Canon News for May 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Canon has released new firmware for the Rebel XT/350D (v1.0.2), 1D Mark II (v1.2.2) and 1Ds Mark II (v1.1.2).

The primary fix incorporated into the 1DII and 1DsII updates:
"When pressing the DISPLAY button immediately after shooting, the LCD monitor would turn completely white, the camera would hang, and the images in the buffer memory would be lost. Countermeasures for this issue have been incorporated into this update."

Fixes included in the Rebel XT/350D update:
"Fixes the phenomenon of extreme underexposure when using some lenses.
Fixes the phenomenon of auto power off function failure when auto power off is set more than 2 minutes.
Fixes the phenomenon of incorrect white balance when using an external flash."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I encourage you to read The RAW Flaw at Then send the email petition to Canon to keep our RAW files in an open format.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Canon has posted an announcement concerning Canon 1D / 1Ds Mark II lock ups and lost images:

Digital SLR Image Disappearance

May 20, 2005 Canon U.S.A.

We have received inquiries about the problem of images disappearing when using specific digital SLR cameras. As a result of our investigation, we found that the following two problems may occur. Please be advised of the details and countermeasures.

1. Disappearance of images within the camera's buffer memory

Affected Products: EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II

Problem: Pressing the [DISPLAY] button immediately after shooting with the camera set to "RAW+JPEG (high image quality)" causes the LCD monitor to become entirely white and the camera to lock up, losing all the images in the buffer. This problem is caused by the firmware for these models and sometimes occurs regardless of the recording media used.

Countermeasure: We are now making arrangements to release new camera firmware incorporating the correction of this problem by the end of May 2005. In the meantime, please be aware of the following when using these models.

Before pressing the [DISPLAY] button to check captured images, make sure the access lamp is off, indicating that files have been written to the media.
When this problem occurs, remove and re-install the battery to restore correct operation.

2. Disappearance of images when using Lexar Compact Flash Cards

Affected Products (D-SLR): EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 20D, EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital / EOS Kiss Digital N

Affected Products (CF card): Lexar Professional 80x-speed Compact Flash cards

Problem: Captured images on some Lexar CompactFlash cards can be lost when used with the Canon cameras listed above. Working together, Lexar and Canon have investigated the cause and confirmed that the problem occurs in extremely rare instances when the products above are used together.

Countermeasure: Lexar will offer a free firmware update incorporating the correction of this problem by the end of May 2005 for Lexar Professional Series 80x CompactFlash card customers using the affected Canon cameras.

Lexar customers can contact Lexar Professional Support in US at (+1) 510-413-1233, or in UK at (+44) 1483-522-947 or visit Lexar on-line at

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience these issues have caused for you. We will make every effort in quality control to provide products that our customers can use with confidence. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Contact Information for inquiries:
Call Center
1-800-848-4040 (toll free)
*Available with your cell phone or PHS.

Office Hours:
Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



MAY 19, 2005

To: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 20D, and EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital / EOS Kiss Digital N camera customers using Lexar memory cards

Alert: Recent instances of lost images have been reported by customers using Lexar Professional 80x and other makes of CompactFlash cards in the Canon cameras listed above. Canon and Lexar both extensively test their products prior to release to ensure compatibility across product lines. In this instance, both companies investigated the occurrences and were able to identify the problem through extreme testing and found the reported problems to be rare and difficult to reproduce.

Action: Lexar is making arrangements to release a firmware update for Lexar Professional 80x CompactFlash cards incorporating a correction to the problem with the Canon cameras listed above. Lexar’s firmware update will only address failures when using Lexar Professional 80x CompactFlash cards with the Canon cameras listed. Lexar will update this web page with a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) form and instructions for upgrading Lexar CompactFlash cards when the firmware is available. If you have additional questions please call (510) 413-1233.

For the latest information on Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 20D, and EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital / EOS Kiss Digital N cameras, please see Canon's website at

This is important news to those experiencing these problems. I will post links to the new firmware as soon as I learn it is available (likely the end of May 2005).

In this same announcement, Canon indicates that Lexar 80x CompactFlash Cards also cause lock ups in "extremely rare" situations with many Canon Digital SLR models. Lexar will be providing a firmware update for these cards.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Sample pictures have been uploaded to the following galleries ...
Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Lens
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Sample pictures have been uploaded for the ...
Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Epson has announced a number of new high end photo printers including the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Printer.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Now online ...
Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Lens Review

Many sample photos from this lens and various others I have been using will be going online as I get time.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 is now shipping. This is a significant upgrade from CS.

Adobe has released Camera Raw Version 3.1 for Adobe Photoshop CS2.

The anxiously awaited Epson Stylus R1800 Photo Printer is now shipping as well.

Canon Europe CPS has posted Issue 12 on their web site. There is always good stuff here.

Monday, May 2, 2005

A big thank you to everyone who has posted links to this site from forums and websites. I appreciate the support - The links really help to keep things running here!

Posted: 5/1/2005 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News    
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