Sony a7III, a7RIII, and a9 Firmware Updates Released


ILCE-7RM3 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 2.10 (Windows | Mac)
Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

Improves the following:

  • In rare cases, the camera may stop functioning while writing RAW data onto an SD card that has already been used multiple times
    Notes:

    • This may also cause abnormalities in the files managing the images, preventing the images from displaying on the camera
    • No image data in the memory card will be corrupted or deleted aside from the data that was being written at the time the interruption occurred
  • Taking a picture while using the Auto Review function may occasionally cause the camera to stop responding
  • Solves the problem caused by a specific third-party memory card, which would not be recognised by Sony cameras

ILCE-7RM3 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 2.10  (Windows | Mac)
Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

Improves the following:

  • In rare cases, the camera may stop functioning while writing RAW data onto an SD card that has already been used multiple times
    Notes:

    • This may also cause abnormalities in the files managing the images, preventing the images from displaying on the camera
    • No image data in the memory card will be corrupted or deleted aside from the data that was being written at the time the interruption occurred
  • Taking a picture while using the Auto Review function may occasionally cause the camera to stop responding
  • Solves the problem caused by a specific third-party memory card, which would not be recognised by Sony cameras

ILCE-9 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 4.10 (Windows | Mac)
Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

Solves the problem caused by a specific third-party memory card, which would not be recognised by Sony cameras

[Note 1] When updating to this version from a lower version than “Ver. 4.00”, the FTP transfer feature and Wired LAN settings are initialised. You will have to configure these two items again. The names of FTP server 1, FTP server 2, and FTP server 3 will be kept, but other items will be initialised. If you have set the Wired LAN Settings to Manual, each of the manually configured settings will be initialised and the Wired LAN Settings will be set to Auto.

[Note 2] When the camera is updated from Ver. 3.00 to this version, the registered settings for Fn (function) menu may not be kept. In that event, please customise the menu to your preferred settings again. Setting: [MENU]-[Camera Settings2]-[Function Menu Set.]

Please refer to the Help Guide for more information on updated functions.

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Sony is Working on XEVC Based on H.265 (HEVC) Version 2 For 8k


EOSHD leaked the first look at Sony’s new XEVC codec and it looks very promising and it includes 12-bit 4k and 12-bit 8k 4:4:4 capabilities. Even 1080p is getting a boost up to 240fps 10-bit. This H.265 based codec should double image quality. This codec should appear first on a future Sony FS7 or even the Sony a7SIII which looks to be going 8k more every day.

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DPReview: Sony a7III vs. Canon EOS R vs. Nikon Z6, Which is Best?

I have been hands-on with Canon and Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras and they are solid first attempts, but Sony is still king when it comes to mirrorless full frame. DPR published a pretty comprehensive list of reasons for why Sony still has an advantage so I decided to summarize them below.

Sony Advantages
Canon and Sony A-Mount lenses work well
Canon lenses work as well as on Canon mirrorless
Sony has a lead in native lenses
Sony is the only one with joystick/touchscreen/touchpad pad AF control
Bigger battery
Sony’s battery last about twice as long as Nikon and three times as much as Canon
Sony is best for Portraits
Eye AF
Highest sync speed 1/250
Sony is best for sports and wildlife
Great AF and buffer depth
Best native telephoto lenses and performance
Sony is best for weddings
Best low light AF
Sony and Nikon tied for landscape
Best dynamic range and no banding
Sony is the only one that can be powered over USB
Sony is best for traveling but all are pretty good
Smaller than the competition
Sony a7III is the most adaptable

Canon Advantages
Long Canon glass performance
3.68M-dot finders
Canon’s JPEG skin tones
Good low light AF, but not on par with Sony
10-bit video output via HDMI

Nikon Advantages
Nikon lenses work well and no one else adapts them as well
3.68M-dot finders
Nikon is the best for Video
10-bit video output via HDMI
Very easy to switch between stills and video
Sony and Nikon tied for landscape
Great dynamic range if you nail exposure, otherwise banding becomes an issue
Sophisticated intervalometer and time-lapse movie mode
Easiest to use with gloves on

via DPReview

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Sony a7III: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7RIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Nikon Z7: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Nikon Z6: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Canon EOS R: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Metz Mecablitz M360 Designed For Mirrorless


mecablitz M360

Compact entry level flash
Not only compact mirrorless cameras are in vogue, camera accessories are also getting smaller and more practical. Metz presents an entry level flash that can easily be mounted on any camera and, with its self-explanatory operation, is a reliable companion for many photographers, who especially appreciate speed, for example when photographing events and outdoors. Metz is expanding the M-series of the successful mecablitz M400 as a first step with the mecablitz M360 high performance and low priced version.

With its 190 gram weight and compact size, the mecablitz M360 is not only lightweight, but is also easy to use, making it perfect for beginners. It hardly needs any space in the camera bag, it is instantly plugged into the camera – and you can use the flash straight away. Only two buttons are necessary to control it: The power button turns the flash on and off; the second button displays the various operating states of the M360 (flash ready, exposure OK, standby* etc.) and triggers a test flash. The camera determines the correct illumination of the subject via TTL, whereby the maximum guide number 36 at ISO 100 provides enough power for almost all lighting situations. Thanks to its compact format, the mecablitz M360 is ideal for mirrorless compact cameras, but also DSLR users will appreciate the self-explanatory operating concept.

A flexible companion
The mecablitz M360 offers many additional features that a photographer needs for various lighting situations: The power zoom (24 – 105 mm), the fully swivelling reflector with extendable reflector card and the integrated wide angle diffuser (14 mm) enable flashes on the ceiling, eye-reflexes in flash portraits and the illumination of groups of people. The plug-on diffuser supplied can be used as a soft focus by the photographer.

Useful features
The mecablitz M360 can synchronise to the first or second shutter curtain if the camera supports this feature. With this flash, Metz also offers the option of installing firmware updates via a micro USB socket, thus keeping the device up to date. The mecablitz M360 will be available as a version for the camera manufacturers Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus / Panasonic / Leica and Sony.

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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 Firmware Update Ver. 3


Samyang released a firmware update that increases AF-C performance for the Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4. You can download the update here. You can also order a lens station here.

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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Roundup

Samyang AF lenses haven’t been around long and initially, they had some AF issues, but Samyang is constantly improving these lenses via a firmware update. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend building out your glass collection or if you’re just getting started in photography it might be best to start with less expensive lenses like Samyang’s before you decide if it’s worth investing in more expensive glass.

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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