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

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.


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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by Anura Guruge

Sony a6500: Updating The Firmware From v1.01 To v.1.02.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Sony firmware update page for the a6500 — with 1.02 to the latest version.


Click to ENLARGE. Successful update of my Sony a6500 to 1.02 from 1.01.


The Sony a6500, though it has only been available as of November 29, 2016, is already at v1.02 of the firmware, 1.02 having been rushed out in early March to fix a rather nasty ‘dead camera’ scenario.

Version 1.01 was released on January 25, 2017 — just 57-days into its product life. Makes you think.

Version 1.02 was released 41 days later.

At this rate 1.03 should be out soon!

To be fair, the updating to 1.02 was easy, painless and quite quick. I didn’t time it, but I think it only took about 6 minutes. I could be wrong since I was not paying attention and was doing other things.

What I wanted to share with you was that updating to 1.02 was NOT an hassle.

Didn’t notice any changes after I did, BUT I have yet to run into any unexpected snags with this camera.


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by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.


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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Sri Lanka, Turns Tails, And Stops Work On World’s Tallest Christmas Tree — Bloody Typical.

by Anura Guruge


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From December 7, 2016, U.K. “Daily Mail”. Link below. Click on image to ENLARGE. Google for more.

Click here to access the original U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


To NOW try and claim it is to appease the ‘Tanned Ratziner’, Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is disingenuous beyond belief — even for a Sri Lankan politician.

Ranjith has been against ostentatious displays of Christmas trees from the BLOODY start. Refer to my original post. The Buddhists wanted to build the tree to spite the cardinals. So to now say that this comes as news is very unbecoming.

All I can say is that Arjuna Ranatunga should have worn a BETTER BOX when he used to play cricket. If he had done so he would still have had some testosterone left.

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My new proposal.

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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.

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Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


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Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.


I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.


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Fuji’s X-Pro2 Firmware 1.0 Explanation Raises Questions As To Testing & Quality Assurance.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Start of Fuji’s explanation as to why Firmware Update 1.0 was released. Use link below to access original from Fuji.

Click here to access original from Fuji X-Pro2 Support.


That Fuji was forced to release a Firmware Update within 22 days of the much vaunted X-Pro2’s General Availability has to indicate that the Menu Setting Reset problem was real. The explanation (above) that comes with the 1.0 update confirms that.

This is disturbing and I speak of one who has been involved with software for 48 years! How could X-Pro2 testers, QA folks and beta-testers (in the field) NOT have seen this. Cameras would have to have been turned off — if nothing else to replace batteries. So people MUST have experienced this problem before the camera started to ship.

Would appear that Fuji OPTED to ship initial units KNOWING that there was this RESET problem. Would not be the first company to have knowingly shipped faulty products. But worrying. What can we expect with the Fuji X-T2 that is supposed to be available around August 2016.


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