Pentax *ist D

Announced Feb 26, 2003 •
6 megapixels | 1.8 screen | APS-C sensor
sinoyank
 
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Been using film cameras since the 50's as a student. Have owned Leicas, Nikons, Canons, Olympuses. Been using Pentaxes since the late 80s. Had the PZ-1 for 10 years before switching over the *ist D when it first came out. I have always like smaller-sized SLRs and for that reason, been steering away from the Nikons and Canons since Olympus first came out with their OMs. With the advent of auto-focus SLRs, I switched over to Pentax. The *ist D was the smallest DSLR made at the time of its ...

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Hammphotography
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first digital i have owned, had pentax in the past and love the quality. The SMC lenses are also a perfect match for this camera. I reccomend it to photographers of all levels. the image quality is superb and size and weight wise its perfect especially with the battery grip accessory. i like it way more than the D70s i have used in the past. Problems: cant do long bursts. only up to 5 images, slow compression of shots with long exposure time

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Ashley Groome
 
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Speaking for myself, I am a self confessed, long term Nikon user, but out of curiosity I was delighted when offered the opportunity to borrow an *istD for the weekend – a day in the country, snapping my brains out. The first thing which became apparent, was how solid this camera feels and how well everything you actually need falls to hand - I have to say, this is really an excellent, intuitive, well balanced, well finished and well built camera. Instead of fiddling interminably with the ...

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Felix Grant
 
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I've been a Pentax user by positive choice since 1968, so I waited for them to bring out a digital body before going digital. In the long wait, I tried models from all the other stables, and seriously considered switching when it seemed that Pentax were never going to make the jump. When the ist D finally appeared, I insisted on trying one for some time before I actually bought it. Now I've had one body for 14 months, a second for just over a year, and just added a third. In that 14 months ...

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MacRAND
 
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*istD Pentax has totally fulfilled my digital SLR with TTL light metering camera expectations, and the 16mm~45mm zoom auto-focus lens is fast, quiet, accurate and light in weight. Checked again today, and body price is still under $1250 and lens is $440 less $200 Pentax mail- in rebate, no tax or S&H at http://www.zipzoomfly.com The Pentax*istD camera case listed at $99 is only $30 at www.newegg.com Had considered compared Pentax to Nikon D70, several Canons, and maybe Kodak DCS14n but none ...

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LaurenOE
 
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I’m a Pentax user from the mid-eighties (MWF – 40ish) and I suppose that I’d be considered a mild Pentax bigot. I’m not a pro, but I’ve owned a K1k and still have my MeSup and MG. When I traveled to Japan in the eighties, I sought out places in Tokyo – Akihabra, for genuine Pentax accessories that you couldn’t get in the states. I have always loved photography and Pentax cameras. The problem that I faced was how much things started to cost, especially the film and developing. Slowly I moved ...

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ido
 
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very easy to use, very light wieght, great quality of photos in any conditions. Problems: none

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faither
 
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My first DSLR and I LOVE IT! Sleek, compact, quality build, and light but full-featured. Lens selection isn't as wide as Canon or Nikon but I don't anticipate needing 20 lenses. More controls than you can shake a stick at and the biggest complaint anyone seems to have leveled at it is the wacky name and touble with the CF II compartment (neither are issues in my book). Using the Pentax 16-45 f/4.0 and the Sigma 24-135 f/2.8-4.5 and thoroughly enjoy both. Can't wait until the Sigma 70-200 ...

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