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Registered: ‎04-13-2016

New forum member, new camera owner!

Hello all,

 

I am new here and this is my first post. A couple days ago I purchased a new EOS 70D camera. This is my first "real" camera. I have been doing aerial photography with drones for a few years now. This camera so far is great! All the features, settings, and controls are a bit daunting, but so far I am loving it.

 

Only after I purchased the camera I saw multiple threads and youtube videos about the center focus issue with the view finder at wide apertures (2.8 and wider). I am wondering if this issue has been resolved in the most recent models? I bought my camera at Costco and they have a high turnover rate of inventory, which means I'm pretty sure my camera was recently manufactured. After about mid 2015 this reported issue seems to fade away. I have no means at the moment of testing my camera for the issue, the two lenses that came with my camera do not have a wide enough aperture and I don't have a tripod yet Smiley Happy My fear is that someday I'll buy a new lense and I will notice the issue. Anyway.....any info on this still being an issue with current models would be great.

 

I also am wondering about firmware updates. Typically new electronics require firmware updates out of the box. I registered my product on the Canon website and didn't see any firmware updates available. Are we supposed to get firmware updates from other means? Is it something we do in camera settings while connected to wifi or are updates always located on Canon's website for download?

 

Ok enought questions for now. Below are the first pictures I took with my 70D camera!

 

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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

Welcome to the Forum.

 

According to the Canon website there are no firmware updates for the 70D. The link below will let you download the latest versions of the software.

 

If your computer doesn't have a DVD  you will need to download and install the Solution Disk first and then update the software. If you have a DVD then install from CD included with camera and then update.

 

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/cameras/dslr/eos-70d?tab=drivers

 

 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

Are you talking about drivers? I have a Mac, no drivers required Smiley Happy
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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

Not drivers. No drivers are needed for the camera with either Mac or PC computers. Canon provides software with the camera on a CD.

 

Digital Photo Professional is used for processing the digital files.

 

EOS Utility allows you to tether camera to the computer.

 

Both are probably discussed in the camera manual. 

 

There are a lot of various opinions on the software products among forum participants, and depending on what you have and use on the Mac you may not need to use them.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!


@jrhoffman75 wrote:

Not drivers. No drivers are needed for the camera with either Mac or PC computers. Canon provides software with the camera on a CD.

 

Digital Photo Professional is used for processing the digital files.

 

EOS Utility allows you to tether camera to the computer.

 

Both are probably discussed in the camera manual. 

 

There are a lot of various opinions on the software products among forum participants, and depending on what you have and use on the Mac you may not need to use them.


Thanks! I'm using Lightroom and Photoshop to process digital files. EOS utility looks like a handy tool, I'll download that. My camera firmware shows 1.1.1, I think thats the latest version. 

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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

I purchased a Canon 70D about a month ago and have used it with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens.  I too have seen all those focus issue posts on various forums.  I have no focus issues with my camera and have been very pleased with it.

My Gear: 70D, 24-70mm f/4L, 70-200 f/2.8L, 430 EX III RT Speedlight
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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

"I'm using Lightroom and Photoshop to process digital files. EOS utility looks like a handy tool, I'll download that."

 

Good for you!  You do not need any additional software.  You have the best there is with these.  Smiley Happy  IMHO, of course!

And, BTW, don't go looking for problems.  If you are not seeing any focus issues, forget it.  Just use your new 'baby' and enjoy it.

 

Oh and welcome to the forum!  Smiley Wink

 

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"I'm using Lightroom and Photoshop to process digital files. EOS utility looks like a handy tool, I'll download that."

 

Good for you!  You do not need any additional software.  You have the best there is with these.  Smiley Happy  IMHO, of course!

And, BTW, don't go looking for problems.  If you are not seeing any focus issues, forget it.  Just use your new 'baby' and enjoy it.

 

Oh and welcome to the forum!  Smiley Wink

 


Thanks! This camera is a riot! I was having fun yesterday with high speed shots as my son was running around. I have to practice more with the auto focus and selecting the correct focus points. It was a challenge keeping the subject (my son) in the focus points I selected. 

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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!


@PhotoInParadise wrote:

I purchased a Canon 70D about a month ago and have used it with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens.  I too have seen all those focus issue posts on various forums.  I have no focus issues with my camera and have been very pleased with it.


That's great to hear! I think for the most part the issues have been resolved. Glad you're enjoying the camera. 

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Re: New forum member, new camera owner!

"I also am wondering about firmware updates. Typically new electronics require firmware updates out of the box. I registered my product on the Canon website and didn't see any firmware updates available. Are we supposed to get firmware updates from other means? Is it something we do in camera settings while connected to wifi or are updates always located on Canon's website for download?" 

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Congrats, on the purchase!  If you're having fun, then you're doing it right.  I advise that you shoot RAW.

 

The camera will not automatically perform firmware updates, if that is what you're asking.  If you scroll through the camera menus, you will come across a page that will tell you what firmware version is in the camera. 

 

The camera firmware version is stored in the metadata of image files.  The metadata can be read in a few different ways.  You can read it best with the DPP software that comes with the camera.  Be sure to download digital copies of the software, just  in case you lose track of the supplied CD.

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