Canon EOS 5D Mk I on Windows 7

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit, and was surprised to find that it didn’t recognise my 5D Mk I when I plugged it in. It couldn’t update the driver, because Canon do not support the Mark I model on Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit, although both Canon and Microsoft claim they’re fully compatible). I find this surprising because it is still a popular camera, only 3 – 6 years old. It’s big brother the Mark II is the most popular Canon used on flickr (there are no compatibility problems with this one), but the Mark I is still ranked 12th out of all Canon cameras including point-and-shoots.

The solution is to change the in-camera communication to Print/PTP (not PC connect).

You’re in more trouble if you want to shoot tethered with the 5D Mk I on Windows 7; you’d have to run the XP emulator (for Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only).

There’s more details on this DPreview page: Windows 7 and my 5D MKl.

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Posted on December 4, 2011

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