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Old Nov 1, 2014, 12:56 AM   #21
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This might not be a photo of the DS, but it's a picture of my old K100. I bought it right after Pentax came out with them. It still works great, was shooting some close-up/macro with it a couple of days ago. it isn't exactly pristine, it shows wear and tear. It's a much-used camera with just over 10,000 on the shutter. And no, I'm not going to be selling it any time soon.

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BTW I ended up selling the K100D Super with the FA 28-80mm and keeping the DS because I happened upon an F 50mm f1.7 which was excellent on the DS but had focus issues on the K100D. Since lenses are more important I kept the body that worked best with the lens. I always shoot RAW with the 6MP cameras anyway so the main advantages of the K100D were just the SR, the sensor cleaning and the support for SDM lenses. Well since the 50 is likely to stay on this camera I am only missing the SR.

Biro, a 14MP K100D would be quite a combination, but is that a definite? It sounds like quite an engineering challenge.
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Old Nov 6, 2014, 9:34 PM   #23
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Sensors, and cameras, do not take great pics....photographers do.

We all have photos we love that we took before getting out current levels of power. Our newer cameras and sensors give us greater power to manipulate, but great images have been taken for 150 years, regardless of technology.

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Old Nov 14, 2014, 8:47 PM   #24
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Well Paul, I really don't mean to imply that there was any special magic to those old cameras, just that they are still very much a great photography tool. As you point out it is the organic bit behind the viewfinder that actually creates the image.
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BTW I ended up selling the K100D Super with the FA 28-80mm and keeping the DS because I happened upon an F 50mm f1.7 which was excellent on the DS but had focus issues on the K100D. Since lenses are more important I kept the body that worked best with the lens. I always shoot RAW with the 6MP cameras anyway so the main advantages of the K100D were just the SR, the sensor cleaning and the support for SDM lenses. Well since the 50 is likely to stay on this camera I am only missing the SR.

Biro, a 14MP K100D would be quite a combination, but is that a definite? It sounds like quite an engineering challenge.
From what I read, the K100 Supers went back for refurbishment. Pentax probably didn't have a good supply of the old 6mp sensors anymore but did have a lot of the 14mp Samsung units around, so they went into the K100 Supers that needed new sensors. At least that's what I read. I wish I remember where.
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Wow, I would definitely want one of those.

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From what I read, the K100 Supers went back for refurbishment. Pentax probably didn't have a good supply of the old 6mp sensors anymore but did have a lot of the 14mp Samsung units around, so they went into the K100 Supers that needed new sensors. At least that's what I read. I wish I remember where.
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Old Nov 17, 2014, 2:38 PM   #27
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Saying "good bye" to equipment that has been a positive influence in one's life is tough. It's like saying good bye to a good friend. The sensor in the DS/DL/K100 was outstanding. Just personally, I don't think the K10's sensor was anywhere close to as good. I really liked the K20 and it suited my shooting style very well, but I don't think the sensor was better than the DS. In fact, when the K5's specs were leaked/first announced, I just assumed it would make more compromises. Was I ever surprised to find that it was an outstanding sensor, and better than the 6 mp one.

So it was sad for me to go to the post office today and send that camera that gave me such pleasure to it's new owner. It was hard to part with it, but it seemed a shame to leave what is a fine instrument in a drawer, unused. I will miss it (and the new owner might get a surprise when he looks at the camera - I just realized that I don't remember checking to see if there was a memory card in it. He might or might not get a free card!).
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The DS was my first DSLR-compared every camera since-had a K10d & a K20d-both expensive disappointments-now have the K5 iis-still exploring that. Have (2) of the DS's-they will never be sold-my daughter has one also-the journey continues
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Indeed it does I won't say that some of the shots I have taken using the 30 FPS on my Nikon V1 wouldn't have been possible with my old K100D but it would have been pretty near impossible to get them. Case could be made however that I'm using technology to cover a lack of skill, and I probably wouldn't argue with it!

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