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Pentax *ist DS USB Cable

I got a Pentax *ist DS from a friend.  Unfortunately the USB Cable did not come with.  What is the cable that I have to get and where could I get it online.  I have been looking everywhere but cant get info anywhere.  can you help me.



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Re: Pentax *ist DS USB Cable

You need a Pentax USB cable I-USB17.
You can get it online from B&H photo or Adorama camera.
I would go with B&H photo personally.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008

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