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12-05-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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New K5II firmware change or no?

Just got my new K5II from B&H. Shipped with firmware ver 1.0 I am always a little nervous to upgrade firmware when all seems to be working well. What say ye? Update and maybe suffer the wrath of the firmware gods or leave it be? Seems I see lots of problems sometimes after folks have updated the firmware.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rwingsfan Quote
Just got my new K5II from B&H. Shipped with firmware ver 1.0 I am always a little nervous to upgrade firmware when all seems to be working well. What say ye? Update and maybe suffer the wrath of the firmware gods or leave it be? Seems I see lots of problems sometimes after folks have updated the firmware.
My K-5IIs is on v1.06, no issues.
12-05-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Usually there is no issue and the newer firmware improves performance in some ways. Sometimes it is small things like adding lens data, sometimes its a big change like improved AF or metering.
I tend to update all my cameras and had no issues so far.
Recently there was a K-5II update that introduced an issue (1.05, I think?). But Pentax quickly released the next firmware to fix that issue. It was no big deal, it didn't ruin any cameras. I think 1.06 shouldn't give you any problems. It also includes all previous updates, minus any problems they might have introduced. There are many threads on how to properly do a firmware update, so you can look at those to understand the process better.
I also dreaded the update the first couple of times, but now I hardly even give it a thought. Just download, unzip, extract, put it on card; charge up the camera batteries, and then its done in a couple minutes.
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Went ahead and updated, that process is painless. Guess we will see how it goes.

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