Planet 7D

A hangout for Canon EOS 7D photographers and videoshooters

Firmware 1.0.5 for Canon EOS 7D Mark II

New firmware version for Canon EOS 7D Mark II has been released.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  • Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the "Peripheral illumination correction" is applied inconsistently.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  • Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the "Geotag information appended to image" and "Log data" GPS functions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases "Err 70" occurs, or the shutter does not release.

Firmware updates can be downloaded from Canon US, Canon Europe, Canon Asia or your local Canon site..

New Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Canon has a announced a new midrange flash to replace 430 EX II. The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT adds support for radio-based wireless control and is faster, smaller, and lighter than its predecessor. Using the traditional optical/infrared system the 430 EX III-RT, like it's predecessors, can only work as a slave unit, but when using radio wireless flash control, the new flash can work both as a master or slave unit. The guide number remains at 43 (43m at ISO 100).

The 430EX III-RT will be available in mid-September for an expected retail price of $299 in US, £249 in UK or €349 in EU (Linked prices may vary).

Firmware 1.0.4 for Canon EOS 7D II - and a new "nifty fifty" with STM...

A few Canon updates from the week. Specific for owners of Canon EOS 7D Mark II, there's a new firmware version 1.0.4 out. It should fix a few not so common issues:

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera's AF function may not operate properly at a focal length of approximately 100mm when used with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in rare instances, the reduction of the flicker effect cannot be achieved when in AI servo AF mode, despite the "Anti-flicker shoot" function being set to "Enable".
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the Picture Style settings may not be applied to the captured image when the camera is set to custom shooting mode C1, C2 or C3.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the first still image captured in live view mode may not record the correct date and time.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, image noise may appear in JPEG images when brightness or contrast is corrected by the Auto Lighting Optimizer function.

Firmware updates can be downloaded from Canon US, Canon Europe, Canon Asia or your local Canon site. And while you are at it, you might check the latest software updates from Canon too. Canon has new versions out of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility and the Picture Style Editor.

The week also gave us an announcement of a new Canon lens. An update of the cheap but classic EF 50mm/1.8, commonly known as the "nifty fifty". The new version has been given STM AF-motor for better AF-performance, a 7-blade aperture (up from 5) for better bokeh quality and the minimum focusing distance for the lens has been shortened to 0.35m (from 0.45m). Also looks like build quality of Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has been improved from its predecessor. The lens should be available by the end of May for a very fair price.

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.1 with 7DII Raw support now available

A few days before Canon EOS 7D is expected to start shipping, Canon has now released an updated version of their latest RAW processing software with full support for 7DII RAW files. DPP4.x requires a 64 bit version of Windows or Mac OS. If you are on a 32 bit system, go for DPP3.x.

Originally the Canon EOS 7D II was scheduled for release late November, however several stores has updated their expected shipping date to October 30th. And rumors says that this is a worldwide release date now...

Canon EOS 7D mark II announced

Today Canon has announced the second generation in the EOS 7D DSLR camera line. With 10 frames per second burst mode and a new 65 point all cross-type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point (and center point also works with f/8 lenses), it sounds like a very capable action-camera. Expected availability and list prices of Canon EOS 7D mark II are November 2014 and $1800 / £1600 / €2000 body only.

Specifications include:

  • Magnesium alloy body with (might be why WiFi is not supported)
  • Enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS dualpixel sensor
  • ISO 100-16000, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 65 AF point all cross type and with EV -3 sensitivity at center point
  • 10 fps burstmode
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF EOS iTR Autofocus (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus known from the 1D X)
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor
  • Dual card slots for CF UDMA mode 7 and SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Built-in GPS
  • Intervalometer
  • Video 1080p/720p, both 60fps. MOV and MP4 format plus uncompressed HDMI out.
  • About 100% coverage OVF
  • New LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack with increased storage capacity
  • Optional Battery Grip BG-E16
  • Optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2

At Digital Photography Review they have a First Impressions Review.

New lenses also announced:

  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS I IUSM

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D was announced yesterday with expected availability sometime in September. Specifications include:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Faster AF in live view and video mode)
  • 19 point -0.5 EV cross-type AF System (AF-module from 7D but with simpler configurations)
  • 7 fps, up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst (UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration)
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • 30-1/8000s shutter speed + bulp, flash sync 1/250s
  • 63-zone iFCL metering system
  • Intelligent pentaprism viewfinder (98%, 0.95x)
  • Vari-angle 1.040.000 dots 7.7cm ClearView II TFT LCD touch screen
  • Wi-Fi with Instant sharing and Remote control (including remote and live view via smartphone apps)
  • Full-HD movies with stereo sound

Technically, the most interesting thing with 70D, is probably the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. In video and live-view mode, this new technology should drastically increase autofocus performance, however for conventional slr use, it will not have any effect on AF-performance. Since the sensor, as I understand, technically can be described as having 40.4 megapixel "inside", a really interesting question is if this technology might have a negative impact on image quality parameters like dynamic range and noise level?... According to Imaging Resource, Canon says JPEG shooters should see a "huge improvement" in image quality, and RAW shooters should see noise levels that are roughly on pay with the lower-res 60D.

When Canon made the 50D to 60D upgrade, some features where lost from the product line. Most controversial was maybe the omitted AF micro-adjustment, but in 70D some of the lost features returns, including AFMA. Something that however doesn't return are multiple Custom modes on the dial. And that's even though Canon has collapsed all the scenery modes to one SCN selection on the 70D's dial, and made it a lot less dense dial. What hides behind the single C(ustom) selection on the dial, I don't know for sure. It could of course be a "bank" with potentially an endless numbers of custom configurations saved, but haven't heard about anything like that. It's most likely still only one Custom setting.

On a personal note, I want to upgrade my 50D to a new APS-C that gives me more dynamic range and better low light performance when shooting RAW. While we haven't seen any reviews yet that can tell if 70D is the answer to that, it sounds like it probably ain't. However a lot of other technologies introduced by Canon the later years (60D is 3 years old), could make this an interesting camera for a lot of people. And especially if video and live view shooting is an important parameter, 70D sounds like a very interesting camera for the advanced amateur.

I would expect a 7DII to be announced within the next half year. If there's a price in image quality for the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, it will be interesting to see if Canon prefers a more "conventional" sensor in the 7DII - or if they just do what they are used to do, use basically same sensor technology in the XXXD, XXD and 7D product lines.

One place where I do expect to see a new camera with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology introduced very soon, is in Canons mirrorless line. The Canon EOS M, introduced last year, got a lot of bad press for its slow AF-performance. A new mirror-less camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology should fix this with style...

No new lenses, flashes or other accessories was announced together with the EOS 70D. I would also expect/hope to see a replacement or supplement for Speedlite 430EX II before too long, adding support for the wireless radio control system introduced with 600EX-RT.

Canon camera, lens and flash announcements

For DSLR users, Canon today announced two new cameras, two new flashes, three new (two previously pre-announced) lenses and a new lens in development:

Precisely how the "built-in extender" works in the 200-400mm zoom is a bit of a mystery to me. I mean, if it's really built-in, how does it technically "disappear" when turned off? Update: Okay, looking at above photo it seems there's room for a set of lenses to "flip out" on the side of the lens close to the rear. So the extender really physically seems to be taken out of the effective line of light when not in use. Sounds like a dream lens, but probably big, heavy and extremely expensive :-)

I addition to above, a number of new Canon compact cameras was also announced today.

Canon announces EOS 60D and 6 new L-lenses

Earlier today Canon announced the Canon EOS 60D and no less than 6 new L-lenses with a couple of surprises in the line-up. Four of the lenses was announced with "release estimates" and two just as "being under development". Also new teleconverters and an update of Canon's Final Cut Pro plug-in was announced.

The Canon EOS 60D is like the 550D/T2i and 7D equipped with an 18MPixel sensor (iso 100-6400, H:12800). It is smaller than the 50D, and as the first Canon SLR it has an "swirl" LCD. While officially a replacement of the 50D, it might not be a natural upgrade for current 40D and 50D users. Some features first introduced on the 7D have also found its way to the 60D, but other features 40D and 50D users are used to, are not included with the 60D. Some specifications that might disappoint current XXD users are a more plastic-based body with less weather sealing, lower fps, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, no PC flash socket, only one user-configurable custom mode, no AF microadjustment, some changes to the handling bringing it closer to the Rebel/XXXD series and generally fewer customization options. But you do get full HD movie mode like on the 7D including external stereo microphone terminal and the ability to adjust sound recording level, plus a new movie crop mode for recording with the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor only. Also the 60D will give you iFCL metering system, in-camera control of multiple EX flash units (but no multi-group support), Horizontal Electronic Level in viewfinder and in Live View mode, Eye-Fi connected functions, in-camera RAW processing and creative filters and more. The AF is like on the 50D with 9 cross-points and like on previous XXD cameras you still get things like a nice pentaprism viewfinder with interchangeable focusing screens, and a top-LCD. You can find some in-depth previews of the camera on DPReview and on Imaging Resource. Expect availability in the end of September.

But for all those 7D users that mostly are interested in new lenses, Canon didn't disappoint. Though you might need to dig deep in your pockets, if you want to purchase any of the lenses announced today...

EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye zoom
The biggest surprise today was probably an 8-15mm L-series fisheye zoom giving both circular and fullframe/diagonal fisheye effect in one lens on 35mm cameras, plus fullframe/diagonal fisheye for both 1.3x APS-H and 1.6x APS-C cameras. The zoom also has a lock feature to stop the lens from being zoomed wider than its coverage area for 1.3x and 1.6x crop sensor formats, to prevent unintentional vignetting in the corners. More details at Canon Digital Learning Center. Expect availability in January 2011.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Also a bit of a surprise I think. Apparently meant as an affordable intro to L-lenses, and it sounds like it is meant to replace the current EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, though I haven't seen this confirmed. More details at Canon Digital Learning Center. Expect availability in October 2010.

EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
Expect availability in December 2010.

EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
Expect availability in December 2010.

Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III
Expect availability in December 2010.

New EF 500mm F/4 L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4 L IS II USM are in development and are coming some time in 2011.

More information about new superteles and the teleconverters at Canon Digital Learning Center.