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04-08-2008, 12:03 AM   #46
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I have the *istD and a K10D. The 10D gets the bulk of the use but the *istD is a great camera and I have it for a couple of reasons. one is for wedding shooting. I have a pair of AF400T's that are only TTL and this camera supports that flash (best damn flash ever made by Pentax). So the camera gets lots of use at a paid shoot. Second is for a second body and lens setup. If the weather is poor/cold/dusty etc having 2 differenet bodies and lenses without having to make lenses changes is great. Third to teach my wife. It's so much lighter and fits her hand better.

I'll be getting a K20D sometime this season and then the debate will be whether to keep the K10D or not. The *istD is a keeper and will never be sold. I might sell the K10D and buy another *ist D as a back up to the backup.

The best thing about that camera is the layout. Switching from a K10D or K20D is easy since the controls are basically the same. A well thought out camera.

A note to those that have one on the shelf. Remember that it's a mechanical shutter and needs a little exercise once in awhile to keep things running smoothly. And don't leave batteries in the body while in storage!

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I use my manual lenses on DS and AF lenses on K10D, been thinking about getting Katz Eye for my DS for a while now...
05-02-2008, 03:07 PM   #48
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*ist DS

Been using my *ist DS for about 2 years (and I bought it used!) - it's still going great - just got done cleaning the sensor for the first time - been using old M42 lenses for fun.

I've found that the more I've "returned" to manual mode, the more time I spend actually thinking about the photo I'm taking. Has put the joy back into taking pictures for me.

I keep lusting after the K20D, but the *ist DS is still a better camera than I'm a photographer!!
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When I got my K200, I expected to retire my DS, but I recently made some large prints (14"x20") shot with that camera, and they looked fantastic - that 6mp sensor can still perform! Since I'm now using the small DA Limiteds, I just leave one on the K200 and another on the DS. Both cameras are relatively light weight and fit in a smallish camera bag. I have a lot fewer lens changes, and almost always have a useable focal length ready. The whole package weights about the same as when I carried a single body with several lenses. So my DS enters its 4th year still alive and kickin'

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I still have my istD bought in March 2003 and still use it alot.
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Just bought a *1st D as a second body, to my K100D. I hate changing lenses and will probably get a K200D sometime this year to have 3 lenses mounted. I like the viewfinder on the *1st D and the two wheels.

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Gonna break out the DS as the K10 needs repairs. I laughed when taking it out and holding. It feels so small compared to the K10 with grip.
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I got a K10D few weeks ago but still using my trusty DL for daily shots... The DL is gonna be a designated house for the screw lenses.

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I still have my first DSLR, the *istD. I haven't used it much lately as I wasn't all that enthralled with it. I always felt the images were under exposed. It is otherwise a very good camera. I just got my new K20D and while I haven't taken many photos with it yet, it looks like it's going to be a winner. I'll probably put it up for sale to help pay for the new hardware.
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Yes I was a believer in the Ist*d until the P20d showed on my doorstep last week. It has 7 points of autofocus that WILL really do the job. It has an amazing 15meg capture that will catapult your work to the pro level. Six meg does not cut it.
I will keep the old workhorse for a digital backup like every pro should.
Look into the P20 for the camera you really deserve.
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