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Digital SLR Camera: *istD
*ist D
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<General function and specification>
How long does it take to boot the camera?
What is the magnification and the filed of view of the Viewfinder?
Are you planning to sale Interchangeable focusing screen?
What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
Can the brightness of LCD monitor be adjusted?
Why is ISO sensitivity form 200?
What is “the Sensitivity Correction” in Custom Function?
What is the focal length and angle of view for shooting lens?
Can all 35mm interchangeable lenses be used? Is there any problem for performance?
Why there is limit for functioning when using non-A position lenses.
Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Can M42 screw mount lens be used?
What is the Guide number of the built- in flash?
What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
When using built – in flash, can flash amount compensation be used?
When using external flash, can flash amount compensation be used?
Can ring light flash AF 140C be used?
Can AF280T, AF400T flash be used?
Can Polarizing filter be used?
Is *ist D designed for waterproof or dust proof?
Can Refconverter A or M be used?

<Storage Medium>
Can large capacity of CF card and Micro drive be used?
What kind of CF card and Micro drive is recommended?

<Capture and playback>
What is the frame number of the consecutive shooting?
How long does it take to next shooting after consecutive shooting 6 frames?
What is the shutter speed of functioning noise reduction? How long does processing take?
Can the self-timer be used?
Can the remote control be used?
Is the depth of field as same as 35mm film camera?
Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?
Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used for already captured image?
Can the movie Picture be used?
What is the RAW data?
What is the advantage for taking picture with RAW data?
Which type of RAW data for *istD, compressed type or non compressed type?
Can the image record with RAW and JPEG at the same time?
What is the color temperature for each light when setting White balance mode?

<Battery and power sources>
What types of batteries are available for *ist D?
When battery grip is attached on the camera which battery is using?
When battery is replaced, what function settings are saved?

<Connecting with PC and software>
What is the communicate interface with PC?
What is the recommendation of system environment for functioning PENTAX PHOTO Browser and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory?
Can Windows 98 / 98SE be used?

<Others>
Dose the *istD support “PictBridge”?
Does the the *istD support “PIM II” (PRINT Image Matching II) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?
Is there any protection form Dust for CCD?
Can I cleaning CCD by myself? Where can I ask for cleaning?






<General function and specification>

How long does it take to boot the camera?
Start-up time for the *ist D is approximately 1.3 sec.
Start-up time is from turn on the power switch until the LCD panel shows Number of recordable images.
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What is the magnification and the filed of view of the Viewfinder?
Magnification: 0.95x (with 50mmf/1.4 lens at infinity)
Field of view: 95%
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Are you planning to sale Interchangeable focusing screen?
No.
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What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
Approximately 100%
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Can the brightness of LCD monitor be adjusted?
Yes. Adjustable brightness for 15 steps.
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Why is ISO sensitivity form 200?
The CCD for using *istD is intended to exercise the best performance with equivalent of ISO sensitivity 200. If forcedly reduce at equivalent of ISO sensitivity 100, it can not get good image quality.
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What is “the Sensitivity Correction” in Custom Function?
Automatic sensitivity correction when exposure is out of range.
If object of shooting is too bright or too dark for setting Sensitivity value or setting shutter speed does not couple with aperture value or setting aperture value does not couple with shutter speed, the camera automatically adjust exposure by either increase or decrease the Sensitivity value.
 
• Range of increase or decrease Sensitivity.
Initial setting: from 200 to 1600.
If change Sensitivity range to Wide 200 -3200 by custom function: from 200 to 3200.
Correction step: 1 EV
Sensitivity Correction will perform with following condition.
 
* Aperture — priority mode: outside of shutter speed between 1/4000 to shutter speed for hand held camera. (The inverse of the focal length)
"Although there are individual differences among photographers, in general the shutter speed for hand held camera is the inverse of the focal length. For example, 1/75 of second when the focal length is 75mm, and use 1/150 of second when it is 150mm"
 
* Shutter — priority mode: outside of range between minimum aperture to full open aperture.
* Program mode — outside of shutter speed between 1/4000 to shutter speed for hand held camera. (The inverse of the focal length) and outside of range between minimum aperture to full open aperture.
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What is the focal length and angle of view for shooting lens?
The focal length and the angle of view are equivalent approximately 1.5x in 35mm format.
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Can all 35mm interchangeable lenses be used? Is there any problem for performance?
<functional compatible>
Basically, usable lenses that without limit for exposures are FAJ lenses, lenses that have an aperture A (Auto) position and DA lens which is planning to sale.
When changing custom function to use non- A position lens, medium format lens and screw mount lens with using mount adapter can be use but there is limit for usable function.

<Descriptive compatible>
We had shooting test from various perspectives regarding current product of 35mm lenses and medium format lenses. In result, we have decided that all lenses are descriptive compatible lenses.
However, each lens has different descriptive properties.
By changing the photoreceptor from film to CCD, there are the different descriptive properties lenses from the use of film.
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Why there is limit for functioning when using non-A position lenses.
For conventional camera, when rotate aperture ring, angle of rotation is mechanically inputted to the camera and aperture value is read into the camera.
*istD does not have such mechanism therefore, can not set the aperture value mechanically by rotate aperture ring. To set the aperture value, set the aperture to the A position and set the mode dial to Av and select the aperture value with the Av dial.
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Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Not recommended. When assume no responsibility nor liability for damage resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufactures.
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Can M42 screw mount lens be used?
Pentax 42mm screw mount lens (Takumer lens) can be used with attaching the mount adapter K.
When using with attaching the mount adapter K, set the custom function of "F step other than A" to on.
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What is the Guide number of the built- in flash?
GNO.15.6 (ISO200/m)
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What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
Angle of coverage: 18mm lens angle of view (equivalent 28mm in 35mm format)
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When using built — in flash, can flash amount compensation be used?
There is no individual flash amount compensation function. However, when using auto bracket with built — in flash, auto bracket exposure can be changed only flash amount.
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When using external flash, can flash amount compensation be used?
When using auto bracket with external TTL flash, auto bracket exposure can be changed only flash amount.
When using AF360FGZ with the flash amount correction function (-3EV - +1 EV), the flash amount can be compensating individually.
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Can ring light flash AF 140C be used?
Yes. However, if taking picture under special condition such as oral picture, some times not satisfying for result. In that case, use the instant review or playback display to confirming result of image.
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Can AF280T, AF400T flash be used?
Yes.
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Can Polarizing filter be used?
The Circular type Polarizing Filter (C-PL/ Circular PL) must be used.
The normal Polarizing Filter will effect exposure and AF therefore, it can not be used for *istD
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Is *ist D designed for waterproof or dust proof?
No.
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Can Refconverter A or M be used?
Refconverter A or M can be attached. However, if setting 1X, sometimes periphery image is hard to see.
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<Storage Medium>

Can large capacity of CF card and Micro drive be used?
Yes. It supports FAT 32. Can be used 2GB and larger capacity of memory card.
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What kind of CF card and Micro drive is recommended?
Refer to Service News S03-006
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<Capture and playback>

What is the frame number of the consecutive shooting?
Consecutive shooting at approximately 2.6 per second (6 frames max.) with noise reduction off.
(When setting noise reduction ON, 5 frames are max.)
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How long does it take to next shooting after consecutive shooting 6 frames?
After shooting 6 frames, it can be released up to 3 frames with approx at 2-3 second intervals in JPEG mode.
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What is the shutter speed of functioning noise reduction? How long does processing take?
Functioning from shutter speed 1/4 and slower speed.
Processing time: the same time as actual exposure time + calculation time 10 second + recording time to the CF card.
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Can the self-timer be used?
Yes. The shutter will be released about 12 second after the shutter release button is pressed.
When Mirror lock up function is set (custom function), the mirror stays up and the shutter is released about 2 second later when the shutter release button is pressed.
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Can the remote control be used?
The optional IR remote control F is available for *ist D.
The shutter will be released 3 second after the shutter release button on the remote control unit is pressed. Immediate operation can be set by PENTAX function.
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Is the depth of field as same as 35mm film camera?
When compare with attaching 35mm format film camera. The depth of field will be narrower approx one stop of aperture value.
If lens has the depth of field scale, read off the one step smaller scale.
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Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?
No. mainly reason is mechanism of Single Lens Reflex Camera.
For take the picture while looking LCD monitor, the CCD needs to catch the right all the time for taking the picture while looking LCD monitor such as compact digital camera.
On the other hand, Single Lens Reflex Camera has mirror at the front of CCD for conducting light through the viewfinder. The CCD catches the light only shutter is opening.
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Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
Yes. The maximum number for setting frames is up to 9 frames.
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Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used for already captured image?
No.
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Can the movie Picture be used?
No. The type of CCD does not support for movie picture.
If using the bulb mode and keep to catch the light to CCD, even so camera cannot take the movie Picture.
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What is the RAW data?
The RAW data is “raw” data that is recorded data before carry out image data processing for captured data.
When taking a picture, firstly the light of CCD caught is converted into electronic signal.
This electronic signal is carried out image data processing to edit image data then image data is recorded. This recorded image data is JPEG or TIFF. On other hand, the Row data is directly recorded “raw” electronic signal before carry out image data processing.
The Row data which is not carry out image data processing, if forward to the computer as it is, can not see as image with regular software. Therefore, the image data processing is necessary with software [PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory] which is packed with the *istD camera.
But when playing back image on the LCD monitor of camera, the row data which is before carry out image data processing can be displayed. Also when playing back image on the TV monitor with connecting Video cable, it can be displayed.
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What is the advantage for taking picture with RAW data?
The RAW data is “raw” data that is recorded data before carry out image data processing for captured data. Therefore, after taking picture you can set the setting such as White balance,Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness etc for each frame. (Non-Raw image must be set before taking (picture) But for sensitivity, with increase amount of compensation, the image of quality might be deterioration. Therefore, when taking picture, adjust exposure with correct exposure as much as possible.
The Row data is 12 bit data with containing 16 times more information when compare with 8 bit data of JPEG and TIFF. Therefore, it is possible to expressive with various gradations sequence.
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Which type of RAW data for *istD, compressed type or non compressed type?
Non-compressed type of RAW data. It cannot save with compressed.
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Can the image record with RAW and JPEG at the same time?
No.
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What is the color temperature for each light when setting White balance mode?
[Auto]
1) Auto (AWB) - Approx. 4000-8000K
[Preset]
1) Daylight - Approx. 5200K
2) Shade - Approx. 8000K
3) Cloudy - Approx. 6000K
4) Fluorescent light D Daylight - Approx. 6500K
5) Fluorescent light N Neutral white - Approx.5000K
6) Fluorescent light W White - Approx.4200K
7) Tungsten light - Approx.2850K
8) Flash - Approx.6000K
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<Battery and power sources>

What types of batteries are available for *ist D?
The *ist D can be powered by the two CR-V3 lithium batteries, four AA lithium battery, AA Ni-MH rechargeable and nickel batteries, or AA alkaline batteries.
Note: We do not recommend using rechargeable CR-V3 batteries with our digital cameras due to issues with the output voltage. Specifically, avoid rechargeable CR-V3 batteries with these designations: RCR-V3, CR-VX, BP-11.
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When battery grip is attached on the camera which battery is using?
The camera will check the condition of battery for body and battery grip then using from high in voltage.
If the capacity of battery is dropped off a little for using battery, the camera recheck the capacity for both of battery then using high in voltage side. Repeat that several times until both of battery is exhausted.
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When battery is replaced, what function settings are saved?
Function setting which is set by pressing menu button, Sensitivity setting, White balance setting, Recording pixels and Image format, channel setting for wireless mode when using an external flash.
Date setting is memorised by Lithium battery CR2016 where installed at backup battery chamber of camera. If remove the battery from the camera, the date setting is memorised but if remove both batteries, the date setting will be reset.
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<Connecting with PC and software>

What is the communicate interface with PC?
USB1.1
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What is the recommendation of system environment for functioning PENTAX PHOTO Browser and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory?
[For windows]
OS: Windows ME / 2000 / XP Home Edition / Professional
CPU: Pentium III or later recommended
Memory: 256MB or more
Free disk space: 70MB or more
USB port must be standard equipment
 
[For Macintosh]
OS: Mac OS 9.0 or high (CarbonLib 1.5 or later), Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later
CPU: Power PC G3 or later
Memory: 256MB or more
Free disk space: 70MB or more
USB port must be standard equipment
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Can Windows 98 / 98SE be used?
You cannot conduct file transfers via a USB cable.
We suggest the use of a PCMCA card reader (if existing on your computer and with adaptor) or a Card Reader that can be connected to PC.
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<Others>

Dose the *istD support “PictBridge”?
No.
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Does the the *istD support “PIM II” (PRINT Image Matching II) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?
TIFF and JPEG image which was took by *istD will be supported but RAW data will not be supported.
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Is there any protection form Dust for CCD?
There is no special mechanics.
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Can I cleaning CCD by myself? Where can I ask for cleaning?
Please contact PENTAX service centre for cleaning.
If emergency situation, you can simple cleaning with Sensor cleaning mode.
In that case, only you can blow out the dirt and dust from CCD.
Use brush — less blower to remove dirt and dust from CCD.
Never wipe off CCD with a cloth.
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* Compact Flash and CF card are trademark s of SanDisk Corporation
* PENTAX is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* *isdD is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* All other brands or product names are trademarks of registered trademarks of their respective companies.
* The USB driver uses software developed by in Silicon Corporation.
* Microdrive is a registered trade mark of Hitach Storage Technologies Netherlands , B.U.

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