Fujifilm has announced that they have temporarily suspended firmware updates for their 90mm F/2.8 and 16-55mm F/2.8 lenses. The announcement broke over the night and has to do with an issue that presents itself when a user tries updating the firmware for these lenses from a camera with an older firmware.
The issue, which is a scary – but apparently harmless – one, caused the cameras screen to flickr and go out, then displaying a lens failure warning. Apparently, once restarted the issue didn’t render the camera or lens unusable – which is always a valid fear when upgrading a firmware package. But due to the glitch Fujifilm has suspended all firmware updates for those two lenses and will resume them once they have an updated firmware package ready to go that will not cause mass heart attacks from photographers trying to update.
The updated firmware release is expected on July 21st.
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The FUJIFILM X-series product range has received excellent reviews from a wide range of users since launch. The excellent build, retro design, intuitive controls and outstanding image quality combine to form a package which has delighted professional and enthusiast photographers across the world.
Unfortunately we have discovered that the latest firmware of XF90mmF2 R LM WR (Ver.1.01) and XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (Ver1.10) launched on 9 June 2016 has a potential issue which may result in a failure if the upgrade is conducted with a camera whose firmware is the previous version. In this case, the LCD on the camera blinks on & off after the camera is turned on and then a “Lens Error” message is indicated. If this phenomenon doesn’t occur after the firmware upgrade, these lenses can be used normally.
Due to the above, the download service of the firmware of XF90mmF2 R LM WR and XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR is temporarily suspended.
We have addressed the potential issue and will release an improved firmware for both the XF90mmF2 R LM WR and XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR. This latest version will be released on our Global site on 21 July 2016.