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06-12-2017, 07:21 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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The Six-Megapixel Club

How many of us still own - and use - the old 6 megapixel DSLR bodies? For Pentax, this includes the *ist D series, and K100D series. Despite their age and technical limitations, I find their images quite nice, especially with vintage lenses. I love the CCD sensor rendering, and simplicity of these older models. If you're still using one of these relics, post your photos! Images from early 6 mpx models by other makers are welcome too!

F35-80 on an *ist D:


SMC Takumar 55/1.8 on *ist D:


Tokina AF 28-70 on *ist D:


06-12-2017, 07:41 AM - 7 Likes   #2
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Great idea for a club Paul.

Well, I seldom use my k100d but I do. The only reason it does not get much prime-time is because it won't work all that well with rechargeable batteries. I completely agree on the rendering though, it's kinda special.


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I must dust off my K110D and give it a whirl. If anything, just to see if I can tell the difference between CCD and CMOS sensor rendering.

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Are these good cameras for OOC images? I've got a K100d as my SDM rescuing body but have never used it.

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Still got my 2005 ist DS, Six megapickles is enough for most things anyway. Still works fine - when I can get it to turn on. I always keep charged batteries in it, but it seems to only like certain ones and the power gauge acts weird. It will show zero with a fully charged set, then after being off for a while will come up to 3/4.
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Well I had the *ist D (at one point 3 actually ) but I sold them. Now I am looking to buy it again, as I loved it. Thinking of modding it to do IR-photography...
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This is a great opportunity to shoot my *istDS into the ground and pick up an *istD when the dust settles. Provided, of course, that the rumour is true and that the internal flash really does run the analogue TTL protocol.

Otherwise I will be eking out the remaining life of the camera with care.

I have already fitted an M42/K adapter, and I seriously doubt it will leave the camera at this point.
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Thanks everyone for jumping in.
I shoot in RAW for best results, but the OOC jpegs are just fine, as long as you're careful with exposure. I give the K100 series an edge - I think it has a little better jpeg engine than the *ist series.
The only battery trouble I had was when I used some off-brand rechargeables in the K100D. Random shut downs, and crazy battery gauge readings. I've had no problems using Eneloops, Duracell, Rayovac, or Energizer brand rechargeables. I don't use regular alkalines.

Here's a jpeg from the K100D, taken in 2011. I think I did some minor PP (vibrance/sharpening) on this one. DA18-55 kit lens:


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I still use my old K100D which does of course have a fairly loud shutter. Below is a picture of a squirrel reacting to me taking it's photograph.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ralph-uk Quote
Below is a picture of a squirrel reacting to me taking it's photograph.
It's making the jump to hyperspace!!!

Much, much better IMHO, than if you had frozen it in place.
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Much, much better IMHO, than if you had frozen it in place.
Thank you, the previous shot is a pretty boring profile of a grey squirrel
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The great thing about the shot, actually, is that the outline of the little beastie is actually still very sharply defined... but everything within is streaked out into well-defined fast-flowing lines. You cannot take those shots deliberately; they just happen.
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K100D which does of course have a fairly loud shutter.
You mean that "kuh-lack!" sound? Fun squirrel shot anyway!
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My K100D Super hit 100 actuations on this shot of Bugner in 2008, he was the biggest Boxer I have seen and the pride and joy of my friends in Cape Town, South Africa. Sadly he passed away a few years ago.




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Sadly he passed away a few years ago.
What a pity - should've got him and the squirrel in the same room; hours of fun, I'm sure.
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