Canon’s attitude: what do you think?

Started May 15, 2001 | Discussions thread
Richard Contributing Member • Posts: 924
Re: Canon’s attitude: what do you think?

I wonder if the limitations are the result of a compromise between the needs of the majority of users and the capacity of the firmware; perhaps a knowledgeable programmer can answer this one for us? How much additional space would be required in the flash ROM to add the capabilities being discused here? Does the extra space exist? If so, are there perhaps other features we would like to see added in a new firmware upgrade? Is it possible to create a third-party firmware upgrade that would allow users to select which specific features they would like to implement in lieu of the defaults?

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Lisa Horton wrote:

Michael W. wrote:

The fact that Canon even demonstrate the G1 with a non-Canon flash
at a trade show and mention the use of third-party flashes in the
user manual, they are obligated to support it to some degree. I
know it's not reasonable to expect that the G1 work well with every
3rd party flash, but the fact is IT DOESN'T WORK WITH ANY. I've
yet to hear a single person reporting that his/her G1 works well
with any 3rd party flash. Some may not care, but the standard
hotshoe was the reason why I went with the G1, and I do feel that
Canon should at least take efforts to support the features it

So far my experience with the similar Pro90 has been that all
flashes and strobes I've tried with it have worked exactly as the
manual described. The Metz system with the current 3101M4 adaptor
fires at full power when triggered by the camera in all camera
modes. My Sunpak which even works well with the recent Elan 7E
camera fires at full power in all camera modes. Studio strobes
have worked fine for me, of course in manual mode metered
externally. The Metz system works fine in Auto (non-ttl) mode at
all apertures from 2.8 to 8, in manual mode on the camera of course.

I do still think that it's crappy of Canon to have implemented what
is apparently a subset of their standard camera flash
functionality. I felt that their ads and promos implied that the
G1/Pro90 would work with most if not all modern Canon TTL
compatible 3rd party flashes. They advertise their film cameras as
working best with the EX series flashes as well.


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