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FIRMWARE UPDATE....
Old 06-24-2004, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I updated my REBEL last night... everything went just fine... no problems... PM me for the link. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: FIRMWARE UPDATE....
Old 06-24-2004, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If anyone else has done this I have a question to ask them.... thanks
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Re: FIRMWARE UPDATE....
Old 06-25-2004, 08:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've done it. Ask away.

Incidentally, I think that discussing this here is appropriate and, so long as we don't post the upgrade or any links to it, even assuming they found out about I doubt Canon would have any beef with the forum.

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Re: FIRMWARE UPDATE....
Old 06-25-2004, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How do you get the flash compensation to work?
I did what I think it said but I did not see a difference in my images
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Flash Exposure Compensation on the EOS 300D
Old 06-25-2004, 09:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Once you've installed the hack, FEC should be active by default. (You don't have to activate it in the Custom Settings menu.)

To use it, press the JUMP button while in Capture Mode. All the information on the LCD Data Display should disappear except for a calibrated scale which looks exactly like the EV scale. (It *is* the EV scale, it's just doing something else.) Use the control wheel to move the indicator left (to increase flash output) or right (to decrease it.) Press the shutter button halfway to return to Capture Mode.

To test FEC, put the camera in Manual Mode. Set your exposure. (If you're not good at setting exposure, meter the scene in Program Exposure mode first and use the settings it gives.) Take a picture. Then press the JUMP button. Dial the flash all the way down by turning the control wheel to the left until the indicator is at -2 on the extreme left end of the scale. Take another picture. Press the JUMP button. Dial the flash all the way up by turning the control wheel to the right until the indicator is at +2 at the extreme right end of the scale. Take another picture.

Now compare the pictures in review mode, or download them. The second should be noticeably darker than the first, the third should be noticeably brighter. I did this last night as a test while I was fooling around with my camera, since I hadn't had the external flashgun on since I installed the hack. The second picture was quite dark (although still viewable) and the third picture had completely blown highlights, including most of the subject's face. The difference was marked. Additionally, the camera displays the FEC setting in the INFO screen, just like it displays the EV setting. Here's an example:



The first little square with a +/- in it is the EV setting. It's all the way up at +2. The second little square, which has a little lightning bolt next to the +/-, is the FEC setting. It's also all the way up at +2. This also illustrates that you can use EV and FEC in combination, which gives you a pretty broad range of choices. (Incidentally, I've never tried to take a picture of an LCD display before. It's harder than you'd think, especially when you're in your office and can't just turn off all the lights.)

The difference will be much more pronounced if you are using an external flash. The camera's onboard Speedlite isn't that powerful and adjusting its output doesn't provide as much variation.

Note that I am assuming your *flash* supports variable output. If you've got an older fires-or-not flash that doesn't support e-TTL, it's not going to pay any attention to the camera's power level instructions. Finally, don't forget to set FEC back to 0 when you're done: like EV, it's a retained setting and will stay where it's set until you change it or you take the battery out of the camera.

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Re: Flash Exposure Compensation on the EOS 300D
Old 06-25-2004, 10:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the extra work..... I will do my test tonight...
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