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Canon issues EOS 5D Mark III firmware v1.1.3, adding 40mm F2.8 support

By dpreview staff on Jun 19, 2012 at 18:44 GMT

Canon has announced updated firmware for the EOS 5D Mark III. Firmware v1.1.3 makes an unspecified change to accommodate the EF40mm F2.8 STM pancake prime lens announced earlier this month. Beyond this, the update fixes a series of bugs and corrects a series of linguistic errors in menu screens. The firmware is available for download from your local Canon support site now.


Technical details:

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Supports the single focal length EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera's power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens *1 is mounted to the camera with an extender*2.
    *1) EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM
    *2) Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III
  5. Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

Comments

Total comments: 57
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Jul 6, 2012)

Solid review of the Nikon D800 D4 and Canon 5D3 on U Tube - check out: Full frame shoot out: D4 vs D800 vs 5Dmk III - not my video-but very interesting.

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DSiegfried
By DSiegfried (Jun 27, 2012)

It does NOT support all the features of the 40mm STM lens. Specifically, it doesn't support continuous autofocus in video mode. If Canon knew they had this lens in the pipeline, WHY did they not include the Hybrid AF in the 5D3?? What is the point of a full-frame lens with continuous autofocus in video if NO FULL-FRAME BODY SUPPORTS THE FEATURE??

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Muresan Bogdan
By Muresan Bogdan (Feb 4, 2013)

Because no serious videographer will use autofocus. The 5d mark III is aimed at profesionals. Both photographers and movie makers. So a feature like autofocus during movies is normal on entry level bodies, but not on this. Autofocus in movie mode uses Contrast detection and it is not possible to have a smooth focus that will even get close to professional expectations. You can use a USB follow focus to focus easily, it let's you do focus switches with the exact speed you want and much more...

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (Jun 23, 2012)

don't get it - why does firmware need to be upgraded in order to support a new lens?

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EthanX
By EthanX (Jun 23, 2012)

I don't *know*, but I can guess it might be for adding parameters for a lens correction function, if the 5D has this feature.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Jun 21, 2012)

Well, this simply confirms one of my earlier posts - the 5d Mk3 is already out of date as regards AF (which of course we all knew) and shows that like SONY Canon have different design teams working on different products WHO DON'T SPEAK WITH EACH OTHER - otherwise the 5d Mk3 would have been ready for the new 40mm lens...which I still think is a stupid focal length having owned the Pentax 40mm back in the 1980s' Why oh why didn't Canon take this opportunity to introduce a new 35mm lens ? The current ones are 35 F2 - good lens, but SLOW old AF and the 35mm f1.4 L - lovely but for too many users far too expensive.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jun 21, 2012)

You're not speaking for me are you?

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wkay
By wkay (Jun 20, 2012)

never heard of software 'features' before. Do the math to determine every possible variety of illogical operating conditions with every possible hardware set that a consumer can apply to a camera and you will see why things get through.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Jun 20, 2012)

Why don't manafacturers finish their cameras before selling them?

2 upvotes
DarkShift
By DarkShift (Jun 20, 2012)

Because digital cameras are zillion times more advanced and complicated compared to yeasterdays mechanical stuff.

Be happy that they actually work as good as they do.

8 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Jun 20, 2012)

They did finish it. They added something beyond what it was when it was finished, to accommodate a lens that didn't exist at that time.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Jun 21, 2012)

No, they like to keep us 'guessing' - see my new post regarding different design teams NOT TALKING WITH EACH OTHER despite all working for the same manufacturer

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Higuel
By Higuel (Jun 21, 2012)

jeeezus! why are ppl so blind and ready to say crap to defend brand B or A???

(before any ppl call me nikon lover/or hater or whatever, let me say that for more then a decade my choice has been Canon!
BUT that doesn't mean i'm their blind fan like from a football club! Neither is this Religion- a question of faith!_ THIS IS SIMPLE, WORK, OR DOESN'T WORK EQUIPEMENT SITUATION!!!
Are you going to excuse them also when the 1d mkIII was released with problens in the autofocus!?! Really? A sport's camera?

Give me a brake people, and instead of saying silly things on the web, GET OUT AND TAKE GOOD PICTURES!!!

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aluxious
By aluxious (Jul 8, 2012)

(sarcasm) Why don't photographers finish their pictures after shooting them? Why do they need to do post processing?

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RawDogg
By RawDogg (Jun 20, 2012)

Does this mean the Mark III will supports continuous focus with the 40MM STM?

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ipopkin
By ipopkin (Jun 23, 2012)

I just called Canon teck support with that very same question. They confirmed to me that that is exactly the case.

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DSiegfried
By DSiegfried (Jun 27, 2012)

That's WRONG. I just called Canon tech support and the new 1.1.3 firmware only supports lens corrections, it does NOT support continuous autofocus with the 40mm STM. You need the Hybrid AF for that and the 5D3 doesn't have it. You were either given bad information or you misunderstood.

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Ithackermike
By Ithackermike (Jun 20, 2012)

Unspecified change?

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raincoat
By raincoat (Jun 20, 2012)

Why does it need firmware just to support a lens?

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KieranGee
By KieranGee (Jun 20, 2012)

Because it is a new lens. Not only optically speaking, so any lens corrections that the 5D MkIII has baked in would need to be added for it, but also possibly because this particular lens uses a type of motor to drive the autofocus that Canon have not previously used. This might mean that the camera needs to treat it differently when focussing.

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eyeport
By eyeport (Jun 20, 2012)

hiya, not sure really why. If it's because 40mm is a new lens then all other cameras like 5dmk2 would all need firmware updates! LOL

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KieranGee
By KieranGee (Jun 20, 2012)

Well it's entirely possible I'm wrong about one or both of my suggestions, I am just guessing after all. I'd say that the most likely of my two theories is that it has to do with the software based lens corrections, which no other Canon camera has, making it a pretty safe bet that the update affects that.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jun 21, 2012)

Because, unlike previous cameras in the range, the 5D3 has enough processing power to apply corrections in-camera. Hence, for each new lens they release, they will need to update the firmware so that the corrections can be applied correctly. There now, wasn't that difficult to understand was it?

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ENicolas
By ENicolas (Jun 19, 2012)

Does it come with a piece of black tape to fix the light leak from the top LCD?

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 21, 2012)

No, the 0.1% of owners who use it in long-exposure, low-light situations where the problem would occur, and who are unable to compensate for that in post, can get the tape they need from any department store.

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aluxious
By aluxious (Jul 8, 2012)

Sorry black tapes cannot be downloaded off the internet, silly

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 19, 2012)

my 40mm F/2.8 has been working fine with 5DM2 and 7D..,,, does it actually ad the AF during video ability? Also what do you guys mean "to be released at the end of June" the lens has been on sale at US Biggest Retailer - Best Buy since Sunday, the 17th.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 19, 2012)

It's not us meaning anything: everything below the line is Canon's writing.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 19, 2012)

Oops, Sorry, Richard, of course, it is an official release from Canon.

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Denton Taylor
By Denton Taylor (Jun 19, 2012)

Phenomenon? lol. Used to be called BUGS.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 19, 2012)

That's why we used the word bugs, not phenomenon. Canon used the word phenomenon.

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Jun 20, 2012)

Phenomenon is a Latin word and means something "unexpected":
MW Unabridged;
a : a fact or event in the changing and perceptible forms as distinguished from the permanent essences of things: as (1) : a mutable, caused, or developing aspect of things as contrasted with their fixed and substantial natures (2) : a perceptible aspect or appearance of things as contrasted with their true or ideal being (3) : an object of sense perception as distinguished from an ultimate reality (4)

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 20, 2012)

Clearly I'm not going to dispute that. But it's also a relatively neutral term - there isn't the assumption that a phenomenon is positive or negative. In a situation in which the LCD won't turn off in certain (presumably rare) circumstances, although it wouldn't be incorrect to call it a phenomenon, it could appear somewhat disingenuous, as it suggests it's just something that happens, not a problem.

As such, it's quite reasonable for Canon to call it a phenomenon but any attempt to impartially report the problem should probably use a term that calls a problem a problem. Hence we used the term 'bug.'

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
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SOTUS
By SOTUS (Jun 20, 2012)

The word "phenomenon" is 100% Greek word and means something that is observable

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alexkrich
By alexkrich (Jun 19, 2012)

Does this mean that my 7D won't work with the new 40mm pancake without the firmware update if its own (which is not available)?

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misolo
By misolo (Jun 19, 2012)

It should work just fine, but the automatic lens corrections (vignetting, chromatic aberration) won't - which is irrelevant unless you shoot in jpeg mode with the automatic corrections turned on.

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Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Jun 19, 2012)

Actually Canon is releasing a 7d firmware update and i comes with a pile of improvements.
http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/06/canon-eos-7d-firmware-version-2-coming-soon/

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jun 21, 2012)

No it won't. I suggest you go and upgrade to a 5d3. :)

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jun 19, 2012)

I have a 35mm and 50mm prime lens. No need for this.

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misolo
By misolo (Jun 19, 2012)

Thanks for sharing this important information.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jun 19, 2012)

You're welcome. :-)

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Breitling
By Breitling (Jun 20, 2012)

I don't have 35mm and 50mm primes. So?

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 20, 2012)

I think he means that if you do not have the one-two punch magnificent combo of a 35mm and a 50mm then you need this...?

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (Jun 20, 2012)

I don't have a 5D so why are DPR reporting this clearly irrelevant piece of news.

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aluxious
By aluxious (Jul 8, 2012)

I only have the 35mm, so......I need this somewhat?

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Zafar Kazmi
By Zafar Kazmi (Jun 19, 2012)

Does this mean that the new 40mm will not work on 5D Mark II until a firmware update is provided?

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misolo
By misolo (Jun 19, 2012)

It should work just fine, but the automatic lens corrections (vignetting, chromatic aberration) won't - which is irrelevant unless you shoot in jpeg mode with the automatic corrections turned on.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Petka
By Petka (Jun 19, 2012)

a) Camera is brand new, and now already Canon has to fix problems. How can they let unfinished products get to the market? Canon is on the decline, seriously!

b) Great service, Canon! even the small details are immediately fixed and new products accommodated in firmware, pronto! I hope other companies were as good! Future looks great!

(just trying to cover all angles and save much unnecessary postings...)

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jun 19, 2012)

Well done. And sadly, exactly spot on.

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CAYMANTED
By CAYMANTED (Jun 19, 2012)

Just downloaded today's firmware update for the 5D3, on my Mac
Book Pro, and I can't get the file to self extract. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Damon Lynch
By Damon Lynch (Jun 19, 2012)

Delete it, and download it again. You may have had a corrupted download.

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pcook
By pcook (Jun 20, 2012)

+1 no problem on my mac

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jun 20, 2012)

use windows

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eyeport
By eyeport (Jun 20, 2012)

Such a funny comment Petka! Covering all angles.. hahaha

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jun 20, 2012)

Nikon D800 has far serious issues of its own. It cant still reliably trigger speed light wirelessly. chk this link for more details: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/06/18/rumor-second-nikon-d800-firmware-update-coming-out-soon.aspx/

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 20, 2012)

The Mac download is a drive image (.dmg) file, should open as a "volume" in Finder. Then you can copy oper the .fir file and read the instructions in the folder with PDFs.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jun 21, 2012)

It's not the first camera to be updated shortly after launch, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I seem to remember that there was one camera that was updated before the camera itself was widely available.

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Total comments: 57