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New Firmware Available For Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III

By Anthony Thurston on January 29th 2015

Previously, we have been hearing reports of unannounced firmware updates making it into the wild, with unknown changes. Well, today Canon finally made an official announcement regarding new firmware updates for the Canon EOS-1D X and the Canon 5D Mark III.

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Neither update is particularly special, no new features or anything like that. But there are some notable *fixes* for both cameras. Specifically, the list of changes for the EOS-1D X is much longer than the 5D Mark III.

Both cameras had improvements made to their AF performance when shooting in live-view with a wide angle lens. Apparently, the cameras had issues with that in the past, but this new firmware resolves those problems and improves the AF performance in LV. You can get the full list of changes to both cameras below.

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Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update 2.0.7

  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
  4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the “Save and read camera settings” function, the color space data that is selected in “Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)” is not saved. *1
  7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.

You can download the new EOS-1D X firmware from Canon USA, Here.

Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update 1.3.3

  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.

You can download the new Canon 5D Mark III firmware from Canon USA, here.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

9 Comments

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  1. Tosh Cuellar

    thanks for sharing

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    I wish that Canon would clarify the incorrect indications on the English menu. I haven’t used Live View on my 5D which was shipped with 1.2.3 and it’s now out of warranty. To me, the changes seem too insignificant to upgrade. Since this is my first DSLR, I’m not going to risk “bricking” my 5D.

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  3. Kim Farrelly

    And here I was getting excited, the live view is so slow on the 5D3 I’d never bother outside of setting up a lens with AFMA. Oh well…..

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  4. Jean-Francois Perreault

    I read somewhere that this firmware blocks Magic Lantern.
    I don’t own a 5D Mark III and sure as hell not the 1D X but I have it installed on my DLSR and I’m curious to see where Canon is going with this.

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    • Greg Silver

      If this Firmware does block Magic Lantern on the 5D Mark III – then you might end up losing more functionality then you’re gaining with the update. Was the AF Controllability that much of an issue to warrant the firmware update?

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    • Kim Farrelly

      From Canon.com:

      “Note:
      Once the EOS 5D Mark III camera is updated to Version 1.3.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.7 through 1.2.3). ”

      Once you’re in, you’re in

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    • aaron febbo

      sounds like a bs update to block magic lantern ! would go for it. If its not broke dont fix it !

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      I don’t see why they would block it. Maybe they just blocked the possibility to downgrade and there isn’t a version of ML compatible yet so if you install it right now you’re gonna have to wait until ML releases a version compatible with 1.3.3?
      Right off the bat I don’t see what Canon has to gain by blocking ML.

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  5. Basit Zargar

    Great will inform my friends :)

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