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02-09-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Need Replacement for IST DL

It looks like the sensor in my ist DL died (black photos, changed batteries, reset camera, cleaned contacts, changed lenses, etc), so I need to find a suitable replacement.

What would be my best choice for under $400? I would like something that would use the lenses and flash from my ist, and if possible, a couple of older prime lenses from my ME, and if possible the AA batteries (I have a couple of sets of enloops as well as several sets of other rechargeables). Battery type would not be a deal breaker, but a nice plus.
Any recommendations for an upgrade in this price range would be greatly appreciated.

02-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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A k-x would fit the description of what you're looking for quite nicely. It would also be a pretty big leap forward.
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+1 on the K-x. But for $400 you might also be within the neighborhood of a used K-r. You will need to get a AA adapter if you go for the latter, though.

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I guess we are talking used gear? No doubt a K-x would be a good choice. But if you can find a used K200D I am confident that you would love such an upgrade too. I made the move from *ist DL to K200D and that move was really something! Try and take a look here:

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Anything is an upgrade over the ist DL, frankly, though I would likewise recommend either a K-x or K200. Check our marketplace!

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I was under the impression that the k-x/k-r series is a somewhat small (physically) camera. I have somewhat large hands and the ist-dl was a decent fit. I don't mind a bit larger/heavier camera since most of my "excursions" are 3 or 4 hours max. What about the K-10? From what I've read, it is close to the k200 for image quality, is a bit larger that the 200, and also fits into my budget. And I believe the K10 was a 2008 model, so it's not that old for a used Pentax.
I'm not disregarding the above recommendations, but just have additional questions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jselph Quote
I was under the impression that the k-x/k-r series is a somewhat small (physically) camera. I have somewhat large hands and the ist-dl was a decent fit.
I'm a big dude with large hands & the K-x is fine for me. The K-x or the K-r has the best image quality & high ISO performance you're going to get for $300-$400. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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$400 would get you a good used K20, no? i'd go there. I upgraded from the *istDL to the K10 and K20 and found it an easy transition and nice improvement.

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I am really sorry to hear about the death in your family. I hope My DL lasts a bit longer.
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The K-x is on the small side for.a DSLR, but then, so was the DL. You should be able to find specs online, although how any camera fits any given hand is tough to glean from numbers.
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K10 unless you shoot a lot at really high ISO. That sensor is uber sharp.
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I went from an istDL to a K10. My first impression when I took the K10 out of the box was "this thing is BIG!" I got a K-X last year, and my first thought was "this thing is LITTLE!" But, I use the K-X more now. If you were comfortable with the istDL, you will feel at home with the K-X or KR. They are not significantly smaller than the istDL. Good Luck.

Incidently, recently the sensor has apparently gone bad in my istDL, too

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02-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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My ist DL sensor died last week. I guess the black photo plague is spreading with these older models. Post what you decide to buy. Cheers
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My ist DL is still working nicely though I did just get a K100D body through Henry's photo in Mississauga, Canada via eBay. It's got a shutter count just over 3,800. Unfortunately now I need to get a bigger camera gear bag...
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My Vote

Hello John, Welcome to the Forum!
I went from a K110-D to a K10-D, and couldn't be happier. I also have fairly large hands and have always like a "big" camera. So much so, I've bought battery grips for nearly every camera I've owned. The K100, K110, K200, KX and KR don't offer a grip, as far as I know.
Even without the BG-2 grip, the K10-D is a nice big chunk of equipment, heavy, but not uncomfortably so. Weather-resistant, which is a great feature, and so far, extremely reliable.
Since I own a lot of manual focus lenses (mostly "M's") I invested in a KatzEye screen, which is a huge upgrade; Also handy if you intend to try macro photography.
If you can find a low-mileage K10-D, I'd recommend it!

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