Pentax has just released a host of new firmware updates in order to add support for the Pentax 1.4x Teleconverter in 10 of its most recent cameras. All K-mount bodies launched in 2010 or later will fully support the teleconverter, in addition to the Pentax K-7 from 2009. Older DSLRs will still be compatible with the new teleconverter, though they will not support some of the enhanced features that the Pentax teleconverter offers over third-party offerings.
Apart from the teleconverter support, these firmware updates do not add any other new features, though the usual "stability improvements" are of course included. Therefore, we always recommend updating to the latest version for the best overall performance. Please note that Pentax firmware updates are cumulative and include the contents of all prior updates, so you only need to update your firmware once even if you've never updated before.
Below is a complete list of cameras with new firmware versions, as well as links to the official firmware download for each camera.
|K-5 II||1.07||K-5 II firmware|
|K-5 IIs||1.07||K-5 IIs firmware|
Read on for easy-to-follow firmware installation instructions and a tutorial video.
On top of the existing $699 Pentax K-5 IIs deal, free grip + lens Pentax K-3 deal, and the massive Pentax lens sale, we've spotted three other great US deals on Pentax cameras and flashes. They are summarized in the table below.
Like the lens deals, the flash rebates will be expiring on March 6th. The K-50 and 645D price drops seem to be indefinite for the time-being. At Adorama, the K-50 includes a free $50 gift certificate, even at the low sale price.
Pentax K-50 DSLR
Pentax 645D DSLR
AF 360 FGZII WR Flash
AF 540 FGZII WR Flash
Pentax has just authorized a host of exciting lens deals in the US, bringing us lower prices than on Black Friday on a handful of lenses.
Please refer to the table below for the current deals; links to the store with the lowest price for each lens are included. If you're interested in picking up a new lens, hurry- most of these rebates expire on March 6th!
Another point to note is that certain SMC DA Limited lenses are temporarily back in stock at B&H and Adorama.
The Sony Alpha 7 (A7) and Alpha 7R (A7R) mirrorless full frame cameras are candidates for Pentax shooters who want a full-frame camera right now to use with Pentax legacy and FA Limited glass. The Alpha 7 has a 24-megapixel sensor while the Alpha 7R a 36-megapixel sensor, and apart from the performance implications of the A7R's larger files, the cameras are otherwise identical.
When it was first announced, the Sony A7 seemed to be the perfect camera to use with adapted lenses. This is because it uses the Sony NEX mount, which means Pentax lenses can be adapted without the need for any corrective optics: just a simple mount K to NEX adapter that's nothing more than a hollow tube. The A7 is also affordable for a full-frame: just a few hundred dollars more than the Pentax K-3. And considering that the camera body is lighter than any Pentax DSLR, it might not be that burdensome to keep an adapter on it full-time. There's no question that the A7 was one of the most interesting and innovative cameras launched in 2013, and it's certainly gained a fairly big following among our forum members.
We have had access to a Sony A7 and have evaluated how it performs with adapted Pentax lenses. If you've been dying for a full-frame camera to use with your Pentax glass, is the A7 the way to go, or does the wait for a full-frame Pentax continue?
Read our Sony A7 Review with a focus on Pentax lenses to find out!
Our February giveaway has come to a close, but that doesn't mean we're done!
If you've ever thought about how exciting it would be if your Pentax K mount DSLR could use Nikon F, Olympus OM, Contax Yashica C/Y and Konica AR mount lenses, here is the answer.
Introducing Pentax K+ Mulit-Mount (PK+MM), a new way of adapting lenses from different mounts to K mount without the need for adapters, achieving infinity focus (except Konica AR mount) and yet retaining the use of its native K mount lenses.
Sound familiar? This idea was my DIY project which I submitted in the PentaxForums.com Pentax K-30 giveaway back in 2012 (you can see the original entry here) which later became the winning entry. During the course of voting, the encouraging feedback/comments made me decide to make my idea commercially available so that anyone who is interested does not need to DIY. And the result? The professionally precision-machined PK+MM which you can see here mounted on my Pentax K-r.
PK+MM installed on Pentax K-r.
By replacing the original mounting ring on your Pentax K mount DSLR with the PK+MM part, you can start to mount the lenses of Nikon F, Olympus OM and Contax/Yashica and even Konica AR mount directly onto your DSLR. Just imagine the choices of Nikkor, Zuiko, Carl Zeiss, Yashica, Hexanon or other third parties lenses in the Nikon F mount not available in Pentax K.
Below is the product introduction video which will show you exactly how PK+MM works.
What makes PK+MM different from using currently-available methods is that no adapter is required. This preserves the different mounts' ability to focus to infinity as their film flange focus distances are slightly longer than that of the Pentax K mount (except Konica AR mount). Current adapters that allow infinity focus normally have corrective optics that degrade image quality while those that do not have corrective optics only allow focus at close distances. Other alternative methods like changing the mount of the lens means you need to disassemble the lens and then only use 1 modified lens at a time.
While aperture control is totally dependent on the type of lenses mounted and only manual focus is possible, PK+MM will vastly open up your choices of lenses previously only available or adaptable to other mounts.
Interested to get the PK+MM for FREE? That's where the giveaway part comes in!
The Cactus RF60 belongs to a new species of radio-controlled flashes that allow photographers to make use of the flexibility and reliability of radio communication for more than just triggering.
An RF60's power level can be remote controlled from an on-camera RF60 in master mode or by the upcoming Cactus V6 radio trigger. An RF60 in master mode can control up to four groups and even the zoom settings of the external RF60. The RF60 furthermore supports semi-automatic versions of high-speed sync and second curtain sync in a brand-agnostic manner.
Today, we are pleased to be bringing you an in-depth review of this flash. The review review features a section elaborating on the benefits of off-camera flash photography and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the RF60's features and handling.
One amazing deal is back at B&H, and you won't find it anywhere else! For a limited time only you can get a Pentax K-3 DSLR, DA 50mm F1.8 lens, genuine D-BG5 Grip, and a Sandisk 32Gb memory card all for the price of just the camera body. The total value of the free bundled accessories is $441.85, but this bundle is very limited in quantity.
Don't miss out before this offer is gone: order your K-3 with free extras now!
This free accessory bundle is also available with the Pentax K-3 18-135mm kit.
For more information on the Pentax K-3 and the bundled accessories, please visit our in-depth reviews, lens database, and accessory database.
Today, we're pleased to be bringing you this year's exclusive CP+ interview with Pentax (Ricoh Imaging) representatives. Because the show was cancelled on our original interview date, we had to reschedule and ended up condicting the interview last week at the Pentax headquarters in Tokyo.
In this interview, we discussed current Pentax equipment and future plans with Takashi Arai (Product Planning Group) and Hiraku Kawauchi (Public Relations Manager) of Ricoh Imaging. Most of the questions were based on forum user suggestions.
Without further ado, let's get to the questions:
Question 1: Do you have any updates on the status of the Flucard development for the Pentax K-3?
The launch date for the Japanese market is February 27th with other markets following soon after.
A dedicated Flucard enables wireless tethering on the Pentax K-3. Details here.
Question 2: None of your cameras currently have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Is this something you might consider in upcoming models, especially now that many competing compacts and DSLRs do support Wi-Fi?
It's true that none of our DSLRs have Wi-Fi. Not all users really required this feature so far, however the potential demand is increasing and we will study the possibility to have built-in Wi-Fi in the future.
Question 3: The Ricoh GR is a very popular and successful camera, and many of our users are enjoying it and the Pentax MX-1. Do you see “enthusiast compacts” as a key market segment and will we see more such cameras in the future?
Demand for enthusiast compacts, which we call premium compacts, is relatively stable, but the overall compact digital camera market is facing a declining trend. I imagine this is due to the emergence of smartphones, however the super zoom, waterproof and premium compact categories are still strong within the compact market. We will continue to develop and release compacts mainly in those categories.