Which Digital SLR - Canon 350 D / Olympus E300 / Pentax *ist

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by kannanks, Mar 24, 2006.

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    kannanks Guest

    I am planning to go for a Digital SLR and have in mind -

    1. Canon 350 D
    2. Olympus E300
    3. Pentax *ist DL / DS

    Pls advice me which one is better. I have a Pentax K mount film SLR and
    range of lenses for the same. Photography is a hobby to me and am
    pursuing it seriously

    kannanks, Mar 24, 2006
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    Michel Guest

    a écrit :
    *istDx; you can use all your lenses !
    Read this forum:
    Michel, Mar 24, 2006
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  3. I agree. Unless your pentax lenses are not very good, why would you
    not go with the Pentax...?

    The Pentax dslr's don't get much discussion here, but that seems to be
    because they are competent and reliable. About the only downside I've
    heard is that you really need to shoot RAW if you want to get the best
    sharpness out of it. The in-camera processing leaves TIFs and JPGs
    looking a bit soft (see dpreview for examples).

    This is only an issue if you are really pushing the envelope, however.
    mark.thomas.7, Mar 24, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    Well, I'd have to agree with the other responders. Unless you have good
    reasons not to choose Pentax, is that not the obvious choice?

    I was in a similar situation as you recently. When I finally decided to
    buy a digital SLR, given that I already had a fair bit of EOS film kit,
    the obvious choice was a Canon. I wasn't completely averse to switching
    to Nikon, Pentax etc. but it would have taken a GOOD reason to make me
    do it. In the event Canon make perfectly good cameras so I stuck with them.

    As I understand it, Pentax digitals are quite satisfactory. They have
    their pros and cons, as do other cameras, but the end result is a decent

    I just read a user review of the *ist DS2 on dpreview, and he had and
    returned Canon 350D, Nikon D70, and Minolta 5D, before settling on the
    DS2. I'm sure you could find other stories where the end result was some
    other camera though. Such is life.... confusing ;-)

    The only other thing I'd suggest is to go to a shop and try them out.
    You may find on just suits your hand and brain better than another. In
    some ways this is more important than the feature list.

    John Fryatt, Mar 24, 2006
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    Cheesehead Guest

    I shoot jpg (*ist DS) at highest quality setting regularly and
    softness isn't really an issue.
    But then for the most part I use the sharpest lenses around.

    But even an average film lens can produce really sharp pics.
    Tokina RMC 17/3.5.

    If you're shooting children in sporting events, Pentax has a wonderful
    "Trap Focus" it's called.
    Put on a manual-focus lens but set the camera to auto focus mode.
    Put the subject out of focus.
    Press and hold the shutter relase -- nothing happens.
    Then turn the lens until the object comes into focus.
    At the moment it does, the shutter fires.
    It's a good and practical feature that's used for birding and sporting
    (I don't thinkg C & N have an equivalent feature. But someone can
    correct me if that's an error.)

    What's really most important is your comfort holding the camera.
    Is holding it a tiring and pleasant experience. How is the viewfinder?
    Bright enough? (Pentax D, DS, & DS2 have glass prisms, the other have
    mirror -- and that includes Nikon & Canon). How about the controls?
    Easy to get to, simple to use? Clear and understandable or confusing?

    If it feels good and is easy to use then you may get better results
    because of your personal comfort level.

    Just do yourself a favor and get good glass -- not the cheap kit stuff.
    It's the lens that makes the picture -- even with digital.
    AND Get a good backup solution for your computer. No sens in having
    a HD crash destroy all of your images.

    Collin (faithful, but not a "true believer") Brendemuehl
    Cheesehead, Mar 24, 2006
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    george Guest

    You'll get more (and generally more informed) responses by posting in the
    appropriate interest group + some of the crankier folks in this group might
    get irritated and complain to your ISP. That aside, you'll find a lot more
    people who actually own the dslrs you're curious about in the group I
    suggested...it tends to be a more serious group than the other one you might
    want to try (rec.photo.digital). Good luck.
    george, Mar 25, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    Considering you already have K-mount lenses, I'd go for the Pentax ...
    unless you want to buy a bunch of new lenses as well.
    no_name, Mar 25, 2006
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    harry Guest

    Man, you are lucky to have chance to keep all your lenses if you go with

    I spent quite some of my $ on Contax CarlZeiss lenses with no hope to see a
    digital Contax body to use them...
    Why this company (Contax) is so...what should I say?
    harry, Mar 26, 2006
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