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06-19-2009, 09:34 AM   #1
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*istD and stop-down metering

I hope this isn't old news, but I tried searching and couldn't find anything.

I just bought a brand new *ist D a few weeks ago and couldn't figure out how to stop down the aperture for metering, for my manual lenses. My green button would only meter at wide open aperture. I was starting to think it was only a feature for the newer cameras.

As it turns out, it was just a matter of updating the firmware. I had version 1.00 and updated to v1.12 and it works like a charm now!

To check your firmware version, hold down Menu while turning the camera On.

For firmware updates for *ist D:
Software Downloads : Support & Service : PENTAX

06-19-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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very old news.

In fact I did not buy an *istD until the firmware came out for the green button. I think it was V1.1 that did it, in late 2003.

Where did youfind a brand new *istD?
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very old news.

In fact I did not buy an *istD until the firmware came out for the green button. I think it was V1.1 that did it, in late 2003.

Where did youfind a brand new *istD?

Old news, yes, but I hope it will be able to help out another member in a similar situation. I found it at a Ritz Camera, it must have been left over from years back. It's slow, has no shake reduction, and a tiny lo-res lcd, but it's mine!
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Don't discount the little beauty.
With its dedicated grip on hand, it turns into quite a versatile machine.
It still takes 5 RAW images before filling its buffer, bigger than the K100D/K110D!
AF may be a little slower than the newer cams, but still just as accurate.
I still appreciated it until the day I passed it on and the K10D took its place as backup body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pocky Quote
Old news, yes, but I hope it will be able to help out another member in a similar situation. I found it at a Ritz Camera, it must have been left over from years back. It's slow, has no shake reduction, and a tiny lo-res lcd, but it's mine!
My *istD is still my walkaround camera with an old M40mm pancake lens. Very low profile but still produces good results unless you want to print posters

More serious work is for the K20D and the K10D just sits on the shelf.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pocky Quote
Old news, yes, but I hope it will be able to help out another member in a similar situation. I found it at a Ritz Camera, it must have been left over from years back. It's slow, has no shake reduction, and a tiny lo-res lcd, but it's mine!
don't knock it

it does ttl flash and meters very well with K mount lenses, which is why I kept mine after getting a K10D
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Don't get me wrong, I love it! Not bad for $200. Especially after the firmware update haha.
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