New firmware update v1.41 released for PENTAX K-3

New firmware update v1.41 released for PENTAX K-3

Release of the Firmware Version 1.41 for PENTAX K-3

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.41 for PENTAX K-3.

Changes to V1.41

  • Optimized performance when attaching new lens HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW.

*Contents of [Version 1.30] and earlier version will be also updated.

 

Caution

  • Only PENTAX K-3 users are permitted to download the firmware update.

 

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.

 

Updating Procedure

  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
    •Fwdc220b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc220b.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: 1.00/1.01/1.02/1.03 /1.10 / 1.11/1.20/1.21/1.30/1.40→1.41 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].

 

[Caution]

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-3
  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.

 

PENTAX K-3 (v1.41)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.41

 

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New firmware update v1.40 for PENTAX K-3

Release of the Firmware Version 1.40 for PENTAX K-3

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.40 for PENTAX K-3.

Changes to V1.40

  • Optimized performance when attaching new lens HD PENTAX-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

*Contents of [Version 1.30] and earlier version will be also updated.

Caution

  • Only PENTAX K-3 users are permitted to download the firmware update.

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

  • For Windows/Macintosh : k3_v140.zip 14,052Kbytes, zip type

Updating Procedure

  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
    •Fwdc220b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc220b.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: 1.00/1.01/1.02/1.03 /1.10 / 1.11/1.20/1.21/1.30→1.40 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].

[Caution]

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-3
  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.

PENTAX K-3 (v1.40)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.40

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smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited (FF) review

Really well-written review about first gem of “The Holy Trinity”: smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited (updated for K-1) by Bernard Déry published on PENTAXForums!

“The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

After reviewing the widely popular FA 31mm F1.8 and 77mm F1.8, we now look at the smallest and lightest of the FA Limited, the 43mm F1.9. Like its siblings, the 43mm is made entirely of metal, offers a fast aperture in a small, elegant body. Not quite as renowned as the FA 31mm and 77mm, the 43mm is still among the most popular lenses in our database.

The FA 43mm was the first Limited ever created, 20 years ago this year. How does it compare with more recent lenses?”

Read more at pentaxforums.com

 

Product photos

 

Sample photos

Sample galley page on pentaxforums.com (for full size samples)

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smc PENTAX FA 77mm F1.8 Limited (FF) review

A well-written smc PENTAX FA 77mm F1.8 Limited review (updated for K-1) by Bernard Déry published on PENTAXForums!

“The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the Pentax K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

Following our reviews of the FA 31mm on full-frame, we continue this series with a review of the FA 77mm F1.8, with the review of the FA 43mm to follow next week. A serious contender for the “best Pentax lens ever made” contest that was held a few years ago, the 77mm represents, for many, the ideal portrait lens. Unobtrusive, compact, fast and superbly crafted, the 77mm has many admirers and few critics.

The 77mm is the most recent of the FA Limited, but is still more than 15 years old. Can it still hold its own in 2018?”

Read more at pentaxforums.com

 

Product photos

 

Sample photos

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New smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited (FF) review from PENTAXforums

Here we have a quick look for photos. Please visit the review page on pentaxforums.com for all details and full-sized JPG samples.

“The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performance, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our old reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution full-frame sensor.

Today we begin this series with our review of the FA 31mm F1.8. Widest among the FA Limiteds, sporting an all-metal construction, minimalist design and fast aperture in a compact frame, the FA 31mm constantly ends up on the shortlist of the best lenses for the K-mount.

The FA Limited lenses were introduced at the beginning of the millennium, more than 15 years ago. Do they stand the test of time? Is their reputation truly deserved? Read our review to find out!”

“The SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited is a lens that needs no introduction. Created in 2001 by the legendary lens designer Jun Hirakawa, the FA 31mm is part of a trio of FA Limited primes, together with the FA 43mm and FA 77mm. Often referred to as the Three Princesses or the Three Amigos, these lenses have often been numbered among the best lenses ever produced.

The FA 31mm, with its wide field of view (especially on full frame), is often regarded more as a landscapes lens, but it is not bound to this single application. Its fast maximum aperture and relatively small size make it convenient for street photography, candids and even group photography in a studio. On APS-C, 31mm becomes close to normal, behaving as a 50mm would on full frame…”

Read more at: pentaxforums.com

Product photos

Samples

That would be great to see those amazing FA limited lenses with HD coated new optics!

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Digital Camera Utility 5 update v5.7.1

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY wishes to announce the release of the Macintosh/Windows Updater for update the Digital Camera Utility 5. For correct update, you are required to be installed Digital Camera Utility 5 before hand on your Mac/PC. Please download the Updater file on your Mac/PC first, and update it.

* It is not compatible with previous version of software included Digital Camera Utility 4 / PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 / PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3.

Changes to v5.7.1 – Windows updater
Main changes from version 5.6.2/5.7.0

・Corresponded to PENTAX KP
・Added character input function on the image.
・Corresponded to image size change when continuously processing multiple images.

Improve from previous versions

・Added simple processing setting for reduce preview of Laboratory mode.
・Corresponded to start up of Laboratory mode.
* Expand candidate images at startup in Laboratory mode and when switching from Browser mode to Laboratory mode without specifying images, please drag and drop from the Explorer etc to specify it.
・Corresponded to Laboratory mode transition without specifying image in Browser.

Corrections from previous versions

・It does not start up when deleting the registry.
・Flash dimming correction is not displayed.
・Outside of 1:1 area is not output when enlarging the trimming area with Laboratory for RAW image that shooting vertical position in 1:1 crop.
・The development result become brighter by about 1 EV when the shadow correction is ON with RAW image of K-01/K-30/K-50.
・It becomes a subfolder of the copy destination when the name of the destination folder suffered by simple image transfer.
・The file name change at the time of detailed file list display was illegal.
・The windows no longer responds when transferring a large number of images with simple image capture.
・The space between the edge of the screen and end of screen greatly differs between when the top and bottom edges of the image are aligned vertically for character input.
・A frame indicating the focus is attached to multiple buttons in the save dialog.
・The preview image was specified when transition to Laboratory mode, the display direction of the image was not reflected on the button of the tool bar.
・The redevelopment of JPEG file shooting with PENTAX Q series cannot be done correctly.
・The parameter change is not reflected when finishing is set to reversal film by JPEG redevelopment.
・A black band appears in the vertical position image when finishing is set to reversal film by JPEG redevelopment.
・The image becomes grainy image when redevelopment of JPEG image taken by the monotone setting of PENTAX K-3.
・It cannot be expanded normally if the parameter file of the past version (Such as version 5.3.1) is applied.

Download updater for Windows

Digital Camera Utility 5 (version 5.7.1) – Macintosh Updater

New and additional functions for previous versions

・Correspond to PENTAX KP camera.
・Additional function; The characters can input to picture.
・Corresponded to change image size when continuously developed multiple images.

Improve from previous versions

・Added simple processing setting for downsize preview of Laboratory mode.
・Corresponded to startup of Laboratory mode.
* Candidate images for development at startup the Laboratory mode and when switching from Browser mode to Laboratory mode without specifying images, please drag and drop from outside this application such as the Explorer etc.
・Corresponded to switching the Laboratory mode from Browser mode without specifying image

Corrections from previous versions

・It does not re-docking when separate control tab by El Capitan.
・It does not start up when deleting the registry.
・Flash correction is not displayed.
・Outside of 1:1 area is not output when enlarging the trimming area with Laboratory for RAW image that shooting vertical position with 1:1 crop.
・The development result become brighter by about 1 EV when capture RAW image with the shadow correction ON by K-01/K-30/K-50.
・The specified rotation angle of the Rotation/Shift tab is set at one degree unit.
・The base line of specified rotation base line cannot write only first time with Ver. 10.10 or later.
・The space between the edge of the screen and end of screen is differs between when the top and bottom edges of the image are aligned vertically for character input
・The redevelopment of JPEG file shooting with PENTAX Q series cannot be done correctly.
・The parameter change is not reflected when finishing is set to reversal film at JPEG redevelopment.
・A black band appears in the vertical position image when finishing is set to reversal film at JPEG redevelopment.
・The image becomes grainy image when redevelop JPEG image taken by the monotone setting with PENTAX K-3.

Download updater for Macintosh

Source for Windows / Source for Macintosh

PENTAX K-3 – Firmware update v1.30

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.30 for PENTAX K-3. Firmware in this document is the software that runs inside digital cameras.

Changes to V1.30
  • Corresponded to [KAF4 lens mount] that is equipped with an electromagnetic diaphragm control system.
    Enable new lens HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE to shoot stable by updating firmware.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

*Contents of [Version 1.21] and earlier version will be also updated.

PENTAX K-3 (v1.30)

・Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.30

Caution
  • Only PENTAX K-3 users are permitted to download the firmware update.
PENTAX Firmware Update Software for K-3
Name PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-3
Registered name k3_v130.zip (zip type 14,053 Kbytes)
Applied product PENTAX K3, K-3 Premium Silver Edition and K-3 prestige 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 2016/11/24
Copy right RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
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
  • For Windows/Macintosh : k3_v130.zip 14,053Kbytes, zip type
Updating Procedure
  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
    •Fwdc220b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc220b.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: 1.00/1.01/1.02/1.03 /1.10 / 1.11/1.20/1.21→1.30 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].

[Caution]
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-3
  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.

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