A and E mount Too many lenses.
M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2
My Japanese reading skills are none existent , anyone have a link to an English page?. Perhaps it'll take a couple of hours to filter through to Sony's world wide support sites.
Also some detail of what you early adopters actually find the differences to be in the camera with the new firmware would be interesting.
A7II, FE 35, 55 C/Y 18, 28, 85, 100, 28-85
A and E mount Too many lenses.
Yea but I can't find the firmware. Oops
Perfect thanks . Okay I'm going for it. Someone has to be the guinea pig
Darn there is a trick to this . When you have the card with file. HOLD down the menu button and than turn on power at the same time. Both at once
Ok, already installed.
The camera is selecting the shutter speed in both A and P mode and the shutter is firing.
All previous menu settings were retained except one: Back to top instead of back to previous as I had it set to before.
AF may be faster, I don't know, but there is no more hunting. My 24/2, like both of the ZA zooms before, had AF inconsistencies. I would point the camera at infinity and the focus would slightly change every time I press the shutter button. I also had dialled in a -2 AF adjustment. With the new FW, the AF inconsistencies are gone, and the -2 adjustment caused a -2 front focusing, so the microadjustment is back to zero with spot on results.
All in all a very satisfactory upgrade, and we have to thank Sony for it, and all the guys who put so much pressure on Sony to do it
M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2
Well, I've done it now as well
Haven't had time to look at anything yet, but I'm certainly glad it's happened.
all the best
Just this guy you know
The instructions say you ned a 16GB CF drive or more?? All I have is a bunch of 4GB's.
website under construction
Do you really need a 16g card?
The instruction says 16Megabite not Gigabite.
Okay, downloaded the Mac version for the A900 ... but it then says "classic environment no longer supported" ... and the actual file has a No Use circle with diagonal line.
The file will have downloaded as a zip and then opened immediately as the one that you describe in "downloads" on your finder. Just drag and drop the icon that you have described (circle with diagonal line) to the pre-camera formatted card on your computer connected card reader. It takes seconds, then you have the new firmware v 2.0 ready to load into your A900...bingo!
Remember that the program that you have downloaded is NOT for use on the Mac, so it doesn't matter that it can't be opened by it. The computer is just a means of transferring the update from the web site to your camera card.
My 24 does not hunt in low light like it did. Something good there!
Loaded it and shot a gig today with it at Iso 1600 with no flash. Client surprised me shooting like this. Had it in the bag for backup. Check in later with report
What i am really, really curious about is if there is any improvement in noise at high iso, say 800 - 1600.
Just installed it......
It's good just on deadline will get something up after the forum comes back tonight
Darn, I wish they had fixed the bug when you use the rear button to focus. If you choose Local mode, where you can select the focus point to us, you can select the point, but you can't activate it! I wish they had just followed the setup on the Maxxum 7D. Granted, the points are too close to the center, but I'd rather have the option instead of being restricted to the center point.
A and E mount Too many lenses.
Well so far I really like the new firmware. It really is much faster to AF with the longer lenses. My 70-400G is now incredibly fast and I thought that it was quick before! Also this improvement in AF speed is not at the expense of AF accuracy, it is spot on every time.
Just another note on loading the new firmware in camera.....it takes rather a long time to update once you have pressed the OK button! I was beginning to think that the camera had "frozen" but hold on in there, that re-assuring message will eventually come up on the LCD "Update is completed".
Don't forget to re-format the card again afterwards though!
Thanks guys! I had never seen a file like that before and was reluctant to install it on my A900s ... especially just before a job tomorrow.
Very interested in Guy's feedback on his gig.
I can't post a real image from the shoot folks because it is a government thing. Let me see if i can post a crapola image that was a test. God i hate posting bad images. Give me a minute. I had major system problems last night which finally getting my head out of the sand on.
Okay hate to do this but I had to black out some things to be legal for ME. LOL
First thing first. I LOVE this cam on the ergos alone and I will say this maybe the best shooting ergos I have held in my hand. Love the rear focus button , manual focus button on the lens and a whole host over other things. Now please you have to understand what I just said I never will say to that conviction on any cam. But this damn thing is a shooters heaven to work.
Okay the firmware no doubt improved the AF and things just get in focus quickly and have not tried the 135 but I'm sure the same.
Noise lets face it the Sony was not supposed to do ISO 1600 really well but have to say it is pretty dang good. Mostly I am at ISO 800 and I thought the Sony would be good but I'm a little happier than that so that is great. This was ISO 1600 at 1/20 th of a second in the worst looking light on the planet. I mean **** light . Florescent lighting at it's worst. I did set the cam for it though and have to say the noise may have improved with the firmware. This ain't bad and perfectly deliverable . Well not this image but the real ones. LOL
I will try and do some more real testing today with my usual setup that i do for noise. Give us a better idea.
BTW processed in C1 at its Sony defaults. No user work on it
Now I did tell my client not to go big with these and they do really really big. I shot my Phase kit with lights for those images. They just wanted grab shots while they where doing video at the same time. They perfectly understood my dilemma on high ISO work and going really really big. These folks talk in feet not inches. LOL
Not much wrong with that for ISO 1600 apart from the obvious deliberate dust spot!!
Was this image processed with the new C1 Pro 6 Guy? I have upgraded to Pro 6 and it's a real winner IMHO. It makes the A900 shots really sing.
Your comments on the ergo's of these cams is bang on, and coming straight from the R9/DMR 2 years ago it just seemed so right to me. Suffice to say I've still got it and added the A700 as a back up and which handles exactly the same way.
I know Jack is laughing at me since I go through 35mm systems like running water but I do really like this one. Honestly less work in post and that makes me feel like I am in a candy store.
Yes David new Version 6 .
I don't know guys ... it seems the higher ISOs are improved. If this holds true in other shooting conditions this is a real winner here.
May be wishful thinking on my part, but I just did something I'd never have considered before ... ISO 100 verses 6400: (see attached 24mm @ f/2 handheld available light, no sharpening applied ... slight adjust of color in 6400 file to more closely mimic the ISO 100 file) The usual differences in color and contrast, but look at the noise ratio between the two. Seems a lot better than before at these extremes. LR3 BTW.
Here's ISO 1600 verses 100. Less color shift and a bit more shadow detail @ 1600 compared to the 6400. But look at the noise comparison to 100 even after I lifted the 1600 shot's exposure a stop or so to be brighter.
Hope I'm right on this ... we'll see tomorrow on my location shoot.
That looks nice and i should point out in good light like this 1600 will probably shine. My situation i would not wish upon my worst enemy. That was horrible light to deal with, maybe worse than tungsten.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts Marc
BacktoSLR, set your A900 to use the rear button for focusing. Set Local focusing mode where you can choose one of the focusing points with the rear button. Now how do you actually activate the AF if you choose any point other than the center point?
Local mode seems designed to use the shutter release to focus. The Maxxum 7D had the right idea, when you choose the focusing point, the camera automatically focused on that point.
Its a bug I wished had been fixed. The mandatory workaround is to always use the central point for focusing if AF with the shutter is set to Off.
Guy, sorry you had to black out the military photos of the UFO's........
that comparison looks awesome of 6400 vs. 100...... that is really encouraging! If it is better at 800 and 1600 than it was, than i am delighted.
Updated. Used an 8GB card. AF seems better even with the 100/2.8 macro.
Easier than changing sensors (as Jono will remember with the Kodak 14n - 14nx upgrade some years back...)
This whole thread gives me pause....
Installed FW 2.0 yesterday. Can't see much diff in IQ yet, haven't really tested, but as already observed, my 70-400 G autofocusses much faster.
I got my Minolta 200mm HS 2.8 lens today now not sure about old vs new firmware with it but it is lightning fast and I mean lightning fast. Nice lens
I'd like to know second!:
I knew you would like it. Another one that gives the lie that the older lenses have been overtaken by 'technology'. I was seriously surprised how much fine detail it renders, and it plays well with the in-body SS. The APO TCs are well matched to it and show very little deterioration if you also need 280mm f4 or 400mm f5.6.
Here is an interesting illustrated TC thread at dyxum:
I'll have to load firm v2 and see the focus speed gains.
Question: I use two Minolta lenses with my a900. One is the 35/2 and the other the 85/1.4 and one of them needed a focus correction to be dialed in. If I update to Firmware 2.0, am I likely to have to do that whole focus correction process all over again? If so, I'm not sure it'll be worth the hassle, as I don't own the calibration targets, etc.