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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Thanks ...this Firmware Update is aimed on the primary weaknesses identified in AF target acquisition and tracking . A very big deal if the SL is being using for action photography with AF lenses.

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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    >>>
    Exposure preview in M-Mode improved for continuous preview
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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    And lots of other things as well...

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    New top features

    Up to 35% faster writing DNG files to SD card
    § Optimization of the writing process allows to reduce the time needed for saving DNG files up to
    35%. This allows to be quicker ready to continue shooting after a burst session.

    Optimized Autofocus

    § MF-/AF-control optimized
    § Autofocus reaction time is shortened
    § Improved AF tracking of objects with SL lenses
    § Improved: zooming while recording video
    § Improved: AF field chances while recording video
    § Improved: AFc while recoding video
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    New firmware for lenses is included

    § Improved accuracy of the focus position
    § Improved AFc accuracy if an object moves towards the lens
    § New firmware for the VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-90 f/2.8-4 ASPH.
    § New firmware for the APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 90-280 f/2.8-4
    § Bugfixes
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    Additional improvements

    § Store DNG and JPG on separated SD cards
    § Independent exposure control for video and photo mode
    § New vide frame rate 24fps for 4k resolution 3840x2160
    § White balance 'flash' improved for use with studio flash system's modelling light
    § Electronic shutter mode for shutter speeds from 1s - 1/16 000s for silent shutter release (ISO50)
    § Exposure preview in M-Mode improved for continuous preview
    § Improved usability in play mode when zooming to 1:1 (100%) , location gets stored to easy access
    the same location
    § Improved flash behaviour for AutoISO setting
    § Improved behaviour of flash units in continuous burst shooting mode
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    New options for customization

    § Swap the dedicated exposure controls of the front and back dial
    § Current control setup of the front and back dial is shown on the top display
    § Renaming from T-Mode into S-Mode
    § New option for AF Tracking "RESET": Start position of the AF tracking is fixed on a specific
    location which can be adjusted by the joystick.
    § Graphical User Interface of the multi selection and delete functions improved
    § AE-/AF-Lock Button can be assigned to magnification for a quick visual check of focus position
    § New option to show the focus distance in feet or meter
    § Automatic detection of Leica M and Leica R lenses can be turned off
    § Video resolution/framerate can be assigned to the personal favorite menu
    § User experience increased: the "OK" button on any keyboard input screens is touch sensitive
    § Audio in/out levels can be controlled directly by left/right joystick on the histogram screen
    § Several minor improvements made on graphical user interface
    § New default behaviour: the function "Access menu in EVF" is enabled by default. This function
    enables the upper left button while looking through the electronic viewfinder. Either menu access
    and quick access to custom functions is available now by default. For users experiencing
    accidental presses of the upper left button by their nose - it is recommended to disable this
    function in the "Customize Control" menu.

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    Bugfixes

    § Any shutter speed limitation for any manual focus lens is deactivated
    § Improved stability for tethered shooting with Leica Image Shuttle 3.6
    § If an USB connection is detected by the camera, the warning of a missing SD card is hidden. This
    allows to use Leica Image Shuttle and Adobe® Lightroom® Plugin without an inserted SD card.
    § For Leica M and Leica R lenses the real-time display of the established aperture is hidden
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    Quite a lot of functional and bug fix improvements. Thanks Leica!

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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
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    Exposure preview in M-Mode improved for continuous preview
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    So.....Doug ....are you now a buyer of the camera?

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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    So.....Doug ....are you now a buyer of the camera?
    Nope, not yet. Looking for more MP, IBIS, and adequate service.

    I have found that the Sony a7RII's 42 MP nearly eliminates aliasing in fine feather detail, the Sony's IBIS is very handy with a 280mm or 500mm lens, and Leica's service seems not to have improved over the last year or two: https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic...ica-right-now/

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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Nope, not yet. Looking for more MP, IBIS, and adequate service.

    I have found that the Sony a7RII's 42 MP nearly eliminates aliasing in fine feather detail, the Sony's IBIS is very handy with a 280mm or 500mm lens, and Leica's service seems not to have improved over the last year or two: https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic...ica-right-now/
    So you are obviously quite happy with the A7RII and performance with Leica glass?

    I wonder if it would not be a good point in time to acquire the A7RII myself as prices are at least 30-40% down from the introduction price 2 yeas ago. But the camera is still very much up to date ....
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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Nope, not yet. Looking for more MP, IBIS, and adequate service.

    I have found that the Sony a7RII's 42 MP nearly eliminates aliasing in fine feather detail, the Sony's IBIS is very handy with a 280mm or 500mm lens, and Leica's service seems not to have improved over the last year or two: https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic...ica-right-now/
    lol I thought we had you when you saw the EVF issue 'fixed'...
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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post
    So you are obviously quite happy with the A7RII and performance with Leica glass?


    cropped from



    which is cropped from the original horizontal RAW file. a7RII + 280/4 APO.
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    Re: SL FW 3.0 is up

    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post

    cropped from

    which is cropped from the original horizontal RAW file. a7RII + 280/4 APO.
    Really impressive!
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