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    New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Just saw this and looked into it on Sony website

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    This utility updates the ILCE-7RM2 system software to version 3.00, and provides the following benefits:
    Improvements over version 2.00:
    Improves 4K movie recording time when using the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) or when the APS-C/Super35mm mode is activated
    Improves picture quality

    Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 3.00:
    Adds the selectable feature for uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture
    Adds support to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software (still mode only)
    Reduces the chance of the camera changing to front focus when shooting certain scenes.
    Note: This symptom rarely occurs.
    Decreases chroma noise when Long Exposure NR (Noise Reduction) is set to Off.
    Note: The noise does not occur when Long Exposure NR is set to On.
    Improves continuous shooting at Hi speed so that it can be used just as long when using the flash as without the flash

    Here is the link for the A7rII with Mac. Also supports the A7sII as well

    Sony eSupport - ILCE-7RM2 - Support
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    I have not loaded it yet.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Would be nice to have this and the others in the earlier FW update for my A7R and A7S.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    I have not loaded it yet.
    C'mon Guy, hurry up ...
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    C'mon Guy, hurry up ...
    Too late I'm already on 3.00 now
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Too late I'm already on 3.00 now
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Too late I'm already on 3.00 now
    Same here.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    duh...what is the loading process? did not see the instructions on the sony site

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    duh...what is the loading process? did not see the instructions on the sony site
    Click on the blue link next to the green UPDATE button at the top of the firmware description (after you've chosen your OS and the FW itself). That takes you to a new page with both the loading process and a download button

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    duh...what is the loading process? did not see the instructions on the sony site
    Just follow the instructions in the link that Guy posted.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Did anyone find any noticeable improvement in the picture quality ?

    Improvements over version 2.00:
    • Improves 4K movie recording time when using the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) or when the APS-C/Super35mm mode is activated
    • Improves picture quality


    Grrr - how do I hate such silly notes ...

    From another source:
    And it also adds a mysterious” Picture quality improvement”. I have yet no clue what this means and I hope our readers can help us to find out what it means!
    Bart ...

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Improves picture quality
    I assume that means it now 'goes to 11'
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Did anyone find any noticeable improvement in the picture quality ?

    Improvements over version 2.00:
    • Improves 4K movie recording time when using the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) or when the APS-C/Super35mm mode is activated
    • Improves picture quality


    Grrr - how do I hate such silly notes ...

    From another source:
    Should have something to do with JPGs I guess...

    What I do note is focusing with the 90mm is smoother, less to none hunting.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Viegas View Post
    Should have something to do with JPGs I guess...

    What I do note is focusing with the 90mm is smoother, less to none hunting.
    If the JPG's become more like those on the Rx I'll be real happy.

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    Yeah, I did to update and agree that the 90mm seems to lock on faster than it did last night (wasn't bad too bad before but this does seem better)

    Thank's Guy for the head's up and thank all of you who decided to update right away and found no issues It has been awhile but I remember the fiasco many had with a update Sony did on the old original a77 which sent many a camera to Laredo TX for repairs or we all were privy to the full boot process that only repair facilities performed before that firmware update. I was lucky as I was out of town and away from my a77 so I personally waited when I got back for the all clear from others several weeks later before I updated. Since then I don't jump first on anyone's firmware update till I see posts that all is well from the early adopters.

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    I updated and ran out to test some glass. Everything seems fine
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEvangelist View Post
    I assume that means it now 'goes to 11'
    The RX1R II goes to 12. Too bad no one can buy it now.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Now, only if we could get some sunlight in the mid-Atlantic region to really test it


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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    I posted the question on their forum, emailed their general support line and then their Pro Support line and asked what the improved picture quality meant; ie for video, jpg, RAW or combo, and then what the change was. I got an quick reply from one of their Senior Product Specialists from my email to Pro Support and he wrote;

    "It was an adjustment to CA(chromatic aberration) control. There was no mention of if this effected RAW, I highly doubt it would affect RAW output."
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    See: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/con...-win/ILCE-7RM2

    About this download
    ◾ Name: Firmware update Ver.3.00 for ILCE-7RM2 (Mac)
    ◾ Release date: 18/12/2015
    ◾ Benefits and improvements: ◾Extends the 4K movie recording time by approx. 20% (*) when the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) is being used or when APS-C/Super35mm mode is being activated.
    * The maximum continuous recording time is 29 minutes.
    Improves handling of chromatic aberration

    Bob.

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    FE90 focusing does seem to be a lot better especially in low light, very snappy now.

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Parsons View Post
    See: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/con...-win/ILCE-7RM2

    About this download
    ◾ Name: Firmware update Ver.3.00 for ILCE-7RM2 (Mac)
    ◾ Release date: 18/12/2015
    ◾ Benefits and improvements: ◾Extends the 4K movie recording time by approx. 20% (*) when the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) is being used or when APS-C/Super35mm mode is being activated.
    * The maximum continuous recording time is 29 minutes.
    Improves handling of chromatic aberration

    Bob.
    Now why on earth do they have different descriptions posted on different country support sites ....

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    Happy to see Sony turning out frequent FW updates.

    Now, let me see if I can find my wish list anywhere ...

    -Bill

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    My first attempt to upgrade to 3.00 failed. I suggest not using a USB hub and don't attempt the upgrade with the battery grip installed.
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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    My first attempt to upgrade to 3.00 failed. I suggest not using a USB hub and don't attempt the upgrade with the battery grip installed.
    And remove your memory card ...
    Bart ...

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    I think they may have tweeted the auto focus support through adapters.
    I have a Fotodiox adapter for EF lenses that I was about to throw away since it didn't really work with any lenses very well.

    I put a Canon 16-35 F2.8L VII onto the adapter just to see and it focused quickly and didn't seem to lose contact as it has in the past, even if focusing reasonably well.

    The video capabilities are a complete waste for me since I don't do video. But, it seems there are often tweets that don't warrant comment when new firmware is made available.

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    Re: New Firmware A7RII and A7sII

    I also had a good surprise recently after updating the firmware of the body and a little before that of the Metabones EOS->FE Smart adapter : when I switched from the A7r to the A7r2, the Tamron 90mm F2.8 SP Di macro didn't focus anymore. Now suddenly it is able to focus again and the focusing speed is greatly improved with respect to the A7r.

    Now, I'm not sure of whether that is the result of the new body firmware, or the adapter firmware.

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