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Leica has just released updated firmware for the newly launched TL2. After the first batch of cameras shipped a couple weeks ago, some early users reported their cameras being rendered inoperable. Leica acknowledged the problem and tracked down to issue to a firmware bug that could be triggered when using the Visoflex EVF on the camera. Now, just a week later, the permanent fix is in. This firmware update is not just recommended for existing owners – it is mandatory.

For all future TL2 cameras, the new firmware will be installed before leaving the factory. Unfortunately, if your TL2 camera has already failed due to the bug, you will have to contact your dealer to exchange the camera for a new one, as you will not be able to update the camera.

You can download the firmware here: TL2 firmware version 1.1

Also, be sure to stayed tuned to Red Dot Forum for our full in-depth review of the new TL2!

Official Statement from Leica

Leica Camera would like to inform you that a new Firmware Version 1.1 is available for the Leica TL2 from our corporate website. The new firmware allows the Leica TL2 to be used with the external electronic viewfinder (Visoflex) and ensures complete functionality of the camera when used with the viewfinder.

Going forward, all Leica TL2 units shipped from Leica Camera Inc. (USA) will have the updated firmware, version 1.1.

To update the new firmware, please do the following:

  1. Download the updated version of the new firmware and double click on the ZIP-file to unpack it.
  2. Copy the firmware file onto a SD Memory Card in its top level folder.
  3. Turn off the power switch on the camera
  4. Insert the fully charged battery to the body. If the battery is not fully charged, the update process screen will not appear.
Insert the SD Memory Card into the camera.
  6. Turn the camera on while simultaneously holding down the video recording button.
  7. The firmware update screen will appear. Press OK.
  8. The Leica TL2 will start the update process. The firmware update will take about 90 seconds.
  9. After the update process, restart the camera.

It is important that the camera is NOT turned off, SD Memory Card is NOT removed and do NOT remove the lens while the camera’s firmware is being updated.

About The Author

Leica Specialist

David Farkas is a self-admitted Leica junkie and an avid photographer since he was seven years old. He also owns and operates leading Leica dealer Leica Store Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Juliana. David has years of experience shooting with just about every Leica camera and lens made within the last few decades.

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