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05-07-2012, 02:44 AM   #1
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Capturing pictures with camera connected to PC

I am an amateur photographer with a Pentax K-5 camera.
I want to take pictures from my Windows 7 PC using the Pentax Digital Camera Utility.
I set the USB Connection to PTP on the camera and I'm connecting it with a USB cable to the PC and the PC recognizes it as a devise.

My problem it that I can't seem to be able to capture the images using the Utility program, and I'm not sure if I'm even going about this in the right way. The program has a lot of settings that I can change but no obvious "capture image" button??

Any suggestions about what I'm doing wrong?

05-07-2012, 02:52 AM   #2
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The 645d is the only current dslr with tethering support by Pentax.
Having said that there is a program called pktether which does what you need. Just type that into google and it should be one of the top options
05-08-2012, 01:14 AM   #3
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Just to add to the previous post:

What you want to do is called "tethered" shooting and is a common feature in higher end, pro camears. Many studio pros shoot tethered most of the time. The Pentax software you are using is not a tethering application and will not do what you wish. Pentax does not specifically support tethering in any of its consumer DSLR cameras, only the medium format 645D. A third party company has a beta program that works in most cases. You might want to give it a try as mentioned above.
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As said by Chaos_Realm, PK_Tether will do the job for you. With a Windows 7 machine you should be able to download and run the program right away (as it should have the required .NET installed already). You will find the download site here:

PK_Tether | Tethering and remote control software for Pentax DSLR cameras

I use it as well with my K200D as with my K-5 and it works fine (though not entirely without bugs). There are certain directions that must be followed; notably:

  • Turn of the top LCD display light
  • Do not use live view with PK_Tether
Further: If you search this forum for" pk_tether" you will find quite a lot of user experiences.

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