Pentax *ist D

Announced Feb 26, 2003 •
6 megapixels | 1.8 screen | APS-C sensor
Theseus
 
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I've been looking for a DSLR for months and when I tried the *ist I know it was for me. It handles far better than the competition (D70, 300D). It's the sort of camera that you don't notice it in your hands, letting you concentrate on taking good pictures and not letting the technology get in the way. This is because of its small size and bulk and excellent viewfinder. I also found the D70 way too bulky and its viewfinder too small and dark - the *ist is more like the film SLRs I'm used ...

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noisynoodle
 
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Superb first DSLR from Pentax. Very intuitive to use, and for me, a perfect fit for my hands. Takes AA and CRV3 batteries (both standard and rechargeable), which is a major advantage. Produces quality "film like" images and is very low noise at low ISO ( 800 and under). Noise remains at acceptable levels at higher ISOs. Almost all functions can be controlled without entering menus which is great. Compatible (with limitations in some cases) with Pentax lenses dating back to the sixties ...

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Darren M
 
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I have no real complaints about this camera at all. The photos coming out of the camera look great to me. The colors are very accurate and appealing. Quite honestly, as far as I am concerned the underexposure issue is a myth; almost every shot out of my camera is very well exposed. Unbelievably well exposed when using an external flash (Sigma EF500DG Super for me). I don't believe another body in this price range offers the same feature package. The *istD offers spot metering, two second ...

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alex wetmore
 
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I gave it a 4.0 instead of a 5.0 for construction because this is still a consumer camera. It doesn't have seals around the buttons and ports. It is well built and should last most users a long time, but it is not built like a truck. I think the construction is very good compared to other camera's in it's class (none of them would get above a 4.0, except for the E-1 which would probably get a 4.5). The weight and size is fantastic and this is a great camera to use all day without ...

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fafniak
 
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I'm using Pentax 6x7 / Z1p / LX - and istD is very good camera with a one weaknes : most important slow writing to CF.

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quattro88
 
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I have this camera for almost 13 months and I used Pentax film cameras for over 25 years. The only digital camera I had prior to *istD was Olympus 5050. My opinion of *istD: Excellent image quality, extremely user friendly, perfect ergonomics. Fast and accurate focusing. Construction is very good, sturdy body that survided fall from 1 meter height on the marble floor without a scratch. The only feature I would love to be improved is the ejection of a media card: it has to pop out vs being ...

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richardday
 
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I eventually bought my *istD in May 04, after agonising for months! I promised myself that when it was under £1000 in the UK I would buy it. When I saw it for £899 from Jacobs, I did just that! I've been really well pleased with my purchase. As a user of several MZ cameras finalising with the lovely MZ-S (I'm waiting for a FF MZ-D as and when it may appear!) - The *istD is really easy to migrate to from any Pentax. I find I take many more shots now and it has really helped me to develop my ...

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James O'Neill
 
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Ergonomically this is possibly the best camera on the market, with a very compact design and solid feel which comes from it's stainless steel chasis. It has super balance and control placement. Of particular note is "hyper program": pentax have avoided program modes for scene types, suggesting that this camera is not aimed at beginners, but they have reduced the need to switch between apperture priority, shutter priority and manual by using program intelligently. The wheel under your middle ...

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Henner
 
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I have this camera now for about 10 months and have of course found some weak points, but all together I am very pleased with this camera and the results. Pros: - very film-like pictures with only very little in-camera sharpening but detailed - small and light, but solid feel and very well built - complete set of features incl. full manual control for camera and external flashes (like Sigma EF-500 DG Super!) - Pentax lenses are among the best (some see even the best in the world) Cons: - no ...

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Wally OZ
 
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The most dissapointing camera I have purchased in last 40 years, used it for 6 months, 12000 shots, I should have dumped it first day, incompatible with Sigma lenses, focusing issues, incredibly slow writing raw files to CF, raw files 13 to 14 MB, more than twice size of comparable DSLR, grainy dim focusing screen difficult to manually focus, chronic underexposure, soft images have to be a genius at post processing sharpenning, dreadful raw conversion software from Pentax, pop up flash below ...

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