Pentax *ist D Digital Camera - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Unless you are trained as an electronic engineer, I don't think you can replace a flash bulb in a camera. The chance you get the correct "bulb" (it is a tube) is very slim. You could look on ifixit dod com if anyone already did change a flashlight in a camera. I think they also can help when you want to buy spare parts. But first ask what it will cost. Perhaps an external flash is cheaper than a repair. It also gives more light, and can be used on your next camera too.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on May 11, 2014 • 50 views

It appears that you may be in AV mode. You can get your manual here:

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on May 01, 2014 • 84 views

You can try to reset camera settings to default from the menu.And fimware update could help if the software causes the problem. card write protection lock also should be off.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Nov 02, 2013 • 81 views

1) i recommend test the batteries that are o.k replace or recharge in full.2) if this do not resolve the problem, the flash or the control circuit (Syscon)is faulty. you must go to the repair shop for fix it. Since this micro device electronic with the microcontroller, is NOT easy fix it , for anyone, you must know something about digital electronic and repair.God bless you

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jul 22, 2012 • 150 views

Check what's happening inside by firing off a few shots with the lens removed. Is the mirror flipping the shutter opening? How about the memory it old and in need of replacement?

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jun 28, 2011 • 49 views
Most likely the batteries need to be replaced, or they are being jostled and losing connection with the resistors in the battery bay.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on May 21, 2011 • 93 views

It's hard to tell what is the problem without a closer inspection.
It could be that some connection came loose. If it's like that, then you should bring it to a specialist. To a guarantee if it hasn't expired yet.

Before doing that remove your battery. Put it back in, try to charge it. Is it charging then?

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Mar 15, 2011 • 50 views

Have you set the 400 ISO, or do you have the camera on Auto ISO?
Go back to your setup menus and set the Sensitivity to the lowest ISO value possible.  Now set the White Balance to Auto. Exit the menus.
Now set the camera to P for program. In effect, you have turned the camera into a point-and-shoot dimwit. It should now take reasonably well exposed shots indoor and outdoor.
If the shutter speed does not register on the body, you should put the dial on Tv and see if you can alter the speeds.  Remember, not all finctions are available for all dial settings.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jul 26, 2010 • 128 views

This is a common problem with this model...happens to me too. I find that turning it off and then on corrects it for awhile.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Mar 25, 2010 • 195 views

Check which model of camera you have!
Pentax *ist D takes Pentax K-mount lenses (K, KA, or KAF).
None of them have a button to extend the lens.
If you have a button to extend the lens you do not have a *ist D.
In general, your problem sounds like a low battery.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Mar 01, 2010 • 94 views

As long as the camera flash is working, a slave flash will work for you. They're triggered by the light of the camera flash.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jan 03, 2010 • 77 views

i found this which seems similar

"I know this is late, but the issue sounds to me like the aperture ring is not on A. and if this is a manual lens then you have to set the mode to hyper-program mode and set it to work with "other than A" on aperture."

this was my issue, i never knew that has i bought the camera 2nd hand without a manual - your issue might be something else but it's worth posting just incase

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Nov 14, 2009 • 530 views

Try using another lens, if this solves the problem you have a lens problem. If not the camera is the problem.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jul 03, 2009 • 157 views

Have you tried changing the White Balance. You can access this by switching on the camera, pressing the Fn button and then the left arrow.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jun 24, 2009 • 218 views

take out the memory card and move the switch located somewhere on the memory card usually on the side to the unlocked position. Then the memory card isn't locked this is so you don't accidentally delete important things
Thanks and enjoy,

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Apr 26, 2009 • 154 views

Have you try using different data cable..??

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Apr 22, 2008 • 47 views

The lens you are talking about has either:
1)a faulty diaphragm mechanism ( lens stays closed at f 22 or f 16 when you attach it to the camera instead of opening fully as it should ) . or
2) the lens is fine but the diaphragm coupling mechanism inside mirror box ( on the left hand side if viewed from the front ) is not engaging the lens properly so that your lens stays fully closed ( F 22 /16 ) : because diaphragm stays fully closed image in viewfinder appears v. dark.
Solution ? have a camera technician take a look but my guess is that the diaphragm needs cleaning and it should not cost you more than $ 80 bucks.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Jul 16, 2008 • 156 views

Make sure you have not set a dial control to say manual focus or Macro focus. Run through the menu's on the screen to see if you have inadvertantly changed sometihg. As you are computing - give Pentax Technical Support Team a a go on their website

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on Oct 04, 2008 • 118 views

How old is it? If you purchased it through a credit card this is proof of purchase. Wat ever the answer to the above contact the Pentax Tech Support line - this may be a recall issue.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on May 20, 2007 • 74 views

If you have a low light setting or night setting or a speed priority setting there is the possibility one or the other has been inadvertently activated and you are getting long time exposures check out all your setting with the manual.

Pentax *ist D... • Answered on May 26, 2007 • 41 views

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