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Old Sep 29, 2014, 11:01 AM   #11
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I have visited the DPR forum, it is an unpleasant place!
Indeed, and yet somehow I find myself drawn there. Guess it's the entertainment factor. The camera equivalent of a political show where all they do is yell.

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Old Sep 29, 2014, 11:03 AM   #12
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My "newest" DS has only about 1200 shots on it, and the other one was well cared for. I now have an old AF 500FTZ TTL flash, only works with the *istD or *istDS (or the film cameras). The combination is more reliable at exposures than my K7 with the 540FGZ P-TTL combination. I like it.
This is good to know as my one biggest complaint about Pentax is that I can't use my old flash on the cameras I have and for macro work I often need a flash. Might be worth getting an *ist just for that.

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Old Oct 4, 2014, 3:08 PM   #13
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This is good to know as my one biggest complaint about Pentax is that I can't use my old flash on the cameras I have and for macro work I often need a flash. Might be worth getting an *ist just for that.

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Be careful, only the *ist D and *ist DS kept the TTL compatibility. The *ist DL is only P-TTL like the newer models.
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Old Oct 5, 2014, 1:53 PM   #14
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I am going to get in trouble over my exif data again. I have only one set of NiMH AA batteries here with me (a set of 4 here in Baker Lake costs $40 so I will not be adding any to my supply), so I put them in the charger last night. Well I guess the old DS doesn't hold its date information as well as it once did and as a result I put the batteries in this morning but did not notice that the date and time had reset to 01/01/2005. So trust me, these were shot this AM. I was doing a challenge where you set your oldest camera (*istDS) to its lowest resolution (1.5MP), its highest jpeg compression (lowest quality, one star), ISO 1600, lens shooting wide open (an old FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 silver body) and convert to monochrome in camera. Other than cropping two of the images that is exactly what I did.

For this forum I also re-sized down to 800 pixels for practical storage and viewing reasons.

My Sunday Morning.

The second image is through the LCD of a Panasonic G2
The fourth image would have made a decent entry for the September challenge.
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Old Oct 13, 2014, 6:42 PM   #15
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More *istDS images with FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6

I am currently offering that camera and lens for sale in Baker Lake (along with a Pentax TTL flash, not P-TTL so it is only compatible with the *istD and *istDS) since I just picked up a K100D Super, it has a smaller buffer and lacks a pentaprism but is still a better image maker than the DS. As for the 28-80 I have an FA 28-70mm f4 which is a better lens.

ADMIN: I am not offering this for sale here, simply stating that I am upgrading here. I have put up a picture of it here to get opinions, is $200Cdn too much for this camera, lens, flash package? The flash is a TTL unit, Pentax AF500-ftz.
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Sorry to be chiming in so late, and I'm also sorry Ira that I cannot offer an opinion on the equipment you are selling. Just wanted to say that I also was very fond of the sensor in the K100D. I don't regret upgrading to the K20, then upgrading again to the K5, but the K5 certainly was a wonderful and capable camera. It seems a near certainty that Pentax intentionally named it in an effort to conjure up the memory of the venerable K1000 film camera, and I think the K100 upheld its heritage very well.

I hope all is well in Baker Lake. I hope someday to get up to the arctic.
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Sorry to be chiming in so late, and I'm also sorry Ira that I cannot offer an opinion on the equipment you are selling. Just wanted to say that I also was very fond of the sensor in the K100D. I don't regret upgrading to the K20, then upgrading again to the K5, but the K5 certainly was a wonderful and capable camera. It seems a near certainty that Pentax intentionally named it in an effort to conjure up the memory of the venerable K1000 film camera, and I think the K100 upheld its heritage very well.

I hope all is well in Baker Lake. I hope someday to get up to the arctic.
Thanks, I will leave it for sale at that price point and see what happens. Although I like the DS viewfinder better, and it has a larger shot buffer, the K100D Super is superior in every other way.

I just did a shutter count check and found
the DS has only 1450 actuations,
the K100D Super has only 3082,
the K7 has 20820 and
the K20D has 46456!!!

Perhaps I should keep the DS, after all my oldest camera is the "newest" in terms of wear and tear.
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Old Oct 26, 2014, 9:32 AM   #18
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Speaking of the K100 Super, I believe Best Buy had some factory refurbished examples for sale at a fabulous price literally only two years ago. I'm pretty sure I shared the Internet ad on this forum at the time. The interesting thing is, some people who bought them discovered the sensor inside wasn't 6mp - but the 14mp unit from the K20D. Nice bonus, but would you have been happy about that if it was your camera, Ira?
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This thread really interested me this morning, when I finally managed to get a chance to come here as I was riding a bus. It was so interesting that I almost missed my bus stop!

The reason I enjoyed reading it so much is that I've been having some type of nerve issue and it's painful to use the K3 for anything longer than a quick shot. I tried using only light prime lenses but it didn't make a difference. So yesterday I took the K100 with me to work and used it for a while at lunch. It was so nice to have a light camera bag and a light camera, it was relaxing and enjoyable to be comfortable using a camera again.

The other thing that caught my eye was the number on the shutter of the K20 - you have certainly been busy! And the K7 has a lot more, too. It's nice to think that you can get such good use out of those lovely cameras (especially the K20, I always enjoyed that camera).

I do love my K100 and I plan on keeping it, if for no other reason that it has a weak IR filter and I can get reasonable results using an R72 filter - the later cameras can't really catch much reflected IR (though I haven't tried with the K3).

Maybe I'll hang around here more if I can shoot a camera comfortably again. And it looks like the K100 (or the new K-S1) might be better for me than the K3.
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I have a DL and that's all I was able to afford when I first bought it. Since then it has kept on taking wonderful shots. However there are two issues that bother me about the DL. One is noise at low light and the other is shutter lag. I drool over the low light capabilities of the newer sensors. Noise? What noise? Since I no longer work at a school I don't take as many sports shots as I used to, but I once in a while need the camera to trip the shutter at a specific moment and even in manual focus the DL just isn't up to the task. But even so when I use a tripod and don't need instant shutter response, the DL can do some really neat things. Until this one gives up the ghost I just can't bring myself to part with the cash for another camera. The camera is nine years old and even so here are a couple of shots I took last week at Kiawah Island that still prove the camera's mettle.




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