What is this site about?

To make it short:
In September 2008 Canon released a new DSLR camera the “Canon 5D Mark II”. This cam is the first DSLR to have FULL HD video mode. The only problem is that you don’t have full manual control over the video mode. Many people out there who bought one want to be able to change the aperture, iso, shutter, 24p/25p/30p manually in order to make great movies.

This site encourages everyone to write a message to Canon requiring to solve the problem. The more we are, the faster the solution (hopefully). 🙂

More information:

  1. The camera controls Every Exposure setting automatically in Movie mode, as we found and was also confirmed by Canon’s e-mail Tech Support.
  2. The fact that the ONLY possible way so far to get “AT LEAST” Real Aperture Control (thus REAL “Depht of Field Control”) is using a Nikon lens (with aperture ring) with an adapter, OR interrupting the communication between the Canon lens and the 5D Mark II camera (wich both ways are NOT a normal method for a Canon DSLR)
  3. In its white paper, CANON’S STATEMENT of “provides amazing depth-of-field control” IS NOT REALLY TRUE because the camera sets Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO AUTOMATICALLY giving NO CHOICE for the user to Really set any of them.

What do we request:

  • to manually change the aperture
  • to manually change the ISO
  • to manually change the shutter speed
  • to be able to record in 24p, 25p, (30p)

14 Responses to “Fix My 5D?”

  1. 1 Katie P January 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm


    Good idea !

    I have a 5D mkII, fantastic camera, bloody awful video with zero control.

    I have got a nice Canon 24-105 and two Nikons (70-200 and a 50mm) for video stuff.

    All my future lenses are going to be Nikon – I really don’t have a choice !

    Good luck with this


  2. 2 Photographer / Videographer January 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Something to consider:

    White Paper, page 6:

    “The 1080p HD video recording mode represents a paradigm shift for still photographers and videographers alike, and promises to open new creative doors and commercial opportunities for advanced, professional, and fine art photographers.
    With it activated, photographers and videographers can capture high definition video with depth-of-field control found only in professional video models—using much more affordable Canon EF lenses including fisheye, ultra-wide, and image stabilized lenses.”

    — It clearly says: “photographers and videographers can capture high definition video WITH DEPTH-OF-FIELD CONTROL found only in professional video models”, wich is NOT Actually True because the camera Movie mode controls EVERY setting automatically.

    — From the above statements, it is clear that Canon aims this camera not only to Photographers, but also to Videographers. And every Videographer know that Full Manual Controls are essential for professional use.

    — Videographers can ONLY take this camera into consideration if it offers at least the Essential Manual Controls that a Full HD camera must have. Otherwise the possibilities for this camera to be used as a Full HD Movie/Video Professional Tool are extremelly uncertain, because to achieve at least Aperture Control (thus giving REAL control over Depth-Of-Field), the ONLY possible way (so far) is to attach a Nikon lens (with aperture ring) to the Canon 5D Mark II using an adapter, or interrupting the communication between the Canon lenses and the camera; wich both ways are Not a normal procedure for a Canon DSLR.

    — Canon SHOULD provide Full Manual Control on Movie mode, in order to offer to Photographers and Videographers what Canon stated before.
    This action WILL also increase Canon’s sales on this camera AND their lenses too (due to above reasons).

  3. 3 Larry January 29, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Canon will get right on that – as soon as they are done with the auto focus problem on the 1D Mark III!

  4. 4 Andrew McMillan January 29, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Same here, manual control, and 24p, come on canon.

  5. 5 Ed January 29, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I hope it happens, but its unlikely. Besides, there are lots of fantastic video’s being made today by photographers who use Canon lenses and have learned to use ND filters to reduce the amount of light so that the aperture opens fully, along with other techniques, they have done very well. Understanding how to use your equipment will go a long way towards doing a good job.

    The 25fps is a legitimate concern for those who want to use the camera to take video under lighting that flickers at 50HZ. This can also be overcome where lighting is controllable, but sonetimes it is just out of the photographers ability to control.

    By the way, I own a 5D MK 2 and was well aware of the video limitations and petitions to add 24 or 25 fps and manual controls way back in September, long before I got the camera. A petition of over 500 names was submitted to Canon about that time. Buyers should do some research before buying, so they understand the cameras capabilities.

    I have long used older Nikon Manual Lenses on my Canon EOS Cameras. Its a good way to save money by getting a excellent lens for a few dollars, and using a inexpensive adapter. If you are not afraid of full manual control you can save a bundle.

    However, there are no Nikon Lenses like the Canon 85mm F:/1.2 that allow extreme shallow depth of field, so a 85mm 1.2 with ND filters is the best way to get the job done. You cannot just tape the contacts to fix the aperture, the lens is too fast. ND filters is the only way.

  6. 6 Alex January 29, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the effort !

    Of course, I would also like control over the aperture in movie mode on my 5D2.
    But I’m afraid Canon’s policy about firmware updates seems to be only about bugfixes rather than adding features.

    In my sense, the most viable solution could come from the CHDK “hack” initiative, which has already started on the 40D :
    It’s basically a firmware “modification” adding features asked by the users.

    My wish-list would be the same as this site and adding :
    – REAL auto-iso in M mode, while it’s now fixed at 400ISO in “auto”.
    – settable max auto ISO, while it’s now fixed at 3200ISO.

  7. 7 Rob January 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Very well done for setting this site up. I hope Canon listens. I too have been moaning about the lack of aperture control in video mode – see here: http://www.robsmacroblog.com.

    I love the 5D MkII for stills. I am interested in macro video and I need to maximize DOF. Aperture control is a must for me…

    I will contact Canon.

  8. 8 5dfix January 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    thanks rob

  9. 9 Alex March 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Dear Admin:

    on your yellow sticky note up top the order of priority of the features necessary for film/video makers is backwards.

    you have:
    1. aperture (can already be controlled with a workaround chip adapter and manual nikon lenses for example. not perfect, but works)
    2. iso (yes, but not a key item. camera does great in low light and even at low iso values locked in delivers superb results)
    3. shutter (this is nice, but also already have a workaround to have 1/50 shutter at certain iso levels
    4. frame rate (24p is a must for any narrative filmmaker and there’s no decent solution currently (only half-a$$ed lengthy twixtor that is far from perfect); due to 5d shooting 30p only many filmmakers are simply taking a pass and are already salivating over GH1)

    the order of priority truly should be:

    1. framerate (at least 24p; 25p and some 60p and higher s desirable)
    2. shutter
    3. iso
    4. aperture

    if just #1 is resolved, the sales will explode as many DSLR filmmakers will be on it at once. on the contrary if just #4 is resolved – not so much, since many (in this market share) are shooting on nikon primes already regardless of the camera.

    kindly, requesting you to consider this order and reorganize.

  10. 10 cy April 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    looks like there’s not much going on here.. i guess people are either patiently waiting or just giving up.

  11. 11 c1asia June 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    i have a canon 5d mark ii and there are 2 features i would really like to see in the firmware.

    1. the ability to do auto exposure bracketing for up to 9 shots 1 EV apart (for high dynamic range imaging).

    2. 24p movie mode.

  12. 12 Adam@trygliding.co.uk January 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Sorry if I have posted this in the wrong place but I couldn’t workout where to put it.

    Has anyone experienced a problem where when using (S)RAW+JPEG you get two JPEG files and not a CR2 and a JPEG? I had this with the shipped firmware 1.1.0 and still after applying 1.2.4. I’m using a 30mb/s memory card, which is the only other variable I have considered.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

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