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    Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Just read this on Sony rumors


    Sony Japan officially announced a new A7 and A7r firmware release for March 19! And these are the improvements (translated from Japanese):

    - support for the focus hold button of the new SEL 70-200G lens
    - Start up time reduction
    - Image quality improvement
    - Adds Live view grading and smooth reflection application. Improves “Time Laps” APP.
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Now what's it really mean is the question. Some companies are very detailed on explanations but looks like Sony is just making a blanket statement.

    Image quality improvement??????????????
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Happy about the start up time. That's good news


    Let's dig around folks see what's really coming. I'm hoping this is just a blank statement and several things involved.
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    I'm hoping for an uncompressed RAW option!
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    4 sec shutter delay for tripod use. Uncompressed raws, shutter lag improvement are all firmware items. Lets hope
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Yes indeed - fingers crossed

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Just read this on Sony rumors


    Sony Japan officially announced a new A7 and A7r firmware release for March 19! And these are the improvements (translated from Japanese):

    - support for the focus hold button of the new SEL 70-200G lens
    - Start up time reduction
    - Image quality improvement
    - Adds Live view grading and smooth reflection application. Improves “Time Laps” APP.
    Guy:
    It's kind of difficult to know what to expect from a Sony firmware update. In the days of the A-850 and NEX-5N I usually found myself disappointed by the slight or non-existent improvements that occurred. But lately Sony seems to be growing more responsive. Decreasing the startup time seems hopeful (and measurable). Image quality improvement is so vague that I hope they give more specifics with the update. Also, I tend to wait a while before installing. There is no going back and sometimes the update has a bug that requires a further update.
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Yea we need some guinea pig to try it first. Im old enough to remember the cereal commercial . Lets get Mikey to try it. I believe it was Life cereal
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    What they most need to do IMHO is allow a user selectable parameter for the relationship between focal length and shutter speed in Auto ISO.
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    A f/w release from Sony? Stop the presses.
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    one would hope for an adjustable minimum shutter speed in auto iso

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    4 sec shutter delay for tripod use. Uncompressed raws, shutter lag improvement are all firmware items. Lets hope
    FWIW my cheap Opteka RC-3 remote for a Nex7 will triggers my A7r, and requires no button pushing on the camera to go into any special mode (other than remote release, but then manual press works too, so I just leave it there). I just keep the remote near my batteries & SD cards so it's always handy.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by neelin View Post
    FWIW my cheap Opteka RC-3 remote for a Nex7 will triggers my A7r, and requires no button pushing on the camera to go into any special mode (other than remote release, but then manual press works too, so I just leave it there). I just keep the remote near my batteries & SD cards so it's always handy.
    Its more about shutter vibration they need to rework the setup. Close the first curtain wait 2 seconds for it to settle down than expose and close. This way there is a gap between closing and shoot time. That would eliminate any shutter vibration issue. Actually its a easy firmware fix. Well that came from a non engineer type. Everything is easy in my mind. LOL
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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Sheesh, I'd love this to be a game changer . . . but my experience of firmware updates is that they are always a disappointment.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    I'm happy with the A7 as is (for the way I use it). A good update that improves on the base feature operation is a nice plus.

    Faster startup sounds good. :-)

    Selectable AutoISO baseline by focal length is what I would need, which also implies the ability to input a focal length manually, which then implies being able to set the info into EXIF. I'm not holding my breath.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by ddanois View Post
    I'm hoping for an uncompressed RAW option!
    Me too.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by tashley View Post
    What they most need to do IMHO is allow a user selectable parameter for the relationship between focal length and shutter speed in Auto ISO.
    That would be great to have.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Amen to that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    4 sec shutter delay for tripod use. Uncompressed raws, shutter lag improvement are all firmware items. Lets hope

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Exactly!
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    Its more about shutter vibration they need to rework the setup. Close the first curtain wait 2 seconds for it to settle down than expose and close. This way there is a gap between closing and shoot time. That would eliminate any shutter vibration issue. Actually its a easy firmware fix. Well that came from a non engineer type. Everything is easy in my mind. LOL

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Sheesh, I'd love this to be a game changer . . . but my experience of firmware updates is that they are always a disappointment.
    What, you don't like:

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    ... which also implies the ability to input a focal length manually, which then implies being able to set the info into EXIF. I'm not holding my breath.
    I'm not holding my breath either even though it would be great. After all, my Nikon D700 has something similar, and year is 2014 ...

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Its more about shutter vibration they need to rework the setup. Close the first curtain wait 2 seconds for it to settle down than expose and close. This way there is a gap between closing and shoot time. That would eliminate any shutter vibration issue. Actually its a easy firmware fix. Well that came from a non engineer type. Everything is easy in my mind. LOL
    Lots of very reputable people gave Sony feedback regarding shutter vibration so I'm hoping that they have addressed this issue. They don't have to admit anything..... just have to fix it.

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    Re: Sony A7 and A7r firmware update March 19

    I hope but am not holding my breath for uncompressed raw. No doubt it will just be better jpgs, as if buyers of the A7r had that high on their wish list. Sigh. Startup time will be nice. Trying to remember my long list of requests from when I first got the camera, after use you get used to the quirks. I would kill for reduced shutter lag though!!!!!!!!!!
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