"My best SLR"4.5 starson by NJAnalyst
Pros: Great photos, color, ease of use, compact size, compatible with Pentax mount lenses
Cons: Autofocus is slow , auto white balance doesn't work as well as manual setting
Summary: I have been a Pentax SLR user for years, beginning with the SuperProgram, ZX-50, and ZX-5n. Recently, I upgraded to the *ist DL and I am very pleased with it. The photos are as good if not better than my 35mm SLRs and all of my lenses work with the new camera. I especially like the ability to shoot in low light without the use of a flash. The kit lens works very well and produces high quality images. The only weaknesses are the slow autofocus and the auto white balance. For me, these are not major problems are are outweighed by the strengths and fair price of the body.Updated
I recently purchased the Pentax 50mm-200mm consumer lens for the Pentax istDL. It is an excellent lens, perhaps sharper and faster than the 18mm-55mm lens. Colors are also vibrant.