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09-03-2014, 07:29 AM   #1
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Should i update pentax k-5II firmware ?

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Should i update pentax k-5II firmware, now it's ver. 100 ?
Some time ago i heard rumors that focus correction can change after firmware.
I heard other thought's that if camera operates normally i should stay with 1.00 firmware.

So maby someone can tell me to upgrade or not ? Ca something negative happen?

09-03-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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I always update. Ricoh has a good reputation with their firmware releases, very few issues.

Here is the link to the current version, no need for anything but the latest one it is all inclusive. Latest K-5II/K-5IIs Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

Note that there is a different version for K-II and K-IIs so get the correct one. Make sure your battery is fully charged, and follow the directions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
I always update. Ricoh has a good reputation with their firmware releases, very few issues.

Here is the link to the current version, no need for anything but the latest one it is all inclusive. Latest K-5II/K-5IIs Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

Note that there is a different version for K-II and K-IIs so get the correct one. Make sure your battery is fully charged, and follow the directions.
And focus correction did not changed after firmware update ?
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And focus correction did not changed after firmware update ?
No idea, I do not have any applied on the k-5IIs or the k-3. I did have many applied on the k-5 and updates did not change them. Not sure about k-5Ii though.

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Dangers of updating firmware for K-5II

Back in June I decided to upgrade my K-5II firmware. I went to the Ricoh site and followed their directions in careful detail. However, the camera gave an error message in the firmware loading process, and the process aborted. My K-5II became a brick! I sent it off to CRIS, but it got to them while they were in the process of transferring everything over to the new repair company that Ricoh will be using. I spoke with Ricoh, and they agreed to cover the parts for the camera, but not the labor, so whenever this repair is eventually completed it will cost me only around $150, and not the usual $290.

I have not had my K-5II since June, so I am relearning the K-7 and the K-01, while trying to exercise patience.

I am not enough of a technical person to understand why cameras have to carry this level of risk in upgrading firmware. However, this is a real problem, and I think it is wrong that the customer is asked to bear this level of risk simply to obtain the latest firmware. There ought to be some kind of engineering solution to this problem. I wonder if Nikon, Canon, and other DSLR cameras have the same situation for users.
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If the camera has a fully charged battery, one should not have to worry about downloading firmware to upgrade. Just follow the instructions and it will b fine.

Yes, I agree that if it bricks, then one should expect Ricoh not to charge for this type of service.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ivanvernon Quote
I am not enough of a technical person to understand why cameras have to carry this level of risk in upgrading firmware. However, this is a real problem, and I think it is wrong that the customer is asked to bear this level of risk simply to obtain the latest firmware. There ought to be some kind of engineering solution to this problem. I wonder if Nikon, Canon, and other DSLR cameras have the same situation for users.
Not sure of any others but it was the same through the years for all of my Olympus cameras I've owned. The main difference is Olympus would update the camera body and the lenses via their processing software, not by copying a file into the root directory of the card, which also could be a real hassle if one lost their internet connection during the update. Still and all if your battery or internet went then it would brick the camera at a cost to repair. One of the work a rounds for low battery was to buy and use the mfg power adapter. I have updated every firmware on every camera I have ever owned and never had a problem. I use a battery grip and recharge both bateries before I update on my K5 lls so I know I have plenty of battery power when I update.
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The best news is, you can go straight to version 1.07, and chances are low that future versions will have a big benefit. Early K-5 II adopters probably have upgraded firmware six times already, 1.01/1.02/1.03/1.04/1.05/1.06.

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I am running 1.04. Why upgrade when its working fine. Its not windows which needs security updates.
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