May 24, 2016

Pentax Image Transmitter 2

Introduction

Tethering refers to remotely controlling a camera using a wired connection to a computer, mainly with the goal of instantly viewing and editing the files that are captured.  The ability to tether has historically been a rather elusive feature on Pentax DSLRs, as for a while, Pentax only offered tethering software for its first three flagship DSLRs, namely the *ist D (2003), K10D (2006) and K20D (2008).  Only unofficial community-developed tethering solutions (i.e. pkTriggerCord) were available for later K-mount models, often with limitations in functionality or stability.

In 2012, Pentax tethering officially made a return following the release of the commercial Pentax Image Transmitter software for the medium format 645D.

When the Pentax 645Z succeeded the 645D, it was accompanied by a much more modern tethering program at launch: Pentax Image Transmitter 2 (IT2 for short).  In 2016, tethering support finally returned to the K-mount lineup through the Pentax K-1 full frame, which became compatible with IT2 following the v2.2.0 software update.

Image Transmitter 2Image Transmitter 2 Screenshot (photo simulated)

Image Transmitter 2 is available for Windows as well as Mac.  It offers basic tethering functionality such as live view, instant file transfers, focusing, and exposure adjustments.  Read on for a closer look at what it can do!


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