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08-14-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Older body to tide me over (is a DL2 ok?)

Ok, I'm sure that title could be taken a few different ways :-)

I have a K20D that just went into the shop for focus adjustment and it'll be away for 3-6 weeks. I have a film camera, but I have a couple of 1/2 day workshops coming up, a fashion show that I'd like to practice at and a course starting in September.

I'm considering picking up an *ist Dxx to carry me through the repair. There is an *ist DL2 for sale locally for a fairly low price.

I'm wondering, what is that model generally worth these days and how do the various *ist Dxx models compare (what am I likely to miss, other than a gargantuan number of megapixels :-) ).

Cheers, Don

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The istDL has a pentamirror while the istDS has a pentaprism. From what I gather, the vast majority of the ist bodies are going from anywhere between $250-325 or so.

I know it's not much, but I hope it helps.
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Thanks, Heather, that actually does help quite a bit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dkittle Quote
(what am I likely to miss, other than a gargantuan number of megapixels :-) ).
I think you're miss the control layout first if you've become accustomed to using the full array of K20D controls. You'd notice that right away, and depending on how often you tend to change AF mode or exposure mode or between RAW and JPEG or even change ISO, you might find it pretty frustrating. Second, you'd miss the SR, but of course only after viewing the shots you took. Third, with the DL you might notice the smaller viewfinder - but perhaps not if you don't have your K20D to compare with (the D and DS have essentially the same viewfinder as the K20D). Doubtful that you'd notice the difference in resolution much unless your doing an awful lot of pixel peeping, heavy cropping, or printing large.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dkittle Quote
Ok, I'm sure that title could be taken a few different ways :-)

I have a K20D that just went into the shop for focus adjustment and it'll be away for 3-6 weeks. I have a film camera, but I have a couple of 1/2 day workshops coming up, a fashion show that I'd like to practice at and a course starting in September.

I'm considering picking up an *ist Dxx to carry me through the repair. There is an *ist DL2 for sale locally for a fairly low price.

I'm wondering, what is that model generally worth these days and how do the various *ist Dxx models compare (what am I likely to miss, other than a gargantuan number of megapixels :-) ).

Cheers, Don

I would go for an *istD,

The reason being it is most similar in controls to yoour K20 and PZ-1p. Additionally it has TTL flash which may be of interest to you since your PZ-1p is also TTL flash and yoou could use that foash on the *istD.

the only drawback is CF cards for memory, but it is probably the best of all *istDxx cameras
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
the only drawback is CF cards for memory, but it is probably the best of all *istDxx cameras
I don't know how they work, but there are some CF card to SD card adapters around.

I'm sure that you'd loose some write speeds, but if that's it it shouldn't be too bad.
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
I don't know how they work, but there are some CF card to SD card adapters around.

I'm sure that you'd loose some write speeds, but if that's it it shouldn't be too bad.
Actually, I have been looking into this for another reason, the SD to CF converters are a CF type II card, and the *istD does accept them. I have been looking ito the converter because CF cards above 4GB are quite comon, and many readers accept them, but SDHC is very restrictive to readers, and I am wondering if the SD-CF can use the se cards.

With respect to write speed, my experience on teh speed of the *istD id the camera itself is slow (compared to my K10D), and I doubt the converter would make a significant change.
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Thanks for the input, all.

I actually found a gently used K100D Super at a local camera store for $300. It should tide me over until the K20D is fixed. It's nice that my 50-135mm is still whisper quiet.

Now, how to explain this to my wife! Actually, it's a cute little camera - who knows, maybe she'd like it :-)

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