Is Canon Set To Release a New EOS 5D Mark III Firmware That Blocks Magic Lantern?


Rumor has it Canon might soon release a new firmware for the EOS 5D Mark III that will block the installation of Magic Lantern.

A user of the Magic Lantern forum writes:

Few weeks ago I bought a 5D M III. Today I tried to install Magic Latern, but I failed. The firmware version of my camera is 1.3.3, and there was no ML installation file for this version. Then I visited Cannon’s website to download firmware 1.2.3. I tried to install 1.2.3, but my camera said ‘Firmware older than Ver. 1.3.0 is on memory card. Delete old file and update using later version.’. One thing I was surprised about is that there is no firmware 1.3.3 on Cannon’s webpage. It is very strange that my camera is running 1.3.3 firmware.

It is not unusual that cameras that had service come back with newer firmware versions before these firmware versions are made available, the same can be said for new camera batches send to retailers.

I don’t think Canon is trying to block Magic Lantern on your EOS 5D Mark III. Most probably this is just a new firmware version that is yet not supported by ML. What Canon may try to do is to block the use of third party batteries thru a new firmware. Finally, the whole post in the ML forum could also be nothing more than a hoax.

I’ll keep you posted.

[via Magic Lantern]


A New Canon Mirrorless Camera is Coming in 2015 (70D sensor, and new lenses)


The highly underestimated Canon EOS M

I got new emails regarding a Canon mirrorless camera I think will be announced in 2015. I give this rumor a high plausibility to be true.

While these are new sources, at least one of them showed a good insight in Canon’s business. I am usually very conservative when it comes to publish the rumors that fill up my inbox. I decided to post because the emails are largely identical, covering similar aspects (as mentioned below).

What we can expect (it’s not much that leaked so far):

  • Canon wants to go serious with mirrorless technology (Canon themselves confirmed it in a recent interview)
  • The next M-system camera will sport the sensor of the EOS 70D – my take: though one of the sources stated it will be the 7D2 sensor, I believe Canon will go for the 70D sensor.
  • Hence, it will have 20MP and the game changing Dual Pixel CMOS auto-focus.
  • Canon is trying to miniaturise things as much as it is possible – expect a truly small and lightweight body
  • Minimal physical controls – Canon will further optimise the already excellent touch interface introduced with the EOS M (and other DSLRs) – this is also necessary in order to keep the body size as small as possible
  • There will be more EF-M lenses in 2015 – we have been told there will be two EF-M prime lenses coming before end of 2015 – no mention about the focal length. Personally I think at least one of them will be a 35mm pancake lens with at least f/2.8
  • One source stated there will be an optional EVF (electronic viewfinder) – which I think is a reliable information. If it is true that Canon will try to make this MILC as small as possible no other viewfinder option is feasible.
  • Announcement before Summer 2015

As usually, take everything with a grain of salt. The only thing I am pretty sure to be true is that Canon will announce a new mirrorless camera soon, and that it will be a cool piece of gear.

I also got mentions of a full-frame mirrorless camera Canon is rumored to be actively researching. Read about here.

Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Canon Patent for Mixed Metal and Resin Mount (less weight, less abrasion)

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent for a DSLR mount made of metal and resin. The metal part is the “inner part” of the mount, the “resin part” the outer part. The advantages are lower weight and lower abrasion. Another advantage could consist in smoother mounting/unmounting of lenses, with less abrasion of the lens-side part of the mount, since high quality resin is more abrasion resistent than metal. Be aware that when talking about resins we are not talking about mere plastic.

  • Canon patent
    • Of bayonet mechanism mount
    • Mounting an inner peripheral portion of the body has a concave rail surfaces of metal
    • Mount the outer periphery of having a rail surface of the convex shape in the resin
    • That resin rail than the metal rail, I have a narrow width and high height

More from the machine translated patent description:

If a metallic material is used for the construction material of camera mount, the strength of mount will be secured, but if attachment and detachment of a taking lens (lens device) are repeated, a mount surface will be worn out and appearance grace will be spoiled by the abrasion. Wear becomes a cause, the slidability of a mount surface is deteriorated, attachment-and-detachment torque becomes high, and an operation feeling becomes less good. In order to secure the abrasion resistance of mount, and slidability, when a resin material is used as construction material of the whole mount, as compared with the case where a metallic material is used, strength is weak.


In order to compensate the characteristic of a metallic material and resin mutually, the mount which molded metal and resin integrally is proposed. The Patent[shows a] mount of composition of having the mount main part which constituted the mount surface from a synthetic resin excellent in abrasion resistance and a sliding feel, and a metal ring component for reinforcing this mount main part.

[via Egami]

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II in Stock and Ready to Ship (limited quantity)

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

B&H Photo told me the have a limited stock of the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens in stock. The lens sells for $2,199 (click here).

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon High-Megapixel DSLR Going Beyond the 50MP Mark?

Canon High-Megapixel DSLR
At Northlight Images a speculation surfaced suggesting the high-megapixel DSLR that Canon themselves confirmed being in the works may have a 52MP sensor.

The speculation is based on the assumption that Canon’s new sensor might be based on the same 4.2 micron pixel design used for the sensor in the Canon EOS 70D and EOS 7D Mark II. This would translate to 52MP when applied on a full-frame sensor.

52MP would be a good marketing argument, considering that Sony/Nikon sensors reach 46MP. If true, Canon is on the way to win the megapixel race. We will see.

[via NL]