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Posted 22/02/2009 - 23:18 Link
Some of you may remember that I appealed for an *ist D on these pages a while ago, having been unable to get one on ebay.
Well - Thanks to another forum member, I have had one for about three weeks. I will now bore you all ridged, with my views on it.

It's bloody fantastic!
It is better in almost every way, than my DL2. It has two dials - one for shutter speed, the other for aperture selection. I can leave my lenses on A setting, and control everything with the camera to my eye. It has a green button.- A genius idea! and I think, unique to Pentax. The viewfinder is great! Bright and uncluttered, and has a bar graph for use in manual mode, like my MZ-M. It takes a battery grip, which I did not think I would use, but would not be without, now. A 1.8 inch LCD screen. - Perfect size, I do not like big screens on cameras. It takes AA or CR-3V batteries, and CF cards. Perfect!
Just a couple of very little criticisms... The four way rocker switch is a little too small. The hand grip is not as good as the DL2's, and the card slot door is a bit flimsy and awkward. But these are minor niggles that I can easily live with.
It has improved my photography, too! Yes, I know, its the man, not the machine that makes the picture - but, If you feel good about the camera in your hand, you are more confident, and that confidence can often lead to better pictures.
It may be my imagination, but I reckon the camera produces better exposed images with my old screw thread lenses, too.
In short. I love my D. It is worth every penny I paid for it.
No man is worth his salt, who has not been banned from at least one Forum, and two Flickr groups.

Posted 22/02/2009 - 23:42 Link
Well done about better photography, I think the same as for my *ist DL2 but then I was going from a Minolta Maxxum 5000 to this so I had a lot of technology to move up from.

Keep up with the great results, and if you think I joining the Photographic Society of America let me know.
Posted 23/02/2009 - 10:07 Link
The *ist-D is a fine camera. So tiny compared to the K20D. I'll be hanging onto mine for a long time to come (cost just over 1k when I bought it new!! :shock
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Posted 24/02/2009 - 17:10 Link
Hi Chris
Glad to your enjoying your new toy

Posted 24/02/2009 - 23:22 Link
Thanks, Gentlemen.
No man is worth his salt, who has not been banned from at least one Forum, and two Flickr groups.

Posted 24/02/2009 - 23:23 Link
You can use the older TTL flashes on it too.
Peter E Smith - flickr Photostream
Posted 25/02/2009 - 22:40 Link
All i can say lucky lucky person! I wish I had the D as although I have the DS, the K10D and the K20D, the D would be perfect for travel. Pentaprism, twin dials, CF cards (not that SD is bad, but CF is fast!) older and more reliable TTL flash, and of course the size of the mini beast. If I had one I would probably get rid of the DS and accompany it with my K cameras.

Lucky you.

so as a post script, if anyone has a working *istD they have no use for and want it to go to a good home, let me know.
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