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Sony a7 II: Updated The Firmware From 3.30 to 4.0.

by Anura Guruge


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I have had the Sony a7 II for exactly a month and this was my 2nd firmware update!

I am NOT used to updating camera firmware that often. But, to be fair, for reasons that nobody seems to be able to explain, my a7 II, with zero shutter actuations, came with downlevel firmware, i.e., version 3.10 which had been released in November 2016, 6 months prior to me ordering the camera.

Updating to 4.0 was a breeze. Updater worked, flawlessly, first time around. Took about 14 minutes from my reckoning, but I wasn’t keeping careful track. It was pretty quick and the progress bar was moving along nicely.

Took about 80 pictures following the update. Didn’t notice anything awry.

This is what 4.0, released just a few days ago, viz. June 8, 2017, is supposed to do:

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Updated The Firmware On My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II From 3.10 To 3.30.

by Anura Guruge


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Sony’s ‘Updater’ utility for Sony a7s — running on Windows 7.


Click image to access Forum post I started at DPReview.com


Firmware version 3.30 for Sony a7 II (i.e., ILCE7M2) was release on November 18, 2016.

Since I ordered my Sony a7 II from Cameta Camera (via Amazon) on May 11, 2017, I had just assumed that it would be at 3.30.

It was NOT!

It was at 3.10. There were ZERO (‘0’) shutter actuations and the camera does look new. So, I am hoping that this is STILL a brand new camera. IF SO, this does not make sense.

I have e-mailed both Cameta Camera and Sony seeking an explanation.

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I was NOT happy being 2 version down on the Firmware.

So after some Googling to make sure that 3.30 was NOT a total dud, I went ahead and started the upgrade process this morning using the Sony instructions and tool.

On Windows 7 (64-bit) had to download the Sony ‘updater’ TWICE. First download was somehow corrupted and would not run. Though the download finished, without issue, the downloaded file was 169MB — when it should have been 219MB.

Second download was fine, and was 219MB.

After that everything went without a glitch.

Took 14- minutes — which is pretty damn close to the 15-minute Sony tells you.

So, I am happy with that. Not sure I notice any differences. That AF might be a tad faster might just be wishful thinking on my part.

 


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First Pictures With My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II — From Amazon/Cameta Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4 pictures — 001 to 004.

Shot as a full-resolution JPEG
6000 x 4000 (4.9MB)
but reduced here to
1600 x 1067 (434KB).

No post-processing.
Straight-out-of-camera JPEG.





EXIF data from tools.science.si showing that this camera was BRAND new; i.e., no previous shutter actuations. That is a RELIEF. I am happy. I always worry that I might end up getting a previously used camera sold as ‘new’. Not so in this case.

I bought it from Amazon (given my wonderful relationship with them) though it was supplied by Cameta Camera as a bundle. I have a history with Cameta and I thought long and hard about it. The bundle was worth getting IF nothing else but for the ‘free’ Sony 64GB SD card, battery and Vivitar filters.

It worked out. I am HAPPY.

So on the first picture, i.e., ‘001’, it was ZERO shutter actuations.

Being I, I checked it on the 5th picture too. Shutter actuations are counted starting at 0. Hence why it is ‘4’ rather than ‘5’.

Did I say I was HAPPY?

Click to ENLARGE and admire here.


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Unpacking the Sony a7 II …



Getting this Sony a7 II was a BIG DEAL for I!

Why?

Because it has taken me 1 year and 7 months to make this move!

Yes, 1 year and 7 months.

I reluctantly returned my 27-day old Sony a7 II on September 24, 2015 because I ran into a file-corruption issue.

From then onwards I have been procrastinating about my NEXT BIG camera.

I was, to be honest, waiting for the Fuji XT-2. Then I decided I did NOT like Fuji.

So …

That is how I ended up with the Sony a7 II.

So far, I am happy with it.

It has quite the FEEL. It feels like a REAL camera. It has all the dials and buttons I like.

Very satisfying shutter CLUNK.

It is big and heavy. So I still have to get a Sony a6500 to take to shows etc.

So, this was day 1. Hopefully I will keep this camera for some time. {SMILE}


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Camera Manufacturers, Like Sony, Helping Retailers Sell Used Cameras As New.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this December 18, 2016
thread on “DPReview” Forums.

bhused

Click to ENLARGE and read this post here. Use link above to go to Forum thread, with two posts by I, under my name, AnuraGuruge.


This thorny but waxing issue continues to linger and persists.

Yes, it is a problem for all sides. People, including I, return cameras. Retailers and manufacturers do NOT want to lose too much money on returned cameras.

But, there has to be a better, more equitable solution.

Fuji cameras, at least when I bought my Fuji X-E2s, in May 2016, came inside a sealed bag.

But, as can be seen from the Forum posts folks still have concerns.

Sony, for a fact, do not provide ANY seals on their cameras or lenses.

This, of course, is to HELP the resellers.

At a minimum all cameras, above say $450, should come sealed, in a sealed bag inside a sealed box.

There should also be a (hard to reset) shutter actuation count that can be displayed.

Otherwise we will continue to have this problem.

The supposedly new Sony a6000, I got from Amazon, albeit from ‘Cardinal Photo‘, had a shutter actuation of 19. And I will admit that that is a strange, hard to reconcile number.

I am dreading getting the Sony a6500. What will I see in terms of shutter actuations.


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Online Shutter Actuation Count Checker For Sony a6000.

by Anura Guruge


Having read a post earlier this morning I was curious to check my actual shutter actuations on my Sony a6000.

The file name sequence number, e.g., DSC00001, does not necessarily correspond to the actual shutter actuations because that name/number can be reset.

The way to get the shutter actuations is to read the so called ‘EXIF’ data that the camera stores with each image taken.

However, inexplicably MOST of the popular ‘Shutter Count’ checkers, such as “Camera Shutter Count“, does not support the Sony a6000! I don’t know why. It even appears that Sony’s own EXIF reader does not show the shutter actuations for the a6000.

But, this ONLINE tool claims it does and did give me a reading.

shutteri

Click image to access ONLINE EXIF reader for the Sony a6000; viz. http://tools.science.si/index.php


shutterii

Click to ENLARGE and read. So it appears that there were 18 shutter actuations before I took my first picture. Not sure what to make of that.


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