I’m sooooo glad I got the EOS 300D, as I’ve just applied a firmware hack that brought to life some “dormant” features the manufacturers intentionally disabled to bring the price of the unit down.
Its been widely known that the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel and the Canon EOS 10D DSLR’s are similar beasts. In fact, if you look at their Side-by-side comparisons you can see that most of the features that vary are catagorized as “Customizable”.
The 10D has a menu item called “Custom Functions” which allows these settings to be adjusted. Well, a fellow in Russia found that in the latest firmware, by switching a single byte in the firmware image, he was able to enable most of these 10D “Custom Functions” in the Digital Rebel. Now, some features, such as more frames in rapid shooting, are hardware-limitations but some features lacking such as Flash Exposure Compensation and embedded JPEG quality are found to be working in the 300D.
Now I dare say that it is extremely close to performing like its big brother, the EOS 10D, which is about double the price. Well performing is probably stretching it, maybe delivering is a better term.
The flash finally arrived! I opened the box and an unassuming flash came out. Honestly, a cheap looking flash came out of it, as I was expecting something like my friend Nono’s
Speedlite. Instead, I held this seemingly fragile thing. However, after using it, I became a believer.
Here’s a test-fire with the Sigma, I just pointed it straight up and faced the mirror and see what happened…