Recent Firmware Updates for Leica, Sigma, and Sony Cameras & Lenses

Leica released updated firmware for the Leica Q/QP cameras. Version 3.1 is available for download and the update addresses compatibility with Leica’s updated FOTOS app.

Leica SL Product Photo
Leica SL Product Photo

Leica also released firmware version 3.4 for the Leica SL. Click here to get it.

Sigma MC-11 Product Photo

Sigma also released a series of firmware updates for its Nikon F-mount and Canon EF-mount lenses as well as the Sigma Mount converter MC-11. Click here for more info.

Sony A9 product Photo
Sony A9 Product Photo

Sony also recently announced updated firmware for the A9, the A7III and A7RIII. The updates are not available yet, but Brian Smith has a good run down of the improvements to camera function once the software is available.

Sony VENICE System Camera

Additionally, Sony announced a firmware upgrade for its VENICE motion-picture camera system. Click here to read more.

Rumor Roundup

Canon

Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.

In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.

Additionally, a Canon RF mount 50mm f1.8 IS USM lens will join the lineup next to the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 USM lens this year.

Leica

Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.

The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.

In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.

Nikon

Nikon rumors reports on a new Hoodman Hoodeye Eyecup for Nikon Z cameras. Additionally, and a new round of Nikon lens rebates.

Panasonic

Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.

Prograde Digital Demonstrates 1TB CFexpress Cards with Nikon Z Cameras

Prograde Digital Product Photo of CFexpress 1.0 Memory Card

Prograde digital demonstrated the capabilities of their 1.0 (1TB Capacity) CFexpress memory cards at CES in Las Vegas. CFexpress cards share the XQD form factor, but require a firmware update to function with Nikon cameras with XQD card slots. It is unclear whether Nikon will also release a firmware update for their XQD equipped DSLRs. Notably, CFexpress cards offer a 1,400MB/s read speed and can write at 1000MB/S. Read the associated press release from Prograde Digital here.

Sony releases A7III, A7RIII, and A9 Firmware Updates

Sony released several firmware updates for its Alpha mirrorless camera bodies.  The A7III update can be downloaded here. The A7RIII update can be downloaded here. And the A9 update can be downloaded here. The A7 series updates solve a RAW file writing error with SD cards.  The A9 update “solves the problem caused by a specific third-party memory card, which would not be recognized by Sony cameras.” 

Sigma Updates Optimization Pro Software to v1.5

Sigma announced version 1.5 of it’s SIGMA Optimization Pro software.  The software is dedicated for the Sigma USB Dock, Sigma Flash USB Dock FD-11, and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.  The update provides adds an “AF function button setting” feature and enables customization of the 70-200 F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. The Mac version also adds compatibility to Mac OS Mojave and improves Chinese language support. Read the full press release here