Pentax *ist DS

Announced Sep 13, 2004 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | APS-C sensor
doyle mitchell
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I have a 24 to 90 pentax zoom on my IST DS Pentax lens. in automatic mode it takes sharp pictures of people running unbelivable piicture quality for a still camera from the side 50ft or more in a socker game.my friend has a nikon d70 in automatic mode it is out of focas often!no depth of field the picture quality is unacceptable most the time shooting close up of people.the pentax up close is in focas and background in focas. in iphoto i can blowup the picture to max and the picture quality ...

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PaulNZ
 
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Excellent camera, has all of the features I want and still somehow just fits nicely into my hand. I really enjoy using it. Problems: Would be nice to be able to change metering mode easier, ie, switch to spot metering and back with a button.

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emokr
 
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As an amateur photographer, the *ist DS has everything I need and nothing I don't. It gets out of the way and lets me focus on improving my photographic skills. Things I love about it: 1. Very clear 2" LCD 2. Big and clear viewfinder 3. Deep hand grip 4. Small size 5. Compatibility with all k-mount lens 6. Ease of use 7. Very good high iso performance Things I wish were better: 1. Shot to shot buffer shooting in RAW 2. More knobs to adjust settings without the menu All in all, the *ist DS ...

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Lars Holte
 
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I feel I have to give top marks on all counts. This is a great camera - especially considering its price. And I love its size, its excellent penta-prism viewfinder, its ergonomics and its ability to handle old legacy lenses from way back when... I have a bunch of Pentax manual focus lenses from the 70'ies and 80'ies that work perfectly with this top modern camera. Only minor criticism: that I have to access a menu to alter focusing mode (spot, selectable point or auto) and exposure mode ...

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Denis Bousquet
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Very nice camera, bought it in june 05 and shot over 1000 pictures since. Th 18-55 kit zoom is very efficient, not too much distorsion, very sharp, but a strong vigneting at wide angle length and maximum aperture. I like the automatic manual AF override. I bought my first Pentax Spotmatic SLR in 1969, with 42mm screw mount Takumar 1,8-55, 3,5-28 and 2,5-135. all still working and I tried the 2,5-135 on the istDS: a great lens! I also have a MV bought in1982, with Pentax 1,8-50 and 2,8-28. The ...

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frank
 
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Pentax *istD was my fast dSLR camera, loved it. Changed it to *istDs about one year ago, love it even more. This is one camera that I'd recommend to any amateur photographer. It's almost perfect in every way. Problems: Sometimes I do wish it could response abit faster (AF in low light especially). But overall, it's fast enough for most of my use.

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Aussie_Bluey
 
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I got my first Digital camera about 6 years ago, since then I got another with those two I took around 33,000 photos. I found in the end I needed to step up to a Digital SLR for the Lens options, after much research and I used this sight as well, I bought the Pentax *ist DS. I have a Pentax SLR which lenses I'm able to use on this, even the full manual lens. I love the size and ease of use. Recently I did a wedding a friend's daughter and the groom's family also had two photographers ...

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mickdann
 
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Excellent camera - the ability to use just about any Pentax lenses right back to M42 screw-mount Takuamr's means you don't have to break the bank to get started with some high-quality lenses, either you have them already or you can trawl ebay for a week or so and pick up some bargains. Six-megapixels may sound limiting but that's only if you believe the marketing hype. Build quality is very good, viewfinder is better than most, the ability to use AA's or CR- V3's is especially useful. Problems: ...

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daimesu
 
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Extremely good image quality in RAW mode, very easy to use yet offers a myriad of advanced features for those who want them. Old MF lenses from 25 years back and beyond can be used seamlessly, and Pentax glass, old and new, is among the best in the world. For shooters who like shooting with fast prime lenses and who crave manual control in an affordable reflex camera, it is difficult to beat this little gem of a camera. In the end though, it is the lens selection that matters most; ...

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jh50sunny
 
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excellent Problems: none so far with my 2 bodies

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