Leica releases firmware update for M9 rangefinder

Leica has released a firmware update for its M9 digital rangefinder.
Version 1.116 brings in a host of improvements including enchanced
magenta color shift correction for listed wide-angle lenses and a new,
ISO setting-related, vignetting correction. The firmware is available
for immediate download for registered M9 users.


Camera Performance

  • Faster zooming into the last picture taken.
  • Speed of SD card formatting enhanced.
  • Image quality of “thumbnail” pictures improved.
  • SD Card compatibility improved
  • Magenta colour shift correction for the following wide angle
    lenses improved:
    M 18mm/f3.8 ASPH. (11649)
    M 21mm/f2.8 ASPH. (11135)
    M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH. (11648)
    M 28mm/f2 ASPH. (11604)
    M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH. (11606)
  • New ISO setting-related vignetting correction: strong
    correction at ISO 160, lowest ISO correction at 2500, interpolated for
    intermediate ISO steps.

Other Changes

  • Transfer of large data amounts to a Mac in USB-Mass storage
  • Sensor cleaning mode with battery capacity <50%.
  • Function “Deleting all images” while zoomed picture is shown
    on screen.
  • Function “Deleting all images” from a SD card with non-M9
    pictures on it.
  • Interrupting a long exposure by switching off the camera.
  • Zooming into pictures with “Vintage B+W” setting.
  • “Max aperture value” in EXIF data corrected for the
    following lenses:
    M 35mm/f1.4 (11869, 11870, 11860)
    M 50mm/f0.95 ASPH. (11602)
    M 50mm/f1.2 (11820)
    M 135mm/f3.4 APO (11889)
    M 135mm/f4 (11851, 11861)

SDHC card compatibility
The choice of SD and SDHC cards in the market is very large and
is constantly growing. Therefore, Leica Camera AG is not able to carry
out comprehensive compatibility and quality testing with all available
cards in the market. We recommend the card types in the list below.
Using other card types will not damage camera or card, but as unbranded
cards may not respect the full SD or SDHC standards, Leica Camera AG
cannot warranty full function with other cards than in the list.

  • extrememory 4GB SDHC
  • Hama SDHC 4 GB
  • Kingston SDHC 4GB class2
  • Lexar Professional SDHC 4GB 133x class6
  • Lexar Professional SDHC 8GB 133x class6
  • Panasonic SDHC 8GB class6
  • SanDisk Video HD 16GB class4
  • SanDisk Extreme III SD 2 GB
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4 GB
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4GB 30 MB/s
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 8GB 30MB/s
  • SanDisk SDHC 4GB class2
  • SanDisk SDHC 8GB class2
  • SanDisk Ultra II 16GB class4
  • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 2GB 15 MB/s
  • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 32GB class4
  • Toshiba 16GB SDHC class4
  • Toshiba 4GB SDHC class6
  • Transcend SDHC 16GB class6
  • Transcend SDHC 1GB
  • Transcend SDHC 32GB class6
  • Ultron High Speed SD 512MB



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