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Try a different battery. It's not unheard of for a rechargeable battery -- even a new one -- to fail. All it takes is one defective cell (there are many in each battery) and you're dead in the water.

Read the manual to find out what the battery symbol actually means.

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Apr 13, 2018

There is a button on the side of the mirror box with the flash symbol. Pushing that should cause the flash to go up except if it is set on the 'green rectangle' on the mode dial, in which case the camera will cause the flash to go up in low light situations automatically

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Mar 02, 2014

Measure batteries to make sure they are 'fresh' I have run into many bad 'new' batteries. And if they are the same brand people sometimes put the old ones back in by mistake.

Other than that without a lot more information there are just far too many things that could cause this problem - from impact to water damage to circuit failure.

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Oct 25, 2013


My apologies if this message finds you long after posting this problem , but I am currently working through a backlog of problems that never got answered and hopefully this info can still be of use if not now possibly in future.

Please download Disc Digger HERE. This is a free tool you can use that works very well and there is no installation required, just run the program once you downloaded it.

Once you have connected the memory card to the computer via either the camera or preferably with a usb card reader , run the program.

On the program , select the dig deep option for accidentaly deleted files or dig deeper for a formatted card. Then select the card you want to do the recovery on and run the program.

The data will be displayed and you can recover it from there. This will only work if the card has not been used since the pictures were lost. Save the files to a location on the computer hard drive and not back to the memory card as this will overwrite the other pictures that still needs to be recovered.

Some of the properties of the files may become lost in the recovery but the pictures should be fine.

Feel free to ask if you need more assistance.

Kind Regards

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Sep 07, 2013

I just tried something that I read a few days back tried it then but just tried it again. I held my Canon Power Shot S3 SI Camera Lens up to a Very Bright Light and started Taking Pictures started in TV mode then kept switching modes but taking lots of pictures in the different modes kept checking after taking a few I could start noticing that the screen was getting lighter and lighter with each picture that I took ... and Finely it started looking more and more like a picture.. and now my baby is back working...... thanks to who every the person was that posted about using a light to get her the Death of the Black Screen working... Just a little hint make sure that the light is really bright a flashlight did not work the yesterday for me so today a used a lamp and now me and mt Camera are both doing the Happy Dance .... Hope This May Help Others Who's Cameras Have Been Hit With The BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH....hope this works for you like it did me.:)

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Feb 04, 2013

Have you tried batteries in something else to check they're ok, and inserted correctly if still no good perhaps return as it will still be under warranty?

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Sep 02, 2012

There's a diopter adjustment lever just above the viewfinder. Adjust it while peering through the viewfinder. This may be easier if you remove the rubber eyecup.

For further details see the "Adjusting the Viewfinder Diopter" section on page 39 of the manual.

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Aug 23, 2012

Quantaray makes lenses with a variety of mounts. If the lens has a Pentax mount then it will fit onto your camera. If it has a Canon mount, for example, then it will not.

Pentax *ist DL... | Answered on Aug 23, 2012

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