"We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience caused to our customers by suspending the availability of the Version 2.0.3 firmware.
We are now introducing the Version 2.0.4 firmware. This firmware corrects the malfunction that occurred in the previous Version 2.0.3 firmware, in which the manual recording level changed and made recording impossible.
Customers who have the Version 2.0.3 firmware on their cameras should update the firmware to Version 2.0.4."
"In the Version 2.0.4 firmware, the following phenomena that occurred with the Version 2.0.3 firmware (which was to enhance the movie functions) have been corrected.
There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3." (thanks John)
DateTime: 3/19/2010 9:47:42 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Issues with Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware v2.0.3
Canon USA has posted a PDF indicating that some people are experiencing problems with the new version 2.03 firmware. Here is the full text of the announcement:
"Thank you for using Canon products.
We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera are experiencing issues with Firmware Update Version 2.0.3.
We are working on a new firmware update to address these phenomena, which will be available soon.If you have not registered your EOS 5D Mark II, please register so we will be able to notify you via email when future updates become available for download.
Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support." (thanks Hugh & neuroanatomist)
Apparently the specific problem has to do with sound recording not working when a manual record volume is used in the C modes.
Update from Canon:
"Recently we have discovered a malfunction that occurs with Firmware Version 2.0.3, in which the manual recording levels for C1/C2/C3 are changed and the camera becomes unable to record audio if the power is turned off (or if Auto power off takes effect) after registering "Sound Recording: Manual" in the camera user settings.
We apologize very sincerely for the inconvenience, but we are going to stop making this firmware available for download. For customers who have already updated to the new firmware, when using the camera with the mode dial set to C1/C2/C3, please either set the sound recording settings to Auto.
We are currently preparing firmware that will correct this malfunction. As soon as those preparations have been completed, we will let you know on this Web site. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience this represents, but please wait until the fixed firmware is ready."
The second lens appears to be even sharper at f/2.8 at the 70mm end and slightly softer at f/2.8 at the long end compared to my first copy of this lens.
Vignetting results and a flare comparison test have also been added to the review. Vignetting performance appears mostly similar to the version 1 lens - slightly improved in the mid-range focal lengths. The flare comparison (posted by request and yet un-narrated - at bottom of the review page) shows another great advantage the new lens holds.
Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.
1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
NTSC: ?1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps) ?1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) ?640×480 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
PAL: ?1920×1080 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps) ?1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps) ?640×480 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)
2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)
We have seen the with-kit-lens version of the T2i available before, but this is the first body-only version I've seen available. I plan to have the full Canon EOS T2i / 550D DSLR Review online this week.
I'm not comfortable making any final conclusions yet (and have a second copy of this lens arriving today), but the new lens is looking very good so far.
The version II lens is overall, sharper wide open than the version I - you can compare the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS I and II USM Lenses using the mouseover feature in the ISO 12233 chart tool. Increase the focal length for both lenses to see how this improved image quality carries over to extender results. CA (Chromatic Abberation) is also improved - noticeable in the corners (bottom crop) at 200mm.
The 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens focuses very fast - even faster than the version I lens. IS is quiet and well-behaved (very little jumping image in viewfinder). Build quality is excellent - though somewhat large, the lens feels great in use.
DateTime: 3/8/2010 12:00:00 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Saturday, March 06, 2010
New Canon DSLR Camera & Lens Rebates!
Canon has released a new DSLR camera and lens rebate program with rebate amounts ranging from $15.00 to $1,000.00 with $50.00 - $130.00 being more typical amounts. The new feature to this rebate program is the rebate amount being doubled with the purchase of a 5D Mark II. Also welcome in this round is the Canon EOS 7D ($100.00/$200.00).
These are instant rebates available to anyone in the world buying through a Canon USA authorized dealer (B&H Photo). They are in effect from Mar 7, 2010 (Sunday) through Apr 3, 2010. This is an unusual time of the year for a significant Canon rebate program - it is likely in response to Nikon's current rebate program.
If you are buying a 7D or 5D Mark II, definitely pick up a Canon PIXMA PRO 9000 printer at the same time - there is a $400 rebate on the combo. Just sell the printer if you don't need/want it.
Here is the list of DSLRs, lenses and flashes included in the program along with their respective rebate amounts:
When B&H accepts preorders for a new item, the new item is typically in route to their warehouse and will be ready to ship in the very near future. And, the number of preorders accepted typically matches the incoming inventory quantity. You order, you get the lens - and soon.
Amazon.com has also just started accepting orders for the new
DateTime: 3/1/2010 12:00:00 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon Announces EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3
"This is [snip] to inform you that firmware upgrade 2.0.3 for the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera will be coming in March of 2010. 2.0.3 meets the demands of both professional movie producers and aspiring filmmakers alike by adding 24p video acquisition and changing the 30p video frame rate to 29.97 to comply with TV production standards. In addition, audio capability is enhanced for professional use, adding manual audio level control, and increasing the audio sampling frequency to 48KHz from 44.1KHz.