Shooting Tethered with the Pentax K-1

Posted by: on Feb 14, 2016

Tethering a Pentax K-1 to your computer couldn’t be easier with the help of Tether Tools gear! Looking to upgrade your Pentax I-USB7 cable? Pickup a TetherPro USB 2.0 A Male to Mini-B 8 Pin 15′ cable from Tether Tools.

The Camera – Pentax K-1

The PENTAX K-1 full-frame DSLR camera features a large image sensor equal in size to the full image area of 35mm film, suited to the artistic work of photo enthusiasts and professionals photographers alike. Equipped with an AA-filterless CMOS sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels and many unique PENTAX imaging features and technology, the PENTAX K-1 camera makes it easy for photographers to produce super-high-resolution images rich in gradation and superb in high-sensitivity rendition.

SRII Shake Reduction is a newly refined and highly sensitive five-axis shake reduction system that is capable of reducing camera shake with a compensation range of up to five shutter steps. SRII also allows the PENTAX K-1 to incorporate other features such as Pixel Shift Resolution, which effectively eliminates moiré without the need for an anti-aliasing filter, increasing sharpness and overall image quality.

Also new is the SAFOX 12 autofocus mechanism with 33 autofocus points, assuring fast and accurate autofocusing, even in the most demanding shooting situations. In addition, the new Flexible tilt LCD monitor—a first for any DSLR camera—can be adjusted to the desired angle horizontally and vertically without deviating from the lens’s optical axis, making it easy to shoot at challenging angles. Other significant “firsts” are the K-1’s Operation Assist Lights – compact white LEDs that facilitate camera operation in low-light environments, making it easy to change lenses, swap memory cards and adjust back-of-camera controls, and a Smart Function dial that allows photographers to easy select frequently-used functions without going into the LCD menu. A newly-designed optical viewfinder equipped with the famous PENTAX Pentaprism boasts a bright, nearly 100-percent field of view.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-204800
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,037,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 1010 g (2.23 lb / 35.63oz)
Dimensions 137 x 110 x 86 mm (5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39)
GPS BuiltIn
The Software – What software should you use to shoot tethered with the Pentax K-1?

There are lots of software options for Pentax shooters including Adobe Lightroom (with Pentax Capture Plug-in), DNA Software, and PK_Tether. Learn more about these and more options in the Software category on

The Gear – Tether Tools Pro Tethering Kit for Pentax K-1


  • Tether Table Aero Traveler
  • TetherPro USB 2.0 A Male to Mini-B 8 Pin, 15’ Cable
  • JerkStopper Tethering Kit
  • Aero ProPad
  • SecureStrap
  • AeroXDC
  • StrapMoore Extender
  • Tether Tools Cable Organization Case (Standard)

To learn more about shooting tethered including how to create better images and work more efficiently while keeping your files safe and secure by incorporating an archival tethering system into your workflow download the Ultimate Tethering Guide – FREE from Tether Tools and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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