Metabones Devil’s Speed Booster Q666 0.50x

Metabones Devil’s Speed Booster Q666 0.50x

Metabones’ Devil’s Speed Booster turns Pentax Q cameras into ‘monster low-light machines’

“Metabones creates a whole host of lens adaptors and Speed Boosters that reduce focal lengths and boost effective apertures of lenses. Now they’ve created a new Devil’s Speed Booster Q666 0.50x for Pentax Q cameras that will turn them into “low light monsters.”

The new speed booster allows you to mount any Nikon F or G mount lenses onto your Pentax Q camera (excluding the Nikon 2.1cm f/4 and 20mm f/2.8 AI-S lenses). Not only that but, if you attach a f/1.2 lens, you’ll end up with a “world-record” f/0.666 equivalent lens to play with (hence the “Devil” in the name). Combined with the back-illuminated sensor of the Pentax Q, that is one good low-light performing setup right there.”

Read more at petapixel.com

Metabones Devil’s Speed Booster Q666 0.50x

Caldwell Photographic Inc. and Metabones® is pleased to announce the Speed Booster Q666, a.k.a. “The Devil’s Speed Booster”, exclusively for Pentax Q series cameras. With its 0.5x magnification and world-record f/0.666 maximum speed it is crazy wicked fast. So make a deal with the devil today and turn your Pentax Q with its back-illuminated sensor into a monster low-light machine unlike anything ever seen in photography. Attach an f/1.2 lens and stop down a little to see how Stanley Kubrick made do with f/0.7 for filming those famous candle-lit scenes in “Barry Lyndon”. Or open up all the way to f/0.666 and probe the darkness in a way that no photographer has ever been able to do until now.

With an advanced 6-element optical design, the Q666 packs lots of optical horsepower in a small package. Sharpness is excellent even at f/0.666, and is downright superb if you stop down to f/1.0. Distortion is very low, with a maximum value of, naturally, 0.666%. And thanks to the back-illuminated sensor used in Pentax Q cameras, the full f/0.666 maximum aperture can be utilized with minimal pixel vignetting effects commonly seen in other cameras used with high-speed lenses.

Figures 2 through 4 below show MTF at 10, 20, and 40 lp/mm as a function of image height for output apertures of f/0.666, f/1.0, and f/2.01. At f/0.666 (i.e., with an f/1.2 master lens) the MTF is high near the axis, and only falls off gradually toward the corners. As the aperture is reduced to f/1.0 and then f/2.0 the MTF becomes very high and more even across the field. Figure 5 shows that there is less than 1 stop of corner illumination falloff even at f/0.666. And guess what – there is no vignetting at all after the output aperture reaches f/1.82. Figure 6 shows that rectilinear distortion added by the Speed Booster Q666 is negligible at less than 0.666%.

Like all Metabones Speed Boosters, the Speed Booster Q666 is optimized to fully account for the camera’s filter stack located near the sensor surface. This is especially critical at the record-setting f/0.666 aperture now possible with the Q666. As a result, an enormous range of optics, from vintage film lenses to the latest digital designs, will function flawlessly when adapted to any Pentax Q camera. Planned lens mounts for the Speed Booster Q666 include a Pentax-K version and a Nikon F/G version with the most advanced Nikon G aperture adjustment mechanism in the industry.

The Speed Booster Q666 will be available starting in Aug 2017 from the Metabones website (metabones.com/products/details/MB_SPNFG-Q-BM1) and its worldwide dealer network for US $489.00, plus shipping and applicable taxes and duties.

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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

New Updates…

Firmware Update v1.22 for PENTAX 645Z

 

Changes to v1.22

・ Correspond to New lens HD PENTAX-D FA 645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF]
・ Improved stability for general performance.
*Contents of [Version 1.21] and earlier version will be also updated.

PENTAX 645Z (v1.22)

・Direct download link for the Firmware Update Software (Windows/Macintosh) -> PENTAX 645Z v1.22

Firmware Update v1.32 for PENTAX 645D

 

Changes to v1.32

・ Correspond to New lens HD PENTAX-D FA 645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF]
・ Improved stability for general performance.
*Contents of [Version 1.31] and earlier version will be also updated.

PENTAX 645D (v1.32)

・Direct download link for the Firmware Update Software (Windows/Macintosh) -> PENTAX 645D v1.32

Digital Camera Utility 5 Update v5.4.2 (K-3II / K-S2 / K-S1 / K-3 / 645Z / Q-S1 / GRII)

 


Changes to Digital Camera Utility 5 version 5.4.2 (Main changes from version 5.4.1)

・ Added Diffraction Correction on Lens Correction.
*. For captured image file that is corresponding camera and lens.
・ Added Fringe Correction on Lens Correction.
*. For captured image file that is corresponding camera and lens.
・Added ON/OFF setting for RAW development of RRS (Real Resolution System).
・Added [Recent files] list menu on Laboratory mode.
・Added new lens name [HD PENTAX-D FA645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF].
・Added Tone curve inversion reset button. (Easy use for Negative-positive reversal, film duplicator and etc.)
・Optimize to tone curve of Adobe RGB.
・Corrected – Miss displayed of highlight correction for before K-5II camera
・Corrected – Can’t memory input history of address bar on Browser mode.
・Corrected – When develop RAW image that has been trimmed, Image quality tag is remained RAW.
・Corrected – Displayed un-printing range on margin setting in print..
・Corrected – When image transmit in a maximized state from IMAGE Transmitter 2, maximization is released.
・Corrected – When select “Option” ⇒ “File management” ⇒ “default location” ⇒ “folder at the last saved”, fail in simple image import .
・Corrected – RAW image develop failure when capture image with changing aspect ratio by K-01.
・Correspond to compatible reading of parameter file for Windows and Macintosh.
・Correspond – Windows 10.

Update (v5.4.2)

・Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows) -> v5.4.2
・Direct download link for Software Updater (Macintosh) -> v5.4.2

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

GR Remote 1.2 Release

Changes to GR Remote version 1.2 (Main changes from Version 1.1.2)

・Improved Image download operation
・Tap download button on upper right of thumbnail screen. Then start download by tapping thumbnail image. *1
・When enabling “Multi-Select” on Configuration page, it is possible to batch download after selecting the images. *2
*1 Operating environment:Chrome(Android/PC/Mac OS), Safari(iOS/Mac OS).Need to click image with Option button.
*2 Operating environment:Chrome(Android/PC/Mac OS). iOS version to be released shortly.

Manuals

GR Remote Set Up
GR Remote Operating Manual