UPDATE: June 26, 2009 - The Full Manual Control was achieved in June 2009, but the Petition to Canon is also requesting many other fixes & improvements, that can be done via Firmware Update. So if you are interested on those improvements, please keep on signing, spreading this Blog link and also please check the latest posts for up-to-date information.
This was originally a Blog Page and later converted to a Blog Post, which is now “old”, but we decided to keep it as a TESTIMONIAL of how hard and how long this process has been…
It also includes related information that may be of interest to all users of 5D Mark II.
- The Petition to Canon Inc.
- Hacking Progress
- Articles & Comments at external websites
- Experiences when filming with 5D Mark II
Good news: After many months Canon will release a firmware with “Full Manual Control” in video mode.
The firmware should be available for download since June 2nd:
We want to THANK everyone that contributed in every possible way in this campaign.
There were thousands of people giving their little or big help to achieve this.
And also thank Canon for this action. They will certainly keep lot of customers, and sales.
There are still LOT of improvements that can be made to this great camera (also for “still” mode).
And obviously the question if Canon will give 24p and 25p in this or future firmware updates/upgrades.
So if you are interested, KEEP ON SIGNING and REQUESTING by every possible way. There are still hopes that Canon add those functions too.
There is an International Petition to Canon Inc. suggesting and requesting some improvements (especially Full Manual Control in video mode, but also other functions) to the camera EOS 5D Mark II that can be implemented via Firmware Update.
Some of those improvements are essential to allow professional use of the camera for cinematography tasks.
It only takes 1 minute to sign it, and you have nothing to loose.
The Petition, although is not perfect, is the effort of a group of Photographers and Filmmakers AROUND THE WORLD for the benefit of all users of this great camera.
If you find that one or more requests would improve the experience with your camera, please sign it.
It is important to fill, if possible, the “Company Name/Freelancer” and “Country” fields, although that information is optional, but it gives more relevance to the petition.
This camera has a huge potential inside that wasn’t still delivered to the customers. That is why we are requesting a Firmware Update that will not requiere any hardware change to the camera, nor big cost to Canon.
If you can, please help to share and spread this information for the benefit of all customers.
Thank you very much in advanc.
We really hope that Canon adds lot of the requested features to further firmware update, but there is big uncertainty about that.That’s why a tiny group of programmers (without even a piece of the firmware’ source code) are trying to add those and even more sophisticated features to the camera This is just the beginning:
- More FILMMAKING features added: check Magic Lantern Website
- HACK in Progress #3 : Zebra Stripes
- HACK in Progress #2 : Onscreen Audio Meter
- HACK in Progress #1 : AGL Disabled Firmware (the 1st goal achieved)
For updated information please check Magic Lantern Project.
ARTICLES & COMMENTS at EXTERNAL WEBSITES
“Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update In Works”
“Confirmation of Firmware patches coming?”
There was an interview done with Tim Smith from Canon at the NAB conference last week. In the video, Tim makes several interesting points. Here are a few things Tim mentions (see the video):
. The Canon 5D mk II was made for AP and Reuters as cameras for the reporters to be able to shoot photos as well as video.
. The video is so compelling, the 5D2 is ‘getting dragged’ over into film and television production (this seems to have been a surprise to Canon)
. There were lots of accessories that instantly sprang up 5D Mk II is in heavy back order – demand is huge
. Canon has heard about the 24fps request – “yes we are working on that”… “we are seeing what we can do to this camera and obviously, in future product as well.”
- Digital Cinema Society
VIDEO Interview with Tim Smith from Canon at NAB 2009
Direct link to video:
- High Definition magazine
“Canon 5D MkII DSLR Owners Sign Petition For More Control”
“Sign the PETITION to GET MANUAL CONTROLS on Canon 5D Mark 2”
“NIKON Speaks Up about Manual Control”
“Canon exhibits a range of broadcast lens solutions at the 2009 NAB Show”
“In the Canon booth, #C4325, the Company will be exhibiting its portfolio of HD lenses, Free Space Optics, robotic pan-tilt cameras, professional camcorder equipment as well as the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera.” Article and Comment here.
- Photography Bay
“Zacuto Gunstock Mount for DSLR Video”
- Fix my 5D Mark II
Post: “Keep On Signing Petition“
EXPERIENCES when FILMING with 5D Mark II
Comments telling the Difficulties and Workarounds needed to use 5D Mark II for serious video tasks
FEATURE FILM SHOT ON 5D Mark II: “Searching for Sonny”
April 15, 2009:
NEW WEBSITE AND 3 NEW TRAILERS from “Searching for Sonny”
“So, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. We never expected to get this kind of coverage on the internet. 127 Countries Over 100,000 Hits Names upon names on our petition Interviews from Gizmodo, Filmmaker Magazine, and Popular Photography
Here’s a link to our new website SearchingForSonny.com
Here’s three new trailers. ”
March 31, 2009:
OUR CANON 5D MARK 2 Method on Searching for Sonny
“(…) the (Canon) lens was fully automatic in LIVE MODE. This is a huge problem with many 5dm2 video users. If you can’t control the aperture, then you can’t control depth of field. The big thing everyone is looking for is that softness in the foreground and the background. That has always been the big differential between video and cinema. A few years back, 35mm adapters came out and changed everything. Finally an indie filmmaker could get that depth of field and use nice 35mm glass. So the big workaround with this problem is to use nikon lenses on the canon camera via a nikon adapeter.”
“The next big workaround was the light sensitivity. For every shot, you want the the lowest ligh sensitivity so you’ll have the least amount of graininess and noise. The problem with shooting with the Canon 5d is that this is also automatic. The camera choices for you.”
“(…) But i think all these methods and workarounds with the camera will be obsolete pretty soon. The Panasonic GH1 should hopefully fix it all… I think that’s what we’ll shoot the feature on.”
GIZMODO.COM “Before doing so, however, Disney and his crew had to figure out how to workaround a few of the 5D Mark II’s most annoying limitations for filmmakers: no manual control over exposure settings during capture, and a lack of an efficient focusing system while shooting.”
“Very fascinating stuff… you’ve got to admit it looks mighty fine”
ENGADGET.COM “Not only did we see the first official presidential portrait shot with a DSLR this year, but we’re also seeing the first feature film to be entirely shot on one as well. Searching For Sonny has grabbed the rights to that latter claim.” WIRED.COM “If you had told me it had been shot on film, I would have believed you.”
“(…) The posts go into full production details, too, and the director (named, appropriately enough, Andrew Disney) comments about the amazing image quality you get from the Canon:
“The blacks are deeper, truer, fuller, than most any other camera I’ve shot on.”
So is the 5DMkII the best video camera out there for indie filmmakers? Nope. Andrew is already looking at the next one: ”
“But I think all these methods and workarounds with the camera will be obsolete pretty soon. The Panasonic GH1 should hopefully fix it all… I think that’s what we’ll shoot the feature on.”
Last edited: June 26, 2009