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Old February 8th, 2016, 11:33 AM   #1
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SELP18105G firmware update?

Am I dreaming, or is there a fw update for SELP18105G in the works (focus precision)? I'd swear I saw a rumor or announcement somewhere... Can anyone confirm or deny?

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Old February 9th, 2016, 01:53 AM   #2
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

I read that very thing Piotr.
That there was gonna be a FW upgrade fixing the horrible focus issue on this lens.
It was last week, but now i cant remember where i saw that, im always searching this topic and came across it. Gonna try and locate it
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Old February 9th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the confirmation, Jim - I also forget where I saw it... Anyway, it's not the same as the Sony's commitment "to see into perceived IQ problems in the FS5" - 2 separate things.

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Old February 9th, 2016, 05:13 AM   #4
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

One can only hope. The manual focus of this lens is driving me crazy!
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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:45 AM   #5
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Agreed with all. Great lens. Lousy focus. Firmware update needed!
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Old February 9th, 2016, 01:27 PM   #6
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

Fantastic lens, and I was chuffed that the distortion was fixed with a firmware update. But you're all right in pointing out the horrid manual focusing on this lens.

It's so hard !! definitely needs a fix.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 05:44 PM   #7
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I'm sure Sony can fix it. I used the Canon 18-135mm STM lens for years. That uses the same sort of electronic fly-by-wire focus, and it felt perfectly natural to use. So it can be done!
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Old February 9th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #8
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Fantastic lens, and I was chuffed that the distortion was fixed with a firmware update. But you're all right in pointing out the horrid manual focusing on this lens.

It's so hard !! definitely needs a fix.
James, I'm little late to the FS5 / SELP18105G party - so please tell me: has the distortion already been fixed by some previous fw update? That would be great indeed!

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Old February 10th, 2016, 06:09 AM   #9
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The distortion is handled by the FS7 and FS5 software.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 06:19 AM   #10
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The distortion is handled by the FS7 and FS5 software.
Well - the last time I saw Doug write about it, the correction doesn't work for this lens on the FS7 (in HD or 4K), that's why I'm asking.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 06:59 AM   #11
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

Piotr, I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't misquote me.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 07:22 AM   #12
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Piotr, I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't misquote me.
Doug - this thread, from post #6 onward:

FS7 with vintage Canon FD glass - bad idea?

Sorry if I misunderstood ALL you were saying then :)

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Old February 10th, 2016, 07:50 AM   #13
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

And where did I say the lens didn't work in HD?

But as long as you have brought up that old thread, I will say that I have grown less impressed with that lens and wouldn't recommend it anymore. There are better options out there for professionals. For a hobbyist, okay maybe, but not for a professional.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 07:55 AM   #14
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

True - you said

"You can't use Distortion Comp. at 4K or even at HD over 60 fps."

- I stand corrected, sorry. But back to my question: has it been fixed in the meantime, as James' post would imply?

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Old February 10th, 2016, 08:09 AM   #15
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Re: SELP18105G firmware update?

I would not buy the 18-105 for the FS7. Now for the FS5 it has its uses. But I would never call it a Pro lens (whatever that is).

I would borrow/rent/demo one myself before deciding.

I have the 18-105 and I used it a lot testing the FS5. But in real world shooting I don't use it much. The only time is if I am just running around doing quick B-roll. Or on a hike/ski in a fanny pack with a monopod, just to be versatile and compact. It is better than an iPhone, don't laugh I have several commercials running all over the NE USA where there are a few iPhone clips mixed in. The best camera is the one you have with you.

As far as I know there is no FW update that makes this lens comp work in 4K or hfr in the FS7.
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