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Keep On Signing Petition

We don’t give up until we have full manual control. This is why it is important that you sign to following petition:

Click on the link, read the content and sign it.
(takes about 15 seconds to sign it) 🙂

Thanks for your help!


Why Full Manual Control Is Missing…

I’ve just received insider information from Canon.
Someone I know, who had to make a video clip for a well known music star in Switzerland, spoke to a higher-up from Canon.

They told him that the release of the 5D Mark II was actually not planned for October but rather for Spring 2009.
But since Nikon released a video DSLR (D90) they were forced to also release one.
Originally full manual control was planned but they couldn’t finish it by the time of the release.
This of course explaines also the low suply from Canon.

Well if this is true we have a good chance to see a firmware update soon.

Firmware Update In First Week Of April?

The site Canon Rumors received an email stating the update will come in the first week of April.

Expect to see a new firmware update for the 5D Mark II sometime in the first week of April. Expect to see an added feature. I can’t say for sure what it is, but it’s there.

We don’t know how much is true about this email. It was classified with a rating of 2 out of 5 (0 to 5).
Let’s just hope Canon brings something good!

5D Review For Big TV-Station, Conclusion…

Here’s a video review of the 5D Mark II for the biggest TV-Station in Switzerland.
The conclusion at the end of the video: it needs full manual control!!!

We hope Canon sees this and acts!


Dear Canon,

Constructive Comments and Feature Suggestions

for the next firmware update

  • ADD: FULL MANUAL CONTROL in Movie Mode (that includes Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO settings)
  • ADD: More Frame Rates options in Movie Mode (24p, 25p)
  • Direct access to Movie Mode (instead of browsing menus with many clicks) //apparently already solved
  • IMPROVE: more Flexible and Faster CONTRAST AF in Movie mode if possible. Much useful if achieved!!
  • IMPROVE: Automatic white balance (AWB), specially in artificial light
  • IMPROVE: Auto LCD Brightness to Match recorded image
  • ADD: More Frames in BRACKETING MODE (up to 9, so important for HDR Photography, more and more used these days)
  • ADD: GAIN CONTROL (Mic Level) for external Audio input. Allow AUTO and MANUAL setting Level
  • ADD: CHROMATIC ABERRATION CORRECTION for JPG shoots (AUTO/MANUAL/OFF). Nikon has it (automatically corrects it and improves the image quality VERY much, since almost every lens has Chroma aberration)
  • ADD: Selectable lower and upper limit for Auto ISO
  • ADD: Mass storage device USB mode option
  • ADD: Built in microphone for audio notes (as in 1D series)
  • ADD: New Feature: allowing to REMAP hot / defective pixels by the user (Official function, not a workaround) This will save lot of money to Canon Tech Service.

Thx to “Pablov” from cinema5d

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.

Download the White Paper

Everyone Let’s Rate The 5D

This is another chance to give Canon a rating for the cam.
We need you to rate the product and mention the lack of full manual control.

Link: … user=false

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