Finding the raw DNG converter for Pentax K-5 - Help!


nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:08
I have just bought a s/h Pentax K-5 - came with everything, except any software CD.

When I had the Samsung equivalent of the K20D (GX20), I just downloaded the raw converter (Silkypix) from the Samsung website and it was fine. It was the version specifically for that camera.

Doesn't seem so simple with Pentax - I cannot find where to get it from. The only one I could find on Ricoh-Pentax's site (Silkypix for Pentax Developer Studio 3.0) was not for the K-5, and having tried it, it will not open K-5 DNGs "Cannot read unsupported camera file".

Does anyone know ehere I can get a copy from that will work? I don't want to buy the full version of Silkypix, I just want whatever would have come with the camera.

spinno

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:28
Why not use Adobe Camera Raw?
David

nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:39
I do not have a copy of Photoshop that would support it.

Surely though, it must be possible to get what came with the camera from somewhere?

kea828

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:53
I thought that the DNG format was generic. If so, wouldn't many of the free tools work with it?
Also, wouldn't any newer version of Silkypix (https://silkypix.isl.co.jp/en/) handle the K-5's files?
Regards,
Kea828

McGregNi

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:58
I think the software that was supplied with that model was Pentax Digital Camera Utility, version 4 or 5 . But later versions should also open the files, both PEF and DNGs.

There is a method of installing the software from the download from the Ricoh website that involves renaming an SD card so that it appears to the OS as a CD. I am sure someone will remember a link and post it here .....
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 18/04/2018 - 19:03

nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:58
Yes, I downloaded a trial copy of Silkypix developer studio 8 and it does read them OK, but I'd have to buy it. It's not expensive, but I just cannot believe I cannot download the relevant software from Pentax - after all, you cannot fully operate the camera without it.

As to free DNG converters, didn't know there were any. Had a quick look and found some DNG to JPEG converters, but I was after TIFF.

kea828

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 18:59
kea828 wrote:
I thought that the DNG format was generic. If so, wouldn't many of the free tools work with it?
Also, wouldn't any newer version of Silkypix (https://silkypix.isl.co.jp/en/) handle the K-5's files?

This may help: (http://www.silkypix.us/silkypix-supported-cameras)
Regards,
Kea828

kea828

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 19:07
Another thought: the K5 itself should be able to process its own raw files into JPEG.
Regards,
Kea828

nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 19:30
Thanks, yes I've seen the Silkypix supported list, and it does support just about everything, and I've tried it out. But, that is a purchased tool, I am just trying to get hold of what should be with the camera.

I find it hard to believe that it wouldn't just be a free download from Pentax, because it is effectively part of the camera, you cannot use it with other cameras, and you cannot fully operate the camera without it. I have a version of Silkypix that came with a GX-20, and it will not read the Pentax files - because, again, it is supplied with that particular camera. That one is a free supported download.

McGregNi

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 19:56
The camera will fully operate without it.

Instead of being hellbent on one particular course, why not tell us exactly what you need the software for, or want to achieve with it. There will be plenty of other free alternatives.

Also read my last post about PDCU ... You are not looking for Silkypix.
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 18/04/2018 - 19:57

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mille19

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 21:04

You beat me to it, I had the same problem....... no CD/DVD no software.....ridiculous in this day and age IMO .

nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 21:23
That seems to have done it, thanks for your help.

JAK

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 22:00
I found Silkypix/PDCU frustratingly slow to use on a relatively fast PC. For the K-1's pixel shift there isn't really anything else but for K-5 DNGs/PEFs there's better software to use now. The K-5 is now a 7/8 year old camera and so is the software that came with it of course. The K-5 has probably stood the test of time better than the software that came with it.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 18/04/2018 - 22:02

nmw01223

Link Posted 18/04/2018 - 22:00
Quote:
Also read my last post about PDCU ... You are not looking for Silkypix.

The splash screen for the utility says 'powered by Silkypix'.
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