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"Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched

Press release issued by Olympus Japan:

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.

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*As of October 15, 2008, according to Olympus data

The company names, product names and technology names specified in this release are the trademarks or registered trademarks of each company.

 

 

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"Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched

Four Thirds User editorial team "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
Four Thirds DSLR system manufacturers, Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, and Sigma, have announced a rationa... (more)

Ian Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
Frustratingly, this announcement has not been press-released in Europe, so I only just saw it being ... (more)

hard as snails Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
This update is amazing, I now have fast contrast AF when using my olympus lenses on my panasonic L10... (more)

Ian Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
Now that is interesting. I have had a query with Panasonic and Olympus regarding contrast AF inte... (more)

Ian Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
Which Zuikos are you using with your L10, out of interest? Ian... (more)

timg Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
At last... common sense rather than business sense prevails!*clap... (more)

hard as snails Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
tested it yesterday with a 70-300m, and this morning with 8mm (fisheye) seems about 4 times faster o... (more)

Ian Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
OK, are you talking about live view AF or normal TTL AF? Ian... (more)

hard as snails Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
...live view af big increase, dont use the viewfinder that much for the fisheye and even on the ttl ... (more)

alanb Re: "Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses" launched
Are we E-400 users disadvantaged here? I know I can't upgrade the firmware for my body, but can I us... (more)

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