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02-06-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Hello to all!


I just joined the forum after having my interest in photography rekindled recently.
My previous experience was with a K-1000, M and an ME Super. Enjoyed them all.
Of course when the digital era came, I set them aside. After discovering the 7 lenses and
other accessories may work with a Pentax DSLR body, I thought I would get back into it

Can anyone recommend a used camera model for someone on a budget who is experienced with
photography but not digital?
I want 10+ MP, good low light performance and fairly low noise up to 800 ISO.
From the brief research I've done so far, the K20D looks like a good starting point. Any thoughts?


02-06-2014, 08:59 PM   #2
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The K10D is still available on the used market; it has 10.2 Mp. Mine has been going strong since November 2007. The High ISO shots are similar to film of the same speed, but it is WR, and I love the colours it gives me. Have a look round my Flickr site in my signature to see what it can do. You should be able to pick one up for a (relatively speaking) song. All your old lenses will work perfectly on any DSLR. The sensor is CCD rather than CMOS. + for colour - for high ISO. The K20D has the same control set, and is as good a camera with a CMOS sensor, which gives you better high ISO noise control.
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I'd start looking for a used K5. They're inexpensive now and very powerful (and rugged). The upper range gives you good manual control (K5, K7, K20) so you'll jump right in.
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I agree, I'd look for a K-5. It's a bit more than a K20d but also much, much better at high ISO. And you can get them quite cheap these days.

Second choice would be a K10D, but keep your iso down!

And welcome to the forums!

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Welcome to the forum, I'm still using my K20Ds for my pleasure shooting to this day, I shoot other brands for work (under orders).

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