Manual Control Coming?

Great news!
Canon revised the White Paper for the 5D Mark II.
Manual Control might come…

Here is what it says:

Perhaps more importantly, with the EOS 5D Mark II’s large image sensor and its ability to use very fast lenses, users can obtain shallow, selective depth of field that is difficult or impossible to achieve with regular camcorders with smaller image sensors. This sensor size difference means that, for any given combination of aperture value, subject distance and angle of view, images from the EOS 5D Mark II will have shallower depth of field than images from a conventional HD device. EOS 5D Mark II users can take advantage of this feature to produce high quality HD movies. Canon is gratified at the overwhelmingly positive market response to the EOS 5D Mark II camera. Based on this success, it’s only natural that advanced users are looking for manual aperture control in movie mode, and Canon is listening to constructive comments and feature suggestions. In the meantime, we hope that our comments here will help to clarify the White Paper’s statements on depth of field control in movie mode.

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8 Responses to “Manual Control Coming?”


  1. 2 Louis March 3, 2009 at 12:17 am

    All’s hoping! This is one of the reasons I’m holding back on the mark II. I love the idea of capturing great video while exploring with your camera, would make a few projects a lot easier and more filmic than carrying around a chunky hdv cam.

  2. 3 Photographer / Videographer March 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

    This could be Really Great news.

    As so many people sent suggestions/comments/requests to Canon, and rated the camera also including comments about the missing of Manual Control, I guess Canon will listen to thousands of people.

    If they release a new firmware update that allows full manual control (and also improves some features like MORE FRAMES for BRACKETING mode -so much requested- and some kind of DIRECT Access to Movie mode) then Canon will only get this: MORE SALES on the EOS 5D Mark II and ALSO on their lenses (instead of the need to use Nikon lenses by the user to achieve AT LEAST aperture control)

    That simple!
    Make lot of sense to Canon, to increase their sales in both aspects, and to make their loyal customers MUCH more satisfied.

    – And I almost forgot something VERY IMPORTANT: NEW customers that will buy the 5D Mark II thanks to its capability to achieve HD movie clips with Professional CONTROL.

  3. 4 5dfix March 3, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I agree with you…
    My best friend did not buy this camera because of the lack of manual control and I totally understand him!
    He’s now waiting for the Nikon d800…

  4. 5 Alex March 4, 2009 at 12:39 am

    The most canon would do with firmware is aperture control.
    Why? Because aperture is now fully controlled with manual Nikon prime lenses and most dslr filmmakers or people doing video went for Nikon primes and $20-$200 nikon2canon lens adapters. By providing this control on canon camera, it really doesnt revolutionized accomplishing something, rather makes it easier and brings more $ back to canon.

    24p and manual controls is wishful thinking. canon or any corporation dont have the balls to be truly outstanding leaders and give the full capabilities of firmware to its users. companies have no hearts, thus no appreciation that we live life once, that time is golden and when technology is already there, it is true greatness to be pioneers and be first to open these in already capable of this DSLR camera. Instead, they put $, fear, reasoning 1st.

  5. 6 cy March 4, 2009 at 1:32 am

    It sounds promising. I for one will chose to remain an optimist. Here’s to hoping Canon hears our cries.

  6. 7 Brian March 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I really hope this happens. It would be nice if they at least gave the video mode an Aperature Priority setting so we could lock it in at whatever aperature we wanted, rather than some presets Canon chose.

  7. 8 Mitch March 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    There is a rumor about a new Firmware release coming – check my blog for yesterday – http://bit.ly/PlgxY


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