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.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 21, 2018

What to Read

Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck

Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog

Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog

Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers

FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography 

What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy

What to Watch

Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary” 

Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.

A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.

And Then There’s This:

Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice

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

Sigma Begins Shipping its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and Announces Pricing

Sigma Corporation of America announced that its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will be priced at $1499 US and will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018.  According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art.  Read the full announcement here