Pentax Ds owners, Ver 2.0 firmware out.

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Pete D, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    http://www.digital.pentax.co.jp/ja/info/20050415e.html


    The selectable continuous AF is a nice addition. Auto ISO, not sure about
    that one but you can just set what you want of course.


    This the full list.
    1.. Continuous AF" mode has been added to the AF settings in the Record
    Mode menu and AF.S /AF.C can be selected in the Menu
    2.. Auto Sensitivity has been added in the sensitivity mode
    3.. AE-L button on M has been added in the Custom menu.
    4.. The effect of Digital soft filters can be selected from weak, middle
    or strong
    5.. Dutch and Swedish languages has been added to the language
    6.. The sample picture will be displayed in the LCD monitor when select
    picture modes
    7.. For prevent the confusion, the item that was not able to be set by the
    menu, made a gray character.
     
    Pete D, Dec 3, 2005
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  2. Pete D

    Paul Mitchum Guest

    If you go to <http://www.pentaxslr.com/>, you find out about the new
    *ist DS2, some new lenses, including slightly faster Limiteds, and a new
    flash unit.

    Maybe you knew already. I sure didn't. :)

    Now to rob a bank...
     
    Paul Mitchum, Dec 3, 2005
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  3. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    Hi Paul,

    I already own a Ds, same as a Ds2 except for the screen.

    Even better now.

    I assume you are talking about the 540FGZ, very nice but very spendy. :-(

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Dec 3, 2005
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  4. The selectable continuous AF is a nice addition. Auto ISO, not sure
    As usual, lots of discussion over inthe Pentax DSLR forum on
    dpreview.com. Generally rave reviews - the availability of continuous
    AF in all modes (not just Sports mode, as was previously the case) of
    course being the biggie for most people. This eliminates one of the
    single biggest complaints many have had about the DS. There are also
    reports in dpreview form folks saying focus seems faster and other
    miscellaneous subjective improvements, but I wouldn't put too much stock
    in those.

    The Auto ISO is getting mixed reviews - applying any EV compensation
    disables the auto ISO and forces ISO to 200. I don't know about anyone
    else, but when I'm shooting in low light situations where I might
    otherwise find value in having auto ISO kick in, I'm almost always
    applying negative EV compensation - otherwise, the pictures don't come
    out *looking* like they were shot in low light. So it seems I'm going
    to have to increase ISO manually just as I always have. Another drag
    about the implementation of auto ISO is that there is no feedback in the
    viewfinder display as to what IS is being chosen. It does show you the
    shutter speed / aperture you're going to end up with, but not the ISO
    that is making this possible. This can be a rather disconcerting as you
    point at different subjects with vastly different light and see similar
    exposures being chosen. I suspect I won't be using this much. But it
    might be fun to play with for a while in situations where the stakes are
    low, so I'll probably leave it on for now.

    Oh yeah, I did download and install the update. It went painlessly. I
    used a set of freshly charged AA's, no problems.

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    Marc Sabatella, Dec 3, 2005
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  5. Pete D

    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Worked for me, too. No problem installing.

    I have been wishing that pressing AE-L in M mode could work in an
    aperture priority mode, and now it can. This alone makes the upgrade
    worth it for me.
     
    Paul Mitchum, Dec 3, 2005
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  6. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    You can set auto ISO to 200-400, 200-800, 200-1600 or 200-3200 so keeping it
    to say 200-800 should work a fair bit of the time, gives you an extra 2
    stops knowing that it will have minimal effect on the shot.
     
    Pete D, Dec 4, 2005
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