schreiner
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Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 12:27 am

Well... im still trying to figure out what cam i have to buy.
Canon 350d or the Pentax Ist D. Both pretty good. Only difference is 6 (pentax) vs 8 (canon) MPixels and the price (pentax is a bit more expensive). I really like the looks of the pentax although thats a minor issue. My dad likes Pentax and he is a really experienced photographer. What are your thoughts? Anybody using the Pentax DSLR series? Tnx for your input.
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RE: Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 12:57 am

Quoting Schreiner (Thread starter):
My dad likes Pentax and he is a really experienced photographer.

I was in the same situation as you are, and I decided to go with the *istD, mainly because it was on sale at the time, and my dad had a bunch of lenses I could use for it. I would say the majority of the pictures I take are non-aviation, but I really have been pleased with it in the nearly two years I've had it now. The camera is capable of some nice photos.

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RE: Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 1:15 am

You can check out the reviews at www.dpreview.com if you haven't already. I had a couple of Pentax-mount lenses but I still bought the 350D because it delivers slightly higher image quality, especially at higher ISO ratings, and because of those extra 2 megapixels resolution (which can make a difference for printing purposes). I figured that eventually I would need better lenses anyway so I might as well get the better system. Just my opinion  Smile
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RE: Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 5:36 am

I have owned an *istD for two years now and it has served me very well indeed. All my cameras have been Pentax since I started snapping photos in the early 80's and I already had Pentax lenses from the MZ-30 which I had purchased a couple of years earlier. Also some CompactFlash media storage cards from a Canon Powershot A40 'point and shoot' as well as several sets of rechargeable batteries. Combine that with a *very* favourable USD/GBP exchange rate during a visit to the USA - well, it was an economically easy-to-make decision  

The http://www.dpreview.com/ review is IMHO a very fair reflection of what the *istD is good at as well as it's weaker areas.

I love the handling of the camera - it does not feel like a housebrick like many other DSLR's must do - and with Pentax lightweight lenses it is so easy to track fast moving aircraft and other objects. The autofocus function is very swift and reliable too. The option to save images as TIFF files is useful because these give much greater flexibility when editing and negates the need for a RAW converter.

Negative points - well some of the mode dials are a bit fiddly and do take some time to get used to, and the small CF compartment is a pain especially when you have to quickly change the card in the middle of a flying sequence! The main issue is the softness of the images though for me it is not a problem.

Have to be honest and say that if I was starting from scratch I would think very seriously about the choice open to you; an extra 2MP aligned with a competitive price as well as a better range of lenses...  

The acceptance ratio of my DSLR submissions to A.Net has been relatively good though I mainly shoot military aircraft as well as W&R, most rejections have been the result of my poor editing rather than the camera.

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RE: Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 6:48 am

thanks for the input.... i should go for the 8mp? I dont know why but an aother cam as my friends feeels beter, i dont know why.... may be because i would like to prove that a pentax is also a good choice because my dad saids so... (he is really into the wide screen old fashoin slides picture-making).
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RE: Pentax (IST D) Any Good?

Tue May 09, 2006 6:56 am

All my images on here are taken with Pentax *ist D.

I'm quite happy with the quality its producing with my film lenses. I went for this model, as I had all the gear that basically swapped over from film to digital, so I haven't bought a thing to enable me to continue shooting.

The only thing I have found as mentioned above is at higher ISO settings the grain could be alot less.

If you want to ask me any questions or see some examples other than aircraft let me know. I'd be glad to help.

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