Sigma has released a range of firmware updates for some of their Art, Sports and Contemporary lenses for both Canon and Nikon to add feature support and fix a few bugs. There’s also an update for the Sigma MC-11 adapters expand lens compatibility.
There’s been a lot of buzz around the new real-time Eye AF and AF tracking on the recently announced Sony A6400. Even more exciting, though, is that this system is also coming to the Sony A9, A7III and A7RIII full-frame mirrorless cameras in a future firmware update.
Photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey recently got the chance to try out the new real-time autofocus tracking with version 5.0 of the firmware for the Sony A9 in Los Angeles. And, fortunately, he filmed it for the rest of us to see.
So, with Fuji, Sony and now GoPro picking up the “we’ll just add new features in future firmware” trend, it looks like this is just the way of things now. GoPro’s announcement today adds a few features to the GoPro Fusion, increasing functionality for filmmakers and 360° content creators. There’s also a new Fusion Studio as well as Premiere Pro & After Effects plugins.
It looks like Sony are taking a leaf out of the Fuji playbook by introducing new substantial features through firmware updates rather than entirely new bodies. The Sony A9, A7RIII and A7III are about to get quite a significant feature upgrade with new firmware updates coming out over the next few months.
The first firmware update for the Sony A9 is due in March bringing the realtime Eye AF performance expected in the newly announced Sony A6400. The Sony A9 will see Animal Eye AF added in a second update coming in summer. The A7RIII and A7III will also receive these updates in a single firmware in April.
As good as Godox equipment can be, it has one fatal flaw which puts many photographers off using their equipment. There’s no easy, native way to update the firmware on a Mac. And firmware updates do come fairly regularly for their various models of flashes and triggers. It’s a question I see pop up regularly in Facebook groups, and I’m asked personally quite often, too.
But there is some hope, using an application called VirtualBox to run a virtual Windows operating system inside your MacOS desktop. This video from photographer Ken Falk walks us through the process of updating his Godox firmware on the Mac.
Sony recently pulled Firmware v2.0 for the Sony A7III and A7RIII that was released in October due to the discovery of two fairly major bugs. These bugs would cause photographers to lose RAW images they’d shot along with random lockups of the camera.
Well, now, Sony has released firmware v2.1 to resolve these issues. It also seems to fix a compatibility problem with certain memory cards. They don’t call SanDisk out by name, but they do cite “specific third-party memory cards”. So, presumably, that’s this issue, reported shortly after the V2.0 release.
Firmware releases are a good thing. But sometimes they come at a price (this we why we recommend never to upgrade firmware unless you have an issue that is solved in the firmware release notes). Sony’s latest release for the A7/R III brought better AF, bracket shooting in silent mode, and something that many people have been waiting for. It unlocked all autofocus modes for adapted lenses with the Sony LA-EA3 mount adapter. This was a big thing since many Sony users are using Canon, Sigma or other 3rd party lenses.
But, after using the new firmware some users started reporting that they are having issues with some memory cards. Apparently, that was a real issue and Sony pulled back their update. DPreview spotted a message on the Sony UK site explaining the pullback by the need to fix two issues:
The popular Rylo 360 camera gets an upgrade! While a rather impressive camera already with extremely impressive software, the Rylo 360 camera had one slightly flaw for many users. It only shot 4K resolution. Plenty enough resolution for a flat camera, but not for converting 360° footage to a flat view.
Well, in response to that Rylo has now released a new firmware update for the camera. Yes, that’s right, you just download, install and boom, you’ve got 5.8K resolution. No hassle, no gimmicks, no new camera to spend money on, just upgrade the one you already have.
It feels like forever ago since I posted about the new Godox XPro-P flash trigger for Pentax. But it’s actually only been about three weeks. When I went out to test it, I only had the opportunity to really use it with the AD400Pro. We had other lights with us, though, which we tested to varying degrees of success.
Today, though, Godox has released a number of new firmware updates to add Pentax support to a bunch of their other lights.