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.
Summary: My camera battery consists of a Pentax ZX-5 (film SLR), a Panasonic DMC-FZ4 (digital P&S0) and now the Pentax DS digital SLR. I got it because the handling was similar to what I was used to and, more important, all my SLR lenses fit the DS. So I now have a collection of four lenses (2 zoom, 2 prime) that fit both Pentaxes plus a digital-only zoom lens. The DS is noticeably larger and heavier than the ZX-5 but smaller and lighter than other digital SLRs that I tried.
Summary: I am a long time Pentax user since the days of the Asahi body with screw mount lens and no light meter. I've been buying Pentax cameras almost every 10 years including Pentax-made HP point-and-shoot digital cameras . Been waiting a while for Pentax to come through with an affordable dSLR in my price range and with the right features. The time has finally come with the *istDS since Pentax is phasing them out and replacing it with *ist DS2 and *ist DL.
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.
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