New Pentax Firmware updates for 6 cameras


Smeggypants

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 21:10
WOW!! I'd need nearly 300 16Gb SD Cards to store my pics. 600 cards to make a backup.

Can I ask why you don't upload them to a hard drive?
[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

RAB

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 21:44
I've just updated both my K-5 and my K-X.

That's the first time I've done it and it's dead easy, so I say "why not?"
"He's not the Messiah, ..."

techno-terminator

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 22:04
All my pics are on an external Hard drive . I may, and do, delete versions, but the RAW files are not deleted.
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs

davidstorm

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 23:18
I have just downloaded and installed the V1.14 firmware on my K-5 (absolutely painless process) and I would tend to support the views that Steve Coe published on this thread. My K-5 (mk1) is now locking accurately and quickly onto subjects in very dim light indeed in my living room with the 55-300 lens. This lens is not renowned for its ability to lock onto focus and although my tests are in no way scientific, I don't think it would have focussed in this light prior to the upgrade.

I suspect that Pentax have included some of the focus improvements found in the K-5 Mk11 into this firmware without advertising the fact. Why would they? If your mk1 can be improved by simply downloading and installing a file, why would you buy a newer model?

Regards
David
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AlJones2402

Link Posted 31/01/2013 - 23:45
Thanks OP for the heads up.
Update done and dusted...

wvbarnes

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 00:29
Hi all,

I've too had a play around in poor low contrast light this evening and there certainly seems to be an improvement on the K5's AF lock at 300mm.

Like others I can not prove this but it is Logical in a way if the camera is to cope with the long 560mm. Not that I can afford one of those!

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 00:31
cardiff_gareth wrote:
Today though I've had massive under exposure in my images using the 18-55mm WR with +0.7ev needing dialling in

Just a thought, check you haven't inadvertently switched to spot-metering.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

Mike-P

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 09:27
Well my new K-5II arrived this morning already (thanks Chris) and after setting it up I loaded in the new firmware ... went through all 3 phases, switched it off and then back on ... nothing, zilch, nada, dead.


switched it off and then back on again ... all is fine.

Phew.


My 560mm f5.6 is certainly locking on a lot faster with the new firmware now
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Gwyn

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 09:38
As you probably read mine did that when I put the card in to update the firmware. Definitely not good for the nerves.

Have fun with the new camera.

Mike-P

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 09:41
Gwyn wrote:
Have fun with the new camera.

Likewise
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Sean282

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 09:59
Mike-P wrote:
Well my new K-5II arrived this morning already (thanks Chris) and after setting it up I loaded in the new firmware ... went through all 3 phases, switched it off and then back on ... nothing, zilch, nada, dead.


switched it off and then back on again ... all is fine.

Phew.

The SD card door wasn't open when you switched it on again Mike? Mine (K5) was when I switched it back on again and for a few seconds I thought I'd bricked it (even though the update went according to plan) before realising.

Like others I'm thinking AF is a little bit better but not sure if its because someone else has told me to think it

tyronet2000

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 10:32
K5: Update complete. Heart beat returned to normal.
Regards
Stan

PPG

JohnX

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 10:54
I've never thought twice about updating my camera software...until reading this thread.

I genuinely never have seen an issue - just followed the instructions. Am I missing something? Lead a charmed life?
Last Edited by JohnX on 01/02/2013 - 10:55

Papa_Lazarou

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 10:56
Updated my K30 this morning. Will see how the DA 55-300 copes in low light this evening. That should be indicative.

MattMatic

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 11:22
K-5 IIs arrived from SRS this morning - checked it was working and had it upgraded in minutes

Matt
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