Canon 50D Tips

First published on: Friday, 24 April 2009

This page is a collection of Canon EOS 50D tips, tricks, techniques, camera settings and hacks that I’ve across in forums, online communities, blogs and related websites.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Download the latest Firmware Update (Version 1.0.6)

You’ll want to install this firmware if you are using the Canon Speedlite 270EX flash on your camera.

Firmware v1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.


  1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.

  2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.

  3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.

Firmware Version 1.0.6 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.5. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

In addition, Firmware Version 1.0.5 has already been incorporated with improvements to support the AF assist beam feature of Speedlite 270 EX and change the error indications that are displayed on the camera.

When updating to Firmware Version 1.0.6, please also update the Digital Photo Professional, Picture Style Editor, ZoomBrowser EX, and ImageBrowser software to the following versions or later.For details, please refer to the Firmware Q&A section.


  • Digital Photo Professional : Version 3.5.2 (Windows/Macintosh)

  • Picture Style Editor : Version 1.4.2 (Windows/Macintosh)

  • ZoomBrowser EX : Version 6.2.1c (Windows)

  • ImageBrowser : Version 6.2.1c (Macintosh)

Installation instructions and file downloads for Windows and Macintosh platforms can be accessed here.

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