K-1 II J Limited 01 DSLR announced!

K-1 II J Limited 01 DSLR announced!

Ricoh announces PENTAX K-1 II J Limited 01 DSLR in four colors for the Japanese market

Pentax has launched a quartet of recolored versions of its K-1 Mark II DSLR, which was first released in 2018 and is currently the company’s flagship K Series camera. The K-1 Mark II J Limited 01 DSLR seems to be available only in Japan, which was also the case for the company’s previous J Limited camera. The Pentax KP J Limited in 2019 was well-received, so Pentax has opted to develop J Limited as a formal factory brand.

The K-1 II J Limited 01 will be built on a made-to-order basis and comes with numerous changes compared to the mass-produced K-1 II. The Limited version must be hand-built due to the special color painting and parts changes, which cannot be performed in mass production.

The K-1 II J Limited 01 has a custom wood grip carved from North American walnut. The grip is hand-finished by craftsmen from Miroku Techno Wood Co., Ltd. This same group also crafts wooden handles for luxury cars. The wood grip, which has a nine-layer coating, is dyed using ‘high-grade ink.’

Rubber grips are also used on both sides of the main camera body. The dimpled rubber has an improved design, which Pentax states offers a better grip than previous models. The grip has a special ‘J Limited 01’ mark applied.

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.’s surface hardening technology, Duratect Gold, is applied to the lens mount. This process uses ionized titanium and gold to improve surface hardness and give the mount a more sophisticated, elegant appearance.

The K-1 II J Limited 01 has a removable top cover with a different silhouette than the standard pentaprism. In a translated press release, Pentax says, ‘A brass “top cover A” can be layered on top of the resin “top cover B” to create a W top cover structure that allows the appearance to be changed according to the lens to be worn and the style of the day.’

Pentax, in cooperation with photographers Kazutoshi Yoshimura and Takukei Seo, has added special shooting modes to the J Limited 01. The modes, PH-mode Yoshimura and PH-mode T, reproduce the photographers’ settings when capturing landscapes images.

Other features and specifications are identical with the K-1 Mark II, including the camera’s 36MP full-frame image sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, 33-point autofocus system, handheld Pixel Shift mode and 1080/30p video recording.

The Pentax K-1 II J Limited 01 is available for order in Japan now, with shipping expected to begin at the end of April. The K-1 II J Limited 01 is available in black and gold, viridian, scarlet rouge and LX75 metallic colorways.

 

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PENTAX K-1 Mark II Silver Edition:A limited-edition silver model of the 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera; a high-performance imaging tool allowing the full creative expression

PENTAX K-1 Mark II Silver Edition

A limited-edition silver model of the 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera; a high-performance imaging tool allowing the full creative expression

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-1 Mark II Silver Edition. This special silver-colored version of the PENTAX K-series digital SLR flagship model will be available in a limited quantity of 1,000 units worldwide.

Designed for users who are particular about the color and design of their photographic equipment, this limited-edition model was developed to enhance the fun and pleasure of owning a special camera, and to inspire even more active involvement in the photographic process. The camera also features a couple of black parts (the shutter release button and the hot shoe), so users can enjoy different color combinations with interchangeable lenses, both silver or black in color.

Main features of the PENTAX K-1 Mark II Silver Edition

• The camera body and the detachable battery grip feature a high-grade, fine-textured silver coating, with an exclusive silver SR badge placed on the front of the camera body.
• The camera’s shutter release button and hot shoe, as well as the battery grip’s shutter release button, feature black parts, so the camera is coordinated with either black or silver lenses.
• Each camera has been given a unique serial number, from 0000001 to 0001000, to further express its exclusiveness.
• Two exclusive batteries are included in a product package to simultaneously power both the camera body and the battery grip.
• This special camera and its accessories come in an exclusively designed product box.
• The camera body comes with the latest firmware version pre-installed.

Note: The camera body’s features and specifications are identical with those of the standard model, except for the firmware.

 

What PENTAX Values Most in Future Cameras – Part II

What PENTAX Values Most in Future Cameras – Part II

The latest information on the new Flagship APS-C

New products on video

  1. PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) (tentative name)
  2. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
  3. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
  4. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW Silver Edition
  5. PENTAX K-1 II Limited Silver Edition
  6. HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm Limited DC AW (tentative name)
  7. PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) Silver Edition (tentative name)

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New firmware update v1.05 released for PENTAX K-1 II

New firmware update v1.05 released for PENTAX K-1 II

Release of the Firmware Version 1.05 for PENTAX K-1 II

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.05 for PENTAX K-1 II.

Changes to v1.05

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

*When this update is done, the contents of version 1.04 and earlier will be also updated.

 

Caution! Only PENTAX K-1 II 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 2.0)
    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.
    Fwdc228b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc228b.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: 1.01/1.02/1.03/1.04→1.05 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-1 II
  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-1 II (v1.05)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.05

 

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Digital Camera Utility 5 update v5.8.6

Digital Camera Utility 5 update v5.8.6

Thank you for using PENTAX digital camera.

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of the 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 PC. Please download the Updater file on your PC first, and update it.

*It is not compatible with previous version of software included Digital Camera Utility 4 / PENTAX PHOTO Browser3 / PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory3.

Digital Camera Utility 5 (Version 5.8.6) Windows Updater

Changes to V5.8.6 from V5.8.5

[Improve from previous Versions]

  • Corrected — In Custom Image of [Bleach Bypass], [Muted] and [Monochrome], [Color tone] changes are not reflected in the image preview.
  • Corrected — When opening a RAW image file that is 1:1 crop shooting with K-1 or K-1 Mark II in Laboratory mode, the cropping range is not reproduced correctly.
  • Corrected— When opening a RAW image file that is shooting with Pixel Shift Resolution System in Laboratory mode and continuously changing any parameter with the slider, preview image is not updated.

*When this update is done, the contents of version 5.8.5 and earlier will be also updated.

Download updater for Windows

 

How to Update
  1. Please download and save the file into appropriate folder on your Hard disk
  2. Double click [DCU5Updater_586(win).zip]. [Win] folder will be appeared.
  3. Double click [Win] folder. [DCU5Updater32_585.exe] and [DCU5Updater64_585.exe] are stored in the [Win] folder.
  4. Select either application software that is the same type of your OS (32bit or 64bit).
  5. Copy the application software and paste on desktop.
  6. Double click the application software. The Installer will start, following to the installation display
  7. When the installation will be completed and the massage is displayed, click [Finish]

 

Digital Camera Utility 5 (Version 5.8.6) Macintosh Updater

* It is not compatible with previous version of software included Digital Camera Utility 4 / PENTAX PHOTO Browser3 / PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory3.
* OS X v10.11 EI Capitan and earlier versions are not compatible, please use version 5.8.3.
*Download version 5.8.3 click here.

Changes to V5.8.6 from V5.8.5

[Improve from previous Versions]

  • Corrected — In Custom Image of [Bleach Bypass], [Muted] and [Monochrome], [Color tone] changes are not reflected in the image preview.
  • Corrected — When opening a RAW image file that is 1:1 crop shooting with K-1 or K-1 Mark II in Laboratory mode, the cropping range is not reproduced correctly.
  • Corrected— When opening a RAW image file that is shooting with Pixel Shift Resolution System in Laboratory mode and continuously changing any parameter with the slider, preview image is not updated.

*When this update is done, the contents of version 5.8.5 and earlier will be also updated.

Download updater for Macintosh

 

How to Update
  1. Please download and save the file into appropriate folder on your Hard disk
  2. Double click the downloaded file [DCU5Updater_586(mac).zip]
  3. Double click [DCU5Updater_585.pkg] file
  4. The Installer will start, following to the installation display
  5. When the installation will be completed and the massage is displayed, click [Finish].

 

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New firmware update v1.04 released for PENTAX K-1 II

New firmware update v1.04 released for PENTAX K-1 II

Release of the Firmware Version 1.04 for PENTAX K-1 II

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.04 for PENTAX K-1 II.

 

Changes to V1.04

  • Optimized performance when attaching new lens HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR.
  • Improved stability for general performance

*When this update is done, the contents of version 1.03 and earlier will be also updated.

 

Caution! Only PENTAX K-1 II 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 2.0)
    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.
    Fwdc228b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc228b.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: 1.01/1.02/1.03→1.04 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-1 II
  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-1 II (v1.04)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.04

 

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PENTAX 100 Years of History – Birthday Movie –

“PENTAX 100 Years of History”

Here we collected photos from “PENTAX 100 Years of History” events and official celebration videos

PENTAX 100 Years of History

 

PENTAX 100 Years of History (by PENTAX China)

 

TAIWAN

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Watford | UNITED KINGDOM

 

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Paris | FRANCE

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Sapporo | JAPAN

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Tokyo | JAPAN

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PENTAX 100 Years of History – Short Movie

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