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05-18-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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K200D to K-50?

My only camera is a Pentax K200D that I've had for about 6 years.

I'm considering moving on and buying a K-50.

I have the standard kit lenses and a Pentax 55-300

Using the same lenses, will I notice a SMALL or MEDIUM or HUGE amount of difference in picture quality from the K-50?

thanks for any comments!

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QuoteOriginally posted by johngs Quote
My only camera is a Pentax K200D that I've had for about 6 years.

I'm considering moving on and buying a K-50.

I have the standard kit lenses and a Pentax 55-300

Using the same lenses, will I notice a SMALL or MEDIUM or HUGE amount of difference in picture quality from the K-50?

thanks for any comments!
The improvement in image quality will be significant, and you'll also get better responsiveness and most importantly, access to live view and video. Sounds like the perfect upgrade to me

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I also have a K200D as my only DSLR and would consider moving to a K50. Moving to a K50 you should get improved resolution and better image quality above ISO 100. More importantly, you'll get faster, more accurate autofocus and more accurate auto-exposure. Video and live-view too, as Adam says. You may miss the top LCD and battery grip (if you have one) though.
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The K200D already takes excellent photos. But you will get much better high-ISO and AF performance with the K-50.


A lens upgrade would give you more IQ improvement for your money in everyday shooting. In fact, I got better IQ from a K200D and top Pentax lenses than with a Canon 5D II and 16-35 and 24-70 L glass.



But if you have the need for the K-50's characteristics it's a good upgrade.

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IQ will not change significantly if you are using the same lenses under the same conditions. You will be able to make bigger prints, shoot in lower light, take advantage of live view, etc. It is a worthwhile upgrade, for sure, but don't expect "better" images unless you upgrade glass and/or technique.
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I have the K-30 (VERY similar to the K-50) and I can advise that it's full of little things that improve the overall enjoyment of using the camera. It has focus peaking, an in built level, essentially the same sensor as the K-5 range etc.

All in all I highly recommend it. It's far more responsive than the earlier models (I came from a very early K-100d) and it provides me with more feedback of when my setting are likely to lead to over or under exposing etc.

Oh, and I don't miss the top LCD screen at all. It's funny as I thought I would miss it a lot, but I realise now that to use the top LCD screen I had to look down, and that's exactly what I do with the rear screen, only I tilt the camera forward. Sounds obvious, but the writing on the rear screen is bigger and brighter and all and all it's just not the issue for me that I thought it was going to be at all.

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QuoteOriginally posted by OregonJim Quote
IQ will not change significantly if you are using the same lenses under the same conditions. You will be able to make bigger prints, shoot in lower light, take advantage of live view, etc. It is a worthwhile upgrade, for sure, but don't expect "better" images unless you upgrade glass and/or technique.
From my experience, (though not coming from the same camera as the original poster), I found the focussing to be MUCH better on the k-30, so if this has improved over their model then there is a good chance of catching the image in focus now more often too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by richandfleur Quote

From my experience, (though not coming from the same camera as the original poster), I found the focussing to be MUCH better on the k-30, so if this has improved over their model then there is a good chance of catching the image in focus now more often too.
Agreed, that is a good point.
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If you can swing the extra $200.00 I would strongly suggest looking at the K5 lls... I have both the K50 and the K5 lls and even though it doesn't have focus peaking the lls by far is a sheer joy to use over the K50 and at the current price is a bargin. Otherwise the K50 is a really good camera and would be a good upgrade.The only two things I don't care for with mine is the shutter noise and the dust reduction sounds and feels like it is shaking the camera apart.


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Thank you all for the comments. Certainly seems like the upgrade will be worth doing.

cheers, John
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I've personaly moved from K200D to K30 and I don't regret at all. K30 is even slightly cheaper than K50 and I don't see much differences between these, actually they are almost equal.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/241033-k30-k50.html
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I pick up my new K-50 today!
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Let us know how you like it!
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Enjoy it! I got my K50 about a month ago to replace my K20 and I love it.
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Well, I picked up my new K-50.
Quick first impressions ... it seems light. My K200D seems stronger and better built. My imagination maybe.
Its very responsive - everything happens faster, including focussing.
Its a lot more complicated ... more menus and settings and options than the K200D
Going away for a weekend in the mountains with both cameras. I'll take the same shots with the K-50 and the K200D and compare.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Khaj1t Quote
I've personaly moved from K200D to K30 and I don't regret at all. K30 is even slightly cheaper than K50 and I don't see much differences between these, actually they are almost equal.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/241033-k30-k50.html
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