13 July 2016

Nikon firmware updates for the Nikon D500 and D3s

Lots of firmware news today: Nikon recently released firmware updates for the D500 and D3s.

You can download the firmware updates from the Nikon site:

Fixed in D500 firmware version C1.02

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused errors with certain UHS-II SD memory cards. As we were able to confirm that these were read errors arising not in the camera but in the cards themselves, we addressed the issue with a work-around that switches temporarily to UHS-I mode when a card-side error occurs in UHS-II mode. The camera switches back to UHS-II mode when turned off and then on again or when the standby timer restarts. Card-side read errors may still occur after the update, albeit very infrequently.

Fixed in D3s firmware version A1.03/B1.02

  • The battery level indicator would on rare occasions flash if the camera was turned on with Clean at shutdown or Clean at startup & shutdown selected for SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean at startup/shutdown.
  • Two different pictures with the same file number would on rare occasions be recorded to both memory cards if two cards were inserted with Overflow selected for SHOOTING MENU > Slot 2.

Sigma Lens firmware updates

Sigma has released a number of firmware updates to address compatibility issues with some of the newer Canon and Nikon bodies.

Lens firmware updates will be provided free of charge, contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributors of SIGMA to have them perform the update. If you own a SIGMA USB DOCK and your lens is compatible, you can update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.

For the latest version of the Sigma software, please go to the SIGMA download page.

Lens firmware updates (Canon 1D X II related)

The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of some underexposure when the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera.
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon mount

Lens firmware updates (Canon C300 II related)

The firmware updates makes the below lenses fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
  • SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount

Lens firmware update (Nikon D500 related)

The firmware updates corrects the phenomenon that it shows some overexposure when below lenses are attached to a Nikon D500 in combination with a SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports – Nikon mount
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary - Nikon mount

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware update for SanDisk CFast card errors

Canon released a firmware update for its flagship 1D X II camera. The firmware addresses an issue with SanDisk CFast memory cards corrupting images.

Note: the issue is actually a bug in SanDisk's cards, not in the camera. Canon, however, still was able to provide a solution for it.

You can download the 1.02 firmware from the Canon website.