Firmware update 2.2 for Leica SL and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH available today

A new firmware update 2.2 for the Leica SL mirrorless camera (previously reported here) with improved support for Leica Image Shuttle software and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens was released today (direct download link):

Leica Announces New Advances for LEICA SL: Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens and Firmware Version 2.2

December 13, 2016 – Leica Camera announced today the release of its Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens and Firmware Version 2.2 for the LEICA SL.

Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

The Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard on the market. Its large maximum aperture makes it the ideal partner in situations with challenging light, enabling the use of shallow depth of field as a creative tool. Fast, precise and reliable autofocus helps guarantee optium sharpness, leaving photographers free to concentrate on composition and creativity.  The combination of its resolving power and soft bokeh in out-of-focus areas clearly isolates subjects from their surroundings, particularly when shooting at maximum aperture.

Firmware Version 2.2

Firmware version 2.2, the latest update for the innovative Leica SL mirrorless camera system, provides improved support for the MAC versions of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 and Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0.  Now, version 2.2 also supports the new Microsoft Windows version of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5, improving compatibility and workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL. Image Shuttle 3.5 also allows users to control the camera from a computer via a USB 3.0 cable connection and manipulate shutter speed, aperture, ISO value and autofocus, displaying images directly on a large monitor screen for assessment.

Registered camera owners can log into the Leica Owners’ Area ( and download the new software and firmware updates, or visit any Leica Store to receive complimentary update installation by Leica Camera specialists.


The Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 (for MAC) – also available as a download from the Leica Owners’ Area – establishes a direct connection between the Leica SL and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC for MAC via USB cable. The shutter release of the camera can be activated from the computer, with images captured displayed directly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC (for MAC), making the workflow even faster and more reliable. A corresponding firmware update is required for the use of Leica Image Shuttle and the Leica Tethered Plug-in.

Finally, in addition to the new tethering compatibility, firmware update 2.2 removes the shutter speed limitation when shooting with 6-bit coded Leica M-Lenses, further optimizing the performance of the Leica SL mirrorless camera system.

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  • Thiseas

    Gosh this thing is huge.
    (sorry for the off-topic but honestly..)

    • The SL should have been a medium format camera.

      • YourFace

        Man that would have been amazing.

      • kahudson

        One problem: They have a medium format system, the S.

        • Brennan McKissick

          I feel like that system is barely keeping its head above water.

  • lobotomisedjournalist

    If you need this lens, well you need it, but for me it just seems a ridiculous beast. Will it be noticeably better than the already superb Sigma 50/1.4? I doubt it. What are Leica smoking?

  • Mark

    Is it a 50mm or a 50m lens? That thing is massive, surely Leica of all people could have made it smaller?

  • Pantechnicon

    Over a kilo in weight, so long it spans two time zones. But it is going to look super in anodized red.

  • soundimageplus

    You can access the firmware update directly here:-

  • sperdynamite

    If you think this lens is going to live up to it’s promise I got news for you:

  • TwoStrayCats

    Of course it has barrel distortion. It is a barrel. Its big enough to make a superb beer mug.

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