Firmware Friday: Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master and Hasselblad XCD lenses get better focusing, bug fixes


posted Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:01 PM EST


After last week's mega roundup which topped 50 camera models, this week's Firmware Friday post is a comparitively short and sweet affair. It's also a little unusual in that we only have news of lens updates this time around, with no new firmware landing for interchangeable-lens camera bodies or fixed-lens cameras in the past seven days.

Without any further ado, let's get right down to what's new!

Sony FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS

Firmware version 05 for the Sony G Master 70-200mm f/2.8 lens was released two days ago, and makes just one change according to the official release notes. When shooting at an aperture of f/11 or higher, the accuracy of contrast-detection autofocus is said to have been improved. You can download the update for your lens here.

Hasselblad XCD lenses

Hasselblad, meanwhile, has issued a combined firmware version 0.5.13 release for its XCD lens line, which currently has four models with another five on the way soon. All four current XCD optics will benefit from smoother manual focus adjustment, as well as resolving a bug which could cause 10-20 second autofocus lockups.

As well as these changes, there are also two further updates specific to the XCD 3,5/120MM lens. Previously, mounting the lens when the camera was powered off or had its display inactive could result in live view failing to start. Also, the magnified view could disappear during focus adjustment. Both of these issues are resolved in the new firmware, which can be installed through the menu system on your X1D camera body. The update itself can be downloaded here.

And that's it for this week. Be sure to check back next time for more firmware news!

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)