Pentax *ist DL

Announced Jun 1, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | APS-C sensor
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I Purchased this camera in early 2009 as a do it all camera for Portrait and outdoors. The IST DL came out in 2005 and any pro would know in that year the mega pix were lower then they are today with most boosting over 10.1 MP. I do not recommend this IST DL for studio portraits if you plan on croping because of large prints. This camera in not a disapointment. It is very sturdy, great solid construction and definetly pro grade and looks like its becoming ICON for a collector like myself. Lik ...

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Still very nice entry level DSLR. Very good JPEG output. Bright viewfinder. Works with old K bayonet lenses. Compact body. Good battery life with rechargeable AA type. Problems: Not so good auto white balance. No speed indication on the rear screen. No backlight top LCD. Sometimes slow AF.

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Jan Urke
 
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The *istDL is my first DSLR and happy return to SLR after frustration in handling digicams. It was a great deal when I purchased it a year ago and I haven't looked back.

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StaticVision
 
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Decent camera. Nice IQ. Ok high ISO performance. Ok build, but not great. Problems: Horrible AF performance. One of the worst AF performance DSLRs available. Menus are absolute joke. AF assist is a horrendous flash strobe. Very poor Pentax support.

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Marts2004
 
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This camera is brilliant for a first time buyer. The value you get for the money you pay is fantastic. The auto mode is fast and accurate I believe, and my wife is even starting to feel comfortable using this camera as well. The photos in RAW are Brilliant, and the software that comes with the package is very user friendly as well. I also feel that the continuous mode is excellent as well. The SIGMA Lens does the job perfectly, however I think I will splurge on a polarising filter for ...

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James Saunders
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I bought the istDL last september for A$700 with two lenses. I've since taken close to 10,000 shots, and it has not skipped a beat. The Build of this camera is great, it feels perfect in my hands ( I have fairly large hands) all the buttons are within easy reach, some of the scene modes can be handy too. I really like the fact that Pentax isn't falling to the megapixel race yet, 6mp is more than sufficient for most photographers. The features on the camera are excellent compared to the ...

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DW Scott
 
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I bought a lightly-used *ist DL for $360, after carefully studying the DSLR market for many years. I was shooting 35mm on a Nikon F80, and assumed that I would jump to the D50 or it's replacement... unfortunately the D80 was very overpriced, and the D40 wouldn't work with most of the autofocus lenses I was interested in. The disappointment of the D40 led me to seriously consider other options. The whole Pentax DSLR line is worthy of consideration -- Pentax have resisted "crippling" their ...

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ghk
 
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Opinion after 4000+ pictures in one year: Great little camera; high success rate. Brings fun back in photography like in the 'old' film days with the MZ-50 and MZ-5N. Problems: None

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dcreed
 
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I picked the Pentax istDL because I have owned Pentax equipment before and liked the quality. Additionally, it's one of the few SLR cameras that doesn't have a proprietary battery you have to use; since it uses AA batteries, I can get those anywhere if I've forgotten to charge the NiMH ones. Great quality, very solid. I wish Pentax had a few more lenses.

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yorky100
 
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Having used Pentax SLR (35 mm film) cameras for 26 years, I recently bought the *ist DL. The main reason for choosing the Pentax is that I already posses a range of Pentax lenses. First let me say I'm very impressed although I found the controls a little difficult to come to terms with quickly. Problems: Using the old FA lenses, I find that to obtain optimum results, particularly with the telephotos, I need to increase the exposure by a whole stop. Using the built in flash, again I find I ...

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