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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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It's official: Canon USA offers 5D2 firmware update

Just rec'd via email:

Canon U.S.A., Inc., will be issuing a greatly anticipated firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera. This new firmware will accommodate a great number of user requests for manual exposure control in the EOS 5D Mark II video mode. Manual exposure control while shooting video on the EOS 5D Mark II is expected to make a big impact with cinematographers and videographers using the 5D Mark II for high-end HD video production. While being announced today, this firmware will not be available for download until early June 2009.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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This is, of course, great news. I just saw the announcement on DP Review and was going to post it here. You beat me to it! I haven't received an email from Canon yet, which is interesting, since I think mine was the only review on Canon's site which NEVER got posted, regardless of how I changed it! ;-)

From dpreview.com:

"Canon Enable Manual Exposure in Video on EOS 5D Mark II

LONDON, UK, 27th May 2009: Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new firmware will be available for download from 2 June 2009 on Canon Europe’s support web site.
Following the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, Canon’s Research and Development team has listened closely to customer feedback to develop additions to the camera’s movie recording functionality.

Allowing EOS 5D Mark II owners to achieve even more stunning video results with the camera, the firmware update will include the following manual controls when shooting video:

* Full aperture selection
* ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
* Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second

The EOS 5D Mark II integrates full HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera; opening a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. Since its launch the camera has proved its appeal to professionals working in diverse fields, from studio and wedding to nature and travel. Now, following customer feedback, Canon has improved functionality for professional video users, further unleashing the potential of the EOS 5D Mark II for cinematographers and photographers alike."

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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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This is great news!

We'll probably still want more features, so I'll spend next week figuring out the new firmware layout. Hopefully it won't take as long as the first time!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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Ha! I spoke too soon. Just got the email! :-)

For sale: Bunch of old Nikon lenses. Ha!

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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:27 PM   #5
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5D mk2 new Firmware . Manual Control . coming early June 2009

Good NEWSSSS

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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #6
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Updated my first post to include the .PDF that I received.

And I can't help but wonder, how long would we have been waiting for this to happen if it weren't for Tramm Hudson. I'm willing to bet that it was his firmware work that ultimately "encouraged" Canon to stop sitting on their hands and get the ball rolling on this thing... well done, Tramm, for spurring them into action!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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Wow!

I am shocked and amazed.

Based on all my earlier statements, it is time for me to prepare a large meal, including a nice entree of raven (I have to eat crow) and a nice side of baseball cap ("If Canon updates firmware, I'll eat my hat").

I'm very glad to be wrong.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #8
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For those who've looked over the attached .PDF, note the interesting choice of words:

"An Epic begins with M"

Hmm...

Also:

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Based on all my earlier statements...
Better make that a table for two, Daniel. I'm putting on my bib and will be joining you for dinner.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #9
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holy (expletive deleted) crap!

I can't (expletive deleted) believe they're really releasing a (expletive deleted) firmware update that addresses our requests! Way to go canon! Now the only thing is I have a (expletive deleted) shoot june 8th will it really be ready by then?!

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Of course I also just purchased an (expletive deleted) zeiss nikon mount lens it's a beautiful 85mm lens and I guess it will go on ebay soon-maybe not...
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:13 PM   #10
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Does anyone else find it curious that this firmware release is scheduled to happen right around the time that the GH1 is being released in North America?

Perhaps Canon feeling a little competition from Matsushita?

Now we just need Nikon to make a surprise announcement involving June and the circle will be complete...
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #11
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I knew this was coming.

Rejoice!!

*cough-cough* Now we just need 24p!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #12
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Does this include manual shutter also? Or is it just saying shutter speeds go those particular ranges?
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #13
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True no 24p is a bummer but this news is so BIG I can overlook it! WOW Looks like I'm going to invest in another 5D and more L-glass. 85 1.2, 50 1.2, 135 f2, and 70-200 2.8 here I come!!!!

Hey Chris thanks for the info!!! You have no idea how excited I am!!! I actually JUST did a shoot today (another scene from the music video I'm working on) and yet again in front of the talent/performer had to embarrassingly reach around to cover the lens to force an open aperture.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:23 PM   #14
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Beautiful news!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #15
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Yea! I'm glad I didn't invest in Nikon glass and stayed Canon. This is great news.
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