Canon EOS 50D Firmware Update Version 1.0.3

Canon has released a firmware update for the new EOS 50D. This firmware update (Version 1.0.3) incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Corrects a phenomenon in which an image becomes overexposed when C.Fn.II-3 Highlight tone priority is set to “1” together with other camera settings. (This correction has already been incorporated in the Version 1.0.2 and later firmware.)
  2. Corrects a rare phenomenon in which “busy” blinks on the camera’s display panel and the shutter cannot be released due to the timing of battery installation.
  3. Corrects a rare phenomenon in which “Err 99″ appears on the camera’s display panel and LCD monitor and the shutter cannot be released due to the timing of pressing the shutter button.

To download the Version 1.0.3, visit Canon’s website via the following link:

Canon 50D Firmware Version 1.0.3

 

Canon 50D is Now Shipping

I’ve seen/heard several reports of people receiving their pre-ordered Canon 50D from a variety of vendors – both brick & mortar and online.  Word is that Best Buy will also be selling them in stores this weekend.

Here’s the rundown of trusted online retailers for the 50D (note – some are still showing “pre-order” but expect this to change in the next day or three for all kits):

Amazon.com

Canon 50D (body only)

Canon 50D (w/ 28-135mm kit lens)

Canon 50D (w/ 18-200mm lens)

Adorama

Canon 50D (body only)

Canon 50D (w/ 28-135mm kit lens)

Canon 50D (w/ 18-200mm lens)

B&H Photo

Canon 50D (body only)

Canon 50D (w/ 28-135mm kit lens)

Canon 50D (w/ 18-200mm lens)

Canon 50D Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG has posted a review of the new Canon 50D.

Considered on its own terms, the EOS 50D is a more than worthy addition to Canon’s semi-pro DSLR line-up. It boasts a significant number of refinements to a proven design that current EOS users will welcome, whilst adding enough features to catch-up with and in some ways surpass the Nikon D300.

For the latest news and reviews, check out Photography Bay’s Canon 50D Reviews and Resources.

Canon 50D Movie Mode Possibilities

An industrious forum poster over at DVX User dreamed up a little DIY project that will make you go “hmm”.

Depending on the capabilities of the Canon 50D HDMI output, this may or may not be possible; however, here’s his thoughts on the above mockup:

I imagine a Zeiss Planar glass (cause I know it locks at infinite focus)
mounted on a railsystem
with followfocus attached to the lens
a little mount adapter screws it to the
50d
the short hdmi cable goes to the portable hdmi recorder (haven’t looked into those products yet) also attached to rails

This guy thinks we might be able to use the increased resolution of the Canon 50D along with the HDMI output to do some fancy HD video.  (Sample video after the jump.) [Read more…]