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07-04-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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I am getting close to buying my first dslr. I would like to get the K-m (or the k200d, if i can get it on sale), but I am waiting to try to find a low price, or good deal. Does anyone think that the release of the k7 will drive down the prices of either of these cameras?

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I would pay a little more and get the K20D IMHO.
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yes. you might also consider the K20D.
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K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cosmo Quote
K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.
The green button and green mode makes it fine for a beginner, especially at current prices.
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Why not? It all depends on how serious one wants to get. If you know you want to get serious, K20D is a much better choice. My first DSLR was a K200D I purchased last July. It was only 2 months later that I upgraded to a K20D at a loss. I don't think I made an unwise choise with the K200D because then I didn't know how serious I was going to get, but it's not as if I needed the K200D to initiate me before I could move up to the K20D. Had I gotten a K20D to begin with, I would've felt comfortable using it as quick as it took me on the K200D, and would've save a couple hundred bucks.


With that said, if all you want to do is "dabble" in DSLR land, K-m is a great option, and if you want a great deal, no need to look any further thant Prodigital 2000 on Ebay. I've seen a K-m two lens kit go for less than $500 (and the one lens kit for less than $400). You can't get much better than that.
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I would love to have a k20d but i just can't afford it right now. I have been looking for the k-m on ebay but haven't found many. If you say you've seen the 2 lens kit go for under 500 that would be incredible!
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K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.
What's wrong with that? You think a dslr is designed for Nasa engineers?!

Anything can be taught to anyone, you know young kids fly planes on their own right? And they haven't been told to build or fly a remote plastic plane before.

If a beginner of any age can afford a D3X then he shall go for it.

It's just a f'ing tool, having an experienced eye is something you can acquire over the years and you gotta have some talent which can't necessarily be taught.

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K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.
I think he means that as a novice, he won't take advantage of all the unique features, so he might not be getting his money's worth.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cosmo Quote
K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.
I too say why not? It was my first SLR (i skipped film) only 4 months ago although I used a "bridge" style camera in manual mode before that so the jump was not that big a deal. When first shopping, I laughed at the Nikon D60 and its built in help screens and the SLRs with all the scene modes.

Other than needing one lesson in the do's/don'ts in changing lenses, I really didn't have any problem adapting. My panasonic FZ30 was like a little SLR with a fixed lens I guess. Of course, I may have been a freak like the rest of you in that i read every page of the manual as well as 3rd party manuals.

yeah, make it challenge rather than too easy for someone who needs the challenge to keep learning.

edit - above is a philosophical arguement since he has stated he cant afford the K20D

Hey Mr. The Guy...since you joined 2 years before I did, do I have to change my name to ImTheGAL ??

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k20d pricing seems to stagnate as the build and autofocus capability are not too bad at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cosmo Quote
K20D for a first DSLR? You guys are silly.
Years ago many people purchased the K1000 as their first SLR and that was a fully mechanical camera that offered no automation of any kind compared to the K20D that does it all for you.
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I currently use a pentax k1000 for my photography class in school. I really enjoy it, which is why i want to move up to dslr. I wishi could afford the k20d but i can't. Right now even the k200d is probably out of my price range. I do agree that the learning curve should not be an issue when choosing a camera though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PaddlesUp Quote
I currently use a pentax k1000 for my photography class in school. I really enjoy it, which is why i want to move up to dslr. I wishi could afford the k20d but i can't. Right now even the k200d is probably out of my price range. I do agree that the learning curve should not be an issue when choosing a camera though.
We get a fair number of pre-owned K20D's posted in the forum that are months, not years, old. If you are agreeable to used gear the price on pre-owned may be something that can sway you. I dunno. Have you already priced those too? I just saw a WANTED post today for a K20D for $450 including shipping. May not get it he admits but doesn't hurt to ask.
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The K20 will give you plenty of time and opportunity to grow into it.
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