Pentax *ist DL2 review

Started Mar 19, 2008 | User reviews
Al F Regular Member • Posts: 122
Pentax *ist DL2 review

I've been a 35mm Pentax SLR guy for 30 years, so when I saw an *ist DL2 body for $250 I took the plunge. The build quality is excellent, and most of the controls are quite intuitive. Even though this camera uses mirrors instead of a pentaprism, the viewfinder is much brighter than some other competing brands I've looked at. I love the fact that my old lenses work quite well on this camera. With a short zoom lens, this camera makes a nice small package that is easy to handle.


As many reviewers have pointed out, the jpeg image processor is not the greatest. Shooting RAW takes care of that, which is no big deal, because I'm going to want to tweak the images anyway outside the camera. The autofocus sometimes has to spend too much time hunting around to achieve focus, particularly in lower light condiditons.

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Sony a6300 Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS +2 more
Pentax *ist DL2
6 megapixels • 2.5 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Jan 27, 2006
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