Link Posted 08/06/2003 - 00:03
We took delivery of the *ist I bought for Sue today.

Very light, very well specified. The custom functions look interesting - very useful to be able to leave the leader out of the cassette when rewinding, certainly for us home processors. The lack of an aperture ring on the lens is a bit unusual to me, but I can see how it's going to work and it's whether it works in a practical way that matters.

The plan is to add an *istD if the *ist works out well, and have film and digital cameras that work in the same way and share lenses and accessories.

I'll let you know how she gets on with the new camera, but for now first impressions are good.
Best regards, John

Peter Bargh

Link Posted 08/06/2003 - 21:15
I look forward to hearing your views John.


Link Posted 09/06/2003 - 14:28
Where did you get your IST from I didn't think that they were available yet.

Peter Bargh

Link Posted 09/06/2003 - 14:40
John will have the *ist 35mm SLR not the *ist D digital SLR


Link Posted 09/06/2003 - 16:28
It was the film slr that I was interested in.
My local camera shops seem to have no idea when they will be getting hold of the new Pentax ist. I am without a camera after my last Pentax MZ-50 slr was stolen, So I am very keen to get a new camera asap but don't want to make my choice until I have seen the new Pentax ist

Peter Bargh

Link Posted 09/06/2003 - 17:19
Yes there are limited numbers out in the shops now. If you want to find out who's got one near you contact Pentax on 01753 792792 and ask for camera sales. Please mention Pentax User club suggested you speak to them when you reach the necessary dept.


Link Posted 10/06/2003 - 19:45
We ordered and paid for our *ist at Jessops a couple of months ago, so we were glad to get an early supply!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 11/06/2003 - 19:21

I will be very interested to hear how you get on with older M series lenses with the *ist. The reason for asking is that like many Pentax devotees I have amassed a fair collection of glass over the years and the *istD would be a nice way to move into SLr digital photography - providing the full compatibility is really there.



Link Posted 11/06/2003 - 23:50

I have the information from Pentax/usa and Pentax/de that Pentax *ist have the function mirror lock-up with 2 sec. self timer (custom function

Is it possible for you to check it up in your manual.

I think itīs wrong!


Link Posted 11/06/2003 - 23:53
Hi Stephen,

As far as I can tell from the instruction book, to use the aperture ring on a lens one of the custom functions has to be changed. Not a problem in itself, but it does not specify whether or not it needs to be changed back to use a J lens or an A lens on the A setting. As we experiment we will find the answers!

We too have a large number of M lenses and we will be continuing to use them.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 12/06/2003 - 00:00
I've just read your second question, Stephen.

Page 140 of the manual gives the following details for the custom function CF12:

[1] Self timer delay of 12 sec
[2] Self timer delay of 2 sec with mirror lock up

Page 58 confirms that with mirror lock up the mirror locks up and the shutter is released 2 seconds later. I presume this is to allow time for any vibration from the mirror to die down before the shutter is released. As this would be most useful with macro work on a tripod there would be no need for a longer delayed action in this instance.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 12/06/2003 - 18:36
Hi John!

Thank you for the information. Very nice indeed.

For your information, there are nothing about any mirror lock-up feature in the *ist 6 page colour leaflet (55846 printed in Japan, 03-02)

You can read:
1: 12 sec.
2: 2 sec. with mirror lock-up

Pls. explain the way to choose 1 & 2
Is it any difference on the LCD for 1 & 2.

Yes! The mirror lock-up is very useful for macro and long tele lins work.
Today you donīt find this feature on others than very expensive cameras.

Iīm impressed!


Link Posted 13/06/2003 - 00:32
The basic setting of custom functions is as follows:

1 Set the mode dial to CUSTOM
2 Use the 4 way controller on the camera back (up/down) to select custom number
3 Use the same controller (left/right) to set the setting number required. This will be shown on the LCD panel.
4 Take the mode dial off CUSTOM to complete the process.

Hope that answers your question, Stephen!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 30/06/2003 - 21:15

The *ist film is a compact, mostly plastic camera.
Whatīs the feeling! Is it well built?

I have a digital Optio 330GS. Plastic, but very well built.
But I donīt like the sound when zooming. Like a toy.

How about the *ist


Link Posted 01/07/2003 - 19:44
Sue took her new *ist out this weekend for its first test run and she seemed to get on with it OK. More to follow...

Mostly plastic, yes, but at least with a metal mount and with a good spec with lots of useful custom functions. I guess we have to move with the times - although I prefer the feel of metal cameras in many ways, the newer plastic ones seem to work just as well and the Pentax ones do appear to be very well made.

I have just replaced my macro lens with the SMC Pentax FA 100mm f3.5 - again, plastic, but it seems with the same sort of 5 element/four group construction as previous lenses and it works just fine. It might even survive a fall rather better than its metal predecessors.

So, to answer you question, with the same reservations about all that plastic as yourself but in reality it seems to deliver the goods!
Best regards, John
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