Monday, May 28, 2012

Pentax ist DS parts for sale !

The time has come.  My beloved camera reached its ends. 8 years, and thousands of kilometers around the world. I am selling the parts of this wonderfull piece, and yet it is the time to upgrade for its better and smarter brother.  So, if anyone is interested to the spare parts of Pentax ist DS, send me an email.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pentax ist* DS disassembling, part 2 of 2

Ok.. now, when the top cover is removed, we are about to clean the contacts of the shutter.

Use some cotton swabs slightly wet of pure alcohol 180 proof or 90 % and remove the dust and
dirt developed over the time of frequent use.

Do not forget to clean the other part of the contact. Be gentle, since the metal part is very soft and easy to damage

Now... the more difficult part is to remove the dial button. Even though I was not able to fix it as I expected, I released one screw shown bellow, and with gentle move I released the little ball which is part of the dial button. This ball makes the dial button click on every step. It was an coincident, but guess what, now my camera doesnt skip the value of shutter/apperture when using this dial button. :)

I have tried to remove also the bottom cover of the camera, but to access the dial button is very difficult and take more time, patience and skills.

Now.. go backwards step by step and put all the parts where they belong to. Make sure you don't have any screws left :)

Thanks for watching.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pentax ist* DS disassembling, part 1 of 2

This is the thing. I bought this lovely camera in 2005. Over the years, it traveled with me all around the world, and never abannonded me. Hovewer. Recently, the dial-wheel button for changing the shutter or apperture and the power ON-OFF button started to strike on me.
So...I took the risk and played with it a bit. Here are some photos I wanna share with you.

Tools you might need: tweezers, philips screwdriver, cotton swab, alcohol for cleaning the contacts, shot of Johny Walker for steady hands and the solder in case you screw something.

1. To remove the top part of the camera, you will have to remove 5 of these screws. Dont forget to open the flash before, while the batteries are still in. Remove the battery but do not shut the flash. Remeber position of each screw.

2. There is another important screw to take out from inside of the battery slot.

3. Gently remove the top part cover. Be careful with short lenght of the wires, you might resolder the torn ones back to their position. So be very carefull. There is no need to remove the little components which are mounted on the inside top-cover.