Leica Camera has announced that a new firmware, version 18.104.22.168 is now available for the Leica M (Typ 240). The new firmware improves white balance providing better skin tones and color, improved video quality with lower video compression and new lens profiles.
In addition, the new firmware will also fix the following bugs:
- Improve stability using Live View with and without the Electronic View Finder 2
- Improve general stability of the camera’s system
- Eliminate issue with Display settings when sharpness is set on high
- Eliminate erratic ‘Auto Power Off’ function
- Eliminate incorrect recording dates for video files
- Eliminate problems with Copyright and Artist’s Information in EXIF-Data
The new firmware can be downloaded from : http://en.leica-camera.com/photography/m_system/m_new/
Nikon has announced the D610 – a camera mostly unchanged from its predecessor the D600. The improvements are pretty much limited to the shutter mechanism, which has been replaced to deal with the dust issue, adding a couple of features along the way including a continuous shooting mode that has been bumped from 5.5 to 6fps, the ability to shoot up to 3fps in a new quiet continuous mode, and weather sealing that matches the D800.
The D610 will be ship later this month for $2,000 for the body only and $2,600 in a kit with the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens.
Zeiss today announced the price of their new OTUS 55mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* ZF.2 & ZE lens: The lens with a Canon or Nikon mount is named after the scops owl (Latin : Otus scops) and will retail for $3,999.
Combining Style and Performance
Leica Camera presents the Leica Ultravid Colorline Binoculars, 8 x 20 and 10 x 25 with leather trims in six different colors – apple green, aztec beige, capri blue, cherry pink, lemon yellow and dove blue. The Ultravid Colorline binoculars come with matching leather cases and will be available later this month.
- Stylish and high performing binoculars
- Compact and lightweight
- Easy to use
- Clear viewing under different lighting conditions including twilight, stage lights and floodlights
- Matching leather case
- Ultimate viewing brilliance and sharpness
- Rugged and resilient to use under extreme conditions
The Leica Traveller Tripod ($525.) offers photographers a compact and lightweight professional tripod which makes it ideal when traveling. The tripod is made in Germany of eight layers of high grade carbon. The tripod can be used in a studio or on location. The rubber feet or steel spikes adapt to either a soft or hard surface. With only one adjustment, all tripod legs can be moved out and by disassembling the middle column, the tripod will be lighter and more compact. In addition, there is an optional tripod bag made of tear proof Cordura for easy and safe carrying.
- Material : Carbon
- Number of leg segments : 3
- Max. & min. height : 4ft. 11 29/62 in x 3 5/16 in.
- Max height excl. center column : 3ft. 11 41/64 in.
- Packing dimensions : 20 15/32 in.
- Weight : 2.65 lbs
- Max. Load : 22.08 lbs
Leica Ballhead 38 (left) and 24.
LEICA BALL HEAD 38
Made in Germany, the Leica Ball Head 38 ($390.) offers more features than other similar ball heads. Its patented TILT function ensures that the ball moves only in one level, according to a 2-way tilt unit. The 15 STOP knob guarantees precise panoramic pictures as it locks the rotation of the ball in 15 steps. The ball head has an ultra compact quick release system which allows the photographer to mount additional cameras using the optional exchangeable mounting plates easily and quickly. Can be used with all compact cameras including the X-System and the M-System. Max load of 52.92 lb.
LEICA BALL HEAD 24
Made in Germany, the Leica Ball Head 24 ($285.) is made for small and compact cameras but depending on the leverage effect can be used with a medium weight camera like the Leica M. The simple and effective ball head with its mounting platform and a single locking knob that controls the 360 degrees panning and tilting is perfect for any photographer – the novice to the professional. The camera can be mounted directly to the ball head through the quick release system and ensures a speedy attachment. Max load of 26.46 lb.