Pentax *ist D

Announced Feb 26, 2003 •
6 megapixels | 1.8 screen | APS-C sensor

I've used Pentax SLR's since my first ME Super SE, with the diagonal split-focusing screen--more on that later!--and I waited a while to buy the *ist D, but then bought sight-unseen 'cause I knew it would be right. I'm glad it was. I can echo so many of the things that all of you have said. It just FEELS right, it FITS perfectly in my hand (like the ME Super!), everything on it is EXACTLY where it should be, and it feels very substantial and solid even though it's rather small. I could ...

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I just recently bought mine, 300 euros used (1700 shots) with Katz-Eye focusing screen. I needed a camera for my manual focus lenses and *ist D is perfect for that. I own also *ist DL as a second body. Autofocus is a bit faster in *ist D than in DL. The build quality of this camera is excellent far above the DL. It really feels solid and robust. Image quality is very good as I expected. Not as easy to use as DL, but much better controls. Ergonomics is among the best I´ve encountered this far ...

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I've had my *ist D since late October 2004, some 14554 photos ago. It's had pretty solid use, sustained three drops, and only needed one repair. (That was when the mode dial would not operate: settings were stuck as I had last selected. It was due to a broken brush in the workings.) It takes the wide range of K-mount lenses, including the manual-focus, and I've managed to buy some beaut lenses second-hand. I find the *ist D produces beaut images. About the only feature I theoretically miss, ...

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The only feature I would like to see (in new firmware) is instant histogram. The wrong compact flash orientation can be fixed with a small pieace of scotch tape on the CF to remove the CF without dropping it. The 16-45 DA is perfect. I do see some purple fringing in high contrast area's like trees.

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Lawrence Levy

The colors and images are true to what I see through the excellent viewfinder. It is just what I need - a reliably predictable tool. Viewfinder quality encourages cropping in the viewfinedere and picture quality enables me to crop to a more interesting presentation that I later decided upon. From day one it worked intuitively as I needed (coming from other Pentax film SLRs helped). There is nothing about this camera about which I had to become adjusted. The hyper modes work just as I would ...

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Generally an excellent camera. I've had this camera about a couple months now, so far I’m very happy with it. I mainly bought this rather than any other brand because of my Pentax lenses but I truly do think this is a good camera. I'd be interested in seeing how Canon and Nikon compare but so far I’m not that bothered. Good points. This camera is so easy to use. An SLR user could pick it up without looking at the manual and pretty much be shooting pictures properly in 20-30 mins. It's ...

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Lance B

I have had the D for 7 months and 3000 images now and I am very happy with it. The image quality is outstanding and I am particularly impressed with the way it handles exposure especially when shooting in RAW mode. It preserves the individual colour channels brilliantly so you rarely get a blown individual colour channel. The use of AA batteries is fantastic as it gives me the option of battery types, like disposable Lithiums, rechargeable NiMH's or alkaline if I am desperate. Even though I ...

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Jens Bladt

I have used the *ist D for 6 months/9000 shots. It's a pleasure to use and the results are mostly brilliant. It's a well designed body - not bulky or heavy - actually the smallest DSLR with exchangeable lenses. And it's still very well built (steel frame inside). It allows me to use 40 years old lenses. I have done satisfactory professional work for publications and presentations with this camera. Problems: The speed is not impressing (frames per second as well as autofocus - especially in ...

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compliments: Using this camera 7 monts i can say its an excellent one With produces excellent quality images. Its a lot of money to spend but it's wort it. Of course it is for me not usable to go to the other competition trademarks whit a lot of pentax lenses from my analog period. The quality of the more expensive lenses is very good til excellent, so there is no reason for it. Normaly i use the analog cameras like the Z1, Z1P and Z20 and later the MZ-3, and now i mostly use the *ist D. That ...

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