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09-20-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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*istDL vs. *istD

I'm thinking I want to swap my DL for a D.

Seems to be a step up in, well, every area except screen size and sensor (smaller screen, sensor is the same)

The camera has all the usability features I want in an SLR and I can get one for basically no cost in a swap, not affecting my saving up for a K20D.

Things like indicated selectable AF points, dual dials, backlit top display, available Pentax battery grip, etc.

Can't see why they took so many of those features away for the DS and DL. Just one of those things that makes me step back and say, "WTF Pentax?"

Thoughts?

09-20-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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you'll need to get CF cards or a CF-SD adaptor, but the real upside of the *istD is TTL flash, so you can do flash shots with non A lenses
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you'll need to get CF cards or a CF-SD adaptor, but the real upside of the *istD is TTL flash, so you can do flash shots with non A lenses
Which would be a good thing, as I have a couple Ms.
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I dumped my DL2....

I had DL2 along with my D....I dumped the DL2 and picked up a DS.....then a K20. It was a good move.....for indoor work, I just prefer the TTL flash system...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Volvo244T Quote
Can't see why they took so many of those features away for the DS and DL. Just one of those things that makes me step back and say, "WTF Pentax?"

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The DS/DL were lower spec entry cameras. That's why they lost features.

*istD is a definite yes. I've had mine for 5 years now and still going strong.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wirrah Quote
The DS/DL were lower spec entry cameras. That's why they lost features.

*istD is a definite yes. I've had mine for 5 years now and still going strong.
That's right. Just have a look at the price difference between the D and DS/L.

The D was the K-7 of it's day. The DL/S was entry level.

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That's right. Just have a look at the price difference between the D and DS/L.

The D was the K-7 of it's day. The DL/S was entry level.

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Silly me. I thought the DL/DS replaced the D collectively. I see now that they were all offered at the same time until the Ks came out.
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Remember that the istD is bigger and heavier than the istDL. In fact, I think the istDL was the lightest DSLR that Pentax has offered.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Volvo244T Quote
Which would be a good thing, as I have a couple Ms.
note the *istD also meters very well with manual lenses, much better than most later versions.
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Well y'all have pretty much convinced me.

Keep in mind, as a large guy (6'6", 220) with large hands, I like my cameras to be a little bigger, so I take the size/weight thing as a good thing.
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The ist-D is sweet

It really is a nice camera....it is slow....the CF slot is backwards compared to every camera (you'll understand once you use it), but it just feels good in your hands, and gives great shots. Some of my best pics are from the ist-D. Even blown up to 16x20, it makes a good picture. I was going to sell mine after going to the K20D, but just couldn't.....its that good in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy yours......

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QuoteOriginally posted by Volvo244T Quote
Well y'all have pretty much convinced me.

Keep in mind, as a large guy (6'6", 220) with large hands, I like my cameras to be a little bigger, so I take the size/weight thing as a good thing.
Ah well, you'll probably be needing the accessory battery grip as well - can't remember what they call it, but it certainly changes the handling.

It's a good grip too btw, with all controls emulated for portrait shooting.

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