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New M8.x firmware now available

Gray Mason , Jun 22, 2011; 02:57 p.m.

Leica site just posted new firmware update 2.014 for M8 series cameras.
It "optimizes internal processes" and includes support for the Super-elmar 21mm lens.
Those of us hoping for menu driven lens identification will have to wait for firmware 3.0 (or quit hoping!)


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Kin Yu , Jun 23, 2011; 08:20 p.m.

Thanks for the information. Glad to know that there are still people out there using the M8. However, from the zero responses to your posting, I am wondering if people want even to border with the update due to the relative primitive software/firmware of the M8. (Perhaps this was because the German Software engineers are not as brilliant as the American and Japanese ones? If you ever owned a late model BMW or Mercedes you may know why.)
After a number of tries, here is how I did it using a year-old Mac-mini:
1. Go to the Leica website and click Download on the upper tool bar.
2. Select software/firmware update and select M8 in the subcategory. There should be a whole page of information and update files listed for M8/M8.2. If only the update for V2.005 shows, you are in the wrong place. Close up and try again. May be you logged onto a wrong Leica website.
3. Download, read and print out the Read-me file first.
4. you need to format the SD card in the M8; take the card out and insert it into a card reader connected to your Mac.
6. Insert the SD card back to your M8. Follow the rest of the instructions on the Read-Me file and you should be able to update the M8 firmware to 2.014 i.e.
I have yet to find out what the "optimize internal processes"m means. May be faster processing, no freezing or brilliant JPG files ?

I was not able to do the update using my Window 7 based laptop.

Jeff Pittman , Jun 23, 2011; 10:21 p.m.

Thanks for the head's up. I just downloaded the firmware and look forward to shooting this weekend to see if it makes a difference. Cheers, Jeff

Tom Higgins , Jun 24, 2011; 05:52 a.m.

Thanks for the heads up Gray. Kin Yu, perhaps you should buy a Nikon.

Kin Yu , Jun 24, 2011; 11:11 a.m.

I have three digital Nikons and the F2, N90s, the F100, F4, and F5 with perhaps 50 lenses, the last one, the 70-180 mm macro zoom. The last one, the D700, is my main camera when not traveling by air. I traveled overseas with the N90s, D70 and D200. The color of the jpg files generated by the D700 is just incomparably brilliant.

Why should I border with the ridiculously expensive Leicas then? It is because it is tiny, and still very "old fashioned".

Arthur Plumpton , Jun 24, 2011; 10:27 p.m.

"optimizes internal processes"

I hope that Gray, Jeff or someone will be able to test the new firmware and be able to discern what and how much difference that makes. Leica's expression is rather vague, or did they provide more details than that?

Berg Na , Jun 24, 2011; 11:01 p.m.

Arthur - A member of the Leica User forum posted a reply from Leica clarifying (somewhat) what 'optimizing internal processes' means...

Arthur Plumpton , Jun 25, 2011; 09:21 a.m.

Thanks, Berg. Unless I read it wrongly, it seems to relate to CPU functions and perhaps makes them less subject to malfunction or simplifies the servicing procedures. Probably worthwhile for the longevity of the camera.

Kin Yu , Jun 25, 2011; 01:28 p.m.

It is all speculation. I don't think it would extend the life of the camera. I shot twenty pictures using an updated M8.2 on "c" and the camera appeared to write the files faster and quieter. The colors were as dull as before on the jpeg files out of the camera with a yellow tinge on all.

Arthur Plumpton , Jun 26, 2011; 10:40 a.m.

Kin, what on earth does your critique of your M8.2 have to do with the longevity of the camera?

Perhaps it is better to have a less than optimum image on occasion from a camera that can be serviced and for which parts exist farther down the road (like 40 year old Leica M4's and later) than to have a CanNikon which has no parts or service available after less than ten years. But I won't try to hold you up now from attending Mass at your local Nikon church.

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