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Old Mar 3, 2006, 9:10 PM   #1
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As a new owner of a DS,Iwant to know how to find out what firmware level I have on my new "toy". How can I check theversion level? I took a brief look at the Pentax site and saw version 2.0, and how to download &install it. I`ve had the camera for two weeksnow, but haven`t had much time to really play with it.

This weekend I`m going to a small motor boat race, and I`m bring several lenses with me to try out. These little outboard boats can well exceed 100 mph.The lenses served me well thru the yearswith my old 35mm Pentax gear. Yes, I am indeed well aware of the 1.5 magnification factor when using 35mm era lense with digital cameras.

Next weekeend I`ll be at a rock concert with my DS.

The following weekend, there is a huge carnival/fair in town and I`ll be doing long exsposures at night, mostly, but not always, with a tri-pod.I do indeed want to capture, as well as distort, the bright lights of the moving carny rides.

By the end of March I, should be really familiar with the DS. :G

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Old Mar 3, 2006, 11:22 PM   #2
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To Check the Firmware Version. Make Sure your camera is off. Then Hold the Menu Button Down and Turn the camera on. The Version Should Show on the LCD.

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Just look at the EXIF data for any JPG Image & it'll tell you as well.
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Old Mar 4, 2006, 5:24 PM   #4
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How long does it take to load firmware 2? I have firmware 1 and was thinking of upgrading, but I don't have an AC adaptor. I would guess that having the camera shutting itself off because of a low battery during the process would be fatal, so would I be able to upload it if I were to use freshly charged NiMH batteries?
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Hi Mtngal

If i remember Correctly, it Took Tops 1-2 minutes. Personally i would not worry about the AC Adaptor, just make sure you batterys are in good Shape. I just make Sure i have a fully charged batteries in the camera when I Update.

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I just make Sure i have a fully charged batteries in the camera when I Update.
I did that, with my own camera and my brother-in-law's, and it worked just fine, no problems at all. NiMh2500 fresh out of the charger. Lots of power still in the batteries afterwords.

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Thanks for the replies. I`ll check my version level during the week, and if needed, update it.

I just now got home after playing with my DS all weekend at the motor boat races. The DS worked like a charm. The race boats were some distance from the shoreline, but my Sigma 135~400 lense brought them a whole lot closer. I pretty much used the normal mode on the camera with the ISO set at 400. The lighting was great without a cloud in the sky. My shutter speed was hanging around 750 with the aperature around f8 or so. I did download Saturdays pics to my laptop Saturday evening, and like I mentioned, was overallpleased with the results.


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Thanks for the replies. I did the update and was surprised at how easy it was (it seems like every time I do something with computers it takes much longer than it "should"). I have a built-in card reader on my computer, so I added the file that way, then followed the directions for the camera. It did only take about 2 minutes, maybe 3 (I didn't actually time it). Having the auto ISO setting is really nice - I was out this morning taking pictures in the shade and early light, and it was nice not having to pay as close attention to the shutter speed as I usually do.

I'm going to have to find more documentation on it all, as well as reading the owners manual again. As I looked through the menus there were several I couldn't remember what they were for. A note to someone just updating - it will reset any settings you have, so don't forget to change things like permittingaperture ring if you use manual lenses, etc.
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Thanks for the replies. I`ll check my version level during the week, and if needed, update it.

I just now got home after playing with my DS all weekend at the motor boat races. The DS worked like a charm. The race boats were some distance from the shoreline, but my Sigma 135~400 lense brought them a whole lot closer. I pretty much used the normal mode on the camera with the ISO set at 400. The lighting was great without a cloud in the sky. My shutter speed was hanging around 750 with the aperature around f8 or so. I did download Saturdays pics to my laptop Saturday evening, and like I mentioned, was overallpleased with the results.

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Here`s a couple of the shots. I did down size them and crop them with a simple editing program called Irfan View.
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