Leica has released a firmware update for the M (Type 240) camera, fixing a bug which caused vignetting issues when using the camera with some M-mount lenses.
The Leica M (Type 240) is a full frame rangefinder camera announced in September 2012. The shooter has recently become available for purchase in the United States, after wandering across Europe for a few months.
In order to fix some issues and to improve user experience, Leica has released a firmware update for its M-mount camera. It can be downloaded right away and it is recommended for all users.
Leica M firmware update 126.96.36.199 available for download now
Weeks later after its US availability, Leica has released an update for the rangefinder camera. As a result, photographers can download the Leica M firmware update 188.8.131.52
The update comes packed with a bug fix which will adjust vignetting when using the product in combination with many Summilux, Summicron, Elmarit, Elmar, Tri-Elmar, and Super-Elmar lenses. The list includes the following optics:
- Leica Summilux-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH;
- Leica Summilux-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH;
- Leica Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH;
- Leica Elmar-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH;
- Leica Elmarit-M 24mm/f2.8 ASPH;
- Leica Elmarit-M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH;
- Leica Super-Elmar-M18mm/f3.8 ASPH;
- Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4 ASPH;
- Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm/f4 ASPH;
- Leica Summicron-M 28mm/f2.0 ASPH;
- Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2.0 ASPH.
Leica M (Type 240) is one of the most powerful full frame rangefinders introduced on the market by the Germany-based manufacturer. It features a 24-megapixel CMOS image sensor manufactured by STMicroelectronics and designed by CMOSIS.
First Leica M camera to feature live view and to be capable of recording videos
It is worth noting that this is the first “M” series shooter to come packed with live view and video recording capabilities. Despite its hefty price tag, the system received praise from customers thanks to the full M-mount lens compatibility.
The German camera maker says that R-mount lenses can be equipped on the Type 240 M, but photographers will have to use a special adapter in order to mount the lenses on the camera.
The Leica M rangefinder also features a MAESTRO image processor, shutter speed range between 1/4000 and 60 seconds, ISO sensitivity up to 6,400, SD / SDHC storage card support, and a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD screen.
Leica is selling the shooter at select retailers in the United State, but it appears that availability is very limited. Nevertheless, the camera can be tested at the brand new Leica Store Miami.