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Canon offers EOS 5D Mark III firmware v1.1.2

By dpreview staff on Apr 27, 2012 at 17:33 GMT

Canon has made the latest firmware (v1.1.2) for the EOS 5D Mark III available from its customer support websites. The update fixes a number of small bugs and adds compatibility with the GP-E2 GPS receiver. The file can be downloaded from your region's Canon support website.


Total comments: 26
Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (May 7, 2012)

Light leak issue is actually not a problem, until canon usa made it a big problem by issuing a stupid statement by revealing the serial number that are affected without having the initiative to recall those serial numbers and replace them with the one that have been modified. For canon user, this is the biggest problem that you should be furious about.... think about the resale value of your camera with that serial number, yeah they will fix it, i know that too, but for some freaks.. the camera that has been opened will suffer from a lower resale value!!! Stupid Canon USA..... !!!! Dumb ass!!!! dont u guys out there still have a brain???? y people with the serial number of 1 and 2 have to bear all the consequences, when they are proven to be a loyal canon customer for adopting a new model. And they have to pay for that????? STupid Company policy, may be their brain freeze after the tsunami!!!

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Chris Wild
By Chris Wild (Apr 30, 2012)

Hi everyone, I have lurked on this forum for years but have posted few comments. I own a 1D iV and a 5D iii, My partner now ownes a 5d iii (She sold her Mk iV after using my 5d iii for a week). Previously we both owned a 1D Mk iii and 5d Mk i each. She is a pro photographer, shooting weddings, portraits and wildlife whereas I am an amateur. I started shooting 20 years ago and still own a pair of Nikkormat FTn bodies.

Both of our 5D iiis are in the serial number range that Canon confirm are affected by the 'light leak issue'. Both of us have taken thousands of shots with our 5Ds, and neither of us have experienced exposure issues (Perhaps because we take photos under real world situations, with our lens caps off?)

Frankly I'm only posting this because EVERY SINGLE 5d iii thread I see these days is infected with the "LIGHT LEAK OMG EPIC FAIL!!!!!" brigade, and I'm getting bored with it.

To the whiners, why not actually try hiring the camera for a couple of days?

By seta666 (Apr 30, 2012)

In my opinion now the Aquiles heel off canon cameras is their sensors; not because they are bad, it is because Nikon/sony/Pentax sensors are way better. I was not expecting big improvement in ISO, specially after seeing those Dpreview samples with horrible amounts of noise reduction on them, but I was expecting a big improvement in DR

If you do nont need the 61 dot AF then there is little reason to upgrade from a 5D mkII. From 5D to 5D mkII it was a big step (double the resolution, better sensor, Live view (which is a must for proper high magnification macro work), Full HD video, etc) From 5D mkII to MkIII the step is not that big (AF, burst, screen, ...) but at what cost? over 50% price increase

However Nikon people have seen a big step forward with D800 over D700, in the same way canon with 5D clasic to 5D mkII. So I understand many D700 owner will want to upgrade but many 5D mkII owner just will stay how they are (like me)


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By raincoat (Apr 30, 2012)

1.1.2 already. Other cameras end their life with firmwares like 1.0.1 or 1.0.0.b.
And it's only been a month. I guess only the 5D series is designed to have 50 firmwares in its life then.

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By Vmo9 (Apr 29, 2012)

Personally, I would choose the Cannon 5D MIII over the Nikon D800, as the electronics in both the Cannon lens' and camera's (when matched together) are currently a notch above Nikon. As for the light leak issue, shortly after this was discovered, Cannon produced a fix and subsequent serial numbers were immediately addressed (as would any reputable camera company fix the problem):

"Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change.

In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change.

Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
*Products whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2 are affected.
   For example, “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or “xxxxx2xxxxxx” ([x] represents any optional number.)"

Web site address:

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By raincoat (Apr 30, 2012)

So, are you ready to ditch all your lens/flash/etc to swap brands for every new release, or are you a complete newbie who decided you should start at the 5D3/D800 level for your first DSLR?

Either way, you're a fool.

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By Steve0902 (Apr 29, 2012)

Let's face it: despite the product improvements, it's hard to get excited about upgrading to this from the 5DMII, particularly in the face of the Nikon D800 with its 36MP, actually better low-light performance (per DxOMark), lower cost, and the widely-better-regarded Nikon lenses. While I don't know what I'd actually do with that many megapixels, I feel more like switching to Nikon than upgrading to the 5DMIII.

By thinkfat (Apr 29, 2012)

Ah, but that depends on your use case. The 36MP per photo come with its own share of problems, storage size being the obvious. Slower continuous drive speed and longer time to empty the RAW buffer are other examples. The D800 might end up in the nowhere land between lower spec'd medium format cameras and high end SLRs, despite the hype around the raw sensor performance.

Felipe Rodríguez
By Felipe Rodríguez (Apr 30, 2012)

"widely-better regarded Nikon lenses"? I can't agree. Nikkor glass is good or even superb in many cases, but Canon glass is even better, and covering a wider range, IMHO...

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By Rob72 (Apr 30, 2012)

I absolutely agree with you Felipe. The Canon lens line-up is higher regarded than the Nikons, and the main reason that I chose Canon. For example the 24-105L and the 70-200 4L IS are just a joy to use with the 5D Mark II.

By StillFingers (Apr 30, 2012)

The 24-105 f4L IS, 70-200 f4L IS are an unbeatable combo (their f2.8 versions a bit nicer for the extra stop) for both film and digital, even with and aps-c DSLR.

MPs have never been an issue with me, my shooting style, so I've not moved to FF digital far my 40D has been just fine. I do shoot film with a pair of EOS-3s and have been waiting for the 5D3, a FF viewfinder is amazing, super bright, easy on the eyes.

I've shot Canon since 1978, their bodies just feel better in my hands, their glass amazing, with a fantastic selection for near every shooting style/situation. Other than TS lenses tho, Nikon glass is just as good and some are simply incredible...their 14-24 ultra wide, the aging 200mm macro!

Images from both cameras are great/fantastic, Nikon/Sony have really knocked it out that park at low ISOs, shadows and DR. Their success benefits everyone as 35mm IQ gets closer to medium format, this bones well for the future...both Camera's are pretty cool.

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By joebloggs (May 5, 2012)

Steve, myself a Canikon shooter, their both great, however I am sick of Nikon fanboys knocking the 5D3....what do you have to say about

All the Nikon fans a little quiet now then......puts the minor (next to nothing) light leak into shade....

John P.
By John P. (Apr 27, 2012)

Does it fix the light leak issue?

Lenny L
By Lenny L (Apr 27, 2012)

No (see my post below for list of fixes).

Canon claims that light leak has been fixed for future production, and offers to "inspect [existing] cameras free of charge starting mid-May". No indication of how (or if) it will be fixed in existing 5D3.

By wlad (Apr 28, 2012)

a strap of black electrical tape should do it

By pc168 (Apr 29, 2012)

I believe a recall for hardware fix is required (if Canon wants to fix it)

By thinkfat (Apr 29, 2012)

Should be easy to fix in software. Just disable the light source before metering, then enable it again. Effect will be a flicker of the viewfinder, of course.

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Lenny L
By Lenny L (Apr 27, 2012)

It'll be nice to list the release notes here, rather than just state "a number of small bugs".

The fixes :

1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)

By Mario1972 (Apr 27, 2012)

Hey dude
What are your credentials? How can you complain or make idiot comments when you don't' event have this camera. Judging by all your comments on this forum you must be one sad person.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 27, 2012)

Biggest bug they gotta fix is the rather ridiculous price of this lame-legged so-so camera.

By altenae (Apr 27, 2012)

The biggest bug is the complainers.
To expensive ????????
Don't buy it.....simple isn't ?

By AbrasiveReducer (Apr 28, 2012)

Maybe when they fill all the backorders.

By DioCanon (Apr 28, 2012)

Francis Carver

you should look for a new firmware for your brain....

maybe will fix the bulls**t liking out your mouth and keyboard....

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Apr 28, 2012)

Well, a Porsche may not be as great while being uber expensive, but you want one while you admit it's not as valuable as the price, so you want it to be cheaper?? Ok, so maybe you don't want it and you're just complaining about Canon asking for bigger profit for something you believe isn't worth it, well then move along and enjoy your Rebel, as I know, they're good enough :)

By raincoat (Apr 30, 2012)

the price is fine but it is pretty buggy... I mean "Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time."

seriously? they can't get the clock right? how on earth can you get the time from the clock and somehow accidentally add some time to it before saving to exif?

By skrulm8 (Apr 27, 2012)

Does this mean there will be a Magic Lantern for 5D3?

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