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    Going to give the Pentax *ist a try!..

    Just another "I bought a new camera" post
    Well, I was using my little mjuII for some 'lunch break' street snaps but found a few shots per roll were letting me down from a quality standpoint and lack of DOF control. I began the hunt for a similar type of point and shoot (prefer slr) with more functionality but also very small in size and small in price.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

    I came close to getting a used leicaR with a prime lens but it was about 4x more than I wanted to spend. I then handled a Pentax *ist with the 28-80lens at a local camera shop and found it a pretty neat little camera. It is amazingly tiny for an slr (apparently the world's smallest slr). I ordered one up from BH since they ship to NZ, also saved over 600NZ by getting it from the US (if it doesn't work out I can always sell it for a profit). I'm looking forward to taking it for a spin and since I do not print over 8x10 the quality should be fairly good. I also ordered 4 rolls of fp4 plus in my bid to start supporting Ilford more. It seems people like rating this film at 200.. I have not settled on a developer yet so open to suggestions for a nice contrasty look with controlled highlights..

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    Hey, Sean, can you let us know how the name *ist is supposed to be pronounced?

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    no idea why they named it that, pretty odd...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Caulfield
    Hey, Sean, can you let us know how the name *ist is supposed to be pronounced?
    Just like the Hasselblad * on the lenses.

    Or Pentax Star (*) ist or Star'ist

    I know, pretty dumb eh.

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    I'll be curious to see what you think about the optical quality as well as the build quality.

    Piqued my interest, so I wanted to compare to my OM-2 (body for body). Not necessarily apples-to-apples in functionality (esp autofocus, autowind, and integrated flash), but both small, light SLRs of their respective eras.

    *ist (per B&H site):
    Dimensions 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.5" (122.0 x 84.0 x 63.5mm) WxHxD
    Weight 11.8 oz (335g)

    My OM-2 (per www.mir.com):
    Dimensions: 5.35"x3.27"x1.97" (136 x 83 x 50mm)
    Weight: 18.3 oz (520g)

    So the *ist is a perhaps a bit more compact (depending on whether you favor width over depth or not), but much lighter.

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    I nearly choked on my Baileys just then Sean!! I thought you meant the 'other' *ist! :o


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    I found that Xtol was good with FP4+; per the Film Developing Cookbook rec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Caulfield
    Hey, Sean, can you let us know how the name *ist is supposed to be pronounced?
    Holy deja vue Batman... Donkeybotherer-Smythe rides again. I don't think we ever managed to answer the question though...

    FP4+ @ 200? I rate it at 80 in ID-11 1+1 (HP5+ at 320 in ditto).


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    Last edited by Bob F.; 12-21-2005 at 09:37 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Being an old UNIX guy, I'd call it the splat-ist, but my bet is Pentax prefers "star".
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    I drop the * bit and just think "ist" Funky names are good for product recognition when their easy to pronounce, I'm not sure pentax hit the mark with this one!

    I rate FP4 in most concoctions at 100. I do like my shadow details though, others may not. You want faster, try some HP5 @ 320, or Delta 400 @ 320-400

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