First preview photos of new HD PENTAX-DA★ 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW – Samples with FF and Crop Mode

Preview photos of new the HD PENTAX-DA★ 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW – Samples with PENTAX K1 II (FF & Crop Mode comparison) [updated with 8 new photos]

Preview photos/shots of the new HD PENTAX-DA★ 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (with FF and Crop Mode image circle/coverage comparison) published on


Sample Photos – Crop (APS-C) & FF Mode Image Circle Comparison | 18mm, 16mm, 14mm, 12mm, 11mm


Sample Photos – FF Mode Image Circle Comparison (F2.8 – 8) | 18mm, 16mm, 14mm, 12mm, 11mm





Flashpoint and Godox have announced the R2 Pro-P / Godox XPro-P, TTL and HSS enabled radio transmitter for PENTAX cameras.

Further expanding the Flashpoint R2 & Godox X 2.4GHz flash system to support, Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and now Pentax Camera systems.

With a large clear dot matrix LCD screen displaying all 5 groups at simultaneously, and individual dedicated groups buttons, the Pro transmitter provides a large improvement over previous R2 / X1 transmitters.




  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen Displaying 5 Groups
  • 5 Individual Dedicated Group Buttons
  • Display Zoom – Displays One Group Larger with More Details
  • TCM Function – TTL – CONVERT – MANUAL
  • Flash Head Zoom Control Interface – by Group
  • Modelling Light Control – by Group (Currently On / Off Only)
  • Global Adjustment of Group Power Levels (ALL Button)
  • Large Graphic Menu System with Multiple Custom Functions

The Pro transmitter now provides the option of working with up to 5 groups of lights – A / B / C / D / E, in a mixed Group Mode style environment, where TTL and Manual groups can be mixed together, and individual groups can easily be switched On and Off.

There is also the option of controlling up to 16 Groups in Manual mode (A-F & 0-9), corresponding with XTR-16/s radio receivers.

With dedicated individual group buttons, adjusting each group is now very simple, fast and intuitive.

And at the press of a button the Pro transmitter provides the option of switching back and forth from multiple group display, to a larger single group display showing more details.



  • Godox / Flashpoint 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Range – 100m +
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Global ALL Group Power Adjustment
  • Remote Flash Zoom by Group
  • Remote Modeling Light Control
  • Group Mode – A / B / C / D / E  (5 Groups)
  • Manual Mode – A – F & 0 – 9 (16 Groups)
  • 32 Channels
  • Wireless ID 01-99
  • Compatible with All Godox & Flashpoint 2.4GHz Flash System
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display with Adjustable Back Light
  • Zoom Display – Displays One Groups Larger With Details
  • Modeling flash
  • Auto Memory Function
  • AF Assist light (With an On/Off Switch)
  • Wireless Shutter Release
  • Type-C USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • 2.5mm Sync Port – Input & Output
  • Powered by 2 AA Batteries



Another significant feature now provided with the Pro transmitter is the new TCM function.

TCM stands for TLL – CONVERT – MANUAL.

This is Godox and Flashpoint’s version of Hybrid or Fusion TTL, where its now possible to take a shot in TTL mode to attain a correct exposure very quickly, and then at the press of a button convert those TTL power levels to display on the transmitter as Manual power levels.

The manual power levels can then be further refined, and provide consistent exposures for further shots in the same set up and environment.

The TCM function can provide a large advantage when operating in a fast paced environment, allowing a base setting to be gained very quickly without manually metering lights. Switching to manual the individual power levels can then be refined as needed, and exposures remain constant for subsequent images.

Other features include a flash Zoom control screen, and a large graphic menu with custom functions –

The Pro transmitter provides similar range and reliability to the original R2 and XT transmitters, and also currently use the same AF assist light, and regular screw locking foot.

A shutter release function is provided, as well as a Type-C USB port for firmware updated, and a 2.5mm sync port.

And the Pro transmitter is once again powered by 2 regular AA batteries.



At the time of release the following Pentax cameras models have been tested compatible by Godox:





R2 Pro-P/XPRO-P are available for pre-order now from $69.00

Adorama / / / B&H Photo


Source / Godox

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HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Review

“The overall appearance and feel are quite similar to the 18-50mm retractable lens that we have already seen. A single easily operated button releases the lens barrel so that the zoom ring can be used. If the camera is switched on whilst the lens is retracted, the shutter release is disabled and a warning message appears on the rear screen. The release of the zoom ring is, like the first lens, quite jerky and stiff in operation, hardly smooth. However, the standard of assembly of the lens, in general, is high, and things do ease up a little once the lens is in use. In contrast, the manual focus ring, which lies closest to the body, is as smooth as silk from the start, operating electronically and also offering QuickShift, where manual focusing can be used to tweak the AF position focused on.

There is little else to see on the lens. The front element is surrounded by the 58mm filter thread and also the bayonet for fixing the provided round lens hood. The hood has a removable slot that allows filters such as a polariser to be rotated without removing the lens hood. The HD coatings reduce flare and the front element is also given an SP (Super Protect) coating to repel grease, dirt and water. The diaphragm has 9 rounded blades to improve bokeh. Weight is 442g or 471g with hood. This is virtually the same as the previous 55-300mm lenses.”


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New firmware update v1.10 for PENTAX K-3 II

Changes to V1.10
  • Corresponded to [KAF4 lens mount] that is equipped with an electromagnetic diaphragm control system.
    Enable new lens HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE to shoot stable by updating firmware.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

PENTAX K-3 II (v1.10)

・Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.10

  • Only PENTAX K-3II users are permitted to download the firmware update.
PENTAX Firmware Update Software for K-3Ⅱ
Name PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-3Ⅱ
Registered name (zip type 14,158 Kbytes)
Applied product PENTAX K3, K-3Ⅱ Silver Edition
To check the version number, press the menu button and select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 4] menu then press the four-way controller right.
Updated firmware file For Mac and windows : zip type
Release date 2016/08/04
How to check version
  1. Turn ON the camera.
  2. Press MENU button to display MENU screen.
  3. Press the four-way controller right to display [Set-up 4] menu screen.
  4. Select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 4] menu then press the four-way controller right.

The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info/Options] screen.

Preparation of update
    • Blank, formatted SD/SDHC card (32MB or more)
    • USB cable 3.0 (micro B)
      If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card by connecting the camera directly to your computer.
    • SD card reader or a computer with a SD card slot.
      If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card using a memory card reader / writer.
    • Fully charged battery (D-LI90)

*Be sure to use fully charged battery (D-LI90)
If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.

Download the updated firmware file
Updating Procedure
    1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
      The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
      •Fwdc230b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
      Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc230b.bin] to the root directory in the SD card.
      If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware update file by inserting the SD card into your camera and then connecting the camera directly to your computer.
    2. Insert the D-LI90 battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.
    3. Insert the update SD card (prepared in step 1) into the camera (slot 1) and close card cover.
    4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.
    5. “Updates the camera firmware” appears in the LCD monitor.
      Ver: 1.00→1.10 will be displayed.
    6. Press the four-way controller to select “Start” and press the “OK” button.
    7. “NOW LOADING” appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts.
      Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update is completed.
    8. When update is completed, the “COMPLETE” will be displayed at the left bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.
    9. Remove the update SD card from the camera.
      *Confirm the version of firmware with above [How to check version].

When updating is finished, the update SD card still contains the Firmware file.
If you want to use this card to take pictures, format the card by the camera to delete firmware file first.

  1. This software may only be used by users who own the PENTAX K-3Ⅱ
  2. This software is covered by a software license agreement. Please read the software license agreement before downloading the software.
  3. You will have agreed with this software license agreement when the download starts.