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January 9, 2014
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New Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Released (ver. 2.0.3)

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EOS-1D X Firmware

Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX

Canon product advisory:

Details
Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

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December 5, 2013
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What Is The Best Canon DSLR for Your Needs?

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The folks over at reviewed.com made a guide to the best Canon DSLRs for various types of photographers. In short:

  • Best Canon DSLR for Beginners: Canon Rebel SL1 , excerpt:
    • From a feature perspective, the SL1 and the T5i are very similar. The T5i has the advantage of an articulating LCD that flips away from the body for framing at odd angles, shoots slightly faster (5 frames per second vs. 4fps with the SL1), and uses a slightly more advanced autofocus system. While these are differences, they’re not major, and we recommend saving the money and going with the SL1
  •  Best Canon DSLR for Video: Canon EOS 5D Mark III or Canon EOS 70D, excerpt:
    • For everyday consumers who just want a DSLR that will simply be a good video camera when necessary, the EOS 70D is the way to go. At $1,199.99 body-only, it’s cheaper than both the EOS 6D and the 5D Mark III. There’s a reason for that: it has a smaller APS-C image sensor, so video quality isn’t quite as good, especially in low light. The 70D does have one trick that no other camera offers, though: Dual Pixel autofocus. Dual Pixel AF is a revolutionary rethinking of how a DSLR focuses when shooting video, turning almost the entire sensor into one big AF unit. It’s fast, accurate, practically silent[…]
  • Best Canon DSLR for the Money: Rebel T4i/650D, excerpt:
    • If you’re in the market for a DSLR from Canon’s Rebel lineup, the Rebel T5i is currently the top of the line. Don’t buy it. The T5i is one of the least significant updates we’ve seen in recent memory, with no real upgrades over the Rebel T4i that it replaced. The major change? A mode dial that now turns a full 360° instead of stopping at either end. That’s pretty much it. Okay, the grip is now also made of a different rubber material that feels identical but doesn’t wear off as easily.
  • Best Canon DSLR for Advanced Shooters: Canon EOS 70D, excerpt:
    • Unlike the Rebel T5i, Canon really went back to the drawing board on this one, including the revolutionary Dual Pixel AF technology in the 70D. Dual Pixel AF is a drastic rethinking of how a DSLR focuses during live view and video recording, offering true Camcorder-esque focus performance for the first time in a DSLR. It’s remarkable.In addition, the 70D includes an excellent 98% coverage viewfinder, shoots continuously up to 7fps, has an articulated LCD, built-in WiFi, a secondary LCD on the top of the camera, and a 19-point (all cross-type) autofocus system. The 70D is Canon’s best high-end APS-C camera […]
  • Best Canon DSLR For Professionals: Canon EOS 1D X, excerpt:
    • While it might seem obvious to go with Canon’s top shelf DSLR when recommending a professional-caliber camera, there’s really no doubt that the EOS 1D X […] is the best option. The 1D X is a multimedia powerhouse built for the working professional, specifically sports, action, fashion, and news photographers. From a performance perspective the 1D X is the best camera in Canon’s lineup, with over 13 stops of dynamic range, continuous shooting up to 14 frames per second (12fps RAW+JPEG), and some of the best autofocus tracking that we’ve ever seen.

Be sure to read the whole guide over at reviewed.com. My latest acquisition is the Canon EOS 70D and folks that is an awesome piece of gear!

Some of the mentioned cameras have very good deals that are alive (more today deals here):

  • HOT: B&H has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM and a 16GB memory card, the PIXMA Pro-100 printer with paper and a camera bag is on sale for $1249 (click here) after a $400 mail-in rebate.
  • Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L Image Stabilized Lens and the PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer for $3347 (click here) after checkout and mail-in rebate. You have to click “Buy Together and Save” and then add the Pixma Pro100 printer.

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October 22, 2013
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New Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C Firmware Brings Improved Controls and Creative Freedom

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Update: more information in this CPN article.

Canon announced the scheduled availability for firmware updates for both the EOS-1D C and EOS-1D X. It appears Canon is actively listening to their customers, at least to the pros. There are huge improvements set to come.

The EOS-1D C firmware is scheduled to be available in November 2013, the EOS-1D X firmware in January 2014. There are huge improvements and fixes especially for the EOS-1D X (more details in the press release text), such as:

  • AF Performance with Moving Subjects
  • Enhanced AI Servo AF Performance in Low Light Conditions
  • Improved Acceleration/Deceleration Tracking Parameters
  • Selection of Initial AF Point While Shooting in 61-Point Auto Selection AF
  • AF Point Switching According to Camera Orientation
  • Expanded Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO
  • Exposure Compensation in Auto ISO with Manual Mode Set
  • Toggling Between Alternate Camera Settings
  • Same Exposure for New Aperture in Manual Mod
  • Display Protected Images Only

Changes in the EOS-1D C firmware update:

  • EF Lens Communication
  • Audio Recording (line input!!)

Canon USA press release:

Canon Firmware Upgrades For The EOS-1D X And EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cameras Deliver Improved Creative Control And Convenience

Firmware Version 2 for the EOS-1D X is Based on Extensive User Input and Provides More Efficient Autofocus Performance in Low Light, Custom Controls, and Improved User-Programmed Functionality

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces improvements in the functionality and convenient operation of the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera and the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in January 2014 and November 2013, respectively. Firmware enhancements for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera are designed to provide photographers with greater creative freedom and speed, especially in sectors such as sports, wedding, nature/wildlife, and journalism, which often contain rapidly changing action, sometimes in low-light environments. Service enhancements for the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera improve lens performance, lens status display, metadata storage, and audio recording.

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May 31, 2013
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Could The New EOS-1D C Firmware Turn an EOS-1D X In An EOS-1D C?

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A few days ago Canon announced a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D C, which, among other fixes, brings 25fps at 4k. The firmware is not available by download, instead you have to take your EOS-1D C to an authorized Canon service center in order to get it on your camera. This is unusual.

The Phoblographer reports about users that are suggesting Canon doesn’t want the firmware to get in the hands of EOS-1D X owners. Why? Because the hardware of both cams is nearly (if not totally) the same and the EOS-1D C firmware could turn an EOS-1D X in an EOS-1D C, a higher end gear with a much heftier price tag ($11,999 vs the $6700 of the EOS-1D X). Btw, the EOS-1D X also got a firmware update in the last days.

The Phoblographer is currently investigating the issue with Canon.

The EOS-1D C is sold for $11,999 at the following shops: B&H and Adorama, and you can rent it here.
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May 30, 2013
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Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Released (ver. 1.2.4)

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Lots of firmware updates coming from Canon these days. After the firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D C, the EOS-1Ds III and EOS-1D IV, and the EOS-1D III, Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X (price & specs).

Details
Firmware Version 1.2.4 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

1. Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.
2. Reduces the time it takes to display the metering result on the LCD or Viewfinder when the meter has been activated.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which a “Caution 02” message is unnecessarily recorded in the camera status log.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which continuous shooting pauses when using a Canon Speedlite.
5. Fixes a phenomenon, when the Canon GP-E1 is attached, in which the GPS device settings are reset to default settings when the camera has been powered off.

Note: *This phenomenon occurs only with firmware Ver. 1.2.1. After changing the GPS device settings, please be sure to power off the camera before removing the battery. This will ensure that the camera’s GPS device settings will be saved.

Firmware Version 1.2.4 is for cameras with firmware version 1.2.1 or earlier. If your camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating your camera’s firmware, please review the instructions thoroughly before you update the firmware.
The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

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The new Firmware Version 1.2.4 can be downloaded by clicking here.

Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

May 14, 2013
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Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body Only – $5940 (compare at $6799)

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Great deal by eBay seller 6ave (>9900 rating, 99.5% positive): get a brand new EOS-1D X for just $5,939.99 (click here). Regular price is $6799. Bonus items: two 32GB memory cards and a case. Free shipping.

Product Information
The rugged Canon EOS-1D X digital camera provides a wide variety of features suitable for even experienced photographers. With the magnesium alloy body, the black Canon camera body is resistant to dust and weather conditions. The well-balanced grip design on this 18.1 MP digital camera provides user comfort and reduces fatigue. Photographers can use the manual or autofocus on the Canon EOS-1D X digital camera to produce sharp, creative images. Because the 18.1 MP digital SLR camera also connects to the computer with an USB cable, it is easy to share photos or transfer them to print. This versatile Canon camera features a self-timer to allow the photographer to participate in group shots or take a self-portrait. Users can also provide narrative through an external microphone connected to the Canon camera. This 18.1 MP digital SLR camera body measures 15.8 cm wide, 16.36 cm high, and 8.27 cm deep, and it weighs 1.34 kg.
Product Features
  • 18.1-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
    A Canon 18.1-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor delivers stunning performance, producing exceptional low noise, high-resolution images even in the darkest conditions. The full frame sensor delivers optimum results from wide-angle lenses and gives you greater control over depth of field. Image resolution exceeds the quality demanded by leading photo agencies – making it ideal for extra large prints, even after cropping.
  • Huge ISO range
    An exceptionally wide ISO range means shooting need never stop from the brightest conditions right through to near darkness.
  • 61 point AF system
    A high-precision 61 point AF system, featuring 41 high sensitivity cross type sensors, delivers fast, accurate focusing of fast moving subjects – whatever the lighting conditions. The center 5 AF points are dual cross type for added precision.
  • Consistent, accurate metering
    A 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering system with a dedicated DIGIC 4 processor measures not only brightness but also color to ensure highly accurate exposure for natural results even in complex lighting situations.
  • Full HD EOS movies
    Shoot Full HD (1080p) video with a wide range of user selectable controls on a DSLR including exposure, frame rates, audio and compression control. An HDMI output allows high definition playback of footage and images.
  • Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
    Canon’s dual “DIGIC 5+” processors deliver the fastest and most advanced image processing to date for best-in-class image quality. Working with 4 A/D converters to provide 14-bit image processing for smooth tonal gradations and natural looking coolers as well as advanced noise reduction at higher ISO speeds.
  • Large, anti-reflective LCD
    A high-resolution 3.2″ Clear View II LCD screen, allows easy, accurate review of images and video. Superbly durable, an anti-reflective, hardened glass structure prevents reflections even in the brightest sunlight.
  • Ethernet port
    A built in Ethernet port allows for fast, easy transfer of images directly to a PC or via a network to clients from live events.
February 8, 2013
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Firmware Fix Announced For Speedlite AF Assist Beam Issue On EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X

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Concerning the Speedlite AF assist beam issue occurring with Speedlites used with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or Canon EOS-1D X, there will soon be a firmware fix. In the EOS forum at Canon USA, a forum moderator wrote:

Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.

“Announced shortly” could mean in April, when Canon is set to release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III. Don’t think they will release another one before.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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