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 & Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend, January 26th 2019

What to Read

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now — British Journal of Photography. An article about the Guggenheim’s year-long exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mapplethorpe’s death.

A World Silent — The Photographic Journal. A photo essay composed of mostly nude self portraits by half-deaf photographer Jesuuna. The images are an exploration of two months spent in Sweden, in a house that was “quiet and [she] felt completely free”

Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac — FStoppers. Amusing, if nothing else.

Are You a Photographer or a FOMOgrapher: Part 1 — FStoppers. Interesting reading, especially if you find yourself following a lot of other photographers on social media.

The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II — The Sony 400mm f2.8G — LensRentals Blog. If you enjoyed Part I, the teardown of the Canon 400mm, you’ll probably like this.

How to Get Your Feature Film Streaming on Netflix — Videomaker

The Winners of Flickr’s Best Shot Competion — Flickr

What to Watch

Developing 4×5 at Home with B’s 4×5 Reel — Dave Rollans Films on Youtube. For the large format curious.
Street Photography: Documentary | Joel Meyerowitz 1981

If you want to travel back in time and see what street photography was like in 1981, check out the video above.

And Then There’s This

Fortnite Player Discovers Game Changing Heavy Shotgun Bug — Digital Trends

Rumor Roundup — January 25th, 2019

Canon

According to Canon Rumors, Canon filed patents for multiple non-L zoom lenses in RF mount. The lenses include 70-300, 100-400, and 50-250mm focal lengths with max apertures from f/4-5.6. Read Canon Rumors article here.

Additionally, Canon Rumors reports filings for a 24-80mm f/4 L IS lens and a 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Both lenses are for the new RF mount. Read the article here.

On the Cinema EOS front, the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II replacement is rumored to have 8K capability . Further, Canon will release PL mount versions of their CN-E Primes later this year.

Leica

Techart released a new adapter ring that enables autofocus on Nikon Z cameras with Leica M lenses. The adapter ring enables a Sony Alpha adapter to mount on Nikon cameras. Effectively, you have two adapters between your lens and the Nikon Z body. Read Leica Rumors’ article here.

Also on Leica Rumors: Mega Shootout (best of the best): Sony, Leica, and Phase One comparison. This is an extensive article and if you’re into pixel peeping at still life of tic tacs and stuffed animals, it’s right up your alley.

Nikon

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight
Nikon Product Photo of COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight

The Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight for the COOLPIX P1000 camera is now available for purchase. The sight enables more accurate acquisition of distant subject, particularly with the P1000’s 3000mm lens.

Nikon is also offering trade in deals on working digital interchangeable lens cameras valued at up to $400. Check here for more info.

Panasonic

L-Rumors reports that Panasonic will announce the S1-S1R on January 31, 2019. The rumored camera specifications include 4K60P video and a 47MP sensor. Read the full article here.

SONY

According to Photo Rumors, a silver version of the recently announced Sony a6400 was spotted in Japan and is listed for sale in that country’s Amazon pages. Read the article here.

Rumor Roundup — January 10, 2019

All

Photo Rumors published a comprehensive 2019 prediction entitled “What’s next?”– read it here.

Canon

As we previously reported, Canon is developing an 8K EOS R camera.

Leica

Mike Amos published an article on Photo Basecamp summarizing his tour of the Leica Factory and his conversations there. The article features many photos and offers insight into Leica’s future product plans. Read the article here.

Nikon

Nikon Rumors published predictions for 2019 that include the D6, D760, and an additional compact camera. The article also mentions a new macro lens, and a pair of 400mm and 600mm PF lenses.

Additionally, the discussion around Z cameras centers on the recent demonstration of Prograde Digital’s CFexpress demo at CES and the new Z6 Filmmaker’s kit with. Nikon Rumors also reports Nikon will be the first manufacturer to offer ProRes RAW 4k in mirrorless cameras.

Additionally, Chinese manufacturer Kipon released their ELEGANT series of lenses for Nikon Z and Canon R mount cameras. The series includes 24, 35, 50, 75, and 90mm lenses. Read the official announcement here.

Panasonic

Panasonic teases the LUMIX S. The teaser add, sent to selected people on a distribution list according to Photo Rumors, is “Full-Frame Without Compromise.” Read the Photo Rumors article and view the teaser here.

Rumor Roundup – December 27, 2018

Canon

Patent: Canon RF 90mm f2.8L IS Macro — Canon Rumors

DJI

Venus Optics Teasing Accessory for DJI Inspire 2 Users — photorumoros

Leica

Pixii Raises 95,000 EURO for Digital Camera with Leica-M Mount — Leica Rumors

Nikon

Nikon Z Noct 5800 f/0.95 lens “coming soon” — Nikon Rumors

Olympus

New Olympus 150-400mm lens has integrated 1.25x TC and 2X TC — 43rumors

E-M1X Announcement Around January 20, 2019 — 43rumors

Sony

Expect a New Sony Camera in January: Perhaps the Much Rumored a7000 — Sony Reconsidered

Rumor Roundup – 20 Dec 2018

CANON

Canon 1DX III and 5D Mark V in 2019

The benefits of the large diameter of the EOS R’s RF mount explained — internal Canon memo unveiled by DC Watch — see article on Canon Rumors

LEICA

Leica M9/M9-P/M-E/Monochrom CCD Sensor Replacement Price Hike

Leica Gallerey LA Unveils Digital Color by Ralph Gibson

PANASONIC

G90/95 will have a 20MP sensor

SONY

Sony has a 72MP full frame, global shutter sensor in development for industrial use according to this Sony Alpha Rumors article.

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.” 

Rumor Roundup December 11th, 2018

Olympus43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features. 

Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount.  He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here. 

Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release. 

NikonNikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019.  The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system.