A&P I think I found the camera I'm going to buy, need opinions...Pentax *ist DS

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  1. mucky

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    Some reviews:
    http://www.megapixel.net/cgi-bin/fs.../reviews/pentax-istds/pentaxistds-review.html
    http://steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/istds.html
    http://www.dcviews.com/reviews/Pentax-istDs/Pentax-istDs-review.htm
    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/pentaxistds/

    I'm loving the fact that its in small dSLR metal body. As much as I like the Canon Digital Rebel, one of its turn offs, like nearly all dSLRs, was its size was too big to carry around casually. And the thing that is almost closing me on buying this camera next month is this guy's blog.

    http://blog2.fc2.com/nekonomestill/blog-date-200501.html :coold:
     
  2. MelloBoy

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    i forget
    is the istD the one that has the ultrasonic vibrating sensor to make the dust fall off? or was that the olympus one?
     
  3. mucky

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    That's Olympus.

    This article states that this *ist DS doesn't have one single thing its strong at compared to competition, but it is very good at nearly everything. Basically a very balanced dSLR camera in a lightweight body.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-jan-05.shtml

    :cool:
     
  4. Eric Happy Meal

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    wow, thats tiny.
     
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    I don't like the AA batteries, and its harder to find pentax lenses
     
  6. mucky

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    I actually like the AA batteries. Makes finding emergency batteries extra easy. And the NiMH rechargeable ones gets respectable # of shots per recharge.

    Pentax lenses aren't that hard to find. Any respectable mainstream camera shop will carry Pentax and compatible lenses. Ritz has a decent selection.
     
  7. Dnepr

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    How is the noise with this camera at higher ISO's?
     
  8. mucky

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    Nearly the same exact quality as the Nikon D70, considering it uses the same exact sensor.
     
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    frinky23 Bangle Sackrider

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    I have one and love it. Not to mention that the lithium batteries it came with are still going strong after 700+ photos.

    I especially love the fact that the old manual focus lenses I have still work with it. The viewfinder is larger and brighter than the DR and D70 too.
     
  10. Dnepr

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    So you chose this over D70 simply for size and body feel?
     
  11. mucky

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    And hundreds of dollars less and it uses the same sensor as the D70. Yes, mostly all those features. You can pick these up for $900 with lense kit.


    Compare:

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    frinky23 Bangle Sackrider

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    Size and body feel are pretty important for non-measurebators.
     
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    I see your point :cool:
     
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    Everyone has different hand size :hs:
     
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    frinky23 Bangle Sackrider

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    That's exactly the point :)
     
  17. MelloBoy

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    so they both use sony sensors..?
     
  18. mucky

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    It's not just about hand size. But I'd like a size that doesn't feel like I'm carrying a brick when I'm going on a casual trip, especially at night.
     
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    Kelvin96GSR OEM>YOU

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    have fun buying lenses for that :ugh2:
     
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    Pentax mount lenses are NOT that hard to find. :uh: Pentax has a good reputation among the enthusiast photographers and there's a respectable array of lenses available from Pentax and other third party like Tokina and Tamron. Goto any respectable camera shop and you will find all different Pentax mount lenses available.
     
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    Kelvin96GSR OEM>YOU

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    they have no really good fast primes or zooms.

    no IS/VR either I think
     
  22. mucky

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    Like I said, the Pentax brand is typically aimed towards enthusiast photographers and not neccessary professionals. I have no need (or budget) for a zoom lense with IS/VR or a very fast zoom lense at all. Those lense cost near a grand and higher. But the point was, the library of Pentax mount lense isn't that hard to find and consist of everything I would need in my budget for non-professional photography. Tamron's Di and Sigma's EX line of Pentax mount high performance lenses are probably more than what I will ever need.
     
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  23. JordanClarkson

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    check out the olympus e-300 evolt. it's sized in between the pentax and 300d and right now can be had for $800 after $100 rebate.
     
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    The big problem I have with the Olympus e300 is the lenses available is very limited to those of Zuiko Digital Lenses. Plus the 4/3 ccd format is not the standard 3/2.
     
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    Uh, Pentax makes some of the best primes money can buy. :ugh:

    Go read some real reviews.
     

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