|Pentax ist D istD S Digital Camera PARTS / REPAIR|
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|Built for creating your memories for you and delivering crystal clear photos no matter where you are, the Pentax *ist 6.1 MP camera is a portable body only that is professional. A greater number of megapixels means you can enlarge and crop your pictures without adversely affecting your picture's quality. The 6.1 MP image sensor featured on this Pentax *ist DS enables you to deliver wonderful prints up to 8x11 inches. What's more, this Pentax *ist digital SLR camera has disposable AA or CR-V3 batteries, therefore you can be ready to take photographs. The Pentax *ist 6.1 MP camera has a 2-inch LCD monitor that makes capturing great moments hassle-free. With the flash memory card slot included with this Pentax *ist DS, you can configure the size of storage available for pictures. With its black body, this Pentax *ist digital SLR camera will be a sophisticated platform for preserving memories. Great pictures and superb performance are yours with the Pentax *ist 6.1 MP camera. This Pentax *ist DS includes only the body and no lens. Selecting the most appropriate interchangeable lenses based on your photography wants and needs is one upside to buying the camera body separately.|
|UPC||00027075086722, 0027075086722, 027075110618, 027075892101|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.7 x 23.5mm|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Fixed Focus & Manual, Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-21.5 ( ISO 200 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Card, SD Memory Card|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Fixed eye-level pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-2.5 to +1.5|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS 9.2 or later, Apple Mac OS X, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, Raw Image|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.8 frames per second|
"Most compact digital SLR available; outstanding optical and LCD viewing; easy operation; solid performance."
"No raw-plus-JPEG or TIFF mode; kit lens is a slow f/5.6 at longest focal length."
"A compact design, flexible power sources, and a strong feature set make the Pentax *ist DS a digital SLR for the on-the-move photo enthusiast."
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
You have to love the ability to use 40 year old lenses in all the modes. Using an old SMC-A 50mm 1.7 all functions work except auto focus. Metering is correct and the exposures looked great.
I like the look of the images taken with this camera, it uses a CCD sensor instead of the current CMOS sensors of the newer camera which to me look somewhat fake.
The viewfinder is big and bright, it uses a prism instead of mirrors. The focusing screen is good and makes using old lenses easy (the rangefinder works with the manual lenses too).
This camera doesn't have functions I don't want or need. It doesn't have live view, but so what, if I wanted that I would have gotten a point and shoot. It also doesn't do video, which is fine because DSLR cameras take bad video anyway. Get a camcorder for video, and a DSLR for pictures.
I have two nikon DSLRs and a pile of nice lenses, but I also have some great Pentax lenses (K mount and screw mount) from my film days that were going to waste, so after some research I started looking for the ISTd in either the original D model or the S model. I settled on the S.
My camera was sold as faulty, but a firmware upgrade solved the software glitch that the previous owner had. I would recommend this camera for anyone that has manual lenses, it works great.
It's a decent beginner's DSLR, lightweight, good image quality when shooting RAW (JPEG looks a bit over-processed). Takes pretty much any lens, including fully manual M42s (with an adapter), but be aware that KAF3 lenses with the AF driven by a motor in the lens rather than the screw drive in the body will NOT autofocus on it - you need a K10D, K20D, K7 or K5 to use them. Big (not like baby Canons) and bright viewfinder, which can actually be used for manual focusing. AF performance is ok, but nothing to write home about.
What it really lacks is in-body image stabilization, in that sense K100 is a better option - not much more expensive, pretty much the same in everything else.
AA batteries is a curse and a blessing at the same time. It's a blessing that you can find them at a buck store in the middle of nowhere. It's a curse that NiMH don't last very long because of the memory effect they suffer from - I wish Pentax used 6 of AAA instead of 4 AAs - would allow for a deeper discharge before the camera stops working. If you can get Li-ion CR-V3s instead, get them, otherwise, at least get a smart charger that discharges the NiMH batteries fully before charging them.
IQ: as I said, shoot RAW and it's decent. JPEG looses quite a bit of detail, so always use high quality and tune down sharpness a notch. Also the default setting for Saturation looks a bit too aggressive.
At this point, if you want a cheap Pentax, go up to at least K100D and get an in-body image stabilization, or spend another $200 and get a K20D. Otherwise, Nikon D70 or something similar might be a better alternative unless you have a lot of old Pentax glass - similar sensor, similar features, you can also use M42 glass, but the selection of lenses for Nikon is bigger, especially aftermarket - you get Tokina, Zeiss, more choices from Sigma and Tamron. When it came out, it was a great camera at a great price point, but today there are better alternatives.
~quality built/ very sturdy feel
~takes AA batteries (available anywhere and have long life)
~It's a Pentax (myriad of good/cheap lenses available)
~very simple controls- Everything important is there and it is easy to learn to use so you can focus on taking better pictures more than learning how use the camera.
~could make less noisy images
~takes AA batteries (rechargeable AA's usually take longer to charge than Li Ions)
~If the AF can't decide what to focus on it may not even take a picture, but this is rare and limited to very low light conditions
~In high quality image modes, primarily RAW, the buffer time can seem quite long but this is the only DSLR I've used extensively so i'm not sure if that's even abnormal.
This is my first DSLR and I'm very glad I picked it. It is a great tool for learning how to use a DSLR and take MUCH better pictures. I absolutely love how sturdy it feels in comparison to other DSLRs in its price range- makes some others seem like toys. The only thing that even slightly irks me after realizing it's a 4 year old camera is the AF.In crowded and low light conditions the af seems to have issues determining what to focus on, but to me this seems like an issue that will always be present until af systems can read your mind!
Although this camera doesn't have anti-shake, or the resolution and preview screen size of modern DSLR's, there are a lot of features to make this attractive to someone moving up from a point'n'shoot or a film SLR.
1. It is compact and not too heavy, considering it has a metal frame.
2. It uses easily available AA batteries, (alkalines get gobbled up fairly quickly, but can be used in a pinch), 2500mAH or better NiMH will give you around 200 shots per charge.
3. It can accept up to 8GB SDHC memory with the latest firmware upgrade.
4. It can utilize vitually any K mount lens with shutter automation, and program and aperture automation with KA mount lenses. Manual focus is made easier with a visible and audible "in focus" signal. That 135mm f2.8 telephoto you bought for your K1000 is a great sports lens now!
All in all, a great starter DSLR with enough features to satisfy a serious amateur.
I started using Pentax cameras and lenses about 1980s, and had a happy 15 years with them. I took 10 years off from hobby photography then got use of a friend's ist D about 2006. I eventually wanted my own and price/performance led me to the ist DS recently. It's a fantastic camera that will run current "kit" lenses (zoom, autofocus) very well. But it will also allow you to utilize inexpensive manual focus lenses from Pentax going back to 1975 that will yield phenomenal pictures.
The ist DS is an easy to use DSLR that still has a pentaprism viewfinder to allow accurate focus with older, superior quality lenses. If you want a winning combination and will do a little work, it's great.