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Pentax *ist DL2

Ergonomics 
 10.0
Build Quality 
 10.0
User Interface 
 10.0
Autofocus 
 8.0
Features 
 9.0
Value 
 9.0
Image Quality 
 10.0
Noise 
 10.0
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100% of reviewers $522.25 7.75
Pentax *ist DL2

Pentax *ist DL2
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Pentax *ist DL2
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Description:

The Pentax * ist DL2 resembles the *istDS2 but was offered at a lower price point made possible by replacing the pentaprism with a pentamirror and removing some features, hereunder TTL flash support and display of the active AF point in the viewfinder. The *istDL2 was only offered in select markets. Compared to the *istDL, the DL2 has electronic preview in addition to optical depth of field preview, and it has 5 autofocus points rather than 3.

Camera Manuals:


Pentax *ist DL2
Year Introduced
2006
In Production
No (Discontinued 2006)
Current US Price
N/A
In-Depth Review
N/A
Sensor
Sensor Format
APS-C
Sensor Type
CCD
Megapixels
6.1
Resolution
2008 x 3008 pixels
AA Filter
Yes
Super Resolution
No
Bit Depth
12
Minimum ISO
200
Maximum ISO
3200
ISO Range
200 - 3200
Imaging
Exposure Modes
Auto Picture, P, Av, Tv, M, B
Program Modes
Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night-scene Portrait, Flash Off
Maximum FPS
2.8
Continuous Shooting
2.8 fps up to 5 frames
Shutter Speeds (Auto)
30s - 1/4000s (stepless)
Shutter Speeds (Manual)
B, 30s - 1/4000s
Shutter Life
Exposure compensation
+/-2 EV
Auto bracketing
3 frames
Expanded dynamic range
No
Exposure lock
Yes
Self timer
2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s
Metering Sensor
16-Segment
Meter range
1 to 21.5 EV
Meter pattern
Multi-Segment,Center Weighted,Spot
Mirror lock-up
Yes
Interval shooting
No
HDR mode
No
Multiple exposures
No
Pixel mapping
No
Scene Modes
None
Restrictions
Exposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)
Lens Mount
Mount
KAF (no aperture coupler)
Composition Adjustment
No
Stabilization
No
Power zoom
Not supported
Supported Lenses
All Pentax K-mount lenses except for lenses with the KAF4 mount variant and RE (retractable) lenses. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses and with KAF3 mount lenses. Stop down metering only with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters (stop down metering and manual focus only).
Lens correction
None
Focusing
Autofocus (viewfinder)
Yes (SAFOX VIII, 5 focus points)
AF Points
5
Autofocus sensitivity
-1 EV
Front/back focus correction
No
Autofocus with SDM
No
Autofocus assist
No
Viewfinder/LCD
Viewfinder
0.85x, 95%
Viewfinder type
Pentamirror
Diopter adjustment
-2.5 to +1.5
AF Points in viewfinder
No
Exchangeable screen
No
Depth of field preview
Yes
Digital preview
Yes
Live View
No
Top LCD
Yes
Focus Peaking
N/A
Back LCD
2.5 in. 210,000 pix
Body
Weather resistant
No
Control wheels
1
Battery grip
No
Card slots
1
Dust removal
No
Dust alert
No
Memory card type
SD (SDHC with firmware upgrade)
Size (W x H x D)
125 x 92.5 x 67 mm
Weight
470 g
File format
PEF (RAW),JPG
Battery life
AA lithium: 750 images (650 images with 50% flash usage)
Battery
4 x AA
Flash
Built-in flash
Yes, GN 15.6 (ISO 200/m)
Sync speed
1/180s
P-TTL flash
Yes
Flash functions
Auto discharge, On (leading curtain sync), Redeye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Trailing curtain sync*, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless*, Contrast control* * Available when combined with external flash
TTL flash
No
Flash exposure comp
-2 to 1 EV
Video
Resolution / Framerates
No
Exposure Modes
Movie mode restrictions
N/A
AF During Recording
N/A
Sound in Movie mode
N/A
Interfacing
GPS
Not Supported
Tethering
None
Connectivity
USB 2.0/Video out, DC in, cable release
Latest Firmware
Version 1.02
Notes
Manual: http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/man-pdf/istdl2.pdf
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Pentaxian

Registered: August, 2012
Posts: 428
Review Date: October 30, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax *ist DL2: Yes | Price: $169.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Easy to figure out, great ergonomics
Cons: only 6.1 megapixels, takes older FAT16 SD cards
Years Owned: <1    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 10    Autofocus: 8    Features: 9    Value: 9    Image Quality: 10    Noise: 10    New or Used: Used   

Just to be clear, the camera I have is a Samsung GX-1L, which is an exact clone of the *ist DL2 except for a few very minor cosmetic differences. Compared with my dad's Nikon D50, this camera is a breeze to figure out and use effectively. I just continue to be amazed with the quality of the images I get with it. Colors are vibrant but natural looking with minimal noise. My only real complaint is that sometimes the auto-focus seems to hunt a bit longer than it should before settling in, but not enough to be disconcerting. Once focused though, the shutter is nice and fast. By comparison, my Pentax K2000 locks in the focus almost instantly.

The only other shortcoming of this camera is that it only accepts SD cards up to 2GB capacity. While that is a very generous amount in that it holds almost 700 photos at full resolution, it is becoming problematic now that SDHC cards with capacities of 4GB and up are becoming the norm and the lower capacity SD cards are becoming increasingly harder to find. There's a firmware update to remedy this problem but I killed a perfectly good *ist DL trying to apply it. I've learned my lesson on that one and won't be trying it again.

I was an avid photographer for many years, but my interest waned with the death of film, but since I acquired this camera a few months ago, my love of photography has been re-awakened and I am once again seeing the world through a viewfinder.
   
Inactive Account

Registered: December, 2010
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 107
Review Date: December 9, 2010 I can recommend the Pentax *ist DL2: Yes | Price: $900.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Simple but effective
Cons: No shake reduction , 6.1 Mpix

Pros Simple but effective
Cons No shake reduction , 6.1 Mpix
Rating 7
Price (U.S. Dollars) Unsure AU$900-AU$1000-???
Years Owned about 4 years

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
One of the original style Pentax DSLR's. Very good performer with the DA 18-55AL lens. Only 6.1 Mpixels. No shake reduction. Great with the older style manual lenses. Strange Japanese product name.

Camera Review
This was my first DSLR. Seems like I had it a lifetime! (only 4 years). Rugged and very usable. Still use it today as a backup and in places I want to protect my K-7 from.

Most functions accessable through assorted menu screens. Takes a bit to find sometimes. But it does keep the number of buttons on the back to a minimum. The Manual/Auto Focus button is located in a rather difficult way. Also the PC in connection is very small and hard to orientate the correct way (come on Pentax, just a little larger please!)

I find the AA batteries a bonus for this camera, not a negative like a previous reviewer. The 'Ist DL2' can be bought very cheaply now on Ebay. Eye relief of the eyepiece is good, as I can see the whole field with my spectacles on. Highly recommended for beginners on a budget.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: January, 2009
Posts: 8,714
Review Date: August 3, 2010 I can recommend the Pentax *ist DL2: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: small and handy camera
Cons: not yet detected

Pros small and handy camera
Cons not yet detected
Rating 7
Price 70 euro including 2 lenses
Years Owned 2010

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
For me a good deal, so never to be dissapointed.

Camera Review
I just this week bought the Samsung GX-1L wich is the clone of the Ist DL2. Great little camera. Just for snapshots for the moment. Never hada digital from those days, and it's very nice.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2006
Location: Bamaga, QLD
Posts: 3,066
Review Date: May 6, 2010 I can recommend the Pentax *ist DL2: Yes | Price: $950.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: size weight rendering of images
Cons: entry level functionality

This camera was my first foray into DSLR and is now in use by my son. While it has Program mode and all the scene modes it also allows manual, TV and Av modes which is great for learning on. I used it hard for two years for all manner of image making situations before moving to the K20D. The 6mp Sony sensor was great but with the usual Pentax bias for underexposure to avoid burnt out highlights.

The DL2 has the larger rear screen and is alleged to have a modified algorithm making better pictures from the sensor data than the DL or indeed the DS bodies. Small in size and light in weight the camera is almost pocketable with a small prime lens on. Use of AA batteries is convenient in some respects esp. with eneloops or similar but still don''t get the mileage of Lithiums.

Reasons I moved on - no shake reduction, small image size, no weather/dust sealing reduced customisation
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