Canon 7D Firmware Version 1.2.1

Canon 7D

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D.  The new firmware version 1.2.1 includes the following updates and fixes:

  1. Extends the timing at which the high temperature warning indicator is displayed and the timing of automatic shut down of the camera due to a rise in internal temperature during Live View or EOS Movie functions.
  2. Optimizes program shift when the ISO setting of the camera is set to AUTO.
  3. Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
  4. Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode.
    (This only occurs when in Manual exposure mode and when the ISO speed is set to “H”. Note that this phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.0)

The firmware update can be downloaded from Canon’s website.


Canon “Story Behind the Still” Contest

Canon is holding a new contest for aspiring filmmakers that gives you a chance to win a Canon 7D, 5D Mark II or some Canon lenses.  Vincent Laforet has created a new short film, Cabbie (seen above), but you have to pick up with the subsequent chapters based on the still image provided by Laforet at the end of Cabbie.  Laforet and other all star film makers will pick the winning chapters after Cabbie for a total of seven chapters (six winners).

The deadline for chapter 2 is February 11.

You can get details in the press release below and over on the Vimeo group, Beyond the Still. [Read more…]

Saturday Night Live Title Sequence Shot With Canon 5D Mark II and 7D

We’ve known for a while now that SNL used the Canon 7D and 5D Mark II to shoot its opening sequence; however, Canon just dropped some more details about SNL’s use of these cameras.

One of the big advantages for shooting the title sequence with the 5D Mark II and 7D was the ability to use ambient light due to the cameras’ incredible sensitivity, which also helped them to operate more covertly.

More in the full press release below. [Read more…]

Canon 7D Firmware Version 1.1.0

Canon 7D

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D.  The new version 1.1.0 is supposed to address the strange ghosting issue that was uncovered last week.

Canon’s official word about the firmware:

1. Corrects a phenomenon that in images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible.

To learn more about it or to download the update, see Canon’s website.

Canon 1D Mark IV Hands-On Review

After getting some hands on time with the 7D before, my impressions going into Photo Plus with the 1D Mark IV were that it was basically a “grown up” version of that camera. In some ways I’m wrong, and in some ways I’m right. The 1D Mark IV is a camera that Canon users of all types and backgrounds will drool over. From the amazing high ISO photos to the lovely HD video modes, there is lots to love in this camera.

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