Leica Announces S-System Major Firmware Updates

Leica Camera has announced a new firmware update will be available for the Leica S (Typ 006), Leica S2/S2-P and all S-lenses. The new firmwares will maximize the performance of the S-System.

For the Leica S (Typ 006), the new firmware, version 2.4.0.0 will provide the following:

  • AF Performance: major improvements in focus speed, responsiveness, smoothness & precision with the newly developed AF algorithms and AF drive control
  • Predictive AF: improved predictive object tracking in AF Continuous
  • Mode GPS Precision: Global Positioning System coordinated will only be stored in image data if last signal update is not older than 5 minutes unlike the former firmware where it is stored for 24 hours
  • Support the new Leica Summicron-S 1:2/100 ASPH
  • Support the new lens firmware of all S-lenses

For the Leica S2 & S2-P, the new firmware, version 1.4.0.0 will provide the following:

  • Supports the new Leica Summicron-S 1:2/100 ASPH
  • Supports thew new lens firmware of all S-lenses

For the Leica S-lenses, the new firmware, LLF018 will ensure S-lenses are compatible with the new firmware updates in the Leica S (Typ 006) and the Leica S/S2-P to achieve the maximum performance from the S-System

Registered owners can download the firmwares from the Owners’ Area starting September 16, 2014.

Leica Store Grand Opening Celebration

Cutting the ribbon from left is Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG, Diana & Sean Cranor, owners of Camera West & the Leica Store SF, and Roger Horn, President of Leica Camera North America.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Leica Store SF grand opening celebration weekend. It was not only a chance to see the new store, but also a great opportunity to enjoy the company of other Leica enthusiasts and to attend some of the hands-on workshops we offered.

On Thursday night we had an invitation only reception where we were honored by the presence of Leica dignitaries including Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Alfred Schopf, and Roger Horn, and renowned photographers and city officials. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we offered hands-on workshops with the Leica T, Leica M and Leica S systems. A great way to get familiar with each system.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG and Alfred Schopf, CEO of the Management Board of Leica Camera AG

A guest checks out the Leica Store SF gallery featuring the photos of Peter Turnley.

From left, Jay Thornton, Tom A. Smith, and Haze Thornton check out the Leica T display.

If you didn’t get a chance to join us, please stop on by. The Leica Store SF is open from 10-6pm Monday thru Friday and 10-4pm on Saturday. The store is located at 463 Bush Street in San Francisco.

For more photos of the grand opening, check out the photos on our Flickr site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerawest/sets/72157646688068776/

Leica Announces the new Leica M-P

For connoisseurs who appreciate the details and want an unobtrusive camera, Leica has announced the Leica M-P. This new M-series rangefinder,features a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor with an nearly silent shutter.

Marketed as a complement to the original Leica M Typ 240, which will remain in production, the M-P also features understated aesthetics with the missing red dot on the front of the camera with Leica’s signature engraving on the top plate.

The Leica M-P also features weather-sealing for protection against water and dust incursion and its rear LCD is covered in nearly scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass for durability. The new camera is available now for pre-order, for $7950 – $1000 more than the standard M (Typ 240).

http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-P

Nikon Service Advisory Issued for Some D810s

Nikon has announced a service advisory for the new Nikon D810, in response to reports of ‘bright spots’ at long shutter speeds and in 1.2X crop mode. According to an announcement on Nikon’s website, affected cameras will be serviced free of charge.

The issue only effects cameras within a certain serial number range. You can check the serial number of your camera against Nikon’s database via the company’s service and support pages.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Service-And-Support/Service-Advisories/hyvanded/Technical-Service-Advisory-for-Users-of-the-Nikon-D810.html

Alpha a5100 a New Mirrorless Camera from Sony

Sony has announced the Alpha a5100 mirrorless camera. The a5100 offers an APS-C sensor with a lot of the same internal components as the fast-focusing Alpha 6000, including a 24-megapixel image sensor, along with a 3″ LCD that flips up 180 degrees for taking self-portraits. The a5100 has impressive video features, allowing 1080/60p/24p recording at 50Mbps.

The a5100 will be available in September in black or white for $550 body only or $700 with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens.