Canon firmware coming for 1D Mk II / 1Ds Mk II|
(Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:06 EDT)
We've received contact today from Canon U.S.A. Inc. to let us know that parent company Canon Inc. will shortly issue updates firmware for its EOS 1D Mark II and EOS 1Ds Mark II professional digital SLRs.
Canon USA has issued a statement as follows:
"We have discovered that, when using the firmware released in May to address the image-loss issue, in extremely rare cases, the display screen may exhibit abnormal behavior and the camera may freeze after the DISPLAY button is pressed. Images are not lost when this occurs. Users who have not already upgraded their cameras to the May 31st firmware are being advised to wait for the new firmware to be released before updating their cameras. While the statement refers to firmware "in a few days", we understand that Canon Inc. will actually release the new firmware at approximately 9PM Eastern time tonight. All users are recommended to upgrade their cameras to the new firmware, regardless of whether they've experienced problems themselves or not.
We are currently investigating this issue, with the aim of releasing new firmware that will incorporate countermeasures for this issue in a few days. Although we understand the inconvenience this entails, users can work around this issue by waiting for five seconds or more after the images have been completely written to the media (and the access light has gone out) before pressing the DISPLAY button.
Users can restore the camera to a normal, operational state by removing and then reloading the battery."