ist D connection problems for remote assistant


Link Posted 17/04/2012 - 12:27
ist D owner, lovely camera, trying to use Remote Assistant software with a 64 bit laptop. have finally found a USBI-2 connection cable (for the strange round connector on the ist D - only strange by comparison with more recent mini connectors of course!) Running version 1.0 of remote assistant software (as Version 3 not compatible with ist D) via V1.0 Browser / or on it's own. Camera doesn't want to know!!? I think the cable is still the issue, as I've tried 'compatibility' mode running it as an XP Service Pack 3 program via 'properties' menu options, but even on a 32 bit netbook it won't even see the camera (and it's switched on!). Please, any help most appreciated as I'd like to use this remote control option for astrophotography on a guided mount - thanks in advance anyone - Anthony.

alan S

Link Posted 17/04/2012 - 17:26
Compatibility mode to get XP could be the clue as RA is only XP compliant.
Do you have access to a pure XP machine that would prove that territory.

Now the lead, is it a third party/copy lead? I bought one that was incorrectly wired gave absolutely no response. Luckily caused no damage. If I remember correctly one of the signal(centre pair)was swapped with the 0ve power.

Found a genuine Pentax lead and all was talking to each other as it should.

Sorry to say I don't still have my notes from that escapade

Pentax A3, IstD, K10 50mm 1.7 M & A, 16-45, 18/35, 18/55(x2), 28/90FA, 80/320FA, AF36FGZ, AF500FTZ
Sigma 24/135, 150/500
Tamrom adaptall2. 500mm mirror. 70-300 DI.


Link Posted 17/04/2012 - 20:07
I didn't realise the *istD worked with Remote Assistant but you might try enabling administrator mode on your PC
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -


Link Posted 18/04/2012 - 12:19
Thank you for trhe rapid and useful responses guys. Yes, RA will work with the ist D as long as you have greater than V1.0 firmware installed (this made it compatible). Yes...the lead in question. Claimed compatible from a 3rd Party and in fact says Cable-295 USB2.0 (though I thought the ist D was USB1.0 only!?) then "USB2.0-FEM Nikon 8PIN 1.8M Length". So I am presuming the same cable is used on a similar Nikon, maybe the elderly D100 (same sensor, so maybe similar internals/external connectors...don't know really, guessing!?). Like Alan suggests, I have sneaky feeling it's the cable, as it won't even see the camera to just download pics from the card (not that I want it for that, I'll use a CF card reader normally), so it would seem one is not seeing the other from the start. I'll have to dish the cash on a genuine Pentax USBI2 cable then I think. Will try running RA on an XP at work first though. Thanks for the help guys, appreciated - Anthony.
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