9 October 2016

Canon firmware updates

Canon recently released a number of firmware updates.

Canon EOS 6D (v.1.1.7), EOS 70D (v.1.1.2), EOS SL1 (v.1.0.1), EOS Rebel T5i/700D (v.1.1.5), EOS Rebel T6/1300D (v.1.0.2)

These firmware updates all fix the same problem:
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to “Enable”, correction will not be applied.
    Note: The update for the EOS 6D does not include correction for the problem with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM as this lens is incompatible with that camera 😀.
Canon is working to fix similar problems in their EOS-1D X, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D, EOS 60D, EOS Rebel T1i/500D, EOS Rebel T2i/550D, EOS Rebel T3i/600D, EOS Rebel T4i/650D, EOS Rebel T3/1100D, EOS Rebel T5/1200D, EOS M, and EOS M2 cameras.

Downloads from the Canon USA site:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware v1.1.0

Firmware v1.1.0 contains the following updates:
  • Supports Wi-Fi adapter W-E1.
  • Adds a setting to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens*1 is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].
    *1 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses
Download: Canon USA

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV firmware v1.0.2

Firmware v1.0.2 contains the following updates:
  • Improves communication reliability when using EOS Utility to register/update new Digital Lens Optimizer.
Download: Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware v1.1.2

Firmware v1.1.2 contains the following updates:
  • The addition of a selectable colour-tone option for the LCD monitor.
  • The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
  • The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
  • The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
  • An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
  • When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
  • Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.
Download: Canon USA

Nikon firmware and distortion control data updates

Nikon has recently released firmware updates for the D500 and D3400 as well as an update to the “distortion control data”.

D500 Firmware C1.10

Firmware C1.10 is a minor update, with the following changes:
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
  • Changed some help text.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Images would not display correctly if playback zoom was used during image review.
    • The focus point display would not light if the shutter-release button was pressed halfway after the standby timer had expired.
    • The camera would stop responding if a command dial was used in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU > f Controls > f1 Custom control assignment > Movie record button + menu.
    • If an option other than Off was selected for Active D-Lighting in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU, pictures taken with an optional flash unit in auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode would be underexposed.
Download: Nikon Download Centre

D3400 Firmware C1.10

Firmware C1.10 is a minor update, with the following change:
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
Download: Nikon Download Centre

Distortion Control Data v2.015

The Distortion Control Data allows the camera to remove the lens distortion from the captured (JPG) image (when a compatible lens is used). For an overview of the supported cameras and lenses, please see the information at the download site.
Download: Nikon Download Centre

26 August 2016

Canon 5D Mark IV announced

Great news for all (Canon) photographers: Canon yesterday announced the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR. Like it's predecessor, the Mark III, it is a full frame camera with very good specifications.

One of the most interesting features, for me at least, is the “Dual Pixel RAW” feature. A feature that allows one to perform some very sophisticated image microadjustments (focus), bokeh shift, and ghosting reduction – during post processing!*
*currently only possible with Canon's own DPP

While I haven't yet seen this in reality myself yet, this sounds as a really powerful feature that other camera manufacturers should have a look at implementing too!

The 5D Mark IV will be available beginning of September for around $3,499.00 / €4,129.99 (body only)


  • 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (centre point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills and video
  • ISO 100-32,000 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel Raw
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing

13 July 2016

Nikon firmware updates for the Nikon D500 and D3s

Lots of firmware news today: Nikon recently released firmware updates for the D500 and D3s.

You can download the firmware updates from the Nikon site:

Fixed in D500 firmware version C1.02

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused errors with certain UHS-II SD memory cards. As we were able to confirm that these were read errors arising not in the camera but in the cards themselves, we addressed the issue with a work-around that switches temporarily to UHS-I mode when a card-side error occurs in UHS-II mode. The camera switches back to UHS-II mode when turned off and then on again or when the standby timer restarts. Card-side read errors may still occur after the update, albeit very infrequently.

Fixed in D3s firmware version A1.03/B1.02

  • The battery level indicator would on rare occasions flash if the camera was turned on with Clean at shutdown or Clean at startup & shutdown selected for SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean at startup/shutdown.
  • Two different pictures with the same file number would on rare occasions be recorded to both memory cards if two cards were inserted with Overflow selected for SHOOTING MENU > Slot 2.

Sigma Lens firmware updates

Sigma has released a number of firmware updates to address compatibility issues with some of the newer Canon and Nikon bodies.

Lens firmware updates will be provided free of charge, contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributors of SIGMA to have them perform the update. If you own a SIGMA USB DOCK and your lens is compatible, you can update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.

For the latest version of the Sigma software, please go to the SIGMA download page.

Lens firmware updates (Canon 1D X II related)

The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of some underexposure when the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera.
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon mount

Lens firmware updates (Canon C300 II related)

The firmware updates makes the below lenses fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount

Lens firmware update (Nikon D500 related)

The firmware updates corrects the phenomenon that it shows some overexposure when below lenses are attached to a Nikon D500 in combination with a SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports – Nikon mount
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary - Nikon mount

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware update for SanDisk CFast card errors

Canon released a firmware update for its flagship 1D X II camera. The firmware addresses an issue with SanDisk CFast memory cards corrupting images.

Note: the issue is actually a bug in SanDisk's cards, not in the camera. Canon, however, still was able to provide a solution for it.

You can download the 1.02 firmware from the Canon website.