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Oct 17, 2012 09:00 |  #1

Canon U.S.A. Expands The EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera Autofocus Capabilities With New Firmware Update
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update in response to user requests which further enhances the capabilities of Canon's flagship EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D X will now be capable of AF point illumination during AI Servo AF and cross-type AF for maximum apertures as small as f/8. The new firmware update is available now at no charge from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

AF Point Illumination During AI Servo AF
To support the needs of wedding, portrait, sports, wildlife, and theatrical performance photographers working in low light, the new firmware allows AF points in the EOS-1D X's viewfinder to be illuminated in red when the shutter button is pressed halfway during AI Servo AF, for easy viewing of the selected point. This valuable feature will enhance the photographers' ability to aim the camera accurately in low-light conditions, and when photographing dark subjects. To preserve exposure-metering accuracy, illumination is intermittent, not continuous. Three choices will be selectable from the menu system - Non-illuminated, Illuminated (Normal) and Illuminated (Brighter).

Cross-Type AF Support at f/8
The EOS-1D X is equipped with an innovative 61-point High Density Reticular AF System featuring up to 41 cross-type AF points, depending on the lens in use. The cross-type AF points recognize a wide variety of subject matter, making them highly desirable for maximum autofocus performance. Until now, cross-type AF on the EOS-1D X has been limited to EF lenses and lens/extender combinations with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger. The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. Ideal for wildlife photographers and others who often use EF super-telephoto lenses with extenders, this new feature greatly expands the range of EF lens/extender combinations that support autofocus when used with the EOS-1D X.

If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF Assist points. This option effectively expands the size of the AF detection area to enhance autofocus performance with subjects that are small in the frame and difficult to track, such as small animals and birds in flight. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.

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Oct 17, 2012 09:16 |  #2

Well, if they did it for the 1DX, then there is hope for the 5DIII, too, and perhaps even 7D (maybe only AF point illumination).


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Oct 17, 2012 09:16 |  #3

looks like Canon listened to it's users, these are probably the 2 biggest criticisms out there for the new 61pt af system.

The million dollar question is: Will the 5DIII get the same enhancements? There are many thousands more users of that camera who would benefit greatly from this update.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:22 |  #4

Nice job Canon, glad to hear you are listening to your customers.

This makes the choice between the 1DIV and 1DX much harder again for nature/birding guys such as myself.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:40 |  #5

Good news. Hope they do the illumination thing for 5dmk3.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:41 |  #6

Very cool to hear. Keeping fingers crossed for the 5D3.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:45 |  #7

If the D800 has f/8 AF then it isnt far fetch for the 5D3 to eventually have the same.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:50 |  #8

bobbyz wrote in post #15133539 (external link)
Good news. Hope they do the illumination thing for 5dmk3.

Hope they do both for the 5D3. It is capable of autofocusing at f/8 if you use a third party non-reporting teleconverter so the technology can support this.


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Oct 17, 2012 09:56 |  #9

I hope to see a 4K firmware for the 1DX soon. The 1DC is identical internally to a 1DX.


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Oct 17, 2012 10:00 |  #10

dolina wrote in post #15133614 (external link)
I hope to see a 4K firmware for the 1DX soon. The 1DC is identical internally to a 1DX.

Seeing as they charge twice as much for the 1DC, and it isn't even available yet, I wouldn't expect that to be very likely.


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Oct 17, 2012 10:16 |  #11

I imagine there will be a firmware for the 5DIII AF illumination of the point, but I think f8 is unlikely given the history. fullframe cameras, no popup flash. None 1D bodies, no f8 AF!


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Oct 17, 2012 10:27 |  #12

Neilyb wrote in post #15133696 (external link)
I imagine there will be a firmware for the 5DIII AF illumination of the point, but I think f8 is unlikely given the history. fullframe cameras, no popup flash. None 1D bodies, no f8 AF!

Well, there is competitive pressure from the D800, so perhaps we will see it. I agree it's not a sure thing though.


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Oct 17, 2012 10:27 |  #13

...I hope they also do spot metering linked to the AF point for the 5D3.


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Oct 17, 2012 10:32 |  #14

I'm trying to understand the AF discussion on f/8.

Can I assume that I will now be able to autofocus my 5.6 lenses (100-400L)when using a 1.4 extended, giving a max aperture of f/8?? That would be awesome. Gives me a nice further reach to 560mm with AF if that's the case.


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Oct 17, 2012 10:33 |  #15

Billginthekeys wrote in post #15133485 (external link)
Nice job Canon, glad to hear you are listening to your customers.

This makes the choice between the 1DIV and 1DX much harder again for nature/birding guys such as myself.

Crap, it sure does, I have slower lenses, so the f8 thing was a pretty big item for me. There goes that hurdle.... :(

I wonder if it is trend now to release cameras with some handicaps, let the sales go at release, then as they slow down, announce firmware updates that enhance the camera? Free publicity and advertising and increased sales each time... This seems to be a new tactic for Canon, as they enhanced the 5D2 just a little bit with firmware, alot with the 7D 2 years after its release, and now this with the 1DX. In the past, they never really enhanced a camera with firmware updates. If so, it is a good marketing ploy.


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