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Old Mar 3, 2005, 9:55 AM   #1
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I have the istD for about a year now, it's very easy to use. We are taking a long vacation this summer and I was thinking of getting a 2nd backup camera.

Last summer my istD locked up while on vacation so I couldn't use it, had to send it back to Pentax for repair, then back again for repair. I'd hate for that to happen again in Alaska!

I do have a P&S digital camera, and used that as backup, but as good as it is the DSL is much better!

I went online to see what the prices are now, I found a istD at Expresscameras for $699, I called to order it and he said "you know that's a istDS" NO, I had the printed page in front of me. He said that was a mistake, a istD would be $1200, so I said NO.

Is the DS that much cheaper? Does that mean the D is better. What do you think?

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 12:18 PM   #2
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Remember the DS does not take CF cards. You would have to buy SD cards if you bought the DS. Depending on the amount you need the difference in price between the D and DS could be made up.

The D can be foundfor about $1-1.1k. The DS can be bought from a reputable dealer for about $750-800.I am guessing that the $300 diference can buyyou about3 gb of SD cards. Is that comparable to the amount of CF cards you have?

Also rememberthe DS is missing some features that the D has and you may miss them. You should study these differences to see how they effect you and how you use the D. For me the loss of Hyperprogram would make the DS not a replacement for the D.

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 7:00 PM   #3
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Thank you for your input.

I think I should stick to the D. It's easier using the exact same camera also.

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 10:54 PM   #4
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For me the loss of Hyperprogram would make the DS not a replacement for the D.

Just for curiosity - how exactly and how often you are using this Hyperprogram? I have *istDS and do not feel that I need it, but probably I just do not know?

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In a sense I use Hyperprogram almost 100% of the time. In P mode the camera does exactly what you expect based on which program line you choose in the custom functions (MTF, high speed shutter, etc.). It decides the correct AV's and TV's as any camera would.

If you want to control dof you would normally have to switch into AV priority and set the aperature. With HypP all you have to do is spin the AV wheel to change the AV setting while the camera changes the TV to keep the correct expoure. The same thing can be done with the TV wheel. So in a sense you can switch between P/AV/TV modes without ever having to stop to change the camera setting. All this is done by spinning the two dials. You clearHypP setting by hitting the "Green" button (puts the camera back intoP mode).

Everything you can do with HypP can be done by switching modes, but HypP lets you switch between modes easily. It is a feature that is redundant and youthink you can live without until you start taking advantage of it and realize how useful it is.

I know I am not doing a very good job describing HypP but I hope you can understand its utility.

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