Canon EOS 5D Mirror Issue

Canon has discovered that, in rare instances, the main mirror of some EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras may detach due to deterioration in the strength of the adhesive. Canon will repair and reinforce the mirror portion of the affected products free of charge. If you own one of the affected products, please contact Canon’s Customer Support Center.


New Firmware for the Canon 7D Mark II

Canon has released a firmware update for their 7D Mark II. Firmware Version 1.0.4 incorporates the following fixes:

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s AF function may not operate properly at a focal length of approximately 100mm when used with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in rare instances, the reduction of the flicker effect cannot be achieved when in AI servo AF mode, despite the “Anti-flicker shoot” function being set to “Enable”.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the Picture Style settings may not be applied to the captured image when the camera is set to custom shooting mode C1, C2 or C3.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the first still image captured in live view mode may not record the correct date and time.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, image noise may appear in JPEG images when brightness or contrast is corrected by the Auto Lighting Optimizer function.

A New Nifty Fifty From Canon

Canon has announced a new EF 50mm f1.8 STM lens to replace the popular EF 50mm f1.8 II lens. Biggest improvement with this news lens is the addition of the stepper motor for a quieter and more responsive autofocus. The mount is also made of metal for a more durable connection. Another improvement over the older lens is the ability to focus as close as 13.78 inches.

Compact, lightweight and affordable, this new lens will be available towards the end of this month for $129.99.


Canon Product Advisory for the Rebel T6i and T6s

Canon USA has released a product advisory regarding sensor defects on the Rebel T6i and T6s.

According to Canon, on certain cameras ‘white spots may exist on the optical layer which may result in the appearance of dark circular patterns on the captured image under certain shooting conditions’.

These cameras will be repaired free of charge and models that have already been repaired will have a circular marking inside the battery door.

Affected Products

The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first and second digits of the serial number are as set forth below.

Identification Procedure

Serial Number: [XXnnnnnnnnnn]
EOS Rebel T6s: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
EOS Rebel T6i: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
“n” represents any digit.

NOTE: If the battery cover contains [a circular marking], the camera is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above even if the first and second digits of the serial number are of the numbers mentioned above.

New 4K Camcorder from Canon

Canon has released the XC10 digital camcorder which records up to 4K video. This boxy looking camcorder, measures in at 4.9 x 4 x 4.8 inches and weighs 2.3 pounds with battery and memory cards loaded and holds a fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27.3-273mm for videos and 24.1-241mm for stills.

The XC10 uses a 1-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range to record 4K at 3840 x 2160 4K footage (8-bit, 422) can be saved internally to CFast memory cards with a maximum bit rate of 305 Mbps at 30 fps. Using the HDMI 1.4 port you can output a Canon Log file with 12 stops of dynamic range to an external recorder. You can also record 1920×1080 video internally to an SD card at a max bitrate of 50 Mbps when shooting at 59.94 fps.

The XC10 also features a rotating grip, tilting 3 inch touch screen LCD, a three-step ND filter, a native ISO range of 160-20,000, and built-in Wi-Fi. It uses the same LP-E6 battery as the EOS 5D III and 7D II, among other models.

The XC10 will be available this June and will ship with a SanDisk 64GB CFast 2.0 card at an MSRP of $2499.