Pentax *ist d firmware upgrade---in reverse?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by m II, Jan 28, 2004.

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    m II Guest

    Ok. Version 1.1 of the software is now out. What does a person do if
    they don't like it? Is there a possibility of downloading the old
    version 1.0 to the card and saving it for the future in case a
    re-install is desired?


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    m II, Jan 28, 2004
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  2. Simple. You wait for others to install the firmware and let them find the
    faults. But you'll probably have difficulty going back to the original as it's
    not likely to be published.
    In the future, keep the download on your PC, so that if you don't like later
    improvements, you can always revert - assuming that's permitted by the upload
    program. I think I have all the EOS10D's firmware fixes on my HDD, but haven't
    installed any yet.

    Keep an eye on the *ist forum at where you'll quickly hear
    about the pros and cons.
    Malcolm Stewart, Jan 28, 2004
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    Martin Brown Guest

    What are the firmware changes like? What are your experiences with this
    camera? How does it handle in practice? And how well or badly do older
    long focal length lenses work with the digital CCD back?

    Martin Brown, Jan 28, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Check with people on the Pentax mailing list (see
    There's pretty much universal acclaim for the firmware upgrade so far
    and no bugs found.
    Mark Roberts, Jan 28, 2004
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    Brian Dipert Guest

    If you search the archives you'll find that
    mid-to-late last year there was a posting to a French website of a
    proported v1.1 firmware version....which ended up being v1.0. I
    downloaded it and archived it at the time...just in case (as you say
    below). Not sure if the file is still on that website or not. Good
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    m II Guest

    I haven't had it long enough to pass an informed judgment. It seems fine
    so far. A month or so ago I found another F1.4 50mm lens, so I'm going
    to be trying it out along with a bunch of other Takumar glass. I've shot
    with the SMC 80-320 zoom and considering the limitations of that type
    of lens, the results were pretty good. The largest print I've got done
    so far is an 8 X 10 glossy. To my (untrained) eye, it's impossible to
    tell it apart from a real enlargemant. If I get a good shot one of these
    days, I'll get a larger one done and check it with a magnifying glass.

    The ideal test would be taking identical shots with the same lens on the
    IST-D and a Z-1P. The Z1 is sitting on the shelf over me
    the evil eye..I'm now feeling very very guilty for some reason. I've
    been hearing grumblings in the Spotmatic drawer too.

    Some discussion in the Pentax mailing list concerning the update

    There are twenty five shots here. Some are taken with the extended range
    Adobe Photoshop format that lets you adjust things to your heart's

    m II, Feb 7, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    LOL. My Z1-p is feeling the same way but for a different reason: It's
    going onto eBay tonight to help finance my purchase of an ist-D.
    Mark Roberts, Feb 7, 2004
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    m II Guest

    Mark Roberts wrote:

    I really wish someone would have made a good digital back for the Z1-p.
    It is a wonderful camera, but I wish it used AA batteries. The controls
    will be very familiar on the *istupid name D. It's almost like the Z1
    was shrunken just a bit in the wash.

    m II, Feb 9, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    True. In fact, the Z-1p would almost be the ideal film camera to carry
    along with the ist-D... Almost. If the Z-1p had an
    electronically-controlled depth-of-field preview I'd probably be keeping
    mine. As it is, DOF preview only works properly when the lens is off the
    "A" setting. And with the ist-D it only works with the lens set *on*
    "A". Doh!
    Mark Roberts, Feb 9, 2004
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    m II Guest

    Mark Roberts wrote:

    The new firmware must have fixed that in the *ist. I never tried the
    feature before the upgrade. The manual setting on the mode dial must be
    set to M, then you can DOF to your heart's content at any aperture setting.

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    m II, Feb 11, 2004
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