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Canon updates EOS 5D Mark II firmware to v2.1.1

By dpreview staff on Nov 16, 2011 at 20:11 GMT

Canon has released updated firmware for its EOS 5D Mark II full-frame DSLR. Firmware v2.2.1 corrects a bug that meant only a single image was captured in continuous shooting mode or AE bracketing continuous mode. It also corrects some menu errors for Dutch language users. Click here to find out more and download the firmware.


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Camera Nuts Jim
By Camera Nuts Jim (Nov 29, 2011)

Why did it take Canon to realize there was an error with the continuous mode, and then offer a firmware upgrade?

By yuyucheu (Nov 18, 2011)

Yes, I updated to v2.1.1. But I don't find any different with old version.

By crustyjuggler66 (Nov 18, 2011)

I want 'auto' ISO to go higher than 400 in Manual like pretty much every Canon released after the 5d2.. After that give it the impressive autoISO functionality that Nikon users have been enjoying for years.

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By AbrasiveReducer (Nov 18, 2011)

Amen. And don't forget 9 stops of bracketing. But I do love my Canon lenses.

By Sdaniella (Nov 19, 2011)

Utilizing 'Auto-ISO' suspends 'ExpSim LV' in 'M' mode, and defeats the point of having ExpSim LV, and then one is relegated to the rudimentary 'Auto-Gain' accompaniment that occurs with Tv, Av, P, and Auto-ISO, meaning one has only 'Framing-Focus LV-only' of P&S beginner digicam LV, and most Nikon digicams, dSLRs lack this, except D3/D3x/D3s when shooting 'M' mode.
Why bother shooting in 'M' mode if you are going to defeat ExpSim Lv at the same time? If one has ExpSim LV, one can even bypass TTL metering altogether in 'M' mode and get perfectly chosen exposure every time in zero time spent on exposure determination.
Welcome to faster means of more exacting 'M' mode, which is intended to override the limitations of 'auto-anything' modes. All 'auto-modes have that 'average looking safe auto look (not realistic)'. Worse, with TTL metering, folks are still spending wasted time doing 'exposure compensation' which should be absent in all 'M' shooting. (if you know what you are doing).

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By jackpro (Nov 17, 2011)

Updated both 5DII no drama just download, unzip, load 9.5mb firmware file on to CF card in first directory (not in a folder) the CF card does not need to be empty. Pop it in your camera, go to firmware in menu press ok & bobs your uncle. Takes a few minutes

Richard Brown
By Richard Brown (Nov 17, 2011)

Seriously, they get this firmware out but yet have not updated DPP and EOS utility for LION, Canon we love you but get some help in your software department.

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Dan Roy
By Dan Roy (Nov 17, 2011)

Oh, sorry, please disregard my update installation question. The instructions are inside the download, and not on the webpage as Canon incorrectly indicates.

Dan Roy
By Dan Roy (Nov 17, 2011)

Okay, maybe this is so obvious that I shouldn't have to ask, but exactly how does one get this update from one's computer into the camera? The Canon website says there are download instructions on their page, but I can only find descriptions of the downloads, no installation instructions. Thank you for your help.

By Sdaniella (Nov 17, 2011)

I got this firmware v2.1.1 directly from Canon as an email notification in Canada, for 2011-Nov-15:

For Windows OS


This 5DMkII firmware v2.1.1 update specifically follows older v2.0.9.

And yes, Canon USA's link already provided by DPR is correct for v2.1.1:

On the Canon site, you select your desired OS, the click the 'download' button, but it just expands to the firmware details page, and within that page of instructions, near the bottom, has the real 'download' button, which is actually an 'I Agree' button to terms of accepting the requirements of that download.

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By DuckShots (Nov 17, 2011)

Please help me. If I download the latest version, do I update all the previous updates or just the latest one?

By marsbar (Nov 17, 2011)

Firmware updates work by completely deleting the previous firmware and then installing the new one. It does not matter if the firmware currently on your camera is the first version ever released, or the one just before the newest one. You will have the latest firmware. It's not like installing updates for you computers OS. It's like formatting your hard drive, and then installing a new OS.

This is why its so very important to have a freshly charged battery when doing firmware update, and to not turn camera off or press any buttons when doing update.

Dave Weikel
By Dave Weikel (Nov 16, 2011)

Like everyone else, I found 2.1.1 and the Canon link was bogus too. In fact, I can find the firmware announcement but no link to down load. :(

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Nov 16, 2011)

Sorry, it should have read 2.1.1. However, that link should take you to the right page and has download buttons for Mac OS or Windows.

Bill Spencer
By Bill Spencer (Nov 16, 2011)

Canon web site says 2.1.1 as of 11/14/11

By brujo (Nov 16, 2011)

he, he ... I think 2.1.1 :-)

By kakebake (Nov 16, 2011)

v2.1.1 or v2.2.1?

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