New : Sony A7 II with 5 Axis Image Stabilization

Sony has announced the Alpha 7 II, a 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization – the first of its kind in a full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony claims that this IS system can reduce shake by 4.5 stops. If an E-mount lens with OSS is attached, the camera will detect it and use the combination of in-lens and in-body stabilization.

Like the original a7, the a7 II features 117 phase detect and 25 contrast detect points on its CMOS sensor but Sony is claiming a 30% improvement in the a7 II’s AF speed and 1.5x better tracking performance than its predecessor.

The Alpha 7 II can record 1080/60p video at 50Mbps and also supports S-Log2 to capture a wide dynamic range for grading.

No word yet on availability or cost.

New Firmware from Hasselblad

Hasselblad has just released new firmware for the H4D-60, H5D-50c, CFV-50c, H5D, H4D-40, H4D-50, and CFV-50 cameras. Firmware can be downloaded from the Hasselblad site :

H4D-40, H4D-50 and CFV-50 sensor unit firmware R370 Highlights :

  • H4D-40: Preview image resolution can be lowered to provide more captures per minute, now up to 45 captures per minute
  • Support for UDMA7 CF cards (up to 128 GB)
  • Fixed a bug that could give a faint magenta cast on long exposures (CFV-50)
  • Stability in capture sequence during Multi-Shot is improved

H5D-50c and CFV-50c sensor unit firmware 3.5.8R highlights :

  • Live View on the rear display
  • Longer exposure time, now up to 34 minutes (no black exposure required)
  • Faster capture rate, now 50 frames per minute (H5D-50c only)
  • ISO and White Balance setting visible in viewfinder (H5D-50c only)
  • Spirit Level (H5D-50c only) and selectable display modes in tethered mode
  • Korean language added

H5D Camera body firmware 3.3.2/1.1.4 highlights :

  • Support for ISO/White Balance setting in viewfinder
  • Film magazine compatibility

H4D-60 sensor unit firmware R520 highlights :

  • Support for UDMA7 CF cards (up to 128 GB

New Firmware for All Leica M Digital Cameras

Leica Camera has released firmware updates for all digital M rangefinders with added support for the new Summarit-M lenses that were announced at Photokina.

  • Leica M8 firmware update v2.024
  • Leica M9, M9-P and M-E firmware update v1.202
  • Leica M Monochrom firmware update v1.008
  • Leica M and M-P firmware update v2.0.1.7

Firmware can be downloaded here :

Leica Photopark Opens Its Doors

The Leica Fotopark announced at Photokina, is now up and running.

The Leica Fotopark marks Leica’s first step outside its long-standing business model of manufacturing physical products. The Leica Fotopark is an all-in-one solution that combines a photo-sharing network, cloud based photo archival, and an online printing service into a single package.

The basic membership is free with 10GB of storage, the premium level is approximately $15. per month and includes 100GB of storage.

Working with Non-Profits

Here is your opportunity to use your passion – your photography as a force of change.

Momenta Workshops in conjunction with our Leica Store in San Francisco is offering the first San Francisco nonprofit workshop! Sign up for Moments in Leica and you will be assigned a nonprofit, based on your interests and goals for your photography. Together, they will work to help you create a photo story that speaks to the mission of the organization. You’ll also get nightly lectures and a full day of business skills training. Plus, this experience includes daily, 1-on-1 editing sessions with an instructor to go over all your photos in an personal, focused feedback session.

September 16 – 20, 2015
Cost : $1750.
Limited enrollment so sign up soon!

The Leica Store SF
463 Bush St.
San Francisco, California 94108
United States