Leica updates firmware 2.002 for digital Rangefinders M8 and M8.2

Leica USA has rolled out firmware 2.002 for its bread and butter M8 and M8.2 digital rangefinders. It adds identifications of six bit coding of the newest M lenses into the cameras. Mirror bug-fix also included in this release such as images numbering, unintended black frame, auto ISO issues and correction to the fastest sync speed in the menu. According to Leica, new firmware once installed is not possible to undo to previous version and the saved user profile will be deleted as well.

New function:

Detection of 6-bit coding for new M lenses. The 6-bit coding and the correction profiles of the new Leica M lenses LEICA SUMMILUX-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH., LEICA SUMMILUX-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH. and LEICA ELMAR-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH. have been implemented. The profile of the lens LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm/f0.95 ASPH. will be implemented in a later firmware version before the first shipments will start.

Bug Fixes:

  • If LEICA M8.2 cameras are set to the "Discreet" option and to single exposures, an unintended "black image" may have occurred when the finger was not completely lifted from shutter release button before pressing it down again for the next shot. (Not valid for LEICA M8 Cameras)
  • Setting "AUTO-ISO" in combination with lens dependent setting of the slowest shutter speed: the camera will switch to the higher ISO when the shutter speed corresponding to "1/focal length" is reached (was 1/focal length + 1 f-stop).
  • Correct display of image numbering.
  • Correct display of the fastest sync speed in the menu (1/180s on upgraded M8 and M8.2,
  • 1/250s on M8).