Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/03/13

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Subject: [Leica] looking at Pentax *istD
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sun Mar 13 13:02:43 2005
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David Rodgers wrote:

> Juan,
> Viewfinder quality is very important to me. I don't expect a camera -- 
> regardless of how advanced it is electronically -- to see for me! This 
> day and age some people I think, may. I think most Leica users 
> appreciate a good eyepiece. Rangefinder viewfinders, and certain Leica 
> SLR viewfinders, are the best of the best.
> Having a real pentaprism is a plus. The Nikon  D100 has a pentaprism. 
> The popular D70 uses mirrors. All it takes is a glance into the 
> viewfinders of both  to see there's a difference.
> I had coffee with Mark Rabiner yesterday. Knowing I have many old M42 
> lenses, he told me about the *istD. I knew nothing about the Pentax 
> previously, but it sure is interesting. Small and I can use those old 
> Pentax lenses that haven't seen the light of day for years. They are 
> still great lenses.
> Dave.

I too have some wonderful old Pentax 
lenses..hence the Pentax ist DS is of 
some (limited) interest. I assume that 
you use the old screw mount lenses with 
an adapter,   does this give you with 
these exposure?   manual 

thanks,  Steve

> Juan Buhler wrote:
>> Do compare both by all means, especially the viewfinders. The Rebels
>> both have pentamirrors, while the Pentaxes, besides providing a bigger
>> image, are real pentaprisms.
>> The viewfinder is one of the bigger selling points of the Pentax DSLRs.
>> Also, besides the old M42 lenses, the Pentax will work with all K
>> mount lenses made, which is also a big plus (and is helping make those
>> lenses really expensive lately.)
>> j
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