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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Newest Firmware Version EX3?

Hi,

my Sony PMW EX-3 the firmware is v1.02_0078

How do I update to firmware of the EX-3 to use MxR?

And to firmware it be not updated, doesn't MxR work?


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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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You don't need to update the firmware on the EX-3 to use MxR Cards. It's the EX-1 that need a firmware update. I use the MxR Cards without issue on my EX-3 and I haven't updated my firmware.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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Thank you Paul!

I now will need to buy the cards SDHC! Which manufacturer do you use for their works?
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Old February 27th, 2009, 02:56 PM   #4
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Next time, you may want to try a search.

Here are a few links:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/sony-xdca...sxs-cards.html

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/sony-xdca...-shipping.html
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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Quick Question - Newest Firmware Version EX3?

What is the Newest Firmware Update for the EX3?

is it 1.04?

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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Thank you Paul!

I now will need to buy the cards SDHC! Which manufacturer do you use for their works?
I personally use the Transcend 16GB SDHC but I have heard the Sandisk Ultra II & the Extreme III also work! There are many threads/posts on this forum, covering this topic!

Happy shooting,

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Old March 6th, 2009, 10:30 PM   #7
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Just got back from NJ where Sony service was kind enough to let me drop off my EX3 in the morning and had it ready after lunch.

They updated firmware to v 1.04_0084, tested for 100 minutes, adjusted backfocus and just generally looked over camera.

I had not experienced the loss of manual focus bug, but I figured that I didn't want to wait until it happened. And while I had to be in the NY-NJ area, I was able to call Sony a few days in advance and arrange drop off service in Teaneck.

SDHC still works.

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Old March 7th, 2009, 01:30 AM   #8
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When did the 1.04 firmware come out, how critical is this patch & is it just for squashing bugs?

I just did the 1.03 patch not that long ago.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 07:48 AM   #9
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Since the firmware update fixes the loss of manual focus issue, I would say that it is a critical update.

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Old March 7th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #10
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dumb question

This is yet another thing I should no doubt already know (there seems to be a lot of these lately)
But where do I find out what firmware version my camera has? I can't seem to find anything in the menus....
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Old March 7th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #11
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This is yet another thing I should no doubt already know (there seems to be a lot of these lately)
But where do I find out what firmware version my camera has? I can't seem to find anything in the menus....
Press the select, cancel, and menu buttons all at once--but not the ones on the handle (they won't work),the ones next to the menu button. New menu items will appear at the bottom and you scroll to IF.

Sony's management of EXn firmware updates is horribly screwed up. We can only hope that global economic realities will force them to refocus and get up to speed with rest of the industry, so that we can download firmware updates and apply to our EXn camera's. Until then, your questions are by no means dumb or ill founded.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #12
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Thanks, Barry
good lord, how does Sony expect us to figure this stuff out?
okay... so I have determined I have v. 1.02 something. how does this manual focus bug manifest itself? I want to make sure I recognize it if I see it. I almost always use manual focus....
thanks very much. it's simply amazing the amount of information available on this forum!
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Old March 7th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #13
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Since the firmware update fixes the loss of manual focus issue, I would say that it is a critical update.

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Hmmm. I got the 1.03_0082 update and it was supposed to address this. I guess they have made more tweaks to the firmware.

I'll be calling up Sony Canada on Monday to get the scoop.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #14
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how does this manual focus bug manifest itself? I want to make sure I recognize it if I see it. I almost always use manual focus.
The documented issue with it appears to happen when you are using manual assist with the focus ring pushed forward. There is another menu driven option that puts it closer to being in auto than in manual. When you use either/or functions, running the camera for a long time, the manual focus ring will not respond to your adjustments. It's the EX3's version of "Blue Screen of Death" where the machine just won't respond. OK I'm overstating it but you get the point.

There are a couple of threads here on the matter. One is very long and cited many instances of the focus locking up when you are in manual assist mode and shooting continously for a long time. Focus lock times seem to range from half an hour to over 3 hours, with most instances being closer to the 3 hour end of the spectrum.
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damn..... but I (so far) haven't used focus assist, just plain ol' manual focus. (with the aid of expanded focus once in a while)
So maybe this isn't a big concern, unless you use focus assist?
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