I saw the Pentax Ist today

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by RichA, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    It's too small. The Minolta was right next to it, then the Olympus
    E-300. I'd take either over the Pentax. Did it escape the Japanese
    that Americans get bigger all the time and that their hands get larger
    as well???
    It reminds me of parking spots in malls build in the mid 1980s; They
    designed them for smaller vehicles. Now big vehicles are all the rage
    and they don't fit too well in some of those spots.
    RichA, Apr 28, 2005
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  2. I think that they thought that smaller is better, despite the obvious
    problems with that approach.
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 28, 2005
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  3. Did it escape the Japanese
    Considering the zillions of dollars spent on cameras that are only a
    fraction the size of the ist, I doubt anyone at Pentax had any reason to
    be concerned about this. I'd bet that for every person who might reject
    the camera for being smaller than other DSRL's, 10 more will prefer it
    for the same reason.

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    Marc Sabatella, Apr 28, 2005
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    m II Guest

    I know I did..

    besides, REAL men know it's the length of the LENS that counts.

    m II, Apr 29, 2005
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    Gaderian Guest

    I bought the optional battery grip for my *istD that not only increases the
    grip, but you can also double the amount of battery power. So if you're
    considering a battery grip with the other brands, I'd urge you to re-think
    and consider the other features and base your decision on the other criteria
    rather than the size alone.
    Gaderian, Apr 29, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Oddly enough, a guy who was testing out some DSLRs while I was there
    said the same thing about the Pentax. Very small cameras are
    primarily "point and shoot" but if you had to adjust various settings
    quite a bit (as DSLR users have been known to do :)) then it would
    become a pain.
    RichA, Apr 29, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    So what did you buy?
    Pete D, Apr 29, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Paul Mitchum, Apr 29, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Nothing yet. I'm thinking someone's next DSLR interation
    will include image stabilization and sensor cleaning.
    RichA, Apr 29, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    So you would be pretty crappy about the 350D then?
    Pete D, Apr 29, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    The adapter which Pentax makes, personally I would prefer these lenses;



    Darrell, Apr 29, 2005
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    Ed Medlin Guest

    Pentax has always been slightly smaller, even their 35mm SLRs were a bit
    smaller than other brands. Over many years of using them I have gotten used
    to it. With high-speed motor drives installed on my Pentax SLRs I can place
    my *istD next to them and it is difficult to tell the difference between
    them. I do have the battery grip on my D which makes it almost the exact
    size and weight of my 35mm SLRs with motor drives.

    Ed Medlin, Apr 29, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It's odd that the article has the 600mm mounted on a 6x7. No better
    than a 300mm on a 35mm camera in terms of telephot. There is the
    advantage of film res., of course.

    Alan Browne, Apr 29, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    No, it's a bit more reasonable I think.
    RichA, Apr 29, 2005
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    Parker Guest

    Then sue McDonalds - everyone else is...
    Parker, Apr 29, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Parker wrote:

    That makes them fatter, not taller or bigger boned.
    Alan Browne, Apr 29, 2005
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    Parker Guest

    He didn't say 'bigger boned' or 'taller' - he said 'bigger', and 'bigger' is
    the polite euphemism that Americans use to describe the herds of Rhino
    sized porkers that graze unceasingly in every US town.
    Parker, Apr 29, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    You can mount *this* monster on a *ist D _without_ an adapter


    so you keep full functionality, including multi-point auto-focus.
    This is a shot taken with just that combination (Pentax *ist-D
    with the FA 250-600) at the low end of the zoom range:

    John Francis, Apr 29, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    I'm saving my nickles and dimes for an SMCP-FA* 600/4, myself. :) Or,
    frankly, any three-digit long prime with a * in its name.
    Paul Mitchum, Apr 29, 2005
  20. RichA

    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Hence it's bigness. :)
    Yeah, but mounted on an *ist D, you'd be getting something like 900mm
    after crop factor.

    I wasn't trying to be practical; just point out an absurdly large lens
    with 'Pentax' written on it. :)
    Paul Mitchum, Apr 29, 2005
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