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03/16/2010 02:48:29 PM · #1
Finally here! :)

Note: the embedded link to the JP site is SUPER slow (mine kept timing out),
so if you're in a hurry, here is a super-fast mirror site: //www.stfoto.nl/?p=187

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Canon Releases 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3

Canon today released the long awaited firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II that finally gives the EOS 5D Mark II the cinema-like 23.97 (24p) frame rate, a true 29.97 frame rate, as well as manual audio controls for adjusting the sound recording level up / down 64-levels.

Here is a full list of updates and enhancements:
* Adds 23.97 frame rates to 1920 x 1080 and 640 x 480 resolution modes
* 30fps is now actually 29.97 frames per second
* Adds manual audio control for adjusting sound recording up/down 64-levels
* Ability to display the histogram (brightness or RGB) when shooting movies with manual exposure
* The audio sampling rate was increased from 44.1 to 48 Khz
* Fixes a problem caused by firmware version 1.2.4 where communication between the camera and the attached lens was sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning.
* Adds Shutter-Priority AE mode (Tv) and Aperture-Priority AE mode (Av) to the shooting modes when shooting movies.

New firmware and updated instruction manual is at: //web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

03/16/2010 03:21:27 PM · #2
Almost all enhancements to video mode. Does this camera take still images? lol I've read that cinematographers are buying this camera expressly for video shooting because of the lenses available to them. I'm pretty sure that Canon will come out with a video only camera that can use regular SLR lenses. If they don't I'm sure another company will. Seems inevitable to me.
03/16/2010 04:51:18 PM · #3
Glorious 24P video.... NOW it looks real.

well done Canon
03/16/2010 06:10:46 PM · #4
Originally posted by Jac:

Almost all enhancements to video mode. Does this camera take still images? lol I've read that cinematographers are buying this camera expressly for video shooting because of the lenses available to them. I'm pretty sure that Canon will come out with a video only camera that can use regular SLR lenses. If they don't I'm sure another company will. Seems inevitable to me.


Well, yes, cinematographers are buying the camera. Your stated reason is one of several:
- The incredible array of Canon glass available
- The flexibility of the EOS body to take other systems' lenses (small register distance, large flange diameter)
- The incredible video quality that the body delivers
- The incredible creativity possible with the combination of the large 35mm sensor and fast glass

Let's not lose sight of the fact that the 5DII is a fantastic still camera as well. It has continued in the footsteps of its ground-breaking predecessor. True, it has a *lot* more competition than the original 5D, but it holds its own there quite well. Let's also not forget that it is over a year old at this point.
As for a video-only camera from Canon that uses SLR lenses, not that likely... in order to make use of those lenses, it would need to use a 35mm sensor. And then you might as well have a still camera included.
What you are seeing now is the beginning of the convergence of still photography and video. There are changes ahead, but it is a near certainty that video-only or still-only devices are not where the market is going.

03/18/2010 04:06:58 PM · #5
Anyone who installed this firmware may want to know that there's a serious audio-related bug in it, and Canon has now pulled this update pending a fixed version:

//www.dpreview.com/news/1003/10031802canonfirmwareissue.asp

//web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html
03/18/2010 07:09:32 PM · #6
Originally posted by MAK:

Glorious 24P video.... NOW it looks real.

well done Canon


I don't get it? I understand that it's 24 frames a second and that's what they shoot at for films and the like and that's what speed film projectors run at..... but why is it important to capture at that rate rather then 30 fps?

Does it look different?

I'm not disagreeing I just don't understand. I've never shot video ever and it's something I'm curious about so I'm interested in what all the 24P fuss is all about.


03/18/2010 07:18:08 PM · #7
Originally posted by kevip6:

I don't get it? I understand that it's 24 frames a second and that's what they shoot at for films and the like and that's what speed film projectors run at..... but why is it important to capture at that rate rather then 30 fps?

Does it look different?

1. It looks like what we're "used to" at the movies.

2. It allows easy frame-for-frame transfer for "cross-platform" (digital and film projection) compatibility.

3. Fewer frames/sec means less data for storage and processing. A recent study concluded that maintaining archival storage of a digitally-shot feature movie project would cost between 10-100 times that of archiving a similar project shot on conventional film.
03/18/2010 07:24:01 PM · #8
Originally posted by Manic:

Anyone who installed this firmware may want to know that there's a serious audio-related bug in it, and Canon has now pulled this update pending a fixed version:

//www.dpreview.com/news/1003/10031802canonfirmwareissue.asp

//web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html


This is the second time this has happened for me. They released a new firmware for the Lumix LX3, right after I installed it, they pulled it. I installed the Canon 5dII firmware last night, this morning they pulled it.

Quality control is really lacking these days.
03/19/2010 12:40:27 PM · #9
Version 2.0.4 firmware is now released for the 5D Mark II!

Message edited by author 2010-03-19 13:30:17.
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