HD PENTAX-D FA★ Silver Edition:Three limited-edition lenses from the high-performance Star series for use with K-mount digital SLR cameras, designed to meet the demand for color variation

HD PENTAX-D FA★ Silver Edition

Three limited-edition lenses from the high-performance Star series for use with K-mount digital SLR cameras, designed to meet the demand for color variation

 

• HD PENTAX-D FA70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW Silver Edition

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY is pleased to announce the launch of three HD PENTAX-D FA Silver Edition lenses. These special-edition models from the top-of-the-line, high-performance Star series — designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras — will be available worldwide in a limited quantity of 600 units for each model.

PENTAX has been releasing limited-edition silver models of its digital SLR flagship cameras, to meet the demand for more exclusive imaging tools. The three new lenses, also to be released as limited-edition models, feature an exclusive, high-grade silver coloring ideal for the top-of-the-line D FA series. The limited-edition camera bodies marketed in the past, including the PENTAX K-7 Limited Silver (launched in March 2010) and the PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver (launched in September 2017), were designed to match the silver-colored Limited-series lenses, which gained popularity for their high-grade, fine-textured finish. Like the Limited series, these new Star-series lenses feature a silver coating identical to the color of the silver-colored camera bodies, and provide users with the option of a silver lens, not only to improve the quality of their captured images, but also to further personalize their photographic process and shooting style.

Main features of the HD PENTAX-D FA Silver Edition lenses

• The lens’s high-grade silver coating optimizes color coordination with silver-edition camera bodies.
• Each lens has been given a unique serial number, from 0000001 to 0000600, to further express its exclusiveness.
• The lenses come in an exclusively designed product box.

Note: The features and specifications of these lenses are identical to those of standard models.

 

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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New firmware update v1.53 released for PENTAX K-1

New firmware update v1.53 released for PENTAX K-1

Release of the Firmware Version 1.53 for PENTAX K-1

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.53 for PENTAX K-1.

Changes to V1.53

  • 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 1.52 and earlier will be also updated.

 

Caution! Only PENTAX K-1 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: 1.00/1.10/1.20/1.30/1.40 /1.41/1.42/1.43/1.50/1.51/1.52→1.53 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
  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 (v1.53)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.53

 

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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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HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW – Preview videos

HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW – Preview videos

Some test videos with a pre-production model of the newly developed HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW lens published by Yaotomi Camera!

 

AF (to inifinity)

 

AF (LV)

 

AF (OVF)

 

Electromagnetic diaphragm

 

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