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Old Jan 24, 2007, 12:51 PM   #1
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I currently have an istDL and was thinking about switching to a D, but I was wondering... what are the biggest differences in these cameras?

I like the idea that the D supports external TTL flashes and not just P-TTL, supports a vertical shutter release/battery grip, has an 11-point AF system vs the 3-point AF system of the DL.

But the Duses CompactFlash memory... so the only bad thing I seeso far is having to rebuy memory. Has anyone used one of the SD-to-CF adapters? Do they work? Do you sacrifice any speed?

Will I lose ANYTHING by switching to the D from the DL? (besides LCD size)
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 1:18 PM   #2
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Hi,

Can't say about the cameras themselves but the SD to CF adapter works fine.

I have the Konica-Minolta adapter and it works prefectly, there is no noticeable loss of speed that I can tell.(It did cost £40 though!!)

So now you just need the information on the 2 cameras!!

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 1:24 PM   #3
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Thanks... I have about 3gb worth of SD cards and I saw some of those adaptors starting around $15 (USD) shipped on eBay. So that will save me a ton by not having to rebuy cards and without having to buy another card reader. I believe both cameras have reviews on both Steve's and dpreview.
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We kind of expect to hear something from Pentax about a new "pro" leveldSLR either at PMA 2007 (March 2007)or maybe later inthe year. The *ist D is nowa "dinosaur" having come out backin 2003 andPentax isbound to replace it soon. I would also guess it will use their 10mp sensor.So unless the price of the D model is what has your interest, you might want to wait a bit.
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If I understand the main concern here, it's the difference between TTL and P-TTL flash, mostly and the battery grip, with the added benefit of the extra focus points.Is it likely that they would go backward to the TTL flash with a pro level camera?

You would get almost all of this with the DS - TTL flash, extra focus points and pentaprism viewfinder, but no battery grip and a smaller LCD screen than the DL.
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 11:52 PM   #6
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The battery grip and 11-pointAF arethe biggest things. TTLis just a plus (I think).The price of the D, DL, and DSis what's holding me back to them, as opposed to waiting it out or buying the K10. From what I have read though... There is really nothing (except LCD) that the DL has on the D, correct?
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Old Jan 27, 2007, 10:49 AM   #7
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The battery grip and 11-pointAF arethe biggest things. TTLis just a plus (I think).The price of the D, DL, and DSis what's holding me back to them, as opposed to waiting it out or buying the K10. From what I have read though... There is really nothing (except LCD) that the DL has on the D, correct?
The program modes are different too, as well as no auto ISO I believe.

I'd recommend taking steve's advice and waiting until march then.

If Pentax is replacing the D with something that has a grip, regular TLL and fast AF, I'm going for it too.
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 6:08 PM   #8
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Auto ISO isn't a concern, nor are the Scene modes seeing as how I always set my own ISO and stick with my P, Tv, Av, M modes.

I went ahead and bought an *istD and D-BG1 (snagged off eBay for $325 shipped for the body and grip). Waiting for March isn't really an option due to funding and a new baby that will be herewithin a month. This is all so exciting!

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Old Jan 28, 2007, 7:37 PM   #9
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I went ahead and took the plunge with an *ist D as well. Ergonomics, and the PC sync jack wre two of the major reasons. Having a user replaceable memory battery was another - gives one the impression the camera is intended to last longer than the 5 - 10 years a Lithium button cell is good for.

Now, if all you people with too much money will quit running up the price of lenses for them......

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LOL, No kidding, Those lenses is what kills you.

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