Firmware Update in the Wild?

Canon Rumors just received a hint about a firmware update in the wild for the 5D Mark II:

Firmware Update

I’ve been told that Canon lent 4 5D Mark II’s to a certain company with a firmware version not currently available.
The firmware is geared towards video. No word on whether or not some manual controls have been added.
I’ve been asked not to mention the industry or the project, so I won’t.

If anyone get one of these, please feel free to share them with me/us. 🙂

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4 Responses to “Firmware Update in the Wild?”


  1. 1 cy April 15, 2009 at 6:08 am

    you’re killing me.. please please please be true. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

  2. 2 Louis April 15, 2009 at 8:53 am

    All’s hoping. Maybe they were a little scared with canon users buying manual nikon lens and the recent choice of nikon bodies that shoot hd.

  3. 3 cy April 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    The camera also insists on setting exposure for you. The workaround in this case was to use exposure lock. Old time film SLR users will know the drill — point the camera (in auto) at something neutral in tone (the palm of your hand or some grass) and in the same light as what you are shooting. Press the exposure lock and re-frame the shot.

    The posts go into full production details, too, and the director (named, appropriately enough, Andrew Disney) comments about the amazing image quality you get from the Canon:

    The blacks are deeper, truer, fuller, than most any other camera I’ve shot on.

    So is the 5DMkII the best video camera out there for indie filmmakers? Nope. Andrew is already looking at the next one:

    But I think all these methods and workarounds with the camera will be obsolete pretty soon. The Panasonic GH1 should hopefully fix it all… I think that’s what we’ll shoot the feature on.

  4. 4 Cyrus Hogg April 25, 2009 at 2:54 am

    just emailed Canon about the Nikon manual control response.. this is what i got.

    Thank you for your reply about the video mode on the EOS 5D Mark II.

    We are sorry to say that there is no information regarding any possible
    enhancements to the video mode on the 5D Mark II. If you are looking
    for more advanced video features we recommend that you purchase a
    camcorder.

    We hope this helps. Please write to us again if you have any questions
    or concerns regarding the 5D Mark II.

    Sincerely,

    Erik
    Technical Support Representative


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