HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW development update!

HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW development update!

RICOH IMAGING is pleased to announce the development of another lens from the D FA★ generation from the PENTAX “Star Series”.

The presentation of a prototype of the new HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW lens was originally planned for this year’s CP +, which was to take place in Yokohama at the end of February. Since the fair was canceled due to the corona virus (COVID-19), the development of this new lens is now announced in this way.

With the HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW, RICOH IMAGING presented the first lens with a fixed focal length of the new D FA generation of the PENTAX “Star Series” in summer 2018. The “Star series” stands for the highest quality standard of the PENTAX lens series. The D FA series is characterized by the following parameters:

・ Best possible image quality with uniform sharpness from the center to the edges
・ Large aperture with a particularly expressive image effect
・ High quality workmanship and materials with high robustness and easy handling

The D FA★ 50mm quickly became one of the most popular lenses for the PENTAX 35mm system, so that more and more PENTAX photographers want to expand this series of top lenses with a fixed focal length.

With the HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW, another lens from this series of high-performance lenses is now under development and the waiting will soon come to an end.

In line with the product strategy “particularly high image quality without compromise”, this new lens is characterized by the following features:

・ Three optical Super ED glass elements (extra-low dispersion) effectively compensate for chromatic aberrations and produce brilliant, high-contrast images even when the aperture is open.
・ An aspherical lens ensures high imaging performance with good correction of spherical aberration, coma and field curvature.
・ The high-torque ultrasonic ring motor with Supersonic direct drive (SDM) enables a high focusing speed and smooth operation.
・ The lens, developed as an AW model (All Weather), has a reliable weatherproof construction that prevents water and dust from entering the lens interior.

The designs and specifications are identical to those first announced publicly about the lense’s development, and are subject to change without notice.

Major Specifications

HD PENTAX-D FA* 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW

Focal Length 85mm
Max Aperture F1.4
Min Aperture F16
Angle of View 28.5 degrees
Mount KAF4
Min Focus Distance 0.85m (2.8ft)
Max Magnification 0.12x
Diaphragm Blades 9
Filter Diameter 82mm
Diameter/Length 95×123.5mm (3.7×4.9in)

The product launch is planned for 2020.
Further information, including the price, cannot be given at the moment.

 

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JAXA and RICOH released the 3rd phase of 360-degree spherical still images captured in outer space

JAXA and RICOH released the 3rd phase of 360-degree spherical still images captured in outer space

Ricoh has released the 3rd phase of 360-degree still images captured in outer space.

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360°Photo 1: Earth in the daytime when viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 2: Earth with the horizon appearing like a ring with rays of sunlight
360°Photo 3: Philippines viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 4: Mexico viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 5: Florida USA viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 6: Saudi Arabia viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 7: Eastern Sea of The Bahamas viewed from the ISS
360°Photo 8: Chile viewed from the ISS

A compact spherical camera, jointly developed by JAXA and Ricoh based on the RICOH THETA camera, was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on board “KOUNOTORI8”, a spacecraft used to resupply the space station. The camera was used to capture 360-degree still images and videos from an experimental platform outside the Japanese Experimental Module known as “KIBO”.

During this 3rd phase, three new still images have been added to the 1st phase of images and videos that were released on October 17 and the 2nd phase of images and videos that were released on November 27.

You can see the red desert of Saudi Arabia and the turquoise waters of Bahamas, a country elongated in the north and south.

Captured spherical still images and video will be released in the JAXA Digital Archives (JDA), which is run by JAXA. These images and video will also be available from THETA LAB, a website run by Ricoh. You can view the images and video from any point of view you wish in all directions of 360° from this website in your web browser.

You can also simulate the experience of being in outer space by viewing these highly realistic spherical images using a VR headset.

You can see the video here.

THETA LAB
JAXA Digital Archives

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JAXA and Ricoh release 360-degree spherical pictures and videos captured in outer space

 

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Tripod collar for HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR?

Tripod collar for HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR?

Is that Tamron A034TM Tripod Collar Mount (for Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD lens) compatible with the new HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR?

Question is answered: …and YES!

Confirmation came from Yaotomi Camera (JP), and photos below shows that Tamron A034TM Tripod Collar Mount works with the new HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR lens without any problem!

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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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Irix announced its long-awaited 45mm F1.4 still lens for PENTAX K-mount!

Irix announced its long-awaited 45mm F1.4 still lens for PENTAX K-mount!

The Irix 45mm F/1.4 is a new fast standard prime lens for PENTAX full-frame DSLR cameras.

Irix Press Release

Smooth Bokeh | Fast Aperture | Classic Focal Length

The Irix 45mm f/1.4 is a compelling alternative for all fans of 35-50mm focal lengths, thus allowing a more creative approach to photography.

Whether you’re a professional photographer looking for the right lens for the job or an amateur looking to fill a gap in your focal lengths – the Irix 45mm F/1.4 is the lens for you!

 

Irix 45mm f/1.4 Main Features

• Smooth bokeh
• Fast F/1.4 aperture
• Internal focusing
• Weather resistant construction
• Aperture control straight from the camera
• In-camera focus indicator
• Semi-automatic modes (PASM)
• All exposure parameters are saved in EXIF data
• 50-degree field of view
• “Focus Lock” feature
• 140-degree focus ring throw
• Reinforced metal construction
• 77mm front filter thread

 

Optical Performance

Looking for a new lens with a classic focal length for your camera? Defy all standards! A 45mm focal length lets you look at the world differently which combined with a fast f/1.4 aperture will make you more creative as well. The Irix 45mm f/1.4 was designed to create sharp images even wide open at f/1.4. The lens is equipped with a 9 rounded aperture diaphragm ensuring the out-of-focus area (bokeh) stays smooth and pleasant to the eye.

 

Build Quality – DRAGONFLY

• Strong internal construction based on metal components
• Anti-scratch finish
• Anti-slip rubberized focusing ring with a special notch
• Engraved markings filled with UV reactive paint
• Superior dust and moisture protection
• Equipped with a convenient hard case

At Irix, we follow the principle that a lens is not only a tool for photography – it’s also about the entire process of creating a photo, which is greatly influenced by the joy of using lenses. That’s why we pay attention to the design and ergonomics for Irix products.

Dragonfly is a combination of metal elements combined with composite components, making the entire construction not only strong but also lightweight.  In addition to its reinforced construction, the lens is also weather sealed in crucial pointss, which in conjunction with its internal focusing mechanism, means that you can use it without any difficulty in all environments and weather conditions.

 

Focus Ring

We know how much you like the focus ring we designed for the Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens, so we decided to use a similar one in our Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens. After extensive testing, we have developed a material that provides excellent durability and resistance to weather conditions, which, combined with special embossing, directly affects its comfort of use. After some time, the user can feel the position on the ring, thanks to which focusing becomes even easier.

 

Focus Lock

The Focus Lock feature allows you to lock the focus ring in a specific position. This is especially important when taking landscape photos, and also when you want to keep a specific distance from the subject (ie. In-studio or on the street).

 

Ready to shoot in any weather

The hi-class lenses must provide high comfort of use in all lighting and atmospheric conditions. This is the Irix 45mm f/1.4, which focus and aperture markings are laser engraved and filled with UV-reactive paint. This process makes them readable even in low-light environment. The comfort of work with Irix lenses is also guaranteed by the system of rubber seals and other solutions that, regardless of the environment and weather, protect its interior and the camera sensor from dust and splashes.

 

Price and availability

The date of launch and the price of the Irix  45mm f/1.4 lens will be published at a later date.

 

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Ricoh wins iF DESIGN AWARDS for the RICOH GR III and the RICOH THETA Z1

Ricoh wins iF DESIGN AWARDS for the RICOH GR III and the RICOH THETA Z1

Ricoh Imaging won awards in this year’s iF DESIGN AWARDS 2020 for the RICOH GR III and the RICOH THETA Z1 in the “Product” category.


 

RICOH GR III

iF DESIGN AWARD 2020, Discipline: Product

GR III is the latest in the GR Series of high-performance compact digital cameras, loved by fans for its unique concept that has stayed unchanged for 23 years. All components, including the lens, image sensor, and image processor, were re-designed for enhanced image quality, portability, and quicker response. There is also a shake reduction mechanism similar to that of single-lens reflex cameras; yet the body is kept slim and compact, giving the user the freedom to shoot great pictures anytime, anywhere. Even in the age of the smartphone, GR III remains the ultimate snapshooter.

 

RICOH THETA Z1

iF DESIGN AWARD 2020, Discipline: Product

THETA Z1, the latest addition to the THETA series, is a high-performance model for professionals and advanced amateurs. A pair of 1-inch sensors capture 360-degree panoramas in stunning resolution and clarity. The images are so real that the viewer feels as if she is in the scene. The camera body is made of magnesium alloy with a textured finish for better grip. An organic EL monitor allows the user to check camera information and settings directly without the need for a smartphone, improving operability for professionals and amateurs alike, and creating new possibilities for 360-degree shooting.

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Digital Camera Utility 5 update v5.8.5

Digital Camera Utility 5 update v5.8.5

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 5.8.5) Windows Updater

Changes to V5.8.5 from V5.8.4

[Improve from previous Versions]

  • Added new lens name for [HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR]
  • Corrected — Even if you press the same magnification display button on the toolbar with the display magnification changed in the combo box, it does not display the same magnification.
  • Corrected — Spotting results is not reflected when performing spotting on a RAW image and directly specifying “Apply parameter changes” and performing photo printing without developing.
  • Corrected — Trimming frame setting may not be saved correctly.

*When this update is done, the contents of version 5.8.4 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_585(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 5.8.5) Macintosh Updater

Changes to V5.8.5 from V5.8.4

[Improve from previous Versions]

  • Added new lens name for [HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR]

*When this update is done, the contents of version 5.8.4 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_585(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].

 

Source for Windows / Source for Macintosh

New firmware update v1.31 released for RICOH GR III

New firmware update v1.31 released for RICOH GR III

Release of the firmware version 1.31 for RICOH GR III

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.31 for GR III.

 

Changes to V1.31

  • Corrected — When shooting with the multiple exposure, in rare cases the live view may not display correctly.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

 

Caution! Only GR III users are permitted to download the firmware update!

 

How to check version

  1. Turn ON the camera.
  2. Press MENU button.
  3. Operate 4-way button and display [About This Device] of [Setup menus]
  4. Operate 4-way button and select [Firmware Info / Options] then press 4-way button right.
  5. The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info / Options] screen.

 

Preparation of update

  • GR III camera body.
  • Blank, formatted SD card. (formatted by GR III) (32MB or more)
  • Computer with a SD card slot.
    *If the computer does not have a SD card slot, SD card reader/writer is needed.
  • Fully charged battery (DB-110) or AC adapter kit K-AC166J.
    *Be sure to use fully charged battery 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.

    • fwdc239b.bin: This is the updated firmware
      Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc239b.bin] to the root directory in the SD card.
  2. Insert the 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 and close card cover.
  4. Turn the camera power on while pressing [Menu] button.
  5. [Update the camera firmware] is displayed
    Select [Execute] by 4-way button and press [OK] button.
  6. The firmware update will start and [Updating] is displayed.
    *Do not turn OFF the camera while updating.
  7. When update is completed, “Update completed” will be displayed
  8. Turn OFF the camera and remove the SD card from 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 GR III
  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.

 

RICOH III (v1.31)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.31

 

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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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New firmware update v1.52 released for PENTAX K-1

New firmware update v1.52 released for PENTAX K-1

Release of the Firmware Version 1.52 for PENTAX K-1

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.52 for PENTAX K-1.

 

Changes to V1.52

  • 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 1.51 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 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 (v1.52)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.52

 

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