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.  Support for the Pentax KP was added via the v2.3.0 update, bringing the total number of supported camera to 3.

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!

This review was updated in January, 2018 to reflect the latest software and firmware updates.


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