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Leica SL: Firmware update brings added speed and more functionality

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  Faster autofocus, faster write times, improved control functions, better video. All this comes in the new Leica SL firmware v.3.0 — plus a firmware boost for the zoom lenses, including this Vario-Elmarit 24-90mm.
Faster autofocus, faster write times, improved control functions, better video. All this comes in the new Leica SL firmware v.3.0 — plus a firmware boost for the zoom lenses, including this Vario-Elmarit 24-90mm.

The new version 3.0 firmware for the successful Leica SL camera is a biggie. The accent is on speed improvement, both in autofocus and disk writing, but important changes have been made to control functions (including renaming the hitherto T-mode to the more standard S-mode) and there is a new Ultra HD video mode. The update also brings firmware improvements for the 24-90mm and 90-280mm zoom lenses.

Here is a run down on all the new features from Red Dot Forum:

Read the full specifications and find out how to download and install.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I recently borrowed a Leica SL and kit lens, along with the ‘M’ lens adapter.

    The pictures from the kit lens were superb, but the combination is in my view unbearable to carry around, it is not balanced and my hands are too small for the body.

    On the upside, I did use my TL lens and a couple of ‘M’ lenses which worked very well…

    On balance though, it looks like people that like to use ‘professional’ tools will be investigating the Sony A9, while they wait for a replacement ‘T’ body with an EVF and class leading services for AF, WB, ISO, tethering and all that other stuff that Leica people don’t traditionally go for.

    The question is that if M43 was "good enough" at 6mp for people not to be able to tell the difference when printed at 8×10 from a film camera, is APS-C as much as we need, for an ideal combination of size, speed and convenience?

    • More or less my view. I love the SL and I can well imagine a smaller, APS-C version. I wouldn’t want to change anything, except the size and weight. Sadly, I don’t think we will see exactly that but what we do get might be a welcome compromise.

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