My LCD monitor stopped working while I'm framing the picture. It works for picture playback, and when I change modes, but not while I'm taking the picture. In other words, I have to use the viewfinder only. Help!
Most of the SLRs that were available up until recently only had a viewfinder option for framing your photo. It makes you take a better photo when the view finder is on your face - the distance when using the LCD screen makes it hard to keep the camera steady.
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Re: Pentax K100D DSLR
This is the case with SLR cameras.
When you look through the viewfinder you are looking at what the lens sees through a mirror/prism/lens system and the 'image' does not get to the capture device until you press the release. Then the mirror lifts and the image impinges on the CCD.
There are a few camera that allow you to do both but this is not one of them.
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"AV" means apeture priority. This means that you set the apeture that the camera will use, and it decides the shutter speed. The flashing "av" means that you've picked an apeture that the camera can't pick a suitable shutter speed for at this light level. I would suggest picking a different apeture, or switch the camera to full automatic mode via the dial on the top left of the camera.
Actually, it means you have dust on the sensor if the spots are in the same place on every picture. Google the words "cleaning a DSLR sensor" for instructions with pictures on how to clean it yourself. The sites also list places to obtain the supplies you will need.
I don't own a K10D, but I do own a K100D which I have successfully used both manual focus & auto-focus lenses from my old Pentax stash!
1) If it is a manual focus lens, you need to turn off Autofocus on the body of your K10D. On my K100D, there is a switch on the side of the lens mount that says [-MF or -AF]. "-MF" is manual focus mode & "-AF" is autofocus mode. Since your lens doesn't have autofocus capability, turn it to the "-MF" mode.
Also . . . When I press "Menu" and go to "Custom Setting", I change two settings . . .
1) I change "Using aperture ring" to "Permitted". This allows you to use manual lenses (M lenses) that do not have an auto(exposure) setting, and also lets you use Auto lenses (A, KA, KA2, FA, etc.) in either the Auto or manual aperture setting modes.
2) I change "Fl with S lens used" so that even with a manual focus lens, although I don't have autofocus capability, my K100D beeps and shows a little red square in the viewfinder when I have successfully focused manually!
The K10D should have the same options.
This should get you up and running!
I have had a load of fun with my old lens on my new digital Pentax!
If this is a manual focus lens, you will need to do two things (and an optional third thing.)
1) On the side of the camera, you have to switch the focus mode switch from "AF" (Autofocus) to "MF" (Manual focus) . . . Yeah. I know, you probably already did that. <grin>
2) When you press Menu, go to the Custom Setting and change the Allow aperture setting to on, so that the Pentax K100D will then work with manual control of the aperture ring. You need to do this or the K100D will not work with manual exposure lenses (M lenses) or even autoexposure lenses (KA, KA2, FA, etc.) when you move the aperture ring from the "A" position to one of the manual aperture settings!
3) This is optional, but in the Custom Setting you can also turn on the Fl in manual focus mode, so that even though you don't have autofocus capability, you will get a beep indicator when you have successfully managed to manually focus your lens.
I have a few nice manual focus lenses that I have a lot of fun playing with on my K100D.
Hi, I assume that you are using Win.XP, - did you check; System Properties>Hardware>Device Manager Is there anything like yellow exclamation etc, especially on the USB section? - Is it BIOS USB function enabled? Maybe disabled by accidentally. - You said nothing working through USB, all ports are same? If this ocurred all of a sudden, than I think you have a software problem. I have a K100d, its been seven months now and ~6500 photo. My USB cables&fittings are fine, I always using USB port to transfer photos, no problem at all. I hope your problem will be solved in a short time. Sincerely -halotheracer-
My camera with the dodgy flash is holidaying in Japan as they sent it to be fixed - not sure how old your camera is but I am trying to see if this is an issue that occurs with the camera model.... given that there are only two of us to date I am thinking that we may have just struck the jackpot :(