Firmware Friday: Pentax K-5 & PocketWizards

Camera   Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Pentax K-5 new firmware version – Increases continuous shooting in RAW format and other bug fixes [coming mid-November]

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 version 5.200 for Canon “offers optimized compatibility with the PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom and the AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Paul C. Buff flashes.” [PocketWizard Website]


Pentax K-5 Announced

The Pentax K-5 is a 16.3MP DSLR geared toward the enthusiast photographer and looks to compete directly with the Canon 7D and Nikon D300s.  The K-5 features 7 fps still image frame rate, ISO 80-51200 (w/ expansion) and 1080p HD video capture at 25 fps.

The Pentax K-5 should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $1599.95 for body only and $1749.95 with an 18-55mm kit lens.  Check availability on

Pentax K-5 Key Features

  • 16.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • 7 fps frame rate
  • ISO 80-12800 (expandable to ISO equivalent 51200)
  • 1080p video at 25 fps
  • Built-in Sensor-based Image Stabilization
  • 3-inch 921k dot res LCD
  • 0.92x Magnification VF w/ 100% Coverage
  • External Audio Mini Plug
  • 11-point AF System
  • In-Camera HDR
  • Magnesium Alloy Body (same as K-7)
  • HDMI Out
  • SDXC Memory Card Compatibility

Alongside the new K-5, Pentax has also announced a new 18-135mm lens, which should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $529.95.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Pentax K-5 Photo and Rumored Specs

Along with above image that’s rumored to be a leaked shot of the new Pentax K-5 uncovered up by Lens Tip, additional rumors have surfaced about the Pentax K-5’s specifications. A poster over in the Pentax forums provides detailed specifications passed along from a retailer.

Pentax K-5 Rumored Specs

  • 16.2MP CMOS Sensor
  • 18-point AF
  • ISO 50-25600
  • 1920 x 1080 25p, 30p
  • External mic output
  • Magnesium body
  • Weather sealing
  • $1699 retail price

The Pentax K-5 is rumored to be announced on September 22.  Full spec list is below. [Read more…]

New Pentax DSLR(s) This Week?

Pentax K-x

An interesting tidbit from RiceHigh’s Pentax Blog points to a new Pentax DSLR coming on September 9th.  His news is based on the Japanese Business Live Calendar, which apparently points to a new DSLR product from Hoya (Pentax’s parent company) on that date.

Additionally, other recent rumors suggest a new Pentax K-5 and K-r DSLR model.  The K-5 is rumored to be Pentax’s flagship model and the K-r is more of an entry-level model like the Pentax K-x (above).  Rumored specs are listed below. [Read more…]