*ist D out in Singapore (Cathay Photo) but only one!!!!


ShotGun

Link Posted 17/09/2003 - 07:47
Hi all,

I just called Cathay Photo a few minutes ago.... they have one (read: One) *ist D in stock (not in display) priced at SG$ 3,000 flat - that'a about US$1,750!! I was expecting it to be cheaper than 10D as what they've speculated. (10D is priced at SG$2,700 here).

What should I do? Shall I RUN now and grab it before anyone else buys it, or wait till more stocks comes in in the hope that the price will drop slightly.... ??

Can't wait after office hours to go there and play with it


Cheers!!

ShotGun
http://www.photonski.com/shotgun http://www.pbase.com/santyluib/first_istd_sample_photos
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"It's only a Pentax!"

ShotGun

Link Posted 19/09/2003 - 17:05
Hi all,

Just reached home a few hours ago and just want to spread the news that I finally got *ist D after I got a call from the shop that a new batch shipment just arrived. I got it with the 18-35mm FAJ lense and the battery grip.. and it's GREAT!!

I will further post my hands-on report when I can. Meanwhile, I'm still fiddling my way around the camera (I'm sure you'd understand )

Cheers to all,

ShotGun
http://www.photonski.com/shotgun http://www.pbase.com/santyluib/first_istd_sample_photos
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"It's only a Pentax!"

MattMatic

Link Posted 19/09/2003 - 21:16
Shotgun,

I like the "finally"!! Looks like you're one of the first.
Of course, I am sure most of us are green with envy !

Do let us know how you get on - the images I've seen so far are fantastic.

Look forward to hearing (and seeing some results too!) from you again,
Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

ShotGun

Link Posted 25/09/2003 - 15:29
Hi everyone!!

It's been quite a very busy week for me at work, so I had little time playing with my new *ist D, much less posting in the forums

But as promised, I am posting here my initial hands-on "review" and comments on the Pentax *ist D. Please note that this is based on my personal opinion and may differ from another user's point of view.

It has been raining often here, specially in afternoons or early mornings, so I had little opportunity to try the camera in various lighting conditions. Nevertheless, I was able to take it out around the neighbourhood to snap some photos over last weekend.

(I am curently trying to find some web space so I can post my sample shots soon! )

OK, back to the camera. One can't argue that it is small. For people with big hands it may be a little bit too small without the grip, but the feel is just nice with my little hands With the battery grip D-BG1 attached, the overall feel significanltly improved!! With it, your pinky finger just comfortably sits nicely within the grips. It also gives the camera a little weight and sturdiness (I always prefer the camera to be heavier ). Held vertically for portrait shots, operating the front/rear dials is within easy reach, but I'm still trying to "transition" myself from being so used to the controls and feel of the MZ-S's vertical grips. The *ist-D vertical grip seems to be thicker that that of the MZ-S'. The distance between the front/rear dials in the vertical grip I find a bit too far apart, so that operating both is sometimes uncomfortable, at least for me

The viewfinder is bright, crisper and slightly bigger than the MZ-3 and MZ-S. Focusing is as snappy and smart as MZ-S, specially with the 50mm f1.7 or FA100mm 2.8 macro lenses.

On picture quality, I must say without bias that the color response is very good. Even in ISO 400 or 800 setting, noise is still considerably low. In the 'normal' settings and with proper white balance it delivers accurate and natural colors. Skin tones are very impressive, much the same way as the D100. On the downside, one can easily tell that the *ist-D's default picture setting is softer than, say, the 10D or D100 (I have tried both), but this can be made sharp when you up the sharpness setting. In my case, this doesn't hurt as I almost always post-process my shots in Photoshop.

One problem that I still haven't figure out is when I use it with my AF500FTZ flash in bounce mode. In this mode, *istD always give me an underexposed image of about 2 stops whether used with the Stofen omni dome or a bounce card!! So I ended up compensating +1.5 or +2EV to get a correct exposure. (by the way, I meant indoor shooting with white low ceiling and light-colored walls) This does not happen when used with my other Pentax bodies - the MZ-3 and MZ-S. (In my next post I will try to show the pics of this situation when I can get some webspace).

I read somewhere that the classic TTL flash may not work properly on all DSLRs. Is this true? I have been told that Canon DSLRs use flashguns with E-TTL feature and Nikons use those with DX feature. For Pentax, it's the P-TTL feature of the AF360 flashgun. Otherwise, the classic TTL flashes may not provide true TTL. The Pentax manual indicates it is compatible with the AF500FTZ but never mention anything else about TTL. Can anyone shed some light on this?

Overall, I'm very happy with the *ist-D 'cept for bounce flash shooting with my AF500FTZ Flashgun, which I'm still trying to figure out. I hope somebody can help me on this.

And by the way, those sample shots of Phil Askey of www.dpreview.com of the *ist D were all taken here in Singapore!!!


Till next post firends.... I'll try to secure webspace for sample shots when I can. have a good day everyone!

Shotgun
http://www.photonski.com/shotgun http://www.pbase.com/santyluib/first_istd_sample_photos
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"It's only a Pentax!"
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