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Leica posts firmware update for M8 rangefinder

By dpreview staff on Jun 29, 2011 at 17:33 GMT

Leica has released a firmware update for its M8 rangefinder camera. Version 2.014 adds support to the recently released Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens amongst other improvements. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.

Click here to download firmware v2.014 for the Leica M8 rangefinder

Press Release:

LEICA CAMERA OFFERS NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE 2.014 FOR THE LEICA M8

Solms, Germany (June 29, 2011) - Leica Camera AG announces the latest firmware update for all versions of the Leica M8. Users wishing to benefit from the new offerings can now download firmware update Version 2.014 from the Leica Camera website and take advantage of new, improved features.

The firmware update coincides with the launch of the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. and supports the use of this new wide-angle lens on Leica M8 cameras. In addition to new improvements, users can expand the range of lenses for their Leica M8 system with the versatile, high-performance super-wide-angle lens. With this free service, Leica Camera AG again proves their commitment to full system compatibility and decades of enduring value of the M series.

For installation instructions and to download firmware update 2.014, please visit: http://en.leica-camera.com/service/downloads/rangefinder_cameras/m8.

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Total comments: 10
fastglass
By fastglass (Jul 30, 2011)

+1 Leica.

Good-on Leica for supporting it's non-current gear with firmware upgrades!

Well done, Leica.

1 upvote
snake_b
By snake_b (Jun 29, 2011)

BWAHAHAHAHAH, only Leica would advertise such generosity of giving away firmware as a "free service".

7 upvotes
Codik
By Codik (Jun 29, 2011)

You have not met Apple, my friend...

3 upvotes
Terry Cioni
By Terry Cioni (Jun 29, 2011)

Keep in mind the Leica M8 is a Sept. 2006 camera. You don't see other camera OEM releasing new firmware for cameras dated back to 2006.

4 upvotes
Mauro77
By Mauro77 (Jun 29, 2011)

Leica is not known for his generosity, but for the ability to create masterpieces.
And a pristine M8 costs much less than a Nikon D700 and Canon 5DMkII

2 upvotes
FredericG
By FredericG (Jun 29, 2011)

I thought it was the photographer who did that.

3 upvotes
BrianWongPhoto
By BrianWongPhoto (Jun 30, 2011)

Comparing an M8 to full frame bodies? You might as well be saying "A pristine D3X costs much less than a Red Epic 645".

I don't get what the point of that is.

2 upvotes
gap2111
By gap2111 (Jun 30, 2011)

didn't Leica also show certain 'greatness', compensating the cheated buyers of first generation M8 - lacking an IR filter for the sensor - by offering 2 free screw-on IR-filters
Guess this got to do with a strong sense for tradition and impeckable moral values

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vellocet
By vellocet (Jul 2, 2011)

The going rate for *used* M8's in "excellent" condition is usually north of $2500 USD. More (or at least equal) than a brand new 5D2 or D700.

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Neal Jackson
By Neal Jackson (Jul 6, 2011)

"Comparing an M8 to full frame bodies..."

... that aren't crippled by spotty reliability as well as IR issues requiring flare- and ghost- inducing filtration. That comment mystifies me also. Calling such a flop a "masterpiece" is only possible by someone who isn't only drunk on the Kool-Aid but has also bought the Leica marketing department hook, line, and sinker.

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