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Old 21st of December 2004 (Tue)   #1
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Default WOW! New firmware!!

See the Sticky: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...ad.php?t=50967

Man! I thought this camera (1DMKII) turned on fast before! As soon as you hit the switch this baby is ready to go NOW! It's immediate. Very impressive. And they've improved AI Servo tracking too!! That's a bonus for us sports shooters for sure, and the tracking was awesome before! I have to go shoot some winter motocross now or something.

Way to go Canon!!!
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Have you tested AI servo yet? Would like to know if there is noticeable difference before and after.
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Default Re: WOW! New firmware!!

Sounds like Canon designed Mark II hardware and OS very well. It's not everyday you get better low light AF by firmware update
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Old 21st of December 2004 (Tue)   #4
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sGu: No. Not tested yet.

Pekka: Yeah! This is exciting!! Still gotta test and see the difference.
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Sounds like Canon designed Mark II hardware and OS very well. It's not everyday you get better low light AF by firmware update
Either that or someone made a mistake in the original software and they've only just noticed. In any event, the AI Servo was pretty damn impressive before so ANY improvement has to be good!
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Hmmm, i wonder how i can afford a 1D with instant startup, better focusing, great ISO performance and an 8mp sensor.

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Sell more photos!
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Either that or someone made a mistake in the original software and they've only just noticed. In any event, the AI Servo was pretty damn impressive before so ANY improvement has to be good!
It addresses low-light AF issues. Myself and a few others here on this board did see this weakness. I noticed it when shooting the sprint boats on cloudy days and/or shooting low-contrast objects you'd sometimes lose AF and/or it'd start hunting. It wasn't horrible, but an issue nonetheless.
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Default Re: WOW! New firmware!!

See also http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/con...id=7-6462-7435 for some interesting reading.

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The result: an across-the-board improvement in EOS-1D Mark II autofocus, with the most noticeable benefit coming about in low light shooting. Plus, a near-elimination of the camera's tendency to backfocus exclusively when a predictive error occurs.
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This is great news. Canon via Chuck Westfall, went to great lengths to explain that the less then expected low light AF of the 1D Mark II, was a trade off for the other benefits of a passive AF system. I've been very frustrated in low light, low contrast situations about the slow af of the 1D Mark II. I guess they finally figured that that explanation wasn't enough.

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Great reading there Pekka. I saw that this morning. Scott: It's sure nice to know they're listening.
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Great reading there Pekka. I saw that this morning. Scott: It's sure nice to know they're listening.
I just wish they hadn't responded to the initial reprts by telling us the problem really didn't exist.
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Initially, it could have simply been that they just did not know. My wife works R&D for one of the largest computer maufacturers on the planet and sometimes they just do not know exactly what the problem is.

Anyway, it's fixed and I'm a happy freaking camper!
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I just wish they hadn't responded to the initial reprts by telling us the problem really didn't exist.
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You have to wonder how many cameras they sold because of just that though
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You have to wonder how many cameras they sold because of just that though
Probably Zero.
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