A beta firmware update for Promote Control has just added support for the Pentax 645Z. The Promote Control is a remote shutter control that connects to compatible cameras via USB and offers a variety of shooting features. It now provides Pentax 645Z users HDR bracketing of up to 45 images in 1/3 to 9 EV increments, long exposure shooting, timelapse (with HDR option), and focus stacking. There's even a video mode that allows you to adjust exposure and rack focus during movie recording - all without touching your camera. The device itself is weather-sealed and powered by two AA batteries.

The video above details the Promote Control's functions, and the press release below covers what features are available for the 645Z at this time. Promote Systems plans to add more features with future firmware updates. The Promote Control is available for $329 and ships worldwide.

Press release:

The Promote Control pioneers remote tethering for medium format digital cameras

The Promote Control, the first advanced remote control to support a medium format digital camera, brings extensive features for HDR, Timelapse and Long Exposure photography to the Pentax 645Z

Houston, TX - January 13, 2015 - Promote Systems, makers of the Promote Control, the world’s most advanced DSLR control solution, announces support for the Pentax 645Z medium format camera. Pentax 645Z users can now create stunning HDRs, Long Exposures and Timelapse videos*. Additional features will be available in the near future through free Promote Control firmware updates. The Promote Control is a time-tested, professional, weather-resistant DSLR control device ideal for both field and studio work.

*The following Promote Control features are currently supported with the Pentax 645Z:

  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
    - full range HDR
    - accelerated HDR workflow
    - up to 45 images in one bracket
    - up to 9EV steps in one bracket
    - long exposures (over 30 seconds)**
  • Timelapse
    - intervals as long as several hours
    - repeated Timelapse (great for long-term projects)
    - infinite exposures
    - HDR Timelapse
  • One Shot
    - set Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO and trigger your shutter without touching your camera
  • Manual Hold
    - avoid camera shake
  • Integrate with 3rd-party pano heads & dollies (for panorama and motion Timelapse photography)
  • Weather sealed (great for outdoors)
  • Long battery life (2 AA batteries, great for outdoors)

The Promote Control firmware version 3.20 can be downloaded at https://support.promotesystems.com/index.php?_m=downloads&_a=viewdownload&downloaditemid=36.

**Shutter cable (PCT-CBL-CN2) is required to perform HDR bracketing sequences containing exposures longer than 30 seconds and for capturing images when MLU is enabled on the 645Z.