Questions About Selling *ist D

Started Jun 16, 2012 | Discussions
Joseph Tainter Forum Pro • Posts: 10,332
Questions About Selling *ist D

I am about to sell my long-unused *ist D to a colleague for whom it will be all the camera that she needs. Before passing it over to her, I could use help with a couple of questions.

1. It comes, of course, with the first version of Pentax's processing software. Is there a place where she can download the current version? Will Pentax allow her to? I don't find such a download on Pentax's web site.

2. I always shot PEFs with this camera. She will probably shoot JPEGs. I recall users complaining that JPEGs were soft and lack brilliance. What settings should I use for sharpening and brilliance so that she is pleased with the images?

Thanks for your help.


P.S. I'll be glad to see this fine camera back in use.

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steephill Veteran Member • Posts: 9,861
Re: Questions About Selling *ist D

All the software is available from here

The trick to accessing the latest version if you don't have the earlier version already installed is to download to a drive such as a USB stick named (I think) SW-110. Don't forget the Remote Assistant software too.

Jpegs on the *istD aren't great by current standards and that is being very polite about it. They have that plastic look which Canon was infamous for. I shot jpeg for the first couple of years with my *istD purely because of the cost and have always regretted doing so. My first CF card was a 1Gb Microdrive which cost several hundred dollars so I had a good reason at the time. I used a CD writer to write out the card contents each day on longer trips. Times have changed of course and large fast cards are now very cheap.

I would recommend trying Lightroom instead of the Pentax converters as it makes the workflow transparent to file format.

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Underdog 3000 Regular Member • Posts: 166
Re: Questions About Selling *ist D

I also have this camera.

Do you want to retain her as a friend?

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jeanphilippe Goube Senior Member • Posts: 1,898
Re: Questions About Selling *ist D

The issue with jpegs is that there are a lot of artifacts at the pixel level generated by the jpeg internal converter of the camera; use raw; anyway what is the interest of upgrading the processing Pentax/slikypix software if you don't use raw ?

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