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09-02-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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*istD or *istDL2

I purchased both an *istD and an *istDL2 camera a few months ago. At first I felt the added features on the DL2 outweighed the advantages of the D, but after playing with them I am happy with the results from both. The SD ram in the DL2 is in more common use with other cameras and PDA's I own and reportedly it is faster than the CF ram used in the D but it doesn't 'feel' that way to me. The usb2 on the DL2 is also faster than the USB1 on the D but I find that I most always put the memory in a card reader anyway so that is a non issue. The pentaprism over the pentamirror is not something I see with my eyes so I cant say one way or the other on that.
I would like to here others opinions on this and welcome your input.


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The *istD does have some advanced features that the DL2 doesn't have, but since the DL is a few years older, it naturally has the advantages you listed above, including USB2, SD support, and a larger screen.

One of the main things that the *ist D boasts over all the other Pentax DSLRs is full TTL flash support. While the DS and DS2 partially support TTL, the *ist D even supports it with the on-board flash, meaning. The D also has several external buttons (similar to those of the K10D) whose functions have been moved into the menu on the *istDL.

There are a few other minor differences, but the D and DL2 are definitely not as similar as, for instance, the K100D and K110D.

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