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Old 03-02-2009, 11:27 PM
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Default New updates from Adobe and Canon...

ACR 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 updates now available from Adobe.

New firmware for Canon 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III now available from Canon.

Visit Adobe and Canon websites to download the updates.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:01 AM
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dont you have to send the body to Canon for the new fix?
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:00 AM
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The firmware update is easy to do (I already updated my 1DsM3) but the outer AF point problem needs hardware calibration by Canon.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:48 AM
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I'm going to get a DsIII one of these days, but only after they have depreciated enough for me to afford. Any idea what I should look for to know they have fixed this issue? (for that matter, what's the issue??)
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Default It's about outer AF points

Quote from Canon Europe announcement:

FAQ: Announcement regarding AF accuracy in EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III cameras
We have learned that some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras have a problem in the accuracy of the AF (autofocusing) feature.

Cause

If an AF point other than the center AF point is used, focus may become soft.

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Support:
Free AF accuracy checks and adjustments will be provided to affected products.

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I've experienced this problem with outer AF points. My 1DsM3 was calibrated twice last year in April/May but the problem still exists in certain conditions. The center AF point has always been 100% reliable.

I called Canon service today and they told me that their calibration software has been updated and they can now calibrate the AF module much better than last year. When I told them that my camera was calibrated almost a year ago, they immediately asked me to bring it in for new calibration. I'm having it calibrated next Wednesday.

Impossible to say if this affects all 1D(s)M3 bodies or just a certain batch. I know a couple of people who have the same problem but I also know people who swear their outer AF points are perfect.
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I was just bitching on Sunday, in super bright & hot weather, that my 1Ds3 could not focus worth a$$ in San Diego in the sunshine. This camera has been such a headache for me (to the shop 3x during one year for "being flat out dead") that I can't wait to get rid of it. Well, it seems that at least I'll get an AF fix...

I like that you can register the camera for _either_ an Error 99 _or_ AF fix. What about if your camera exhibits both problems, eh? So sad.
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I've been very happy with my 1DsM3, the center AF point has been faultless in all situations. It's the outer AF points that have been problematic for me, especially with WA lenses. After the second body calibration the problem has been minor.

It will be interesting to see how effective this latest fix actually is.

I agree, it's totally stupid that you can't register for both problems at the same time. I've never experienced the Error99, though.
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Default *sigh*...very disheartening...

After the way they handled the 1D3 mess, I read the vague description you quoted and started rolling my eyes. On one hand I understand how complex these cameras are, but on the other, they charge $8K for these cameras to people that rely on them to make a living. Well, hopefully this is the last trip you'll need to make back to canon. Good luck!
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Luckily after the second calibration last year this hasn't been a major issue to me anymore. But I do feel Canon needs to fix this problem for every user. It's really a shame because apart from these AF issues this camera is truly fantastic.

I can easily drop the camera off at the local Canon service without any hassle but I feel bad for those who need to send it in by UPS etc. and possibly wait weeks for the camera to come back. Sigh...

I do hope Canon has done their homework properly for the Mark IV series cameras.
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