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    Smile My first D-SLR!!!

    Not the latest or hottest Canon…






    Not the latest or hottest Nikon…






    Not the king of the high-megapixel race…






    Rather, a PENTAX *ist D!:thumbsup:

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    Yesterday evening, a friend who is a retired pro photographer handed down to me a used *ist D – in excellent condition (except for a dead built-in flash). He also gave me three lenses, an external flash, 2X tele-converter, macro-specialized tripod, and a large camera bag.

    After firing off a few indoor “test” shots, and walking around with the camera, I immediately noticed several different things compared to my FZ7K:

    • Size! Very noticeably larger and heavier.
    • Viewfinder size, sharpness, and clearness.
    • Bigger & yet comfortable handgrip – enough room to include the “pinky” finger.
    • Zoom/MF rings.
    • Loud sound everytime a photo is taken. (Think it's called "mirror-slap").
    • Wow – incredibly low noise at high ISO’s!
    • Also, the *ist D has the ON/OFF switch right around the shutter button. Since with the FZ7K I am used to zooming by means of a “zoom rocker” in the exact same position – slightly weird since I might end up turning the PENTAX camera off when trying to zoom. I’m sure this problem will go away after a while, though.


    Can’t wait for the raining to stop to go outside and try out my new gear…

    #1. *ist D with TAKUMAR-A ZOOM 1:3.5~4.5 28~80mm lens.
    #2. *ist D with TAKUMAR-A ZOOM 1:3.5~4.5 28~80mm lens and PENTAX AF-330 FTZ flash.
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    • *ist D. (Center).
    • TAKUMAR-A ZOOM 1:3.5~4.5 28~80mm lens. (Mounted on camera).
    • PENTAX SMC PENTAX-F 1:2.8 100mm MACRO lens. (Far right).
    • 2X MC7 TAMRON-F AF TELE-CONVERTER. (Front right).
    • PENTAX AF-330 FTZ flash. (Front left).
    • SMC PENTAX-A* 1:4 300mm lens (Far left).

    I'll try to post real “samples” as soon as possible. With the macro lens this'll be easier, since I might find stuff to photograph around the house. But the 300mm/2X will definitely have to wait for the weather to clear up.

    Anyway, just wanted to share this big news (for me), and am looking forward to browsing/posting more in the PENTAX forum.

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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Your friend gave you a bundle.
    I bet you're excited.
    Now lets see some shots!
    Keep Shooting!

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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Wow, congrats! You've got a great selection of lenses!
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Fantastic!!! I'd take that man out for a very nice steak dinner!!! Can't wait to see your first photos with it!
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    congrats, you are gonna have alot of fun. I got some good lenses to start. Looking forward to seeing some shots.
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    I really like the Pentax's. But I really don't have enough user experience to really compare the others. I did do a lot of comparison shopping though before I bought our Pentax's, and have never regretted it and our next bodies will be Pentax.
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Congrats and welcome to the DSLR world.

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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Good Stuff ADMA! You won't regret it.
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Thanks guys!

    The *ist D uses CF cards − I don't have a CF card reader and the USB cable for connecting camera/computer wasn't included. Which means that I won't be able to post any images here yet. Tomorrow I may go to a local camera shop and buy a reader, and several rechargeable AA batteries.

    A larger capacity CF card will also definetely be on the list. (Current one is 256MB − and now full).

    Hopefully there will then be a lucky break in the constant drizzling...

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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Everything finally cleared up today... but I suspect not for long.

    Here's three shots from this morning with the *ist D/100mm MACRO lens. All hand-held.

    #1. Little bud between two tree branches.

    Shutter-speed: 1/125 second
    Aperture: f5.0
    ISO: 1600

    #2. Twig with water droplet.

    Shutter-speed: 1/320 second
    Aperture: f5.0
    ISO: 1600

    #3. Some kind of plant (or weed).

    Shutter-speed: 1/160 second
    Aperture: f5.6
    ISO: 1600

    I have to say that I am amazed that images at such high ISO's can actually turn out usable! The only thing which I greatly miss is an Image Stabilizer. Guess PENTAX hadn't developed its SR yet.

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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Congratulations, Alex! That's a hell of a hand-me-down

    I did a review of that camera a few years back. It was one of our first pro reviews. I liked it a lot. Even though you think it's big, it was much smaller than my Canon DSLRs. I have a feeling you're going to have a hard time using your Panasonic anymore
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    Re: My first D-SLR!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-John
    Congratulations, Alex! That's a hell of a hand-me-down

    I did a review of that camera a few years back. It was one of our first pro reviews. I liked it a lot. Even though you think it's big, it was much smaller than my Canon DSLRs. I have a feeling you're going to have a hard time using your Panasonic anymore
    Thanks Captain.

    I absolutely love that 100mm MACRO – it appears to provide as much (or more) magnification that my FZ7K and image-degrading close-up diopters.

    Excellent lens for portraiture too.

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