Oh man, just when I thought Canon was taking a big step forward. . .
The official announcement is HERE, and here is what it says, in case you don’t want to click:
Thank you for using Canon products.We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera are experiencing issues with Firmware Update Version 2.0.3.
We are working on a new firmware update to address these phenomena, which will be available soon. If you have not registered your EOS 5D Mark II, please register so we will be able to notify you via e-mail when future firmware updates become available for download.
Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these phenomena may have caused. We appreciate your kind patronage and support.
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Users at the Fred Miranda site have mentioned bugs with the audio. No clue as to the validity of this, but I would stay away from this update if possible. If you already updated, and haven’t had issues, then consider yourself lucky. If you have had audio issues, but they’re not deal breakers, you may consider sticking with this firmware.
Some users have also mentioned lock ups and dead cameras, but nothing has been mentioned specifically by Canon. So, ya, I would stay away from the update right now. I’d also be wary of the next update until enough people take that leap of faith.
Canon really needs to start considering a better quality control process. It’s obvious they’re trying to progress as quickly as possible, but they risk losing the faith of long time users, especially after the 1D III debacle. While they may be somewhat behind Nikon in the high ISO war, Canon has had the upper hand with video, having 1080P video, 60fps 720P video, and a slew of cameras that can do video, from the 1D IV to the Rebel T1i. So they should really nurture that advantage by taking care of their customers and thoroughly testing anything they release.
As always, feel free to comment. I’ve already received a few messages regarding 1080p video and other subjects around the 5D II. I’m glad to answer as best I can.