My *istD is having a problem storing the date/time. Sometimes it works fine, but quite often the date/time screen come up every time the camera is powered on and shows 01/01/2003 date and 00:00 time. I've replaced the backup battery, so that's not the problem. It will probably be sent to Pentax Colorado next week
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Re: date/time problem on *ist d
There is a small re-chargeble battery inside the camera
that charges of the main battery. Chances are that battery
had just drained when the date/time reset occured, but should be fine after you recharge.
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The date time problem ist he internal battery[ A watch type button inside the camera body] has worn out- replacing it will be a workshop job. The other problem seems like wear and tear on the switch any repair will be costly. Just live with[out]it- or buy a new camera
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I've used Sandisk Ultra II 512M cards, a PQI 1G and a Transcend 1G card (all high speed rated) in the *istDS. I've done about 1500 exposures now, many RAW, and have done several rounds of upload to my computer. No problems at all. These same cards work flawlessly in a Panasonic FZ10 as well.
Either you have had a bit of bad luck, two defective SD cards in a row, or have a *istDS with a stuck or bad memory card controller. Try using the Reset command in the Set Up Menu, see if that helps.
BTW, always format SD cards with the camera once before you start using them.
I had exactly that problem with my first *ist D. Replace the AA batteries and the time was always lost. A new 'button' battery didn't fix the problem. The camera was replaced.
The second camera had to be returned too. While I was with the dealer he told me my first camera wasn't really faulty as Pentax UK had been able to tell him how to fix it by some routine. I must admit I didn't listen hard to what he said, I was more interested in getting my hands on the third camera - and then the fourth when that didn't work either.
Resolution on the LCD is rather "rough," but I think all these tiny screens are that way. Considering the "roughness" of the photos in playback, and their sharpness when viewed full on on a computer, the text is about up to as good as this screen can produce.
Or, in other words, I'm see'in what your see'in as for text. I think it's just normal.