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New firmware for A7RII, A7SII

Sony has released new firmware 3.20 for the A7RII and 2.10 for A7SII to enable XAVCS video recording on SDHC (rather than the larger XC) cards. The European updater is, as usual, not on line when the US/Americas Sony site has got it all ready to go. They are the same software so it’s safe . . . → Read More: New firmware for A7RII, A7SII

The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

Machined from brass and chrome-plated, in the tradition of lens mounts from 50 years ago and not necessarily the best solution for precision or lifetime wear, Fotodiox’s TOUGH E-mount is a replacement body mount bayonet which you can fit to your existing A7R, A7, NEX-7, A6000 or any other metal-mount E-mount body in a few . . . → Read More: The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

Sony updates RX1 and RX100, adds new flash

In a move which will not delight many owners of the 2012-released RX1 and RX100 cameras, Sony has chosen to update both of them in fairly subtle ways which improve performance without changing the basic lens specifications at the heart of each camera. The makeover to produce the RX100 II is more thorough, and includes . . . → Read More: Sony updates RX1 and RX100, adds new flash

Alpha 900/850 Firmware Upgrade

A firmware upgrade that refines shooting responses and creative options for the α900 and α850 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras has been released by Sony. All new and existing customers are advised to install the upgrade, available to download from the ‘Support’ area of the Sony web site.

Autofocus is quicker and more responsive than ever, . . . → Read More: Alpha 900/850 Firmware Upgrade

A-mount autofocus upgrade for NEX-VG10E

Available now for download, a free firmware upgrade adds autofocus support with 14 A-mount SAM and SSM lens models. AF compatibility of the NEX-VG10E with A-mount lenses requires the optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor, plus a separate firmware upgrade for the LA-EA1.

Man using NEX-VG10E with 18-200mm OSS lens and mic windshield, in Fuerteventura last . . . → Read More: A-mount autofocus upgrade for NEX-VG10E

NEX firmware upgrades released

Sony has released the firmware upgrades which were promised at photokina for the NEX models NEX-5 and NEX-3, and the Alpha mount lens adaptor LA-EA1.

Photoclubalpha readers in Europe can download the firmware upgrade from: //support.sony-europe.com/hub/hub.html

Autofocus is now supported when using the NEX-5/NEX-3 with 14 lenses from the full range of A-mount optics . . . → Read More: NEX firmware upgrades released

NEX firmware update details in full

Please see this page for details of NEX full-frame compatibility: //www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/08/19/should-nex-go-full-frame/. Further information updated August 19th 2012: Paul Genge left Sony UK on Friday August 18th 2012, after many years with Minolta, Konica Minolta and Sony in turn. He is setting up his own website company.

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At photokina 2010, Paul Genge of Sony UK . . . → Read More: NEX firmware update details in full

Firmware update for NEX-5 and 3

Sony has introduced a firmware update, allowing consumers to shoot in 3D on the a NEX-5/NEX-3 interchangeable lens cameras.

The free download from the Sony Europe support site (//support.sony-europe.com/dime/DSLR/DSLR.aspx) adds several performance enhancements including 3D Sweep Panorama. This exciting new technology means it is now possible for consumers to capture dramatic panoramic images in 3D, . . . → Read More: Firmware update for NEX-5 and 3

High ISO Noise fix for Image Data Converter

SONY has released a new alogrithm for raw conversion (deBayer) which offers improve high ISO noise. IDC (Image Data Converter) is the program issued with all Sony DSLRs. Up to now, no maker has ever revised their ‘house’ converter to offer high ISO improvement as a specific feature. The new version can be downloaded free . . . → Read More: High ISO Noise fix for Image Data Converter

Sigma classic 400mm tele quick rechip

There is no need to dismantle the mount of the original series Sigma AF TELE 400mm f/5.6 lens, to bring non-functional versions (old chip) up to speed with later film and current digital SLRs. The whole process takes under five minutes, and requires two tools – a small Philips screwdriver, and a precision end cutter.

. . . → Read More: Sigma classic 400mm tele quick rechip