• Today, Leica has released a range of firmware updates for the entire SL system. The biggest news is the highly-anticipated firmware version 3.0 for the SL2. With this update, Leica brings all the improvements […]

    • Same here, updated my SL2 to version 4 and 24-90mm lens to version 2.1.
      However attaching 90-280mm lens shows “No firmware on SD card”

    • In accordance with the Press Release Notes, a Lightroom Tethered Plugin is also available, but I have been unable to locate the download.

    • Same here, updated the SL2 with 24-90 attached, body upgraded but 24-90 maintained same version, with that lens attached, I proceeded to put the lens firmware on SD Card, tried to upgrade but says it is the same version…. I switched to the 50mm F2, the update started the instance I turned on the SL2 and not manually with the firmware file for the lenses. The Lens firmware file did not upgraded the lenses to version 5.0…

  • Today, Leica Camera has unveiled the new Leica Q2 “007 Edition” to celebrate the release of the 25th Bond adventure, No Time To Die. Limited to 250 pieces only, the camera exudes understated elegance – just like […]

  • Today, Leica has announced a new promotion on its SL2 and SL2-S professional mirrorless cameras. From July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, those purchasing a brand new SL2 or SL2-S body or bundle will receive […]

  • Today, Leica has released minor firmware update v4.1 for the CL mirrorless camera. This update doesn't add any new features or functionality. The release notes simply state “bug fixes.” Our guess is that these […]

  • Today, Leica has announced a limited run of the flagship M10-R digital rangefinder in its iconic black paint finish. The high-gloss black finish has been a favorite of Leicaphiles for decades, but since the […]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica SL2-S Firmware v2.0 Now Available When Leica launched the SL2-S mirrorless camera in December of last year, they teased many notable improvements and features which would come via a firmware update. And today, Leica has delivered on that promise […] View

    Agreed! This is a game-changer for landscape photography and from-the-hip street shooting alike.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH Today, Leica has announced a new addition to the SL-System lens lineup. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH, priced at just $2,795, offers photographers a slightly smaller, lighter and less expensive […] View

    Construction and ergonomics are certainly different. They feel entirely different in hand, with the Leica featuring an all-metal barrel and the standard, great feel of focus and zoom rings. The Sigma feels and sounds hollow and plasticky, and has a very grindy plastic-on-plastic feel on the zoom and focus rings. And optically, based on our…[Read more]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica SL2-S Firmware v2.0 Now Available When Leica launched the SL2-S mirrorless camera in December of last year, they teased many notable improvements and features which would come via a firmware update. And today, Leica has delivered on that promise […] View

    The lens firmware is already available.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, New Firmware for Leica M10 and M240 Gen Cameras Leica has issued new, updated firmware for the entire range of Leica M10 and M240-generation cameras. This includes the M10-R, M10-P, M10 Monochrom, M10, and M10-D from the current generation, as well as the M […] View

    The ASC Edition has special firmware that includes the cine looks. There is no update for it at this time.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, The Great Debate: CCD vs. CMOS - Part 2 Make sure you read and vote on Part 1 of the Great Debate: CCD vs. CMOS before venturing on to this test.In the first installment, I published various sets of images, each containing one shot from the Leica M9 and one from the Leica M (Typ 240). The premise was to see if I could use basic post-processing techniques in Lightroom to make an image captured with a CMOS sensor (M240) match one taken with a CCD (M9). Many have stated that there is a defining "CCD Look" and that it was impossible to achieve this with a CMOS sensor, even with processing. So, I put it up for a vote.So far, as of this writing, the results have been very interesting. Counting statistical margin of error, almost all of the images are running at a 50/50 ratio or very close to it. Of course, the images I first posted were taken in conditions favoring the M9: natural, directional light at lower ISOs. I didn't want the comparisons to be about dynamic range or low noise or artificial light performance. This was just an exercise to see if there was indeed a "CCD Look" and if such a look was only inherent in CCD-based cameras. Some have requested that I publish images under more challenging lighting conditions and with skin tones.In this second (and final) round of testing, I'm putting forth a selection of single images shot with the M9 and M240. The test this time is to see if, without a direct comparison, the "CCD Look" can be identified. Please note that I didn't take comparison shots for any of these images. I shot normally, just with two bodies.  And, I didn't attempt to match to a particular look. Instead, I merely processed each file to my taste.Without further ado, please cast your votes below. Yes, I know that there are a lot of images. I wanted to give a wide variety of scenarios to gather the most accurate data possible. Answers for both Part 1 and Part 2 will be revealed, along with my analysis, in Part 3.
    Cigar Store Cafe

    Cigar Store Cafe

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Washington Square Park

    Washington Square Park

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Julie on Cable Car

    Julie on Cable Car

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Yellow Tulips

    Yellow Tulips

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Two Guys at the Pier

    Two Guys at the Pier

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Red and White Fleet Sign

    Red and White Fleet Sign

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Red Light Gauges

    Red Light Gauges

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Old Dial on Sub

    Old Dial on Sub

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Sub Engine Gauges

    Sub Engine Gauges

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Battle Telephone

    Battle Telephone

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    SS-383 Conning Tower

    SS-383 Conning Tower

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Leaving Museum

    Leaving Museum

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Pier at Sunset

    Pier at Sunset

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Ghirardelli Square at Night

    Ghirardelli Square at Night

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Sunset on the Beach

    Sunset on the Beach

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Sophia with Hat 1

    Sophia with Hat

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Angled Street

    Angled Street

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    City View out of Round Window

    City View out of Round Window

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Coit Tower Windows

    Coit Tower Windows

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Coit Tower Looking Up

    Coit Tower Looking Up

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Red Car

    Red Car

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Modern House on Lombard

    Modern House on Lombard

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Loading Bay

    Loading Bay

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Parking

    Parking

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Hallway

    Hallway

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Fishmonger

    Fishmonger

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    Drydock

    Drydock

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    The Embarcadero

    The Embarcadero

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Roll Your Own

    Roll Your Own

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Red Door

    Red Door

    Which camera was used for the above image?

     
    Shadow Tree

    Shadow Tree

    Which camera was used for the above image?

    Update (3/9/15): Part 3 is now online. Check out the answers and my analysis. View

    Yes, I show all the answers and the data collected in Part 3 here: The Great Debate: CCD vs. CMOS – Part 3

  • Today, Leica has announced a new addition to the SL-System lens lineup. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH, priced at just $2,795, offers photographers a slightly smaller, lighter and less expensive […]

    • Construction and ergonomics are certainly different. They feel entirely different in hand, with the Leica featuring an all-metal barrel and the standard, great feel of focus and zoom rings. The Sigma feels and sounds hollow and plasticky, and has a very grindy plastic-on-plastic feel on the zoom and focus rings. And optically, based on our internal head-to-head testing, the Leica offered superior results. Now, this might be purely down to Leica's more stringent quality control requirements and tighter tolerances, but that is also something that you are guaranteed to get with the Leica lens. For a full breakdown and to see the testing, check out our Red Dot Forum Camera Talk episode on the 24-70 f/2.8 lens here: https://youtu.be/IAxlRBSD2jQ

  • When Leica launched the SL2-S mirrorless camera in December of last year, they teased many notable improvements and features which would come via a firmware update. And today, Leica has delivered on that promise […]

    • Highlight weighted metering
      I want it for all Leica cameras.
      Jack

      • Agreed! This is a game-changer for landscape photography and from-the-hip street shooting alike.

    • Did I hear correctly that Leica was going to release new firmware for the SL-2 lenses that would allow for adjustment of focus throw? I have been waiting for this but seen no announcement of such. Thanks in advance…Peter

  • Today, Leica has released new firmware for both the Q2 and Q2 Monochrom cameras. Firmware version 3.1 for the Q2 and version 1.1 for the Q2 Monochrom add automatic and manual pixel mapping capability. Typically […]

  • Leica has announced what they are calling a “Best-in-Class” Passport Warranty protection on all new Leica Sport Optics products. The new Leica Passport Protection Plan is completely free and includes a fully […]

  • Along with the upcoming April 1, 2021 price increase, Leica has announced new pricing across the board for its CCD Sensor Corrosion Upgrade Program. Just as we reported last year, corroded M9 sensors can no […]

  • Today, Leica has announced an upcoming price increase going into effect April 1, 2021. While impacting nearly every current product, the increases are not uniform across the board. The amount will vary on a […]

  • Today, Leica has announced a new addition to the M lens lineup, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. Offering uncompromising reference-class optical performance along with a new close focus functionality, the […]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica Firmware 2.0 Released for D-Lux 7, C-Lux and V-Lux 5 Today, Leica has released a firmware update for the full range of current Leica compact digital cameras, including the D-Lux 7, C-Lux and V-Lux 5. The headlining feature of firmware version 2.0 is the improvement […] View

    Yes, you can reformat the card to remove the firmware file.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, New Firmware for Leica M10 and M240 Gen Cameras Leica has issued new, updated firmware for the entire range of Leica M10 and M240-generation cameras. This includes the M10-R, M10-P, M10 Monochrom, M10, and M10-D from the current generation, as well as the M […] View

    Do not try to open the firmware file on your computer by double-clicking. Just drag and drop it onto your SD card.

  • Today, Leica has announced a new limited special edition camera, the Leica Q2 ‘Daniel Craig x Greg Williams.' Based on the ever-popular Leica Q2 full frame compact camera, the camera features unique styling and […]

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