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09-17-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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best *ist D memory?

Hello all,

I've been snooping this thread for a fortnight looking for the best entry to DSLR's for myself, eventually plumping for a used *ist D from KEH. (I don't like menu's)

I've been a happy home user of the excellent ME super for over 25 years now, so I've a few OK lenses to play with, but I need a bit of a pointer to the best/ fastest memory card to put in. I know it's a bit of a moveable feast, and I'm sure the fastest cards will exceed the camera's ability to write. I'm just a regular guy, shooting family and holiday stuff, manual focus only until I can justifiy the extra expense of an Autofous lens. Probably will use the burst mode however, hopefully at a decent resolution.

I'm also wondering if I can plug the camera straight into my Mac's iPhoto, with the appropriate cable so if you have an Istdee, and can spare the time, I'd be glad of the help.

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09-17-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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ist-D does not write to CF very fast....so if you spring for a really fast CF card, you won't see any benefit in the camera. If you use a card reader however, you will be able to speed things up a bit on the computer when downloading the pics from the card to your PC. Personally I use the Sandisk Ultra II CF cards. Its plenty fast for me, and back when I bought em, they were really cheap.

I don't use a cable to transfer so I can't comment on that part of your question. Perhaps others can help you out there.

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09-17-2008, 06:50 PM   #3
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The *istD is is a great little camera, especially if you have a lot of K mount lenses, because it has TTL flash and does not need apature information to do flash metering, BUT in JPEG mode, the buffer is full after about 10-12 shots, even with the fastest memory cards.

I use a Sandisk Extreme II 4 GB card, which has capacity for over 1000 shots.

Forget the cable to the computer, I believe it is USB 1.1. Get a card reader, it goes much faster for downloads, as well as not running your batteries down in the process.

To be honest, the sopeed never bothered me at all and I was quite happy with the camera until I got my K10D, where at 10MP you can shoot at 3FPS until the card is full. Now the 10-12 shots seems a restriction.
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thanks for the advice,

I got a Sandisk 2GB for starters, with a card reader.
Cheap as chips.

next project is to upgrade firmware from 1.0.

I guess I will need a cable for this one?

09-18-2008, 03:22 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by dunc Quote
thanks for the advice,

I got a Sandisk 2GB for starters, with a card reader.
Cheap as chips.

next project is to upgrade firmware from 1.0.

I guess I will need a cable for this one?
Not at all

the upgrade to 1.3 is done by loading a file on to the root directory of the CF card, and then powering on while holding (if i remember correctly) the menu button
09-18-2008, 03:36 AM   #6
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The firmwae page is here;
Pentax Imaging - Software & Firmaware Updates
Follow the instructions exactly as shown and you won't have any trouble updating the camera.

with the update info quoted:
CHANGES FOR V.1.12

* Support for 4GB and higher memory cards.

CHANGES FOR V.1.11

* This version of the *istD firmware will fully prepare your camera for use with the Pentax Remote Assistant software (available as a separate download). The Remote Assistant software will allow you to control various *istD functions from your computer.
* Click here for a PDF datasheet (8.29kb) discussing changes in firmware versions 1.10 and 1.11 in more detail.

CHANGES FOR V.1.10

* You can use the HyM (hyper manual) function when your lens aperture ring is set to a position other than the "A" position.
* You can use EV compensation in the M (manual) mode.
* If you are using the auto bracketing mode and the camera automatically powers down after a period of inactivity, the auto bracketing mode will not be cancelled.
Note that turning off your camera normally will cancel the auto bracketing mode. This enhancement only applies when the *istD engages its auto-power-off function.
* The file format and file system of the *istD are compatible with the EXIF 2.21 and the DCF 2.0 standards.
When you set [Color Space] in the *istD custom function menu to [Adobe RGB], your TIFF and JPEG image file names will change from "IMGPxxxx" to "_IGPxxxx" where "xxxx" is a 4 digit numeral.
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Lowel and Peter have pretty well said everything - I am quite happy with my istDees and for the type and amount of shooting you say you do, you will be TOO.

Have fun.

@Peter or anyone else

Where's this Remote Assistant download??
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I don't use it on my *istD JC but it's at the near the bottom of this page with the other software updates:
Pentax Imaging - Software & Firmaware Updates

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woo hooo.

done it, with your help.

this is amazing!
Now I can use all 3 of my lenses!

I love this camera. No bullshit "Sunset fill in flash portrait in the rain" settings to confuse me.

Just numbers. I'm a happy man.

thanks for all the help.

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As some one mentioned the istD is slowwwwwww to write to a card, so i just used normal 1 gig cards.

I say used to, as i have recently sold it. The D700 fund has started.:-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
I don't use it on my *istD JC but it's at the near the bottom of this page with the other software updates:
Pentax Imaging - Software & Firmaware Updates
Thanks Peter - sometimes (well almost all the time) I'm am so f-in blind.

@dunc
WHAT! You're not using the istD in the rain without protection are you?
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Hello, I'm new to Pentax (recently purchased a used *istd) and only minutes into the forum. I want to upgrade the firmware in this camera from 1.0 to 1.12, which, I believe, is the latest version. I formated the card in the camera, downloaded, unzipped, copied the file to the card, inserted the card to the camera, turned the camera on while holding the "menu" button--(drum roll)--nothing happened. I'm still on v. 1.0. where have I gone wrong?
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