Summary: I have always been a 35 MM camera guy and Pentax was my brand. I have several lenses, auto and manual and was looking for a Pentax DSLR to use them with. A new camera was out of the question because of the price so I bid and won this great camera. I found the older SD cards for it and was able to update the firmware in the camera and use larger capacity cards and SDHC. It is a great camera for me to learn DSLR photography as opposed to film. I am one happy camper!
Summary: I was replacing an old Pentax Spotmatic because of the multiple lenses I own. The 1stD body looked like a great replacement and the used price was reasonable. The only problem was it was advertised as accepting older lenses but didn't hint that a adapter was needed for the screw type lenses. The camera body was like new and after getting an adapter for the lenses, works beautifully.
s\Still the best 6 MP camera for basic still photography. (No Video)
6 April 2013
Summary: I had a Pentax 1st DS as my first DSLR and I loved it. It is MUCH better built and had a significantly brighter finder than the competition. I shoot lots of manual focus long telephoto pictures of birds. Even at 6 MP the Pentax makes beautiful 16 x 20 inch prunts suitable for framing and hanging. I shot 30,000+ exposures with my first Pentax 1st DS. It got damaged by a hard physical impact to the corner of the LCD.
A very good camera. Awesome value for the money and well worth purchasing!
4 November 2011
Summary: I bought this camera for my son, a buddying professional photographer. This camera is a step-down from a Pentax my wife uses in her work and one my son fell in love with. Needless to say, my son is thrilled he has a top-quality product and will do everything he needs it to do, at least at this time in his life and career. As far as how it compares to others? Hard to say but while doing my pre-buy research I thought this camera was the 'best bang for my buck'.
Great used DSLR for experienced photograpers or new.
9 September 2010
Summary: I started using Pentax cameras and lenses about 1980s, and had a happy 15 years with them. I took 10 years off from hobby photography then got use of a friend's ist D about 2006. I eventually wanted my own and price/performance led me to the ist DS recently. It's a fantastic camera that will run current "kit" lenses (zoom, autofocus) very well.
Summary: After using the simple point & shoot digitals, this Pentax is in a class by itself. Believe used by a pro-photographer in past due to extensive accessories and lens combinations. As such, will take me some time to get up to speed on use application, exposures, and full capacity of all the features. However, also believe this is a camera kit that will not be easily passed by with techno upgrades.
Summary: Although this camera doesn't have anti-shake, or the resolution and preview screen size of modern DSLR's, there are a lot of features to make this attractive to someone moving up from a point'n'shoot or a film SLR. 1. It is compact and not too heavy, considering it has a metal frame. 2. It uses easily available AA batteries, (alkalines get gobbled up fairly quickly, but can be used in a pinch), 2500mAH or better NiMH will give you around 200 shots per charge. 3.
Summary: You have to love the ability to use 40 year old lenses in all the modes. Using an old SMC-A 50mm 1.7 all functions work except auto focus. Metering is correct and the exposures looked great. I like the look of the images taken with this camera, it uses a CCD sensor instead of the current CMOS sensors of the newer camera which to me look somewhat fake. The viewfinder is big and bright, it uses a prism instead of mirrors.
Summary: I already had a K20D (which was my first dSLR) when I came up on this one in the used market for an excellent deal. I bought it primarily for two reason, for its TTL compatibility and as a second, walk-around camera body. After updating the camera with the latest firmware, I mated it with a used Pentax-FA 28-70mm f4 and Pentax-DA 50-200 f4-5.6 (excellent Pentax lenses that offer awesome value for the money, btw) as a back-up walk-around system.