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01-01-2015, 11:51 PM   #1
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Hi ! I have had my K20D for quite some time now but have just joined the forum. I have been wondering whether I should upgrade my camera but don't really know if there is one better than the K20D that doesn't have a professional price tag. Any suggestions or would be better to stick to what I have?

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I don't think any cameras in the Pentax lineup, save the 645Z, currently have a "professional" price tag.

You can get a K-5 for $496:
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Or a K-3 for $596 (import) to $896:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/94-pentax-price-watch/284282-screaming-pr...k-3-599-a.html

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01-02-2015, 12:35 AM   #3
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Hi! I am a noob, so I will leave the camera advice to the pro's, but I just wanted to say hello and welcome! :-)
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G'day mate and welcome to the forum

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QuoteOriginally posted by ROW Quote
Hi ! I have had my K20D for quite some time now but have just joined the forum. I have been wondering whether I should upgrade my camera but don't really know if there is one better than the K20D that doesn't have a professional price tag. Any suggestions or would be better to stick to what I have?
When the K-30 was introduced I replaced my K-20D with it, and the improvements were amazing. I thought I would miss the top LCD but I do not at miss it at all. The K-30 is out of production now and has been replaced with the K-50. Every Pentax camera in production now will blow your K20D away, although the K-S1 is not WR.
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Welcome to the forum, I still use my K20D's but do have access to other kit too.
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No way I'd trade a K20D for a K-S1, K-30, K-50 or K-5.

The K20D has advanced features missing in the mid-level K-S1, K-30 and K-50. The original K-5 has unreliable auto-focus. I had a K-01 (same image quality as K-30 and K-50), and sold it, kept the K20D. I bought a K-5 and returned it, kept my K20D until the K-3 was released.

A K-5 II or IIs would be a clear upgrade, as would of course the K-3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
No way I'd trade a K20D for a K-S1, K-30, K-50 or K-5.

The K20D has advanced features missing in the mid-level K-S1, K-30 and K-50. The original K-5 has unreliable auto-focus. I had a K-01 (same image quality as K-30 and K-50), and sold it, kept the K20D. I bought a K-5 and returned it, kept my K20D until the K-3 was released.

A K-5 II or IIs would be a clear upgrade, as would of course the K-3.
I guess I am and odd duck. When I got the K-5, I sold my K20D but kept my K200d because I like its sensor better.

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Good to hear this because I'm also a K20d user myself. If the budget allows a k5IIs or a K-3 would be for me someday. Ask yourself if the lens are more important to upgrade or your camera is..... Hows the k20 doing so far?
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Hi! I am a noob, so I will leave the camera advice to the pro's, but I just wanted to say hello and welcome! :-)
That you on the horse?

---------- Post added 01-06-15 at 12:22 PM ----------

Thanks for all the responses. Quite a surpise and food for thought.
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That you on the horse?
Yes it is. :-)

Though I am viewing these forums from my cell phone, and for some reason it does not show anyone's icon, and the "full site" button is not working for me. :-/ I could go to a coffee shop and use my laptop; it is just that I just moved in to a place and have not hooked up Internet yet. Been kind of putting it off seeing as I seem to be spending all of my money on photography instead, haha.
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I still have my K-20D. But it never was used much after we got the K-5, it is a great camera. I'd let price determine this. But that being said, a K5 IIs is a wonderful camera for not that bad a price. But k-3 is so cheap as listed in Adam's post above, that's half what I paid for mine, why not go for that.
01-06-2015, 11:55 PM   #13
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My camera is doing ok but I'm not too excited with the focus and tend to go manual a lot. I like the sturdiness of it.
I'll have to check out some of the prices over here in Australia as it seems we pay more here. Warranties become an issue if purchasing from overseas.
I'll have a hunt around.
Thanks for all the input. Appreciated!
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My only complaint with the K20D is that it tends to hunt in low light. When it locks it's always accurate though, unlike the K-5.
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Hello my name is Igor, from Croatia. I have a Pentax K20d Dslr and a pentax system.
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