Friday, November 23, 2007
This is where you set the camera up for the first time when you purchase it. You set the language, date, time, whether and on what feature the camera beeps, the brightness of the display (useful at night), video out (NTSC for USA and PAL for most other countries), transfer mode (how files are transfered off the camera), auto power off timer, folder naming conventions, battery selector, cleaning functions, and the setup reset function.
Press OK to save the current settings or hit menu to cancel.
Sometimes disks get corrupted when switching between camera and computer while transferring images. If this happens just format the SD card in camera and you should be good to go again.
I usually format the card after every transfer when I'm sure I won't need the images on the SD card. I have never had any corruption problems with my SD cards by doing this.
Just select the function you want to change and scroll left or right with the 4-way controller to toggle the setting on/off.
To turn the beep off all together select the Beep setting at the top and toggle it the same way with the 4-way controller.
If you have ever had to change the time on some of the newer digital clocks then this menu will be familiar.
Use the 4-way controller to scroll up/down to the style/date/time you want to change and then scroll left/right to select the day/hour/year or hour/minutes you want to change and then use the up/down controller to change the actual number.
Hit OK to save the changes. If you don't want to save your changes hit the menu button to cancel.
Pretty simple stuff.
You can turn on daylight savings if the area you are in participates.
Scroll left and change the continent map and city like you did for the destination zone. Don't forget to set daylight savings time if needed so you camera will automatically adjust the time in the spring and fall. With the new dates of spring forward/fall back this year for the USA, I'm not sure if the engineers at Pentax have that programmed appropriately or not so keep an eye on it.
I'm not entirely sure what the PC-F mode is, and all the manual says about it is in the troubleshooting section under USB error while transferring data. It says to try the PC-F mode instead.
If you run your camera in a studio with a power adapter then there is no need to have the camera turn off automatically, though I think I would still set it to 30 minutes myself so I don't leave the camera on accidentally overnight.
If you select the date convention then all images taken on the same day will be stored in the same folder and new folders will be created every day at 00:00 (midnight).
If you set to auto the camera will choose the most powerful battery and swap when it is depleted.
If you select body first then the camera will use the main camera body battery first until it is depleted and then switch.
If you select grip first then the optional battery in the grip will be use first until it is depleted.
I keep mine turned off but if I was in a very dusty environment where I was constantly changing lenses I might turn it on and then turn it off when I'm back shooting under less dusty conditions.
If you are into cleaning your won sensor then make sure you are plugged into an adapter or at least have fresh batteries before attempting this or the camera may turn off mid-cleaning and damage the mirror and/or shutter.
Select mirror up and press OK.
To exit sensor cleaning mode just turn the camera off.
Please read up on sensor cleaning from several different sites to explore the pros and cons before deciding to clean it yourself. You don't want the event to turn into an expensive experiment.
Also I might note that I have no idea what cleaning solvents to use on the K10D so as not to damage the non stick coating. So be wary of what you touch your sensor with.
It will also reset the auto power off timer, beep settings, transfer mode, guide display, brightness level, folder name, select battery, and dust removal.
And that is the end of the setup menu.