Pentax *ist DL

Announced Jun 1, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | APS-C sensor
opiecat
 
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this is my 4th SLR (3 film,1 ricoh and 2 nikon, 1st dSLR) 3rd digital, 1 dSLR and 2 p&s. the DL's body feels really good in my hands and the pictures are very well exposed. in a test shot, i was very surprised at how evenly the flash exposed my daughter's bedroom. i was debating for a long time between the DL and the nikon d50 but what swayed me was the DL's price point and performance. sure, the d50's autofocus is faster, has a bigger buffer, but the DL's got things that the D50 doesn't have ...

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tsk
 
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This is my first DSLR but I must admit that I had a lot of them in my hand. istDL is very well balanced between features, image quality, construction, ergonomics and price. I love this camera. 6.1mp it's enough to create crystal clear 30x20 cm prints. Small but powerful in almost any situation it's a best dslr entry level and a very good value for money. Don't be fouled that all your friends bought Rebel XT. Once you'll have them in your hands you'll notice differences between camera made by ...

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Codiac2600
 
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I Totally love this camera and will most likely never change brands just because of this camera! I shopped around for about the past 9 months for my first DSLR and after much testing, debating, and reading I finally decided on this camera as my choice and do not regret it one bit. This camera is built so sturdy it almost feels droppable even though I will not let this puppy out of my site or full grasp, but when you talk about cheaply built lets talk about every other camera in this price to ...

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Jon Dirks
 
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I have used a Pentax *ist D for almost two years. I didn't have any big complaints but a few little ones. For instance: the screen was too small, the access to and insertion and extraction of the memory card was clumsy, the "joystick" control on the back was hard for large fingers to use, the rubber cover on the usb port and DC input was cheesy and frequently came open. When I got my Pentax *ist DL I was glad to see they addressed all of these problems and I love it! The image quality was ...

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Adiel Shmit
 
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the natural starting point for anyone wanting a DSLR. for me it felt natural in the hand much more than the competition,choice of lenses, and the wonderful quality of pictures closed the deal completely.. I could not be happier. for once, through digitized camera, we can more easily remember how beautiful our world really is.. I would reccomend this camera to anyone who wants good pictures... Problems: not enought time to take more pictures...

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rt22306
 
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I decided that if I must learn digital photography, I must go to an SLR (and use my Kyocera M410R and Olympus FE110 digis for what they are, great point and shoots). I began looking hard at Pentax last year, after I decided if I got a Contax NX it would be "orphaned", so I have 2 Pentax ZX-Ls and gear instead, and sticking with Pentax was a no brainer for a digital SLR. My first impression with my new Pentax is that they got it right..excellent SLR to learn digital on, and the price with ...

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stwhite
 
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I've been waiting for digital cameras to advance enough that I cared about the ones I could justify as a no-longer-professional shooter. This newest generation finally crossed that line. I did a lot of research before buying the *ist DL, including going to camera stores with media in hand and shooting pictures with Nikons, Canons, Olys, Panasonics, and Pentax. The Pentax won my heart. The availability of good manual focus Pentax glass was a factor, but the camera has excellent low-light ...

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rustedborg
 
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The DL is quite simply one of the finest compact DSLRs on the planet and often overlooked by photographers who should know better. First, let's start with glass. Pentax has made (and continues to make) some of the best (if not the best) lenses on the market ... and I'm a former Canon owner and still shoot with some Nikon cameras and lenses. Anyone who really knows lenses knows that Pentax is tough to beat. Heck, there are even independent websites (see one such link below) that identify ...

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gwes
 
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I got my DL just before Christmas and it has been a joy to use. Though I've got large hands, the camera feels great in my hands. I've been able to get some great shots with the kit lens and with the rebate I was able to pick up the DA 50-200 for a reasonable price. Because the ist DL also takes all the old Pentax lenses, I also picked up a 50/2 for $10 and a 135/2.5 for $30. It's just nice to be able to pick up quality lenses to learn on, plus the manual lenses ROCK. That's one of the ...

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Tracy H
 
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Im no professional, but I started out with an Olympus OM-G and a Pentax K1000. Moved into digital first with a Kodak DC-210 plus 1.2MP, then a Fuji Finepix S602z. I have not been very impressed with digital. I seriously considered the D50 and the Pentax ist DL when looking to purchase a digital slr. The things that swayed me from getting the D50 were the kit lens that comes with it felt cheesy, didn't like the focusing ring. Did not like the focusing screen, and did not like lithium ion ...

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