Pentax K-1 Firmware v1.41 Released

Improved tethering support via Image Transmitter

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Apr 20, 2017

Ricoh Imaging has just enhanced the tethering functionality of the Pentax K-1 (and 645Z) through a firmware update for the camera and a software update for Image Transmitter 2.

The key improvement in these updates is the ability to change many new settings while tethering, including the drive mode, image format, and focus fine tuning.  Note that you must already own a copy of Image Transmitter 2 in order to use this update— the software is not free and is available for purchase from Pentax outlets.  You can install the latest firmware even if you don't plan on using Image Transmitter, however, as the firmware is cumulative and includes the many other exciting features added by Pentax to date, such as electronic front curtain shutter or night vision mode.

Download the K-1 firmware and Image Transmitter 2 update from the official Pentax firmware site.

See our in-depth review for more information about the Pentax K-1.

Official Release Notes - Camera Firmware

[Enhanced features]

  • Correspond to Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0 
    [Function enhancement/Additional item when using Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0]
       -  Drive mode change function.
       -  White balance change function.
       -  Custom image change function.
       -  Image recording format change function.
       -  JPEG recording size change function
       -  Recording image quality change function.
       -  Card slot setting function.
       -  Live view magnification change function.
       -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
       -  Focus assists setting function.
       -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Live view is incompatible)
  • Improved stability for general performance. 
    *When this update is done, the contents of version 1.40 and earlier will be also updated.

Official Release Notes - Image Transmitter 2

[Main changes from Version 2.2.1]
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

  • Corresponded to PENTAX KP.
  • The following items can be set newly.
       -  Drive mode change function.
       -  White balance change function.
       -  Custom image change function.
       -  Image recording format change function.
       -  RAW format change function.
       -  Live view magnification change function.
       -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
       -  Composition fine adjustment function. (Only use with KP)
       -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Need SD card/645Z is incompatible/K-1:LV is incompatible)
       -  Correspond to timer exposure of Bulb. (Camera side timer setting value display/ start and stop by application side timer)
       -  Focus assists setting function.
       -  Correspond to exposure bracket setting. (Only for 645Z)

[Improvement item]

  • Maintain enlarged condition after AF for live view magnification. (KP is incompatible)
  • Correspond to display magnification change of independent post view.
    *When this update is done, the contents of version 2.2.1and earlier will be also updated.
    *It is necessary to update the firmware to version 1.23 for 645Z and version 1.41 for K-1.

Pentax 645Z Firmware v1.23 Released

Improved tethering support via Image Transmitter

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Apr 20, 2017

Ricoh Imaging has just enhanced the tethering functionality of the Pentax 645Z (and K-1) through a firmware update for the camera and a software update for Image Transmitter 2.

The key improvement in these updates is the ability to change many new settings while tethering, including the drive mode, image format, and focus fine tuning.  Note that you must already own a copy of Image Transmitter 2 in order to use this update— the software is not free and is available for purchase from Pentax outlets.  You can install the latest firmware even if you don't plan on using Image Transmitter, however, as the firmware is cumulative and includes all previous enhancements.

Download the 645Z firmware and Image Transmitter 2 update from the official Pentax firmware site.

See our in-depth review for more information about the Pentax 645Z.

Official Release Notes - Camera Firmware

[Main changes from Version 1.22]

  • Correspond to Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0
    [Function enhancement/Additional item when using Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0 ]
       -  Drive mode change function.
       -  White balance change function.
       -  Custom image change function.
       -  Image recording format change function.
       -  Card slot setting function.
       -  Live view magnification change function.
       -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
       -  Focus assists setting function. (Only for Windows)
       -  Exposure bracket setting function. (Only for Windows)
  • Improved stability for general performance.
    *When this update is done, the contents of version 1.22 and earlier will be also updated.

Official Release Notes - Image Transmitter 2

[Main changes from Version 2.2.1]
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

  • Corresponded to PENTAX KP.
  • The following items can be set newly.
       -  Drive mode change function.
       -  White balance change function.
       -  Custom image change function.
       -  Image recording format change function.
       -  RAW format change function.
       -  Live view magnification change function.
       -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
       -  Composition fine adjustment function. (Only use with KP)
       -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Need SD card/645Z is incompatible/K-1:LV is incompatible)
       -  Correspond to timer exposure of Bulb. (Camera side timer setting value display/ start and stop by application side timer)
       -  Focus assists setting function.
       -  Correspond to exposure bracket setting. (Only for 645Z)

[Improvement item]

  • Maintain enlarged condition after AF for live view magnification. (KP is incompatible)
  • Correspond to display magnification change of independent post view.
    *When this update is done, the contents of version 2.2.1and earlier will be also updated.
    *It is necessary to update the firmware to version 1.23 for 645Z and version 1.41 for K-1.


Ricoh Stays Committed to Cameras & Pentax Brand

Ricoh responding to misleading rumors

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Apr 12, 2017

Ricoh has today (April 12) released a press release that confirms the company's commitment to the camera industry through the Pentax and GR camera brands and also to the innovative Theta product. The press release is a response to the rumor mill that would allege that the opposite could be true. Said rumor naturally created a lot of discussion on PentaxForums in this thread.  We're happy to see Ricoh reacting this quickly to put matters right.

The full press release reads as follows:

With regard to the article about RICOH today

Apr. 12, 2017

Ricoh Co.,Ltd.

Today there was an article saying that RICOH considers to shrink the camera business and withdraw from consumer products. This article is not based on RICOH's official announcement.

RICOH is focusing its resource on the high added value products such as PENTAX and GR that are appreciated by the existing users and photo hobbyists. RICOH is also a market leader of input devices in the VR or AR market with its "RICOH THETA" where we can see rapid growth, and will keep on expanding the business even more in this field. In addition, RICOH will develop and expand the imaging business in the solution business field for corporate, by creating new market utilizing its own camera technology.

Topaz Spring Sale: 40% Off Everything

Great deals on post-processing software

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Apr 11, 2017

From today (April 11th) until April 16th, 40% off any Topaz post-processing software store-wide.  Topaz Labs makes highly-effective tools such for common post-processing tasks such as noise reduction, color enhancement, black and white conversion, masking, and more!  Topaz plugins can be used standalone or integrated with Photoshop, Lightroom, and other popular programs.

To take advantage of this deal, simply head over to the Topaz Store and use the coupon code SPRING40 at checkout.  If you already own one or more plugins, you can upgrade to the full Topaz bundle at a reduce price, and still take advantage of the discount.

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"Benches" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our February, 2017 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Mar 23, 2017

"Autumn Colors" by vaksi

Our February, 2017 "Benches" photo contest has ended and we're happy to announce and congratulate these winners:

In first place was forum member vaksi from Hungary who captured "Autumn Colors" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-50 and a Sigma lens.

Our runners-up were forum member codru from USA in second place with "At Peace" and Ikarus from USA in third place with "Bench". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"At Peace" by codru "Bench" by Ikarus

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our March photo contest, "Architectutal Elements". Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

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