New firmware for seven of Canon’s RF mount lenses improves stability with the EOS R5 and R6

Aug 12, 2020

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New firmware for seven of Canon’s RF mount lenses improves stability with the EOS R5 and R6

Aug 12, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon has released new firmware for the Canon EOS R to add compatibility for their new 600mm f/11 STM, 800mm f/11 STM, RF 1.4x & RF 2.0x teleconverters and the new LP-E6NH battery.  They say that “operation of playing back through the multi-function bar has been improved”, too. No other changes have been mentioned.

They’ve also released firmware updates for seven of their RF mount lenses to improve compatibility with the in-body image stabilization found in the new Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras for increased stability.

Canon USA’s website is still down due to recent issues, although the firmware is available to download from Canon Canada.

Canon EOS R

Firmware Version 1.7.0 incorporates the following enhancements:

  1. 1. Support has been added for the following lenses:
    • – RF600mm F11 IS STM
    • – RF800mm F11 IS STM
    • – EXTENDER RF1.4×
    • – EXTENDER RF2×
  2. The operation of playing back through the multi-function bar has been improved*
    *please refer to the latest version of the camera’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update.
  3. Support for the Battery Pack LP-E6NH has been added.

The lens firmware only has one job, and that’s to improve compatibility and stability with the lenses when used with the EOS R5 and EOS R6 IBIS and is available for the following lenses.

If you’re not planning to get the EOS R5 or R6 then there installing the firmware update probably won’t do much for you. Canon hasn’t mentioned in the release notes that any other issues are addressed.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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