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The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:
"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."
In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
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Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
Download Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
When the camera is updated to Firmware Version 2.0.5, the following settings will be automatically reset.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A must be running Firmware Version 1.0.7 in order to be used with the EOS 7D camera running Firmware Version 2.0.5.
Some older versions of the applications listed below do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. In order to address compatibility issues, please download the latest versions of the applications (listed below) from our Web site. For the latest operating system requirement information please visit the Canon website.
EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 or later Supported OSes:
Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.13.45 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6/10.7/10.8)
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8/8.1), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Please download the most recent Instruction Manual if the firmware of your camera is being updated from firmware version 1.25 or earlier. The Instruction Manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions provided in these previous firmware versions.
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"Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
Remaining battery charge is now accurately detected for Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a. By upgrading firmware to [current version], EN-EL14a performance is maximized so that more images can be captured (battery performance) than when an EN-EL14 is used. With firmware [previous firmware version] and earlier, the number of images that can be captured (battery performance) when an EN-EL14a is used is less than when an EN-EL14 is used."
Some owners who updated their Nikon cameras' firmwares are reporting that the update killed compatability with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon attempt to kill 3rd party compatability with the firmware updates?
If so, I suspect they may have been taking a play out of Canon's playbook. Back in early Ocotber, Canon released a product advisory regarding the LC-E6 Battery Charger, the charger that ships with cameras using the LP-E6 battery (5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 60Da). In the product advisory, Canon stated:
"In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 is not possible."
This symptom may occur when a Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 has been discharged due to being unused for a prolonged period of time, such as when it is first purchased."
Canon provided a fairly easy procedure to reset the charger. However, Canon also stated:
"The situation may also occur when attempts are made to charge non-genuine Canon Battery Packs in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6. However, the procedure provided above does not apply to the use of non-genuine Canon products."
I found the note regarding 3rd party batteries quite interesting. And surely enough, when I tried to charge one of my 3rd party batteries in the LC-E6 that came with a 5D Mark III, the battery wouldn't charge. However, if I placed the same battery in an older LC-E6 (one that was packaged with our 7D review camera purchased in late 2009 and another packaged with a 5D Mark II), the 3rd party battery charged perfectly fine.
That got me wondering – Did Canon reengineer their battery chargers to make them less compatible with 3rd party batteries? And did their reengineering attempt inadvertently cause issues with their own OEM batteries? If so, is Nikon following Canon's lead in actively discouraging 3rd party battery use?
I don't have an answer to these questions. However, I do find it quite ironic that newer LC-E6 Battery Chargers seem less compatible with 3rd party batteries than the older chargers and that Nikon's firmware updates seem to break compatability with 3rd party batteries. [Sean]
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