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Pentax *istDS

The *ist DS is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR came Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

good starter for a student

sogfire, Ebay
27 April 2011
  • Summary: brought as gift for grandauther she sys its more than she could ask for..
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax *ist DS w/ included 18-55mm lens

zetectony, Ebay
15 November 2009
  • Summary: Pros ~small ~quality built/ very sturdy feel ~takes AA batteries (available anywhere and have long life) ~It's a Pentax (myriad of good/cheap lenses available) ~very simple controls- Everything important is there and it is easy to learn to use so you can focus on taking better pictures more than learning how use the camera.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

SLRPhotography, pentaxforums.com
7 February 2007
  • Excerpt: : Yes
  • Pros: small size, beautiful color, for the price now days, killer camera
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

"Great camera in low light; weak flash"

MountainStream, CNET
21 November 2006
  • Pros: Can focus and get decent pix in very low light; fast response
  • Cons: Flash is weak and uneven; slow lens
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Overall 8
8.0

"Very solid DSLR"

PentaxGeek, CNET
20 October 2005
  • Pros: More intuitive controls than Nikon or Canon, small size, excellent viewfinder (for a DSLR)
  • Cons: Slower autofocus than Nikon D50 and Canon Rebel XT, Pentax lens selection isn't as large as Nikon and Canon, only uses built-in flash for autofocus assist
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Overall 8
8.0

"A great camera for the average user."

jcallas, CNET
6 October 2005
  • Pros: Solid, well built, user friendly, above average image quality, dependable...
  • Cons: My only beef is with Pentax Canada whom I contacted about the warranty as the camera was a gift and the company never responded. I have no concerns about the camera at this time.
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Overall 8
8.0

"Love it except for the warranty service and the manual."

snicks1, CNET
28 July 2005
  • Pros: Light weight, high ASA, ease of use, convenience
  • Cons: Manual not well written, poor D.C. service center
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Overall 8
8.0

"Great features for size!"

CNET
20 February 2005
  • Pros: - SIZE! - Compatibility with excellent / cheaper glass - Image quality comparable to D70 and 300D. Taken some great shots with it. - User friendly for learners but also tailored to experts. **TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE K-MOUNTS! Yes you can use an
  • Cons: - A bit of purple fringing when overexposed and using lenses that aren't designed for digital pictures. Try underexposing a bit, usually fixes it.
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Overall 7
7.0

"Great DSLR, worthy of more attention"

CNET
7 February 2005
  • Pros: Backwards compatibility with all Pentax Lenses (with Custom Function set), including 67 and 645 with adapters; Fantastic feel and balance; Image quality on par with competitors; Price; access to the very highly regarded 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 Pentax from
  • Cons: Feature set not as complete as competitors; Pentax lens system not as complete as Nikon or Canon
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Overall 8
8.0

"Pentax Sets the New Standard"

CNET
14 January 2005
  • Pros: This camera has all the features you could want in an SLR, PLUS it is light-weight, small, and has a big, bright LCD. The controls are very easy to learn and are, for the most part, very intuitive. Lots of low-cost glass available for this camera.
  • Cons: The auto focus is a bit slow in low light. I've compared it to the D70 and it is probably about 1/2 the speed. In "normal" room lighting however, it does just fine. There are no real problems with the camera that I've identified - it is a well-engineer
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