Pentax *ist D series: 2003-2006:

First step into the digital world: EL 2000:

Pentax was a slow starter in the field of Digital SLR. While Kodak started their work in the early 70s and Nikon first, then Canon, cooperated with Kodak in developing cameras through the nineties, Pentax seemed to lack the know-how. They released a SLR-like camera in cooperation with Hewlet Packard, the EL 2000, in 2001 as a step towards a full DSLR.  
The EL 2000 of 2001, developed together with Hewlett Packard and sold in both brand names.

2003: *ist D:

 So, in 2003 Pentax was ready to launch their first full digital DSLR: the *ist D. 
The *ist D of 2003 had a CCD sensor of 6,1 MB. It was regarded as a very well built camera with superb ergonomics. Size: 129x94,5x60. Weight: 550 grams. Sn: 5773952.

A standard kit zoom 18/55.

Following the path of the last film cameras, although not the tilted top of the MX-S.

LCD panel of 1,8 inches and 18.ooo pxls.

Later models:

2004-2005: *ist DS
2005-2006: *ist DS2
2005-2006: *ist DL
2006-2006: *ist DL2

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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

Hi Bosse,
There is very little evidence to support that the m42 versions were made by Asahi Opt. Company but more evidence that these were made by resellers.

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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