, 2015. The free repairs are also scheduled to end on the same day. 

We have discovered that, in rare instances, the main mirror of some EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras may detach due to deterioration in the strength of the adhesive. Accordingly, we would like to convey the details and our service policy concerning this phenomenon.

We offer our sincerest apologies to those customers who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers and we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.

Phenomenon
The main mirror of the camera detaches and images cannot be viewed through the viewfinder.

Affected products
EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras whose main mirror has detached.

User Support
We will repair and reinforce the mirror portion of the affected products free of charge. If you own one of the affected products, please contact our Customer Support Center.

We appreciate your patience, and we offer our sincerest apologies to the customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
  1-800-652-2666
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Support options and hours of operation: www.usa.canon.com/support

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sample pictures

Canon EOS 6D, 1/800, f/2.2, ISO 100 – Image credit: Canon

Canon UK posted a set of 8 sample pictures shot using the new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (announcement). Click here to go to Canon UK, then click on the picture under “sample images” on the right side. Unfortunately no full size pics are available.

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. Pre-orders are available: B&H Photo | Adorama.

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Canon patent for 12-35mm f/2-3.5 IS lens for 4/3 formats

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for an image-stabilized 12-35mm f/2-3.5 lens for 4/3 sensors. Slow down before you get too excited figuring out that Canon will soon produces lenses for 4/3 systems. If this patent will ever hot the market it could also be for a compact camera, or one of the better Powershot cams.

  • Canon patent
    • Positive and negative positive and negative positive five-group zoom
    • Rear focus (fourth group)
    • Anti-vibration (part of the third group)