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Canon 1D Mk III - Another Fix (AF and Error99)
Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 8:23 AM on 03.03.09
->> Posted on DP Review

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/09030310canon1Dfirmwareupdate.asp
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 8:46 AM on 03.03.09
->> It's only a year late!
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Jan Tauchnitz, Photographer
L├╝beck | SH | Germany | Posted: 12:03 PM on 03.03.09
->> No this is a new one!
Af with EOS 1D Mark III the never ending story...
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Tim Morley, Photographer
Topinabee | MI | United States | Posted: 12:27 PM on 03.03.09
->> The link on the dpreview web site for registering to get this latest fix appears to be for Europe only.
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Georg Moritz, Photographer
Berlin | Bln | Germany | Posted: 12:43 PM on 03.03.09
->> it's a horror company. i get my mark III four weeks ago, canon changed three important technical thinks including the mirrow box and i claimed that i have unsharp pictures with the upper focus point. the friendly answere was, that i'm impotent with taking pictures!! thank you canon!!!!!!!!
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John Froschauer, Photographer
Seattle area | WA | USA | Posted: 5:02 PM on 03.03.09
->> The link I used via robgalbraith.com is the Europe Canon site. All I had to do was enter my camera's serial number and it took me to the download page. Haven't loaded it on the camera yet, not sure if I want to be the first out of the chute . . .
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 11:39 PM on 03.03.09
->> If you read the Canon site closely, they are not saying anything new or that there is a new "fix". From the Canon site:
http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digi...:13-522155&page=1&type=important
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Cause
If an AF point other than the center AF point is used, focus may become soft.

Answer:
Support:
Free AF accuracy checks and adjustments will be provided to affected products.
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Based on the comments and suggestions of professional photographers, we have also created supplementary AI Servo AF information (AI Servo Auto Focus Manual) for users to fully utilize the AF capacity of the cameras. Please refer to this information when you shoot with the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III cameras.
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The above information, together with the provision of free AF accuracy checks and adjustments, allow users to utilize the AF function of the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III with greater assurance.
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What they are saying is they are offering a free "check and adjustment" to anyone who thinks they are having problems with the autofocus - that's it. And oh by the way...read the manual.

The latest firmware update, according to the documentation, does not have anything to do with AF.

So basically the only news here is they will do a free check if you think you're having problems.

What is interesting to note is the service notice apparently only addresses miscalibration of outer AF points.

If I remember correctly, Rob Galbrath's tests were all done with mostly the center AF point anyway. So it appears this announcement really has nothing to do with any of the problems most commonly being reported.
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