Pentax *ist DL

Announced Jun 1, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | APS-C sensor
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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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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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