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12-17-2018, 07:26 PM   #1
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Worth upgrading from K200D?

Hi Pentaxers.

I have been shooting on a K200D with SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens. Frankly, I've never loved the camera. I use it mostly for handheld, low light indoor portraits and it definitelty falls short.

Would upgrading to K-70 be enough of an upgrade to warrant a purchase? Or would you recommend other cameras and lenses?

Thanks!
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12-17-2018, 07:45 PM   #2
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I got the K200d and K20 in 2008. I actually like the K200d better in most aspects and still have it. That said, its 10 years old so you can benefit with any body currently out compared to it.
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If your shooting indoor portraits then you should never underestimate what a flash can do for your photos as well, you will be able to shoot at a lower ISO and the speed of the flash will bring out the sharpness and detail. The difference is night and day with a good bounced flash.
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QuoteOriginally posted by borkycrown Quote
Hi Pentaxers.

I have been shooting on a K200D with SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens. Frankly, I've never loved the camera. I use it mostly for handheld, low light indoor portraits and it definitelty falls short.

Would upgrading to K-70 be enough of an upgrade to warrant a purchase? Or would you recommend other cameras and lenses?

Thanks!
Amanda
The K-70 will have significantly better low light capabilities and better SR.

The firs t will definitely help and the second might.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bschriver11 Quote
If your shooting indoor portraits then you should never underestimate what a flash can do for your photos as well, you will be able to shoot at a lower ISO and the speed of the flash will bring out the sharpness and detail. The difference is night and day with a good bounced flash.
I completely agree. I had paid gigs shooting nightclubs with a K200d. Never had to go higher than ISO 800 with flash and that was only for extremely dark clubs. Generally never had to go above ISO-400.
12-17-2018, 09:16 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by borkycrown Quote
Would upgrading to K-70 be enough of an upgrade to warrant a purchase? Or would you recommend other cameras and lenses?
Sensors have improved quite a bit since your 200D was released. Even my tiny Panasonic LX10 with a 1" sensor scores higher than the K200D on the DxOMark sensor tests. The short answer is yes, the K-70 would be a big upgrade from your K200D.
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The K-70 will crush the performance of the K200D in just about every way- especially when it comes to image quality and the user interface. If that's what you're after, I'd say definitely upgrade.

Your lens shouldn't be a limiting factor in terms of image quality, but if you want something with a bit more flexibility, maybe look at the DA 16-85mm, which is a solid walkaround lens.

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Having started with a Sony Mavica in the late 90's (the one with the floppy disk), then on to the Kodak P880, to the Pentax K20d, then graduating through the K-5 series, and later the K-3, and now onto the K-1, the simple answer is yes, the upgrade is worth it. Just the improvement in dynamic range from generation to generation is reason enough.

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I too upgraded from my K200D to a K3 this year. But I'm still using them both. The k3 for handheld and portrait, and I've got the k200d on a tripod with a macro. Works fine with good light, and having the extra body is nice.

The k3 is an amazing camera even almost 5 years old. Massive upgrade over the k200d.
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There was a sudden a big jump in sensor capability after the K200D, starting from the Kx.
Indoor portraits will certainly benefit from a K70.

Other than the sensor, the K70 is a big jump in performance in every way compared to the K200D.
Better and faster AF, LV capable, better battery life, and lots more features.

Make the upgrade.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by borkycrown Quote
Hi Pentaxers.

I have been shooting on a K200D with SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens. Frankly, I've never loved the camera. I use it mostly for handheld, low light indoor portraits and it definitelty falls short.

Would upgrading to K-70 be enough of an upgrade to warrant a purchase? Or would you recommend other cameras and lenses?

Thanks!
Amanda
Well worth it, I jumped from K20D to K30 & K50 and again to KP. There wer amazing differences each time. Your jump will be an incredible leap.
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The K70 or KP will take you to another planet! The KP (body only) is $304 off at the moment at B&H, or the K70+DA18-135 at the same price ($797). Great deals.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!

I've always disliked the look of using the flash - perhaps the problem is due to using the built-in flash?

And I just found a K50 body on ebay for $200...I'm tempted because the K70 is $500 more!
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The K-70 is waaay above K-200d, specially low light. In my house there is K-200d (still very pleasing outdoors in good light), K-x (better low light, bad viewfinder and display), K-5 (even better low light and pentaprism viewfinder) and most recently K-70, that is real bang for buck for itīs quality with almost amazing low light, pentaprism viewfinder and articulating screen.
Easy to shoot ISO 3200 indoors, not bad even higher. So definately worth the invest from K-200d!
I was also considering a used K-50 and even K-30, but competitive pricing of the K-70 and possible aperture control issues of the previous led me into buying the K-70.
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QuoteOriginally posted by borkycrown Quote
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

I've always disliked the look of using the flash - perhaps the problem is due to using the built-in flash?

And I just found a K50 body on ebay for $200...I'm tempted because the K70 is $500 more!
I loved my white Star Wars K-50, and it's still working for the guy I gave it to. That said, I'd be really leery of buying one off e-bay given the aperture control block issues prevalent with that model.

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