Start your downloads! The new Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware is available!

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Ok, I'm sure you've got your finger on the mouse button ready to click just about the first link you see LOL.

Here it is: download the new firmware version 1.1


Of course, this has been added to the firmware page on the planet5D wiki!

Here are the instructions that mauromedia made for 1.0.7 firmware

Fixes include:

  1. Includes a function to enable the manual exposure setting when shooting movies.
    *For details on how to use this function, please download the PDF files from the bottom of this page.
  2. Disables the function of the depth-of-field preview button when images are played back or when the menu screen is displayed on the LCD panel.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon where the peripheral illumination of images cannot be properly corrected, even if the images were captured with the lens peripheral illumination correction function set to Enable.
    *Digital Photo Professional software version 3.6.1 or later (for Windows and Macintosh) can be used to automatically correct the peripheral illumination of RAW and JPEG images that were captured in the Peripheral illumination correction setting with cameras that have Firmware Version 1.0.7 or earlier.
  4. Fixes the algorithms of the Auto Lighting Optimizer function when Custom Function C.Fn II-3 Highlight tone priority is enabled.
  5. Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.
  6. Changes the battery information displayed on the camera when using the optional Battery Grip BG-E6.

UPDATE: 9:10pm CDT

Rob Galbraith (of course he gets all the good information before the release haha) has a post with a lot of information on the ‘how to' of the release.

Partial quotes:
“With the firmware update installed, the 5D Mark II now offers two distinct video exposure modes: fully automatic and fully manual. As before, when configured for automatic exposure, the camera sets the ISO, shutter speed and aperture for you, and provides the user +/- 2 stops of exposure compensation plus exposure lock. New in this firmware is the ability to choose any shutter speed between 1/30 and 1/4000, any ISO between 100 and 12,800 (or 200 to 6400 if Highlight Tone Priority is on) and any aperture available on the attached lens. All three can be set prior to starting the recording, and can be adjusted during recording too (you have to wait for about one second after starting a recording before the settings can be changed).

Missing is semi-automatic exposure. There is no equivalent to Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, which means the 5D Mark II still lacks an easy way to, for example, select f/2.8 and have the camera adjust the shutter speed and/or ISO as necessary to maintain correct video brightness as the light changes.

As before, it's possible to cheat the camera into selecting the aperture you require, or at least get it close, while the camera handles the selection of an accompanying shutter speed and ISO. Here are some quick tips for doing brute-force Aperture Priority with the 5D Mark II, ones that appear to work the same with firmware v1.1.0 as they did with v1.0.7:”

Please go read the whole article!!!! I INSIST! There is about 200% more info in his post that you need to know!

UPDATE 2: 9:20 CDT

Stu at ProLost posted this graphic

UPDATE 3 – 10pm CDT

The Lan Bui of the famous Bui brothers post a quickie sample video:

UPDATE 4 10:40pm CDT

Possible problem with firmware 1.1?

5D Mk II v1.1 Firmware Issue from Grant Hodgeon on Vimeo.

I'm having issues with the firmware already. I took a quick movie (manual mode obv.) at 1/50th , 1600ISO – and I'm getting weird ‘scan lines' – happens on any mode. Lines are darker/more prevalent on higher shutter speeds.

Manual Mode

1/50th Sec
1600 ISO
B&W Image Style

UPDATE 5 – 8am CDT
A sample video showing the actual results of the new firmware:

5D Mark II Manual Video Control from Dustin Stone on Vimeo.

Full Manual Control has been enabled for the 5D Mark II by Canon. Official Firmware 1.1.0 was released on June 1, 2009 (early June as promised by Canon). This short video is unedited and not quality at all, but just meant to show that the features promised do work, and Shutter, ISO and Aperture are all user selectable before and during recording. The main difference I noticed right away was that the smooth light transitions were no longer present. I haven't had a chance to test more than this video but it's possible those only occur during iso or shutter changes and I was just paying attention to the change in aperture. ISO is now from 100 to H1, auto mode allowing up to 6400 ISO. I have a lot of hot pixels, so please disregard those. Enjoy and bash away.


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  3. Argh… why is there such immediate reaction to a non glitch…

    Look at what he’s filming and tell me what it’s not a glitch.

    Maybe because the only light in the area is provided by the screen of his laptop??

  4. Here’s a semi-auto exposure:

    put it at the aperture you want, set the shutter to 1/30 or 1/60 or whatever you like. Then, set it at Auto-ISO. You really don’t want a shutter speed changing all the time anyway.

  5. I think the the flicker is interference patterns coming from the interaction of the light from your monitors/tvs/etc. refreshing at different rates. I had my giant LCD set and my monitor on in a very dark room and at speed over 1/40th I got lines sort of like that, then I shut off my TV and monitor and the lines went away. At high ISO and low light environments an LCD can toss off a considerable amount of stray light into the room at a certain frequency which can beat against other light sources/the shutter speed. something like that anyway.

  6. Rob’s not entirely right there, there is a form of semi-automatic exposure. You can set ISO to Auto, which works really well, though personally I still think I’d want to lockdown my shutter (1/60) open the aperture to taste (wide!) and use the ISO as the exposure compensation.

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  8. Hi,
    I have finally gone full frame & purchased the 5d m2.
    Burst my bubble seeing the vignetting in the corners! I know about the correction, but the manual claims its utterly useless if using a non-canon lens. (tokina & sigma)
    I have not tried out the video option yet!…
    Anyway after googling till I’m googly eyed, I stumble across this post regarding an update being released for the iso & banding in videos.
    Now I’m totally confused! My firmware on the camera claims I have version .2.1.1 so does that mean I don’t need to update?, as the update is .1.1. This was cam was purchased at xmas 2011 so I’m guessing it has already been updated. Sorry if such a stupid question, I’m just not 100% certain. Cheers!

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      Sounds like you’re using EF-S lenses – they were designed for crop sensors and will vignette on the 5D2

      you may need to upgrade firmware, but that’s pretty easy.

      1. Thanks for your reply…I am aware that ef-s lens are not compatible, all my canon lens are ef .
        The lens that seem to vignette, are Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80MM f2.8, and Sigma EX DC HSM 10-20mm f4-5.6.
        My understanding was that they are like an EF lens.
        Regarding upgrading the 5d mii firmware, my firmware is 2.1, so is that not the recent version- compared to 1.1 upgrade?
        This camera was only purchased in Dec 2011, well after the released upgrade.
        Thanks Mitch.

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