First model in new generation of high-performance K-mount lenses delivers exceptional imaging performance and superior dependability in a wide range of shooting conditions

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, June 28, 2018 Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the first model in its new generation of PENTAX Star series lenses, the HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW. This large-aperture, prime lens delivers stellar imaging performance and maximum light transmission—the hallmarks of the acclaimed Star series line—and is the perfect companion to any K-mount digital SLR camera including the full-frame PENTAX K-1 and new PENTAX K-1 Mark II models.

 

Premium-quality Star-series lenses deliver the highest performance among the PENTAX SLR interchangeable lens series, and have enjoyed enthusiastic support from PENTAX SLR camera users since the days of film. In addition to the initial design concepts of optimum image quality and large apertures for maximum light transmission, the series has embraced the additional concepts of exceptional toughness and outstanding operability, achieved through the development of a dustproof, weather-resistant lens housing. The resulting lenses provide superior dependability in wide range of shooting conditions.

 

The HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW lens delivers exceptional resolving power from the center to the edges of the image field, even when set to open aperture. The lens incorporates state-of-the-art PENTAX-developed lens coating technologies — including the new Aero Bright Coating II for exceptionally low reflectance and high-grade high-definition (HD) Coating — that enable it to produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images. The lens’s dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable for shooting in demanding outdoor conditions. Its PENTAX K-mount covers the image circle of a 35mm-format full-frame image sensor.

 

The new lens is the first produced following Ricoh’s extensive review of standards for the top-of-the-line Star series. Engineers evaluated a variety of approaches to minimize aberrations and deliver the highest image quality. The HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW lens is designed to deliver optimum imaging performance with all compatible camera bodies, including next-generation digital SLRs.

 

Key Features

 

1.  New-generation, high-performance Star-series lens with large F1.4 maximum aperture

This lens has been developed as a new-generation member of the high-performance Star series — a lineup designed to deliver extra-clear, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness while keeping aberrations to a minimum. The lens, which is the result of an extensive review of traditional Star-series standards, provides greatly improved resolving power, which enables it to deliver excellent imaging performance even with more advanced, next-generation camera bodies. Developed as the first model of the new-generation Star-series lenses, the new lens boasts an extra-large F1.4 maximum aperture, useful with many different subjects in a range of applications, including portraiture with an effectively de-focused (bokeh) background, and handheld shooting of indoor scenes. It provides exceptional image quality even at open aperture, as well as outstanding performance at close ranges.

 

2. State-of-the-art optical technology

The lens is treated with PENTAX-developed Aero Bright Coating II — a lens coating developed using a state-of-the-art nanotechnology process. It consists of a silica aerogel layer with a uniform porous structure over a regular multi-coating layer that reduces surface reflections across a wide wavelength range and produces crisp, high-quality images.

 

By coupling this advanced lens coating with the high-grade, multi-layer HD (high definition) Coating, average reflectance in the visible ray spectrum is reduced to less than 50% compared to conventional multi-layer coatings. As a result, the lens effectively reduces flare and minimizes ghost images even in demanding lighting conditions, such as backlighting. The lens incorporates three super-low dispersion glass elements and one aspherical element to effectively compensate for chromatic and spherical aberrations, enabling it to produce brilliant, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness. Since distortion is minimized even at a focusing distance of approximately one meter, the lens produces crisp, distortion-free images over the entire focusing range, from the minimum focusing distance to infinity.

 

3. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction

Developed as an AW (all weather) model, this lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant body with eight special seals to prevent the intrusion of water and dust into the lens interior. When paired with a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, it forms a durable, reliable digital imaging system that performs superbly in demanding conditions — even in rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.

 

4. Newly developed ring-type motor

This lens features a newly developed ring-type SDM (supersonic direct-drive motor), which generates as much as 7.5 times the torque as the SDM installed in previous-generation lenses. This enormous driving power assures a smooth, high-speed shift of the heavy, multi-element rear lens group during focusing operation.

 

5. Other features

Nine-blade, round-shaped diaphragm produces a natural-looking de-focus (bokeh) effect up to an F2.8 aperture setting, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources

A minimum focusing distance of 0.4 meters, effective for capturing images with a de-focus effect

Electromagnetic diaphragm-control mechanism,* for flawless, high-precision exposure control during movie recording

SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and spots

 

* This mechanism is available when the lens is mounted on a PENTAX K-1 Mark II, K-1, K-3 II, K-3, KP, K-70, K-S2 or K-S1 camera body.

 

 

Pricing and Availability

 

HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW will be available in late July 2018 at www.ricohimaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,199.95.

| About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation |

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Company Ltd. Is part of Ricoh Group, which operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company operating now as Ricoh Company Ltd. was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, the company continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

For further information, please visit
www.us.ricoh-imaging.com


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We are glad to announce a new firmware has been released for any PENTAX user shooting with the new Pentax K-1 II. To download the file please click on the following link down below. 

Ricoh Imaging K-1 II Firmware Update

 

Changes to V1.02
  • Improved stability for general performance.
Caution
  • Only PENTAX K-1 Mark II users are permitted to download the firmware update.
PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Name PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Registered name k1II_v102.zip (zip type 8,941 Kbytes)
Applied product PENTAX K1 Mark II
To check the version number, press the menu button and select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 4] menu then press the four-way controller right.
Updated firmware file For Mac and windows : zip type
Release date 2018/05/24
Copy right RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
How to check version
  1. [1] Turn ON the camera.
  2. [2] Press MENU button to display MENU screen.
  3. [3] Press the four-way controller right to display [Set-up 4] menu screen.
  4. [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.

Download the updated firmware file
  • For Windows/Macintosh : k1II_v102.zip 8,941Kbytes, zip type
Updating Procedure
    1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
      The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
      Fwdc240b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
      Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc240b.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. nsert 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 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 Mark 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 Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 Mark II Software License Agreement

The customer (hereinafter "the user") shall verify the following items below related to the use of the licensed software supplied to the user by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. The download starts when you press "I agree. Start download." on this software license agreement.

  1. Definition of terms
    • Licensed software: "Licensed software" means the captioned program in a format that the user can download from the RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD website or from a site empowered by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    • Use : "Use" means the user downloading and retrieving the licensed software from the RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD website or from a site empowered by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD .
    • Designated machine: "Designated machine" means the single computer system set up in order for the user to use the licensed software.
    • Reproduction: "Reproduction" means reproducing the licensed software on a storage device in the same format as the user downloaded or a different format.
    • Modification: "Modification" means performing alternations or making additions to the licensed software, or creating separate software that makes use of all or a portion of the licensed software.
  2. Grant of license
    RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD grants a non-exclusive license to the user on the condition that the user uses the licensed software in accordance with the terms and conditions of this software license agreement. The user may only use the licensed software on the designated machine.
  3. Reproduction of the licensed software
    The user shall not reproduce the licensed software for purposes other than to save and backup the licensed software intended for use on the designated machine.
  4. Modifying the licensed software
    The user shall not modify or reverse engineer the licensed software for any reason.
  5. Property rights and copyright
    The copyright and other property rights for the licensed software and for reproductions of the licensed software belong to RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD regardless of any reason. The user shall not remove the copyright notations from the licensed software or from reproductions of the licensed software.
  6. Grant of sublicense
    The user shall not transfer possession of the licensed software or reproductions of the licensed software to third parties, and the user shall not transfer the license nor grant a sublicense of the licensed software to third parties.
  7. Agreement period
    This software license agreement is effective on the day the user starts using the licensed software and is valid until the time the user stops use. Provided that, when the user has violated any portion of this software license agreement, RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD may revoke the license granted to the user for the licensed software and terminate the software license agreement.
  8. Obligations after termination
    After the software license agreement is terminated, the user, at the user's own responsibility, shall dispose of the licensed software after rendering it into a state where it cannot be used by third parties, and dispose of reproductions and modifications of the licensed software, and all materials related to the licensed software.
  9. Guarantee of the licensed software
    RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD shall not guarantee that the licensed software is suitable for the user's designated purposes, or that the licensed software is useful, or that this licensed software is free from defects, nor shall RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD make any other guarantees related to the licensed software.
  10. Exporting the licensed software
    The user shall not directly or indirectly export all or a portion of the licensed software without obtaining the necessary permission from the Government of Japan or the governments of the relevant countries.
  11. RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD's responsibilities
    RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD A assumes no responsibility under any circumstance for direct or indirect damage or damage from ripple effects that occurs from using the licensed software, for damage to data, programs, or other intangible properties, or for loss of usage benefits and lost profits.
  12. Responsibility for employees
    The user assumes all responsibility that the user's employees (those employees that the user has a responsibility to manage or monitor based on an employment relationship) fully comprehend the obligations set forth in this software license agreement and faithfully fulfill those obligations.

 

Check out the latest firmware and software updates from PENTAX to enhance the performance of your digital camera

Firmware Update (Digital SL Cameras)
Digital cameras Content Version
K-1 Windows / Mac OS 1.43
K-70 Windows / Mac OS 1.11
K-S2 Windows / Mac OS 1.20
K-S1 Windows / Mac OS 1.20
645Z Windows / Mac OS 1.30
K-3Ⅱ Windows / Mac OS 1.10
K-3 Windows / Mac OS 1.30
K-50 Windows / Mac OS 1.10
K-500 Windows / Mac OS 1.02
K-30 Windows / Mac OS 1.06
K-01 Windows / Mac OS 1.05
PENTAX Q7 Windows / Mac OS 1.01
PENTAX Q10 Windows / Mac OS 1.03
PENTAX Q Windows / Mac OS 1.14
645D Windows / Mac OS 1.33
K-5II / K-5IIs Windows / Mac OS 1.07
K-5 Windows / Mac OS 1.16
K-r Windows / Mac OS 1.15
K-x Windows / Mac OS 1.03
K-7 Windows / Mac OS 1.13
K-m Windows / Mac OS 1.11
K2000 Windows / Mac OS 1.11
K20D Windows / Mac OS 1.04
K200D Windows / Mac OS 1.01
K10D Windows / Mac OS 1.31
K110D Windows / Mac OS 1.02
K100D Windows / Mac OS 1.02
*ist DL2 Windows / Mac OS 1.02
*ist DS2 Windows / Mac OS 1.02
*ist DL Windows / Mac OS 1.03
*ist DS Windows Me,2000,XP / Mac OS 2.02
*ist D Windows / Mac OS 1.12
Software

Description Digital camera Content Version
PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (Simple Version) 645Z (FW version:1.21 or later) /
K-1 (FW version:1.10 or later) / KP / K-1 Mark II
Windows 1.3.0
Mac OS
PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® via IMAGE Transmitter 2 645Z (FW version:1.23 or later) /
K-1 (FW version:1.41 or later) / KP / K-1 Mark II
Windows 2.0.0
Mac OS
IMAGE Transmitter 2 645Z (FW version:1.23 or later) /
K-1 (FW version:1.41 or later) / KP / K-1 Mark II
Windows 2.4.0
Mac OS
Digital Camera Utility 5 Update K-3II / K-S2 / K-S1 / K-3 / 645Z / Q-S1 / GRII / K-1/ K-70/ KP 
/ K-1 Mark II
Windows 5.8.1
Mac OS
IMAGE Transmitter 2 Update for Macintosh

Thank you for using PENTAX digital SLR camera.
RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of the Macintosh Updater for update the IMAGE Transmitter 2. For correct update, you are required to be installed IMAGE Transmitter 2 before hand on your PC. Please download the Updater file on your PC first, and update it. https://bit.ly/2HM0xUp 

Name IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.4.0) Macintosh Updater.
Registered name IT2Updater_240 (Mac). zip (969Kbyte)
System requirement OS : macOS v10.13 High Sierra / macOS v10.12 Sierra / macOS v10.11 El Capitan / 
macOS v10.10 Yosemite 
Memory : 4.0GB or more 
Free disk space : 100MB or more 
Monitor: 1024x768 or more , Can be displayed 24bit full color or more 
Interface: USB2.0, USB3.0
Release date 2018/4/23
Copy right RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
How to Update
  1. Please download and save the file into appropriate folder on your Hard disk
  2. Double click the downloaded file [IT2Updater_240 (Mac).zip]
  3. Double click [IT2Updater_240.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].
Changes to V2.4.0
[23, April 2018] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.4.0) Macintosh Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.3.0] 
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

  • Corresponded to PENTAX K-1 Mark II.

 

Changes to V2.3.0
[20, April 2017] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.3.0) Macintosh Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.2.1]
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

  • Corresponded to PENTAX KP.
  • The following items can be set newly.
       -  Drive mode change function. 
       -  White balance change function.
       -  Custom image change function.
       -  Image recording format change function.
       -  RAW format change function.
       -  Live view magnification change function.
       -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
       -  Composition fine adjustment function. (Only use with KP)
       -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Need SD card/645Z is incompatible/K-1:LV is incompatible)
       -  Correspond to timer exposure of Bulb. (Camera side timer setting value display/ start and stop by application side timer)

 

[Improvement item]

  • Maintain enlarged condition after AF for live view magnification. (KP is incompatible)
  • Correspond to display magnification change of independent post view.
    *When this update is done, the contents of version 2.2.1and earlier will be also updated.
    *It is necessary to update the firmware to version 1.23 for 645Z and version 1.41 for K-1.

 

Changes to V2.2.1
[19, January 2017] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.2.1) Macintosh Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.2.0]

  • Corresponded to relation work with PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® via IMAGE Transmitter 2 Ver2.0.0.
    (Enable to read the image automatically with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® that take a picture by IMAGE Transmitter 2)
  • Improved stability for general performance.

 

Changes to V2.2.0
[19, May 2016] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.2.0) Macintosh Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.1.0]

  • Corresponded to PENTAX K-1
  • Added independent post window. (Can change window size, full size picture).
  • Added grid display on live view. (Can change to line color and kind of grid.)

 

Changes to V2.1.0
[26, March 2015] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.1.0) Macintosh Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.0.0]

    • Added Digital Camera Utility 5 connection.
    •    -  Automatic image display of transfer image file.

 

         -  Move display folder on Browser mode.

 

         -  Automatic thumbnail display of transfer image file on Browser mode.

 

         -  Automatic addition for editing image list on Laboratory mode.

 

         -  Connection ON/OFF setting for Option dialog.

 

    • Changed window size to 1024x768 pixels.

 

  • Image files name display during image transfer.

IMAGE Transmitter 2 Update for Windows

Thank you for using PENTAX digital SLR camera.
RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of the Windows Updater for update the IMAGE Transmitter 2. For correct update, you are required to be installed IMAGE Transmitter 2 before hand on your PC. Please download the Updater file on your PC first, and update it. Please review the following specs down below. To download the software please click on the following link
https://bit.ly/2HkKBot

Name

IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.4.0) Windows Updater.

Registered name

IT2Updater_240E (Win). zip (2,835Kbyte)

System requirement

OS : Windows 10 (32bit / 64bit) / Windows 8.1 (32bit / 64bit) / Windows 8 (32bit / 64bit) / Windows 7 (32bit / 64bit) / Required to install NET Framework 4.5.1 or later.(For latest version click here
CPU : Intel Core2 Quad or higher 
Memory : 4.0GB or more 
Free disk space : 100MB or more 
Monitor: 1024x768 or more, Can be displayed 24bit full color or more. 
Interface: USB2.0, USB3.0

Release date

2018/4/23

Copy right

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.

How to Update

1.      Please download and save the file into appropriate folder on your Hard disk

2.      Double click [IT2Updater_240E (Win).zip]

3.      [IT2Updater_240E (Win).exe] is saved.

4.      Copy the application software and paste on desktop.

5.      Double click the application software. The Installer will start, following to the installation display

6.      When the installation will be completed and the massage is displayed, click [Finish].

Changes to V2.4.0

[23, April 2018] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.4.0) Windows Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.3.1] 
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

·         Corresponded to PENTAX K-Mark II.

·         Corresponded to 180° inversion fixed function of Live view display.

[Improvement item]

·         Corrected following issues related to the independent post view window. 
- Images may not be displayed in some cases.
- When the vertical position shooting image is displayed and the display magnification was changed, the image display position was shifted.
- Incorrect magnification display when the vertical position shooting image is entirely displayed.

Changes to V2.3.0

[20, April 2017] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.3.0) Windows Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.2.1]
[Function enhancement/Additional item]

·         Corresponded to PENTAX KP.

·         The following items can be set newly.
   -  Drive mode change function. 
   -  White balance change function.
   -  Custom image change function.
   -  Image recording format change function.
   -  RAW format change function.
   -  Live view magnification change function.
   -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
   -  Composition fine adjustment function. (Only use with KP)
   -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Need SD card/645Z is incompatible/K-1:LV is incompatible)
   -  Correspond to timer exposure of Bulb. (Camera side timer setting value display/ start and stop by application side timer) 
   -  Focus assists setting function.
   -  Correspond to exposure bracket setting. (Only for 645Z)

[Improvement item]

·         Maintain enlarged condition after AF for live view magnification. (KP is incompatible)

·         Correspond to display magnification change of independent post view.
*When this update is done, the contents of version 2.2.1and earlier will be also updated.
*It is necessary to update the firmware to version 1.23 for 645Z and version 1.41 for K-1.

Changes to V2.2.1

[19, January 2017] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.2.1) Windows Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.1.0]

·         Corresponded to relation work with PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® via IMAGE Transmitter 2 Ver2.0.0.
(Enable to read the image automatically with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® that take a picture by IMAGE Transmitter 2)

·         Improved stability for general performance.

Changes to V2.2.0

[19, May 2016] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.2.0) Windows Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.1.0]

·         Corresponded to PENTAX K-1

·         Added independent post window. (Can change window size, full size picture).

·         Added grid display on live view. (Can change to line color and kind of grid.)

Changes to V2.1.0

[26, March 2015] IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version 2.1.0) Windows Updater

[Main changes from Version 2.0.0]

·         Added Digital Camera Utility 5 connection.

   -  Automatic image display of transfer image file.
   -  Move display folder on Browser mode.
   -  Automatic thumbnail display of transfer image file on Browser mode.
   -  Automatic addition for editing image list on Laboratory mode.
   -  Connection ON/OFF setting for Option dialog.

·         Changed window size to 1024x768 pixels.

 

·         Image files name display during image transfer.