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    New M8 firmware

    Just noticed this on the LUF. Downloaded it and installed on my M8 without any problems. The Auto-ISO is cool and the camera seems to boot quicker.

    http://de.leica-camera.com/assets/fi...=file_3795.zip

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the information. I see that there is know way back to earlier versions of the firmware once you upgrade. Lets hope there are no glitches.

    Guy,

    Have you been using this for some time? Are there any other non documented features?

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    Re: New M8 firmware

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    I think Jack and Guy are at their lighting workshop this week.

    Robert

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Does Guy own an M8?

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    thanks Robert. I have just updated my apple software and the highlight problem in Aperture for the DMR was fixed.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Thanks Rob.

    Looking at LUF it seems like this is a very nice release. I will try it out when I get home.

    Stephen,

    Guy certainly did have an M8. He used to get beta releases of the firmware, hence my question.

    I have no idea if he still owns one though ...

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Just upgraded and it looks fine. The auto-iso look like it will take some figuring out but over to New Egg for some 8 or 16 gig Extreme III SD cards.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    I loaded it on both my M8s and I like it. The auto ISO allows you to set the maximum ISO and / or the minimum shutter speed, or set the speed as lens-specific (1/focal length). Nice.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Great update. Supports SDHC cards - so much for the hardware issue. Using a Sandisk 8meg ultra II, startup times and write times are dramatically faster. Very, very nice.

    Auto ISO as noted.

    What else - there isn't any documentation up in English? Any difference in high ISO performance?

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Someone at the LUF mentioned that the high ISO results look a bit better. Having gone through this line of wishful thinking for previous firmware updates, I was ready for it this time, and did shots at ISO 1600 and ISO 2500, before and after. There is a noticeable difference, with much better smoothing going on now. They are still quite noisy, but better. I wonder what the difference will look like after a round of Noise Ninja or a similar piece of software?
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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Carsten - did you notice the difference in the DNGs or the JPEGs?

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    Hi All,

    After playing around with ISO 2500 and 1250 I agree with Carsten that there appears to be an improvment in the noise. The chroma noise seems to be thinner and less blotchy. I have not tried the JPEGs yet.

    I bought myself a SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card though and cant say the write times appear to have changed much. Are people noticing a dramatic difference here? I am shooting DNG only which I never considered bad in the first instance.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Loaded with no issue.

    Faster start up. Definitely faster reformatting.

    High ISO is marginally better ... ISO 1250 is almost usable now for me, and I'll take it in a pinch ... especially converted to B&W.

    Had hoped for 1250 to be much better ... oh well.

    Everyone can thank me for the SDHC support ... I sold all my SDHCs last week ... so of course this week they provide HC support

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Everyone can thank me for the SDHC support ... I sold all my SDHCs last week ... so of course this week they provide HC support
    Thanks Marc! () But the truth is I am glad to know I am not the only person to get screwed on those types of timing errors Plus, if I was a luckier person than you, I'd be one of the folks who got some of your large cards!

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Quote Originally Posted by John Black View Post
    Carsten - did you notice the difference in the DNGs or the JPEGs?
    DNG. I have yet to put them up on my big screen though, so hold that thought...
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    Hi Carsten - Thank you for the follow up. I'll give 1250 a try again this weekend (firmware update went fine). Maybe I'll change my opinion on ISO 1250. I hope so.

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    ...or maybe I will? Try it in darker situations. High ISO often looks much better in daylight tests than in actual dark situations. I will see if I can get my first result online sometime this weekend.
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    and I just bought 4 new cards specifically not SDHC.

    Auto ISO looks like it may be useful.

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    Works great with the Sandisk Ultra II 16GB SDHC cards I use for my camcorder (Canon HF10). And an old LG SDHC 4GB I use for the GX100 works great. The LG is quite fast, so it may become my standard for the M8.

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    I loaded the new firmware yesterday and thus far it's performed flawlessly.

    Auto ISO is a welcome feature. In fact, it's the only feature I missed after trying and selling the D200, so for me personally the M8 now behaves as a digital camera ought to. Nothing more, and now, nothing less.

    I shot a few pre and post update 2500 ISO shots last night and will have a chance to evaluate them later today.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    I downloaded it and once it finished it changed to a UPD file, not a zip??? What did you guys open it with? Stuffit didn't even know what it was.
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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Jack,
    Mine unzipped automatically on the MacBookPro. What was left was M8-2 000.upd. Copy that .upd file to the root directory of a card formatted in the camera. You know the drill from there. (BTW, make sure you wait the 3 0r 4 seconds after turning on the M8, per the instructions.)
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    The UPD is the updater file. From your question, it sounds as though it was "un-zipped" immediately after download.

    To continue with the update, copy the UPD file to an SD (not SDHC) card and insert it into your M8 (while it's off). When you turn the camera on, the camera should recognize the UPD file and prompt you as to whether or not you'd like to update the camera. Wait three seconds and commence with updating the firmware.

    -J.

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    Jack, the file that you download from Leica is a zip compressed file m8-2_000.zip with a size of 2,235,013 bytes. When that's decompressed (unzipped) it expands to m8-2_000.upd with a size of 5,014,254 bytes. That's the update (upd) file you need to transfer to the top level root directory of your SD card.

    It looks as if your Mac has a utility for automatically decompressing zip files after they've been downloaded, that's why you ended up with a upd file.

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    Re: New M8 firmware

    Okay, thanks guys --- how stupid of me... (Been a long week here in Florida.)
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    Re: New M8 firmware

    That would be Safari, Jack. It auto-unzips zip archives by default. You can deactivate it in Preferences.
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