New Pentax Firmware updates for 6 cameras


Mannesty

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 07:26
Pentax has released firmware updates for the K-r, K-5, K-01, K-30, K-5II, and K-5IIs cameras.

This update addresses:

1. Optimized contrast AF when using [HD PENTAX-DA 560mmF5.6ED AW] lens.
2. Improved stability for general performance.

Go to this page: http://www.pentax.jp/engl...ort/download_digital.html and download the appropriate update for your camera. Follow the directions on the download page for the particulars of your camera.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 08:06
http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/download_digital.html








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[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 08:08
Interesting that contrast AF ( through sensor ) has needed a FW tweak for the 'mortgage requiring' DA 560mm
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Mannesty

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 08:13
Smeggypants wrote:
Interesting that contrast AF ( through sensor ) has needed a FW tweak for the 'mortgage requiring' DA 560mm

Quite, I doubt there's many here that will see the benefit of this update. I'm not sure that the lens is even available yet.
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Papa_Lazarou

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 08:26
I hope they've allowed a colour change for Focus Peaking. White is often next to useless.
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Last Edited by Papa_Lazarou on 31/01/2013 - 08:29

dangie

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 08:49
Update or not?
Does anyone know what the K-5's Improved stability for general performance entails? I know manufacturers always advise to update to latest firmware but sometimes is it better to leave well alone? I do wish Pentax would give more details on Firmware content.
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johnriley

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 09:22
It casn remove minor bugs, which is probably rarely mentioned except as "improves stability", and can add useful features. I updated the Q, without which the adapter for K lenses could not be used.

It is a simple process, just follow the instructions and make sure the battery is fully charged.
Best regards, John

steven9761

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 09:40
In reality, firmware updates are performance tweaks. In order to get the best performance from our computers, we (or experts on our behalf) will tweak settings within the main console, or dig deep into the registry in order to get that improved performance. These firmware updates may not necessarily provide visible improvements, but they are improvements nonetheless, so I'd advise to update in order to keep your camera performing at its peak.

stevejcoe

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 09:46
Thanks for the heads - up Peter



Mannesty wrote:
Smeggypants wrote:
Interesting that contrast AF ( through sensor ) has needed a FW tweak for the 'mortgage requiring' DA 560mm

Quite, I doubt there's many here that will see the benefit of this update. I'm not sure that the lens is even available yet.

I equally doubt that the reasons given are the sole reason for the update. I would suspect/hope that improvements to the firmware found in the K5 mark 2 have been incorporated.

Regards - Steve

Blythman

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 10:33
Maybe it will change my k5 into a K5 MkII
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Gwyn

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 10:39
Blythman wrote:
Maybe it will change my k5 into a K5 MkII



Hopefully it has improved stability, since as I said on the thread about the update for the mkII/s I nearly had a heart attack yesterday when updating mine, as the camera froze. Luckily it all went well after removing the battery, but I had visions of a huge repair bill for a short while.

walkeja

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 11:39
If you haven't got a K5ii or K%iis, is it really worth doing it, I have downloaded it but reading the website I am wondering if it is worth the bother?
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vic cross

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 12:13
Done. Thanks for the heads up. CHEERS Vic.
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Mannesty

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 14:15
walkeja wrote:
If you haven't got a K5ii or K%iis, is it really worth doing it, I have downloaded it but reading the website I am wondering if it is worth the bother?

A resounding YES.

Even if you haven't got the 560mm lens(has anybody?), any changes included in "2. Improved stability for general performance." will be of benefit to all owners.
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elfer

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 15:28
Mannesty wrote:
A resounding YES.

A resounding DEPENDS.

I was involved for too long in software testing in my previous life and I still believe two things:

1. Version releases can include bugfixes. Some documented, some not.

2. Version releases can introduce new bugs. None documented.

If you are experiencing any odd-behaviour with your current version, or if you are in need of the new feature(s), then updating could (should) be well worthwhile. If neither, then there is an argument that you should avoid all risk by holding off.

But I'll probably still upgrade like everyone else. I might just wait a little while first though...
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