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Old Feb 20, 2005, 11:07 AM   #1
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I am wondering if there is a vast difference between the istDS and the istD? I have a Pentax film SLR that I have used for the past ten years and am ready to go digital. Thanks!
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 12:37 AM   #2
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*isdDS is smaller, lighterand faster (very little). Some (not so important IMHO)features has been dropped - for example TIFF format, hyper-program and tree preset MWB (*istDS has only one). Controls has been change slightly and ugly CF been replaced into proper SD. Also *istD can use ***optional*** vertical grip (this one would be nice, but I was shooting without one for more than 30 years, so I can survive :-) )Otherwise very much the same - same sensor, same processor etc. And of course in compatibility department (Pentax really look after their customers - not like Canon!) - everything perfectly OK - old flushes andlenses will work without any fuss on both cameras. In short - do not even think, get *istDS - more value for less money!
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 1:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I've been planning to go with the *istDS, but at the last minute panicked that maybe I should go for the *istD! I couldn't decide if I would really need TIFF--I thought RAW was pretty much the way to go? The hyper-program sounds fun, but I am not sure if it's a necessity...

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Old Feb 21, 2005, 5:08 PM   #4
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TIFF is not so necessary as long as you can get RAW - RAW contains *MORE* information than TIFF and therefore more suitable for tweaking. TIFF is smaller, because compressed, but having enough memory (cheap this days) it is not so important. And BTW camera doing really nice job to produce JPG inside - you barely need RAW anyway :-) Hyper-program is really funny thing to play with, but ask yourself - would you have enough time readjust it for each shoot? It something funny happens around (I mean shooting conditions) you always can use fully manual mode anyway - IMHO faster and more naive for person with film SLR background. I have my *istDS for 3 month now and trust that you will be delighted with camera!

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