Summary: The overal build, body operation and lense quality is superb. Unless you have some very specific needs from a dSLR when comparing features, this camera can win your heart easily. It is backward compatible with virtually every lense Pentax and third party companies have made for Pentax cameras.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: I HAVE A PENTAX ME-SUPER CAMERA AND SOME GREAT LENSES (WIDE ANGLE-TELEPHOTO-PORTRAIT) THAT I BOUGHT IN THE 80'S AND HAVE BEEN USING THIS 35MM FILM CAMERA FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. WELL, I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT I COULD USE THESE SAME LENSES ON MY NEW PENTAX DIGITAL "IST" CAMERA...
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.
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.
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.