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07-26-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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First post--Is this a good idea?

I have an old K100d that I bought new some years ago. The dial on the back has started to fail---turning the dial does not change the displayed parameter. I have not taken it in for repair figuring this would be a $100-$200 expense on an old camera with 25k shutter clicks. So, here's my idea:
I buy an used k20d with low shutter counts in this same price range. Good idea or not? Today is my birthday and I plan on buying something now.

07-26-2015, 10:43 PM   #2
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K20 is rock solid and a fine gift You might cast a glance at K50 deals though, just in case.

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Welcome to the Forums. +1 on having a look at K50 deals. The old K20 is a good camera, but the new generation is light years ahead. Plus you will have the benefit of a warranty. Whatever you decide to do, stay around a post a few pics.
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I can't see spending that kind of money on a 7 year old body that has a chance of failing with no warranty, unless you know who owned it, how they treated it, and that it sat in bag most of the time. For three hundred dollars you can get a new with warranty K-50 that will run circles around the K20d. I had a K20d and have a K-50, both fine cameras, but the K-50 is far superior.

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I can't see spending that kind of money on a 7 year old body that has a chance of failing with no warranty, unless you know who owned it, how they treated it, and that it sat in bag most of the time. For three hundred dollars you can get a new with warranty K-50 that will run circles around the K20d. I had a K20d and have a K-50, both fine cameras, but the K-50 is far superior.
Thank you very much for your encouragement (all three of you). I threw caution to the wind and bought a K50 on Amazon for $291. It is a much better camera than what I have! I'll contribute pics too(I love 1:1 close-ups).
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Welcome aboard, enjoy that new K50 once it arrives.
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Welcome aboard, enjoy that new K50 once it arrives.
Okay' it's here, but I have a problem. I tried both SDHC cards I have (Sony 32gb & 16gb class 10 that work in other cameras) and each gives me the same error msg "memory card error". Ricoh support suggests contacting seller and ,of course, Amazon will replace it. BUT, before I do that I want to try another brand card...suggestions?
Also....camera works fine with my old SD cards ( different brands). Could be a firmware problem?
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Did you try reformatting the cards in the K50?

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Did you try reformatting the cards in the K50?
Tried but I couldn't. The msg "memory card error" occurs immediately on powering up the camera and that is as far as I can get in the menu.
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Maybe there's a compatibility issue with Sony cards? Use one of your older SD cards to update the K50 firmware, and if problem persists test a different brand SDHC. I'm happy with my Sandisk and Lexar cards but it's been over a year since I needed to buy one.
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Maybe there's a compatibility issue with Sony cards? Use one of your older SD cards to update the K50 firmware, and if problem persists test a different brand SDHC. I'm happy with my Sandisk and Lexar cards but it's been over a year since I needed to buy one.
Problem solved! Went to Ricoh website and downloaded version 1.02 and loaded into my camera which had version 1.00. Works fine with Sony SDHC card. Thank you very much; I sure didn't want to send it back needlessly.
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I'm glad it works, the K50 will be a lot of fun to play with.
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