I have a Pentax IST DL 2.
I've put fresh, high-capacity batteries in it.
However, when I pop the flash up, it doesn't work - and the battery meter suddenly says the batteries are empty.
It's always previously worked with these batteries. Any advice?
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Have you tried cleaning the battery terminals with a bit of alcohol on a Q-tip? Make sure the terminals are completely dry before inserting new batteries. I am not sure if this is your problem as it may be a lose connection between the battery unit and the camera. Best of luck.
its seems to me that the alignment of your flash setting in its cubicle has been disturbed, possibly by the camera being pressed in your bag. if you cant get it to operate normally, I suggest that you get it done professionally by Pentax.
The reason I am saying this, is cause firstly Pentax is good and branded camera. The settings and all teh mechanism's of this camera are very delicate and you will only damage something within it by forcing your flash out everytime you want to use it.
Looks like its true... Another major disadvantage. Removing TTL means removing one more hardware piece - TTL sensor. Pentax removed almost every nice feature, which needs some aditional or more expensive hardware: no TTL flash, less AF points, pentamirror... Seems like I bought Ds right in time.
According to the manual (page 153), the DL DOES support P-TTL flash, with the built-in or external flash, but only supports high-speed flash with an external flash.
What I'm wondering is, what is high-speed sync flash useful for? The only thing I can think of is fill-flash outdoors.
Not sure if you try fresh Alkaline battery. Try it if you havn't already.
Fully charged batteries, how do you know it fully charged? The "charger said so"?
Your batteries or charger might give you a fault peak reading. Try fresh battery or AC adepter and go from there.
According to Pentax, the pop up flash does greatly reduce battery life.
So, if you want them to last longer, use an external flash. The built-in flash is too low powered an too prone to produce red eyes to be of much use anyway.
Any lens that goes from 28-300 is going to be much less sharp than one with a shorter zoom range, even if the lens designer uses such heroic measures as aspherical elements and LD glass. Consider the Tokina AT-X 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens as a very good alternative to the Tamron.