Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Canon 1D MkIII woes - soon to end?

Earlier in the week, I sent a private message to Canon's Chuck Westfall via the ProPhotoHome forum. I was concerned about the availability of the much discussed and anticipated 1.1.1 firmware release. For the record, my MkIII is not performing extremely poorly, like some of the examples out there. But, there's reportedly a fix in the proposed 1.1.1 that addresses an issue I am seeing, where autofocus simply stops working - you press the AF-ON button, or whatever, and nothing happens. Wait a bit, or fiddle with other controls, and it starts working again - I haven't yet established a clear pattern on how to resolve it.

Chuck responded back in an understandably cryptic fashion:

The question you're asking here will be answered in our next web announcement, which is scheduled to go live next week. I can't release the details yet, but I think you'll be pleased.

So, make of this what you will - perhaps in the near future we'll be hearing of not only the start of the sub-mirror repair actions, but also some firmware updates as well??? Either way, sounds like progress, to me... Many thanks to Chuck for taking the time to respond to my inquiry!

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