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10-18-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Pentax ist Dl bought 2006. Turn it on, camera starts, then "memory card error" comes up on display and can't do anything. Tried different card-same thing, put card in different camera--works fine. I'm curious if this is repairable for a resonable cost or is it more than it's worth? thanks.

10-18-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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No one can say for sure without a quote from a repair center. However, if it really does need repair I would expect the cost of repair to be much more than the cost of a more modern used camera such as the k-x or k-5 which can be had for under $200 on the used market.
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If you are interested I have an *istDS I am thinking of selling.
10-19-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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Are you using an HDSD card? If so - and you haven't updated the firmware on you ist DL - it won't work. I updated my firmware and HDSD cards work fine, but not HDXC cards.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Willaom Poh Quote
Pentax ist Dl bought 2006. Turn it on, camera starts, then "memory card error" comes up on display and can't do anything. Tried different card-same thing, put card in different camera--works fine. I'm curious if this is repairable for a resonable cost or is it more than it's worth? thanks.
Yup, it's possible that you're using an SDHC card prior to updating your firmware, or an SDXC card, which isn't supported. If you want to update your firmware you'll want to get a normal SD card.

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Please note that the OP said "ist D" NOT a *istD S".

The *istD uses CF cards, NOT SD cards.
Yes, the *istD S" cameras will use SDHC cards when the firmware is upgraded to the latest version. I did it on my mine (now being used by my son) and tested it on a 32GB card. Works fine.

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I kept reading it as *ist DL because there was no space between the "*istD" and "I".
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I kept reading it as *ist DL because there was no space between the "*istD" and "I".
I read it as *istD I bought in 2006". Perhaps the OP can enlighten us.

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QuoteOriginally posted by PDL Quote
I read it as *istD I bought in 2006". Perhaps the OP can enlighten us.

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I am pretty sure you are correct.
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A lot of people typing on the net don't use capital letters such the L in cameras and lenses. I read the OPs statement as ist Dl (meaning capital L) (space) bought in 2006. But no space between D and l.

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