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Canon 5D Firmware Update - 16GB Cards now seen

old timer 11 55 1 Scotland
1 May 2008 1:20PM
Apologies if this has already been posted, but I've just discovered that Canon have recently published firmware upgrade 1.1.1 which allows the 5D to recognise high capacity flash cards. I've downloaded and successfully installed this, and my 5D now sees the full 16GB of my Sandisk III card (well, actually 15.2GB). For any who are interested the upgrade can be downloaded from HERE .


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andytvcams 13 10.4k United Kingdom
1 May 2008 3:49PM
Cheers Jim.
culturedcanvas 9 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 3:52PM
Bit risky shooting 16gb of data on a single card tho!
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
1 May 2008 4:33PM
(Totally agree)
old timer 11 55 1 Scotland
1 May 2008 5:36PM
Point taken about the risk, but I can't see that there's a great deal more risk using a 16GB card than an 8GB one - either way there's the potential to lose a lot of shots. I actually start off with a 4GB card, then move on to my 8GB and finally the 16GB last of all, so I tend to have most of my work on the smaller cards but at the same time am most unlikely to run out of space.

"Eggs in one basket" comes to mind! Wink
ahollowa Plus
11 1.1k England
1 May 2008 7:55PM
I always use smaller cards. However I have thought on occaision that it is far easier to lose a small card than a large camera. Though being in IT I worry more about data corruption so stick with smaller cards. However I guess nothing is risk free and you pays yer money and takes yer choice!!


davidbailie Plus
12 452 7 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 9:28PM
Have to say Jim that using anything above 2gb maybe 4gb is pushing your luck - unless of course each shot is about 550mb - in which case I retract -

just a case of limiting the downside -

if you've ever lost a bagful of data on a computer crash - you'll know what I mean - the above comment 'eggs in one basket' pretty well sums it up -

not trying to lecture you ( tho I dunno why not Smile )

just reinforcing a well known principle! Smile

Kris_Dutson 13 8.2k 1 England
1 May 2008 9:32PM
After all, you only used to get, and possibly lose, maybe 37 / 38 shots max on a roll of 35mm film.

andytvcams 13 10.4k United Kingdom
1 May 2008 9:39PM
Does it really matter,
Jim was alerting us to a 5D firmware update.
Its down to you whether you take note or not.
culturedcanvas 9 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 9:50PM
Christ .. must admit I didnt intend to set this off Wink
Little Jo Plus
13 2.3k United Kingdom
1 May 2008 10:33PM
There are occasions when a big card is better, but I tend to use 2GB or 4GB cards for the rasons folk have mentioned.

I was reading in the magazine of the Lee Valley Nature Photographers that a new memory card format is on the way for DSLRs called Cfast. It will reduce the need for cameras to have big buffers and according to Lexar will start appearing in high end cameras in 18-24 months. That could mean it's best to stick with lower cost cards as the current CF format is going to get superceded.

Anyone heard any more about that?


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