Dear Forum Members:
I need to install Russian language onto my Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Seems that I have Asian version camera with 3 languages preinstalled: English, Japanese, Mandarin. Trying to add Russian language to menues and commands.
Any suggestions how to do it?
You can't change it with a firmware. This is an hardware feature/issue that Canon and many Japanese camera companies have done.
Learn how to use the English menu or send it in for replaceing the motherboard.
Once a firmware update has been released, you can update it with firmware. It is only prior to the first firmware update that you are stuck with the language the camera shipped with.
I have never before heard of cameras that required hardware changes to add/change menu languages. Certainly hasn't been the case with any Canon DSLR I've ever used (though I must admit I don't read and haven't tried to use many of those languages).
According to the Canon Europe website, the 5DIII should come pre-loaded with 25 languages:
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
According to the description, the latest firmware (1.3.3) "corrects some errors in the English and Russian" menus.
All this implies to me that a simple update of the firmware would solve your problems. That can be downloaded from Canon Europe or Canon Russia websites, I'm sure. It's worth a try!
It's easy to update the firmware.... just follow the instructions on the website carefully!
It appears they may have Russian versions of all the documentation (instruction manuals and quick guides) and Canon softwares (EOS Utilities, DIgital Photo Pro, etc.) available, too.
The firmware you download from US, Europe or Japan is the same firmware and the latest for 5DIII is 17 961 776 byte.
You can buy a 5DIII in Japan with international menu, but it will cost you more than the one with Japanese/English/Chinese.
Here at yodobashi you can check the camera. It is written that it has three languages:
Nikon Coolpix S02 has Japanese/English. Sony Rx1 was only in Japanese when I last checked in the beginning of 2013. The international menu camera cost maybe 100$ more.
The languages in menu is factory locked.
You can unlock all languages using Tornado EOS program
My 5D3, purchased in the U.S. (B&H) in 2014 and now at firmware rev. level 1.3.5, has 25 language options. Russian is one of them.
Whether that matters to anybody or not, given how old this thread is, is an exercise left to the reader.