Firmware updates are simultaneously one of the best things about today’s technology and one of the most annoying things. On one hand, it is great that we can get updates from companies to improve performance or resolve unwanted issues with the gear we have spent so much money on. But on the other hand, it can be annoying to have to do the process and there is always the off chance that the update bricks your gear for one reason or another. But pros and cons aside, Tamron and Canon owners take note because today both companies released updated firmware for some gear you may own.
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Canon 6D Mark II Firmware Version 1.0.4
Today, Canon released firmware version 1.0.4 for their entry level full frame 6D Mark II. According to the update page, this firmware is designed to address a singular issue with the camera where in ‘rare instances’ the buttons and some touch panel functions do not respond to user feedback. Obviously, this would be a problem while out shooting, so it is good to see Canon address the issue and get it sorted out in this update.
If you own a Canon 6D Mark II and are wanting to make sure that your firmware is up to date you can head over to the Canon 6D Mark II product page to download the firmware update.
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Firmware Version 2
Tamron has also released a new firmware update; this one affecting their 28-75mm f2.8 RXD lens for the Sony mirrorless system. As was widely reported soon after its launch, the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD had some autofocus performance issues that had some users crying foul. The issue was mostly reported from users trying to utilize the lens for video shooting, but there were also some reports of issues here and there for standard stills performance as well.
Tamron, to their credit, acknowledged the issue fairly early on and promised to be coming out with a firmware update to address that problem in the future. Today they launched that update. Two issues are resolved in the version 2 update; the AF issue that was noted above, as well as a phenomenon where you would see flicker on the peripheral parts of the image while zooming the lens. Updating the firmware for this lens is thankfully a simple process that you can do through the Sony camera you have it mounted to.
If you own the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 you can get your hands on the version 2 update on the Tamron update page.