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Letter to Canon RE: video mode in the new Canon 500D (aka Rebel T1i)

Dear Canon Technical Support:

I have such a deep level of frustration and disappointment with the automatic video abilities of this otherwise beautiful camera that I have to ask:

Is there any plan to update the firmware on this little entry-level camera so that it supports manual controls in video mode? The 5Dmk2 set the precedent in a lot of ways, including the care that Canon gives to its customers’ feedback.

In my opinion, to have a DSLR that doesn’t allow manual controls for still photos would be heresy. Why is the video different?

There is no reason to cripple the video mode in this camera, other than to limit the product and draw customers to the higher-end 5Dmk2 and the XH-A1 cameras. Go ahead and do that. Panasonic, Sony, Olympus and Nikon will add manual controls to get your customers and guess what? They’ll succeed! Stay competitive, Canon, and please give us manual controls during video recording! And give it to us on the 60D when it ships!

Please tell me, are there plans to update the video mode on this 500D via firmware? If Canon’s policy is to limit this camera’s functionality, please let me know so I know to stop waiting and just go buy a Panasonic GH1.

Response from Canon (11 June 09)emphasis added

Thank you for writing to us. We value you as a Canon customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your Rebel T1i. We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the video capabilities.

Unfortunately there are no firmware updates that will help with video capturing. If you can reply to this e-mail with the exact issue that is occurring with the camera, we may be able to assist you.

We hope this information is helpful to you. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your Rebel T1i.

Thank you for choosing Canon.

Update: My reply to Canon (11 June 09)

The exact issue is that the automatic controls in video mode are useless. Canon fixed that in the 5D mk ii, but I don’t think that the T1i delivers as advertised without such controls. Can I make an official request for manual video controls? Let us control the fundamentals of the cameras we buy, please!

Update: Response from Canon (12 June 09)

Thank you for writing to us with your feedback. I am sorry to hear of the difficulties you have experienced with manual video controls on your EOS Digital Rebel T1i.

I have forwarded your comments to Canon USA through our Customer Feedback process. This process allows us to capture important feedback from our valued customers. As we constantly strive to improve our products and services, your comments are vital to our continued success.

For important product updates, including available drivers and product notifications, please visit Canon’s Web site at

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your Canon Rebel T1i.

Thank you for choosing Canon.

Summer of timelapses

These are some timelapses I’ve been shooting recently in Utah state.  Canon 40D.

Maternal Multiplicity

Jill and Dylan in action.

Photos with Ric Estrada, comic artist

In another assignment for Mormon Artist, I had a portrait photo session with Ric Estrada, Cuban-born Latter-day Saint, illustrator, storyboarder and former DC Comics artist.

Mormon Artist magazine shoots

Today I took pictures of Christopher Clark (theater director), and Brandon Sanderson (fantasy novelist) and John Telford (photographer) for some upcoming issues of Mormon Artist. Here are a few selections. More can be found on flickr. Enjoy!

Update: One of my photos ended up on the cover!

Timelapses from this Summer’s adventures

I finally took some time to assemble a few timelapses I made in Gibraltar, Spain and on Bainbridge Island in July-August 2008.