Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware 1.1.0 released (support for W-E1 and STM lenses)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.1.0 Released (support For W-E1 And STM Lenses)

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

At a glance:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200
  • 10 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction

Canon released firmware version 1.1.0 for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (download). The most important addition likely being the support for the recently announced Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following functional enhancements and improvements:

1. Supports Wi-Fi adapter W-E1.
2. Adds a setting to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens*1 is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].
*1 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses

* In the notification titled “To Users of the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera” posted from August 25 to September 8, there was an error relating to the planned additional functions, so this error has been corrected.
The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens aberration data will not be added by performing this firmware update. The lens aberration correction data can be registered in EOS Utility Ver.3.4.30 or later.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.5. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

More information here.

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.

Changes:

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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New firmware for Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM makes Auto-Focus up to 50% faster

New Firmware For Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Makes Auto-Focus Up To 50% Faster

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA) at a glance:

  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22
  • Two FLD and Three SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer
  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 102.4″
  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount
  • Lens Hood & Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma released a new firmware for their Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (both Sports and Contemporary versions). Sigma claims the new firmware makes AF on the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM up to 50% faster. The firmware can be downloaded here.

Sigma press release (via DPReview):

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports / Contemporary
Firmware update for Canon and Nikon mount

We would like to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon and Nikon mount, and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon and Nikon mount. This firmware update can be installed using SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.

Benefit of this firmware update
The latest firmware update improves the AF algorithm of 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses and further enhances AF speed by optimizing HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) drive control. Depending on shooting conditions, it is expected to increase autofocus speed by approximately 20%, to a maximum of 50%, during normal shooting as well as when using “Speed Priority” set through SIGMA Optimization Pro.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro. Please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro is updated to Version 1.2 before updating the lens firmware.

For customers who do not own a SIGMA USB DOCK, please contact Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd for details about updating the firmware free of charge.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

Canon EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 update available (since July)

Canon EOS M3 Firmware 1.0.1 Update Available (since July)

Apologies for having missed this. As a true EOS M3 fan I shouldn’t have. Canon released EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 back in July 2015. The firmware solves AF issues with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 (Windows | Mac OS X) incorporates the following enhancement:

1. Improves the autofocus speed of an EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM attached to the EOS M3 (to mount the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM to the EOS M3, the mount adapter EF-EOS M is required. The enhancement in the autofocus speed only applies when the lens is used with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM)

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Identification procedure:
If the 6th digit in the serial number of your camera is either 0, 1, or 2, then it is equipped with firmware Version 1.0.0 e.g.

xxxxx0xxxxxx, xxxxx1xxxxxx, xxxxx2xxxxxx

Cameras with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with firmware Version 1.0.1 or later.

Canon EOS M3: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EOS M3

Canon EOS M3

Magic Lantern Works On The Canon EOS 7D (Alpha Release available for download)

After months of hard hacking Magic Lantern works on the Canon EOS 7D. An alpha release (ver. 2.0.3) of the firmware is available. For those not confident with programming and coding concepts: an alpha release of a software (and a firmware is a software) means a very early state of development, a work in progress that achieved first results but still is on the road to get fully tested and reliable. Hence, take note of what follows

  • it was primarily tested on one 7D, and a few days on three other 7D’s;
  • during those tests we took 1000 photos and gigabytes of videos;
  • there were no crashes or strange behaviors during our tests;
  • this release will not alter any data in your camera’s permanent memory;
  • this release will not directly alter any so-called “properties” (persistent camera settings);
  • this means, some functions like HDR photos, HDR videos, bulb ramping etc will not work yet;
  • it is not a firmware upgrade, despite the camera saying “Firmware update program”;
  • we have disabled all features that are not yet working perfectly;
  • please don’t beg for adding feature XYZ, it will be added as soon as it works without issues.

It took long to add support for the Canon EOS 7D because it is a dual DIGIC camera (two CPUs). It is important to be aware that if you use Magic Lantern on your EOS 7D you are doing it on your own risk. Magic Lantern works on the Canon EOS 7D, but it is an early release of the firmware. So far the following feature have been implemented:

  • Audio meters while recording
  • Zebras
  • Focus peaking
  • Magic Zooom (via half-shutter, or focus ring)
  • Cropmarks, Ghost image
  • Spotmeter
  • False color
  • Histogram, Waveform
  • Vectorscope
  • Movie logging
  • Movie auto stop
  • Trap focus
  • LiveView settings (brightness, contrast…)
  • Level indicator
  • Image review tweaks (quick zoom)
  • and a lot more

For known issues and more relevant information about how Magic Lantern works on the Canon EOS 7D, and to download the firmware, visit Magic Lantern page here. Installing the firmware on Canon’s EOS 7D is done in a few easy steps. Instructions are provided on the page.

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

Don’t Call It Hack: Magic Lantern 2.3 Released (5D2, 60D, 50D, T1i/500D, T2i/550D, T3i/600D Supported)

Magic Lantern 2.3 has been released. Magic Lantern is a firmware replacement for Canon DSLRs, specifically for the EOS 5D Mark II (get it refurbished at the Canon Store for 1,759.20), EOS 60D, EOS 50D, Rebel T3i/600D, Rebel T2i and Rebel T1i. New and improved features: customizable menus, shortcuts, automatic HDR bracketing, timelapse, advanced fps and ISO control, contrast and adjustment in liveview, image analysis, fast playback.

Magic Lantern v2.3 represents an important milestone – professionals from all around the world are already trusting it for their paid work. We can safely say it’s no longer a hack, but it’s strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.

Magic Lantern is not a new kid on the block, it has been around for a while and gained maturity with every release. Keep in mind that this firmware replacement adds lots of features that Canon didn’t want you to have on your DSLR, even if your DSLR is perfectly able to manage it. See it as a sort of jailbreak for Canon DSLRs. Magic Lantern will be free for all starting August 13, until then you can get it after a $10 (or more) donation. Click here to go directly to the download page.

[via photographybay]

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