Leica Announce Firmware Updates For 5 Cameras

Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 Lens UK Price Announced

Fujifilm X-H1 & X-T2 Firmware Updates Now Available

Back in April, Fujifilm said they’d be releasing firmware updates for several cameras

and the firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-H1 and X-T2 are now available for download.

The updates reflect the feedback received by Fujifilm X Series users with regards to improving usability and adding new functions.

Both firmware updates can be accessed via the Fujifilm website.

Samyang Unveils The AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Sony Mount

There’s a new budget autofocus lens from Samyang that’s designed for Sony mirrorless shooters.

The Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE is a Full-Frame Sony E Mount lens that’s lightweight, small and reasonably priced.

Inside the new 24mm lens you’ll find 7 elements in 7 groups as well as three aspherical lenses and two high refractive lenses. Plus, the Ultra Multi Coating helps to minimise chromatic aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion.

Other stand-out features include a quiet autofocus system and a minimum focus distance of 24cm.

The Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE, which weighs in at 93g and measures just 37mm long (without the hood and rear cap), will be available from July for £279.99.

Leica Announce New Flash & Remote Control Unit

Leica has announced the SF 60 flash unit and SF C1 remote control unit for use with Leica S, SL and M systems, they can also be used in combination with Leica Q and Leica CL.

While the flash unit provides an extensive range of options for flash-photography in a compact form, the remote control unit enables off-camera flash with the SF 60 and provides countless additional creative opportunities.

The SF 60 weighs 300g and a height of 98mm. It offers TTL flash, HSS to 1/8000s, flash head with tilt swivel function, a zoom reflector, integrated diffuser and reflector card and a master/slave capability. It has a guide number of 60 at ISO 100. It can also offer constant LED light output for video recording in low light. It’s powered by 4 AA batteries.The Leica SF C1 remote control unit adds a multitude of creative options. It is mounted on the hot shoe of the camera and enables wireless remote control of SF 60 flash units in the 2.4-GHz frequency band. The flash units can be organised in up to seven channels, each with three groups, and controlled either together or separately with the same or different settings. Photographers can use all functions of all the flash units, just as if they were mounted on the camera.

Both units are now available for purchase from authorised Leica UK stores and dealers, and online at the Leica Store for the following prices:

Leica SF 60 flash unit – £450 including VAT
Leica SF C1 remote control unit – £250 including VAT

Meike Announce Hand Grip For Sony A Cameras

Meike have announced the MK-X1EM, a new hand grip for Sony A cameras

The new grip can be used with Sony a9, a7 Mark III, and other a7 models. It’s designed to improve the comfort of the grip. The bottom of the grip has a 1/4 inch screw hole for use with tripods. There is also a quick release slider on the bottom for easy use with tripods.

The MK-X1EM is available on Amazon for £57.99

Pricing For Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro

Sigma has announced the pricing for the 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro lens.

The lens, first revealed at CP+ in February 2018, is the long-awaited first macro optic in the Art line of lenses. It will be available for £499.99 including VAT. Canon mount will be available at the end of May and Sigma mount in June. A Sony FE mount is also in the works.

The lens will also be dust and splash proof. The focus-by-wire system eliminates the direct mechanical connection between the focus ring and the focus drive system. Controlled by SIGMA’s latest algorithm, a newly developed coreless DC motor adjusts focus with optimal speed and low noise. Full-time manual focus is available even during autofocus, allowing the photographer to make minute focus adjustments simply by turning the focus ring.

Meike 50mm f/1.7 Full Frame Lens

Meike have announced a new version of the 50mm f/1.7 lens for full frame Sony mount cameras.

This prime manual lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m and consists of 5 groups in 6 elements, with a 52mm filter thread.

Earlier in 2018, the mirrorless version of the lens was released in several mount options.

The lens is priced at £114.99 and is available through Amazon.