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03-16-2021, 01:46 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Hi

More than 5 years since last post here
More than 6 years since last dslr photo on flickr
More than 10 years since last dslr bought

I'm back!

I bought brand new K200D 2008 or 2009 (too lazy to open LR on desktop computer), I took thousands photos from anything around me
For some reason hobby goes on idle mode after many active years, I'll take some family photos but hardly anything else.

Couple of months ago I'll started feeling some odd sensations near my dusty camera bag, I have to check and clean my gear. I bought old Tokina RMC 400mm 5.6 lens (20) and some other cheap stuff, I'll took some photos and it feels so gooood... (unfortunately I have been so busy that all photos are taken on own yard)
2 weeks ago I was checking some 2nd hand website and I saw guy selling K-5 II for 340 (about 405 USD) we started negotations, finally yesterday we made deal, 260 (310$) for body, charger, 2 batteries and generic grip. Body is almost unused, shuttercount 2137!!
I can't wait to get it my hands...

Do You think I notice diffrence between K200D and K-5 II ?
Anyway it was time to get new body, K200Ds shuttercount is 53062 and internal battery is dead, but otherwise it has served me great throug these years.

I'll send some shots as soon as possible

03-16-2021, 02:11 PM   #2
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For sure you will notice a difference- a nice upgrade.
Your 200D will serve as a great back up body!
Congrats on the really good deal!
03-16-2021, 04:23 PM   #3
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Enjoy the K5II

It's almost brand new

and your photography
03-16-2021, 05:20 PM   #4
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I envy you. I have Pentax K5II, but I gave my K200D as a gift several years ago and often miss it. CCD censor of K200D produces exceptional images. (if lighting is OK ) And ability to put in regular batteries is a huge
plus.

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Sounds like a great start on your return. Embrace it and enjoy!
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I love my K-5IIs, and you will probably love your K-5II. You didn't mention if it came with the owner's manual. You will definitely want to get your hands on one. I can also highly recommend Yvon Bourque's companion e-book for the K-5 family. It's full of tips and tricks not covered in the manual. Go to the donations page and scroll down until you see its listing.
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You picked a great camera to jump back into photography. Looking forward to seeing your images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeGuillotine Quote
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Do You think I notice diffrence between K200D and K-5 II ?
Yes. Autofocus performance, low-light performance, ability to print larger prints from your files due to the increase in resolution, and general build quality are all things I believe the K-5 II will deliver over your K200D. I believe the in-body image stabilization is also going to be better but that is hard to quantify. Some usability improvements centering around what can be displayed on the rear LCD screen.

Welcome back to the forum and good luck with your new K-5 II!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Apet-Sure Quote
I love my K-5IIs, and you will probably love your K-5II. You didn't mention if it came with the owner's manual. You will definitely want to get your hands on one. . . .
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/man-pdf/k-5-2.pdf


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I Got it!!

First try and autofocus didn't work, motor made noise but that was everything. What the heck!!
I'll clean contacts, changed batteries, tried different lens and lenses on K200D. No luck.
The I attached 50-200 DAL, lens with out quickshift, camera on AF I tried to turn focus ring and it was totally jammed.
I contact seller and he accepts if I have to return body and get money back.
Then I got pliers and gently tried to twist AF screw, suddenly it started to move... and now everything works like dream!
I think years in closet has done something.

OMG! It is fast!
OMG! High ISOs are clean.

And yes it came with user manual.

Quick tests at kitchen, K200D at ISO 1600 and K5II 1600 and 12800, lens was that 50-200 and f 6,7.
K5II photos first.

I'm very happy Pentaxian now!

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Sounds like a happy ending and excited photographer!
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeGuillotine Quote
First try and autofocus didn't work, motor made noise but that was everything. What the heck!!
I'll clean contacts, changed batteries, tried different lens and lenses on K200D. No luck.
The I attached 50-200 DAL, lens with out quickshift, camera on AF I tried to turn focus ring and it was totally jammed.
I contact seller and he accepts if I have to return body and get money back.
Then I got pliers and gently tried to twist AF screw, suddenly it started to move... and now everything works like dream!
I think years in closet has done something.
You were lucky.

If the motor made a noice but no movement, then something is jammed.
To open the K5 Series is pretty easy and is explained here:
Tutorial: Repair E-Dials Pentax K5 (also K7/3 etc.) - PentaxForums.com

The mechanism is linked with the AF-M switch with its 2 parts: That part on the outside and inside of the frontcover
and that part on the mainbody. It is linked with a tiny electronic on/off switch and is quite a clever mechanical construction.
The motor for AF is connected with a gear to the screwdrive rod:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/members/85274-photogem/albums/13024-sole...ture127236.jpg


So there are several parts which can be jammed, if open, one can see it all much better and work directly on it.
Then less force is needed!
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QuoteOriginally posted by photogem Quote
You were lucky.
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So there are several parts which can be jammed, if open, one can see it all much better and work directly on it.
Then less force is needed!
I was very lucky.

Should I take it to normal maintenance service? I'm going to ask what it includes, because it is only 69 euros.


I'm amazed how fast it focus with those old screw lenses, now I have to buy some more lenses
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I think you are alright, I would not take it to any service.
It works fine!
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First field tests... with manual Tokina 400mm @f11, ISO 800, 1/60s

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