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Leica M8 firmware update 2.whoopdedoo.014

New firmware for the M8?  Excitement!  Miracle.

Total listed improvements:

  1. Support of the new lens “Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4”
  2. Optimization of internal processes

Wow.  A new lookup for a $2k lens I’ll never own to correct for corner shading.

If Leica can’t expand on ‘optimization of internal processes’, I’m guessing nobody else will have a clue what they’re on about. Kinda seems like someone said: “We should add support for the new shiny [expensive] 21mm in that other camera we used to make…whatever it was called.  What’s that?  Looks like a measly update?  Well, make something up.  Tell them we’ve expanded the gigawatt potential…or streamlined the download footprint…or optimized some internal processes.  What will they know?”

Seriously – if Leica can’t describe what the internal process is, or why it is to my benefit, why bother?  They’ve already made it quite clear the M8 is a second class citizen, or else they would have added support for menu-based lens identification as per the M9.

If you’re an M8 owner and easily pleased, check it out here:

http://us.leica-camera.com/service/downloads/rangefinder_cameras/m8/index.html

One Comment

  1. Harrison Cronbi wrote:

    I fell for some online comments about ‘noticeable improvements’, and downloaded/installed the firmware. I think those comments were tongue in cheek. Still, when Leica sends me that new 21mm lens to test (that tongue-cheek interfacing is contagious) I’ll be good to go.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 20:10 | Permalink

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