Canon released firmware 1.07 for its EOS 5D Mark II full frame DSLR camera. The new firmware “improves and mitigates” the “black dot” phenomenon and vertical banding noise when shooing sRAW1 format.  This doesn’t look like a complete fix but sounds like a workaround. After updating the firmware in camera, the Canon Digital Photo Professional and Picture Style Editor software also need to be updated in order to provide a complete solution. Otherwise, “dark, low-contrast areas in the images may appear slightly magenta”. I am curious how third party RAW converters will be able to handle this properly.

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Update [January 8, 2009]:  Based on a user’s test, the new firmware seem to have fixed the black dot problem.

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