Canon EOS 5D Mark II Manual Exposure Control Firmware!

by planetmitch15 Comments

Canon finally announces firmware update to manually control exposure while filming with the Canon 5D Mark II!

Just a day after the second 5D2 hack was announced for Audio Metering

Update: read about the new hack for ‘zebra striping'


From DPReview:
“LONDON, UK, 27th May 2009: Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new firmware will be available for download from 2 June 2009 on Canon Europe’s support web site.
Following the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, Canon’s Research and Development team has listened closely to customer feedback to develop additions to the camera’s movie recording functionality.

Allowing EOS 5D Mark II owners to achieve even more stunning video results with the camera, the firmware update will include the following manual controls when shooting video:

Full aperture selection
ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second”

Canon is going all out with this one too – look at the “movie” style announcement they put on their page:

So, what we didn't get is 24fps, but I know most people will be happy with the manual controls!

More updates as we get more info.

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(Photo credit: snap from the Canon site)


  1. Wow I am so excited. I was just about to buy some non Canon mount lenses to get the dof I wanted from my videos.

  2. What about frame rate? Can’t we get 24p, its less data, shouldn’t be a big issue.

  3. Still no 24P? This was the most important needed change with a firmware update for me, not to mention all the PAL users who need a framerate closer to the PAL 25 FPS. I find it hard to believe Canon would tackle this firmware update and trumpet it’s arrival without including the oft-requested 24P. Maybe they just haven’t mentioned it yet?

    Or are they just leaving one last job for the firmware hackers?

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  6. At 30 fps, the images I’m getting out of the 5d are far more filmlike than my Panasonic AG-DVX100 that shoots 24p. I think a very clean 24 fps conversion can be done with relative ease in Final Cut Pro. This is a HUGE announcement.

  7. some 25p would be nice for us Pal folk…but this is at least sorting out the other issues concerning manual control

  8. I still can not open the downloaded file to do the latest update because Canon uses an encrypted fir extension file. I have download in the past with no problems. I spent three hours trying with Windows XP and Vista with no success. Anyone out there successful updating this file and please provide details? Thanks.

  9. I have been watching the prices for months, at my local dealer, the canon estore and bhphoto. What canon did was raise their prices. Just before the “offer” came out canon and all their dealers raised the price by the exact amount of the discount. I was very disappointed and more than a little irritated to find this out when I got my new 70-200mm thinking I was getting a deal.

    Whoa is me 😉

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