Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Started Apr 8, 2015 | Discussions
Jose Viegas
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Re: I just updated my Sony A7 Mark II

Nivedita wrote:

The update took almost the same time as 1.2.

I have not tested extensively to compare the previous state and the new state. I am planning to test in detail to see whether any noticeable changes.

At least the menu did not change to Japanese

After applying 1.21

-Nivedita

So this update keeps current languages?

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Mordi
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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1719238142/firmware-updates-to-reduce-sony-fe-lens-startup-times-on-the-way

Ver1.20: 2015/3/04

The first update, available immediately, reduces the startup times of five existing FE lenses when mounted on E-mount bodies. The lenses include:

  • FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
  • FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
  • FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T*
  • FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
  • FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Ver1.21: 2015/4/06

Firmware update number two ensures that the three prime and one zoom FE lenses introduced today will offer fast startup times on Sony's full-frame a7 series cameras (in all other respects they are already fully compatible). This update will be available at the end of the month.

  • FE 35mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
  • FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
  • FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
  • FE 28mm F2

In addition to the above (Japanese website) two bugfixes were included: 1) LCD display error and 2) low light hunting improvement.

Have you updated your A7 with the Japanese version?

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Beaverhelmet Senior Member • Posts: 2,296
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Mordi wrote:
Have you updated your A7 with the Japanese version?

I updated my A7S today with the file from the japanese site. No problems whatsoever, and all languages were intact.

westlites Contributing Member • Posts: 637
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7m2 link updated correctly!
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RidgeRunner130 wrote:

This is the a7m2 link for both Mac and Windows.

アップデート方法はこちらをご確認ください。

This link takes you to both Mac and Windows for the rest of the models.

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000.html

John
Zeiss Loxia 2/35, 2/50

Thanks, successfully updated my A6k to 1.21. No problem with the English menus.

Re lowlight AF being better, my initial tests seem to show some improvement. Getting locks now in low light when I couldn't before. In those shots, zooming in shows quite acceptable sharpness.

Could be wrong, though.

EDIT: Yup, there's definite improvement. Don't know though, if it's because of 1.20 or 1.21. Didn't try taking shots in my almost-dark office immediately after the 1.20 update. Before, couldn't get AF locks in the same environment.

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ykphuah Regular Member • Posts: 465
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7m2 link updated correctly!

westlites wrote:

EDIT: Yup, there's definite improvement. Don't know though, if it's because of 1.20 or 1.21. Didn't try taking shots in my almost-dark office immediately after the 1.20 update. Before, couldn't get AF locks in the same environment.

Hopefully they are releasing one for A5100...

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PVCdroid
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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7m2 link updated correctly!

westlites wrote:

RidgeRunner130 wrote:

This is the a7m2 link for both Mac and Windows.

アップデート方法はこちらをご確認ください。

This link takes you to both Mac and Windows for the rest of the models.

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000.html

John
Zeiss Loxia 2/35, 2/50

Thanks, successfully updated my A6k to 1.21. No problem with the English menus.

Re lowlight AF being better, my initial tests seem to show some improvement. Getting locks now in low light when I couldn't before. In those shots, zooming in shows quite acceptable sharpness.

Could be wrong, though.

EDIT: Yup, there's definite improvement. Don't know though, if it's because of 1.20 or 1.21. Didn't try taking shots in my almost-dark office immediately after the 1.20 update. Before, couldn't get AF locks in the same environment.

I just updated my A7R to 1.21 without incident on Windows 8.1/64. I have the SEL5518 and did a before and after low light focus test and noticed a slight improvement in hunting....I guess. At least nothing appears worse and I'm not sure what the LCD error was that was fixed.

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Jerry Canon
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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7m2 link updated correctly!

RidgeRunner130 wrote:

This is the a7m2 link for both Mac and Windows.

アップデート方法はこちらをご確認ください。

This link takes you to both Mac and Windows for the rest of the models.

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000.html

John
Zeiss Loxia 2/35, 2/50

Since I don't read Japanese too well, I believe I'll wait around for it to be on the USA site. It's easy enough to screw up a download even in English!

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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Beaverhelmet wrote:

Mordi wrote:
Have you updated your A7 with the Japanese version?

I updated my A7S today with the file from the japanese site. No problems whatsoever, and all languages were intact.

Is there a version in English anywhere? I can screw it up easy enough there. I sure don't want to mess up at the Japanese site. Talk about a wet dream in reverse!

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Nivedita Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: I just updated my Sony A7 Mark II
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Jose Viegas wrote:

Nivedita wrote:

The update took almost the same time as 1.2.

I have not tested extensively to compare the previous state and the new state. I am planning to test in detail to see whether any noticeable changes.

At least the menu did not change to Japanese

After applying 1.21

-Nivedita

So this update keeps current languages?

Yes. When you extract the exe (Windows version) and you can see firmware update app is loaded and you can see that in English. I do not think any of these firmware updates are in different languages (unless it is specifically mentioned).

-Nivedita

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Pstuff New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Just download the file to your desktop. Unzip the file. Peanuts. Should be in English too.

blue_skies
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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Jerry Canon wrote:

Beaverhelmet wrote:

Mordi wrote:
Have you updated your A7 with the Japanese version?

I updated my A7S today with the file from the japanese site. No problems whatsoever, and all languages were intact.

Is there a version in English anywhere? I can screw it up easy enough there. I sure don't want to mess up at the Japanese site. Talk about a wet dream in reverse!

There is no 'Japanese-only Firmware' - the firmware is universal.

As I understand this, the Japan-only models have a built-in hardware switch which locks the language to Japanese, this to allow lower priced models to be sold in Japan only.

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rishi o' Senior Member • Posts: 1,462
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Updated to 1.21 from the Mac with no problem. Hope I didn't screw myself over by using the japanese update instead of the US one but everything seems fine.

FramerDave wrote:

Taiwan site has link to 1.21 on Japanese site that corrected lenses hunting in dark situations under 1.20.

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000_win.html

I have not updated to 1.20 yet but heads up for 1.20 users.

Firmware should be universal for all countries.

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vett93
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Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

Same here. No problem at all.

BTW, great photos on your website. If you don't mind, what lens did you use for the homeless person photo?

Thanks.

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Ari Aikomus
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I did just update without problems (A6000)...n/t
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Marky12
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Re: I did just update without problems (A6000)...n/t

Are we sure that the firmware is the same for all countries? Don't want any surprises like battery exploding.

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Slingers Regular Member • Posts: 140
Re: I did just update without problems (A6000)...n/t

I went to the Sony Australia site to download v1.20 and the file to download was in the Sony Japan site. I don't think there is a difference with the files per site.

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Foxbat121 Senior Member • Posts: 1,599
Re: I did just update without problems (A6000)...n/t

Marky12 wrote:

Are we sure that the firmware is the same for all countries? Don't want any surprises like battery exploding.

They are the same since first generation NEX cameras. If you don't feel good about it, there is no harm wait a few more days or weeks for your region's Sony to post the link.

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slstr Senior Member • Posts: 1,029
Re: Firmware 1.21 A7/7R/7S A6000

1.21 firmware works good on my a6000, was trying it out for a good hour around sunset with a new sel50f18, so far a happy camper. can't say how much hunting improved yet, will try night photos during weekend.

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Vuong Nguyen New Member • Posts: 10
Re: I just updated my Sony A7 Mark II

Hi Nivedita,

There are three files for 3 different a7 cameras, but not for the a7m2.

Please tell me which one was used to update your a7m2.

Thanks so much.

Cheers,

beanxiu

Marky12
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Re: I just updated my Sony A7 Mark II
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The a7ii has another link I believe. Go back a page, someone posted it there.

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