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CaptainD
15th October 2008, 04:42 PM
A very interesting announcement has been made today about firmware updating for Olympus, Sigma & Leica / Panasonic four thirds products.

"Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses launched

October 15, 2008: Olympus Imaging Corporation (hereinafter "Olympus"), Panasonic Corporation (hereinafter "Panasonic"),and Sigma Corporation (hereinafter "Sigma") have joined forces to launch an online firmware update service that will enable users to easily update the firmware in interchangeable DSLR lenses compliant with the Four Thirds System Standard, even when the camera and lens are not made by the same manufacturer.

Scheduled to start on October 15, 2008, this new joint service is the first of its kind in the industry*.

The way it works is simple. After mounting the lens on the camera, the user can go online and update the lens firmware by downloading the latest lens firmware. Previously, lens firmware could only be updated when the lens was mounted on a camera made by the same manufacturer for example, an Olympus lens on an Olympus camera or a Panasonic lens on a Panasonic camera.

If the mounted lens was not made by the same manufacturer as the camera, then the lens firmware could not be updated regardless of whether or not the mounted lens is compliant with the Four Thirds System Standard.

This new service makes it possible to update the firmware of a Panasonic lens on an Olympus camera or vice versa. Similarly, the firmware in a Sigma lens can also be updated on either an Olympus or Panasonic camera. For more details, please click on one of the following links. The information provided also includes details on firmware updating."


The web links for this new service for four thirds users can be found here

For Olympus Users : http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/index.cfm

For Sigma users : http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/support/soft/firm/

For Panasonic users :http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/

I had always thought it was a bit strange that up till now you could only update the firmware fro a Leica four thirds lens on a Leica/ Panasomnic body. This is a good move, I have always fancied trying one of the Leica lenses.

Cheers

Chris *chr

PeterD
15th October 2008, 05:42 PM
Thanks for finding and posting this Chris. This is wonderful news. It goes the extra mile in creating true interchangeability within the 4/3s system. Good to see the manufacturers co-operating in this way.

Peter

PeterD
15th October 2008, 05:51 PM
There are currently no updates for Sigma lenses. I have e-mailed Sigma Support to ask if any firmware updates are planned or ready for the users. I am of course focussing on the Bigma.

Peter

Ian
15th October 2008, 06:56 PM
Good spot - I'm a bit frustrated to have found this news second hand as it doesn't seem to have been released in Europe via the usual channels, but the release on the Olympus Japan site is now on FTU at:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/10/joint_update_service_for_four_thirds_lenses_launch ed.php

Ian

CaptainD
15th October 2008, 08:11 PM
Well its a rare day that the forum members get some information before Ian!

Cheers

Chris *chr

crimbo
16th October 2008, 06:25 AM
...and if you look at the list of Olympus cameras you do not see the E400 ... wonder if you can upgrade lens firmware if you have a 400????

Ian
16th October 2008, 09:04 AM
...and if you look at the list of Olympus cameras you do not see the E400 ... wonder if you can upgrade lens firmware if you have a 400????

Unlikely. Olympus has indicated that the E-400 firmware development was frozen some time ago. But I will enquire.

Ian