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Leica releases firmware update 2.002 for the M8 and M8.2

Leica releases firmware update version 2.002 for the M8 and M8.2 digital camera.

This update adds the following improvements:

• detection of 6-bit coding for new M lenses
• fixes unintended "black image" problem
• correction of some setting in AUTO-ISO mode
• corrects the display of the fastest sync speed
• corrects the display of image numbering...
Check-out the Leica M8 specifications & reviewsNew function:

Detection of 6-bit coding for new M lenses. The 6-bit coding and the correction profiles of the new Leica M lenses LEICA SUMMILUX-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH., LEICA SUMMILUX-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH. and LEICA ELMAR-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH. have been implemented. The profile of the lens LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm/f0.95 ASPH. will be implemented in a later firmware version before the first shipments will start.

Bug Fixes:

a. If LEICA M8.2 cameras are set to the “Discreet” option and to single exposures, an unintended “black image” may have occurred when the finger was not completely lifted from shutter release button before pressing it down again for the next shot. (Not valid for LEICA M8 Cameras)
b. Setting “AUTO-ISO” in combination with lens dependent setting of the slowest shutter speed: the camera will switch to the higher ISO when the shutter speed corresponding to “1/focal length” is reached (was 1/focal length + 1 f-stop).
c. Correct display of image numbering.
d. Correct display of the fastest sync speed in the menu (1/180s on upgraded M8 and M8.2,
1/250s on M8).

Notes:
a. It is not possible to “downdate” LEICA M8 and M8.2 cameras to previous firmware releases, once the version 2.002 has been installed.
b. Saved User Profiles will be deleted during the update process and have to be set again after updating the camera.

In case you missed the previous Leica M8 firmware updates, you will get these improvements too:

[Version 1.110]
• 6 Bit lens codes for Summarit-M lenses 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm
• Time shortened between pre-flash and main flash in M-TTL mode with flashes LEICA SF24 D and SCA compatible flashguns
• Function of central setting wheel on the back improved (unintentional scrolling of the menu now prevented)
• Display of the battery capacity has been improved
• Change in the French menu text...  

[Earlier versions]
• In Review mode the bar above the image is black and now includes displays for the shutter and ISO speeds as well as the image number.
• The clipping function is now accessible directly in Auto Review mode, i.e. without having to press the INFO button first.
• The color rendition with Adobe Camera Raw was improved.
• If Auto Review and Histogram are both selected in the menu, this is now indicated as „Hold/Histogr."

Additional information: Check-out the Leica M8 specifications & reviews
December 5, 2008
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