Sigma addresses Leica SL2 battery power error with MC-21 adapter firmware update

Leica SL2 with Sigma 45mm F2.8

For some background on this Leica SL2 problem, see my interview with Leica here.

I am currently re-testing the Leica SL2 with vertical grip, to see how the battery performs with various lenses. Following on from the earlier situation where 4K recording is met with an error message on the SL2 depending on the lenses used, Sigma has now optimised this with a firmware update for MC-21 (Canon EF mount adapter for L-mount), which should allow the adapter to be used for 4K recording. The question is, for how long!

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Fuji GFX 100 is first medium format camera to shoot 12bit ProRes RAW with Atomos Ninja V

Fuji GFX 100 ProRes RAW

Today Fuji confirmed a big firmware update for all the GFX cameras, but the one that is especially interesting for filmmakers is the GFX 100 update. This adds a 4K 12bit RAW output via HDMI which the Atomos Ninja V is able to compress and record as ProRes RAW. This can be smoothly graded and edited in Final Cut Pro X with full GPU acceleration.

The GFX 100 will also receive the new Classic Negative Film Simulation and Color Chrome Blue, which together I found to be my go-to new look on the X-T4 and X-Pro 3. So I am very happy about this.

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Sony A7S III (Or will it be A7H?) and Canon EOS R5 both set for July launch as Sony officially hint at video specs

Sony has confirmed that the A7S III is finally on the way this Summer, likely in July to coincide with the big Canon rivals – EOS R5 and R6.

I have some more information on what we can expect from the new flagship full frame mirrorless cameras.

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What next for Sigma? What would you like to see?

Sigma Fp

In my opinion the Sigma Fp was a great camera milestone for creative shooting. As the first Sigma camera to shoot cinema quality 4K and the first full frame stills camera to record 4K RAW internally to SD card, Sigma have gained the attention of filmmakers and set a tone for a very bright future.

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Thoughts on Panasonic G100 – Why they got it wrong

Above: Camera Conspiracies has a point!

I’ve always been a big Panasonic shooter and no other company has done more to pioneer affordable 4K filmmaking.

However I shouldn’t let my love of Panasonic’s cameras like the GH5 and S1H blind me to the failures.

I’m afraid we need to talk about the G100.

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Sigma Fp monster firmware update 2.0 – ProRes RAW with Atomos Ninja V / Blackmagic BRAW with View Assist! Dual Native ISO support and more!

Download the Sigma Fp version 2.0 firmware here

The eagerly awaited Sigma Fp version 2.0 firmware has been released today.

The camera is now capable of a DCI 4K 12bit HDMI RAW feed which can be shot in compressed RAW format with a suitable external recorder. This enables the use of NLE friendly RAW workflows, in Apple ProRes RAW with the Ninja V recorder and even BRAW with the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR.

This makes the Sigma Fp the first ever full frame camera to offer BRAW support (with the View Assist), and the first to shoot 2K 120fps in ProRes RAW.

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Olympus has fallen – When $400 million camera sales per year are not enough

Olympus PEN-F

Officially a restructuring, but probably more likely the end. This is the saddest day and my thoughts are with the Olympus employees, hoping their best engineers can find a home at other camera companies. The new camera division under Japan Industrial Partners could be seen as something as a risk for any employees transferred here to work on the latest OM-D selfie stick. Far better to leave and work for Sigma, Panasonic or Fuji in my opinion.

Also in my opinion, Olympus could I am sure have found a bigger and more innovative backer than a private investment fund. In fact the saddest thing about this is the cultural side. A company like Apple could have had bought Olympus with their loose change and made good on a legacy of 83 years of photographic history to the benefit of this planet. Instead, the tech companies whose products brought about the demise of a photographic giant seem happy to see the jewel crushed into its component pieces and sold as scrap!

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The Big EOSHD interview: Metabones lens adapters

Metabones recently announced the long-awaited Canon EF mount Speed Booster Ultra for Fuji X, which will be one of the must-have accessories for X-T4 owners. This will have support for phase-detect AF and incorporates Caldwell Optics advanced 5-element ultra-high index tantalum optics. The Caldwell Optics focal reducer remains the best you can get. In this EOSHD Big Interview I caught up with Bo-Ming Tong in Canada, the electronics and autofocus engineer behind Metabones.

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