downloading from memory card to computer


Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 13:25
I have used up my first memory card. It says "memory card full" and it won't take anymore shots. How do I download this card onto my computer? I would of thought I could plug in my leads to the computer, turn on the camera and the computer would read my camera. But I am not getting any signals at all. Is it something different for the Pentax K200D?



Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 13:33
The simple ones first:

Open file manager on the PC and see if the camera is listed there ...

Is the camera turned on?

If not - what PC Operating system are you using.
K20D, *istD, MZ-S, Super-A, ME Super, MX
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, DA* 300,
DA 50-200, FA 24-90, FA 20-35,
M 400-600, A 50 f1.4, A 28 f2.8, A 70-210, M 35-80, M 50 f1.7
A x2S teleconverter and a few others ...


Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 15:21
I believe that there are two modes for connection for the camera, can't remember but it is likely to be somewhere in the custom menu, you may need to change this setting for the camera (and hence, the memory card) to be visible.

The other way is to use an SD card adaptor/reader plugged into USB. I use the cards with a built in USB connection so I just plug the card straight into one of my USB ports (its a SanDisk Ultra 4GB card).
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon
Last Edited by beakynet on 18/08/2009 - 15:21


Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 16:49
Card reader is the best bet or the cards as used by Beakynet

Some computers have a built in card reader, have a look for the tell tale slots

Sorry can't help with the camera plugging in, never used that method since my very first 1mp camera



Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 16:59
The modes are PC and Pictbridge, but a card reader is much more efficient.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 18:13
Use a card reader pluged in to a usb port open windows explorer, then my computer click on removable disk and open folder pick and drop picture files into any folder you choose (my pictures). I think that if you want to go straight from the camera you may have to install the cd you got with the camera so that the correct driver is installed. Then same as above.

Good Luck

K5 + Penta DA 18-135, Pentax 55-300, Pentax A-50mm F1.7, Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50, Tamron SP90 DI Macro
Manfrotto 190XPROB-804RC2 Head,
Samsung Flash Unit.

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Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 21:38
One point to remember is that 'standard' card readers don't read SDHC cards, you need a dedicated one for that.

If your memory card is 4GB or bigger it'll be a SDHC one, so unless your VERY lucky and your reader is brand new, you may have to use the USB cable way to down load for the time being, until you get a compatible reader.
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

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Link Posted 18/08/2009 - 22:23
I just plug the USB cable into my PC, turn on the camera (which then says 'PC' on the top LCD), and open up the Windows Explorer. The camera appears as an additional drive, and you can click and drag, copy/cut and paste from there. I know card readers are faster, but this method works for me


Link Posted 19/08/2009 - 12:11
Big difference for me is that using direct Camera to PC (usually) uses up the camera battery; using a card reader does not. With the advent of the 4gb+ card, there were (maybe still are)lots of good quality 2gb SD cards about at keen prices (try the 7-Day Shop). I try to download the files on card every day if possible, and at the end of a trip if not. With a holder full of 2gb cards, I cannot easily run out of storage even with RAW files (said he with fingers crossed)
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