Pentax *ist DS

Announced Sep 13, 2004 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | APS-C sensor
gmartin2000
 
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I just got back from the local camera store where I played with this camera for a bit. The reviews seem to do this camera justice. The camera looks and functions very well except for one little thing: The lens must be set to "Auto" before the camera will take an image. If the F-stop ring is moved off of "A", an image will not be taken. Other than that, all of my Pentax lenses fitted right up. Unfortunately, half of them are pure manual so that reduces my lens selections for this camera. ...

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Deep Reset
 
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Near-perfect combination of quality, price, size/weight, standard batteries and wide selection of lenses (pre-digital prime lenses are available at *very* reasonable prices, but don't tell anyone). Other plus points: DOF preview. No problems whatsoever fitting any battery options. Big bright viewfinder, even for a specs wearer. NB Ignore comments by "gmartin2000" above: I just tested my DS with Pentax M-series 28, 40, 50, 135 and 200mm lenses, plus a Tamron 500/f8 cat and Pentax 'A' bellows ...

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Bernie1962
 
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Very happy with image quality Problems: Problem with closing battery cover when fitting CR-V3 batteries (requires force to close) won't use CR-V3 after these go flat, AA batteries fit OK.

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a.j.mulder
 
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A very good camera! Perfect trade off between minimum of controls and maximum of control !! Tested it myself against the Nikon D70 and decided to buy the Pentax: less weight, image quality only slightly less, uses regular AA size NiMH or CR-V3 lithium batteries, better viewvinder view angle and last not least: I can use all my Pentax lenses, macro converter and dedicated flash (with very good results! even my 12mm non-focussing fisheye). note: ignore comments by "gmartin2000": the "custom ...

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fafniak
 
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I'm using Pentax 6x7 / Z1p / LX - and istD is very good camera with a few weaknes - most important slow writing to CF. oooooooooops thats istDs??? sorry :)

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