Pentax *ist DS

Announced Sep 13, 2004 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | APS-C sensor
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very easy to use DSLR for beginners.with highest color and contrast and sharpest settings

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Julian Watkins
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I bought my DS when they were first released and have been so pleased with it. I am less than careful with my camera (although not careless) but it's still perfect after 2.5 years and thousands of pictures and many lens changes later. I bought it to photograph my newborn daughter and have many great pictures to show. I also drag it around to football matches and carry it to work each day. I previously owned an SFXn (film) so had a bunch of lenses which work flawlessly. As for the battery ...

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aatom
 
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Very good camera to use but the rechargeable AA batteries are a poor system for a quality DSLR. I find that they self discharge if the camera is not even being used. Ditto the backup set in the camera bag. The batteries are Powerex 2500 (Japanese?) Is there a GOOD AA Rechargeable which holds its charge and does not take hours to recharge. Problems: Poor battery system - camera deserves rechargeable lith-ion or better. Is there such an AA battery?

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I am a long time Pentax user. The istDS carries on the tradition of small, light, well laid-out cameras that has been a Pentax hallmark since the 1960s. I use mine as a purely manual camera. I use older manual Pentax lenses and focus manually. I manually set my exposures as well. Because of this I do not have an opinion about many of the features other folks argue about. But I can tell you that I have some great images from this camera. Great color, great contrast. "Sacramento" Bruce ...

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asrx2
 
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Wow! I've owned this camera for over 2 years and have never had a problem, saving 4,000+ images. Any 'issues' were due solely to my not understanding the camera operations and were easily fixed. Picture quality in .jpg meets my standards, however, I've recently started shooting RAW and the results are outstanding. I've attended a number of weddings and other large events and my photos were on a par or better than the professional photographers output. No wonder that all my equipment has ...

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pfogal
 
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After putting some 4000+ images on the disk with this camera, I find that has worked nearly flawlessly the whole time. Image quality in raw (all that I use) is very, very good. The only major feature I would have liked to see is the ISO listed in the viewfinder. Of course, there are now newer, more feature laden cameras out there in this class. Nonetheless, this camera still delivers quality images all through it's ISO range, and it is rather intuitive to use. I like it ... I'm keeping it!

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spitfireap
 
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This was my first DSLR, moving up from the Optio 555. I can say that it was a fantastic camera to learn on and decided about 1.5 years into ownership to upgrade to the K10D. It had all the features I could want as a beginner and the only reason I downgraded it in image quality is because it is not possible to get very sharpened JPGs from this camera. I started shooting in RAW and the difference was like night and day. Don't get me wrong, the JPGs are not even bad, they're just not on par ...

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An excellent choice for beginners, I can use all my old Pentax Lens wih this excellent camera

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perempe
 
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One of my relatives bought this body for under 400$ (from the NY retail store of Tristatecamera.com) to bring it home to Hungary. As a european I could only dream about this price because of the higher european taxes without my relative's journey. Metal body with pentaprism viewfinder. Good build quality. I bought a Tamron 28-75/2.8 lens, but used auto lenses of the old Chinon film camera too. (Fantastic compatibility, light metering, focus feedback with manual focus lenses! I used aperture ...

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seventhdr
 
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This is an excellent camera. I've had mine for 10 months now and it has performed flawlessly. It accepts ALL of my existing Pentax lenses, both auto focus and manual focus. My K and M series lenses will all work in Manual modes while my A and F series lenses will work in ALL modes. The camera handles excellently. Compared to the two more professional cameras from Pentax (*istD and K10D) some settings have to be accessed from the menus rather than by pressing a button or turning a dial. ...

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