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07-05-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Upgrade from *ist DL

I just checked my picture count on my *ist DL and it is around 2200 over the past 2 years. With the new cameras being weatherproofed I am seriously considering getting a different Pentax.

The primary camera that I use I use on vacations (shooting kids etc.) is a Canon SD1100IS which is good for the job. The Pentax is my side hobby, although I dont get to it too much as evidenced by the picture count.

What camera would you guys suggest if I am to upgrade to a new Pentax given a meager $600 budget? I could sell my ist DL to help finance the new purchase.

Any input would be appreciated.

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07-05-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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I'm not sure that "the new cameras are being weatherproofed" in general. While both mid and upper-range models have had the extra sealing in the recent past, I'm not aware that it's clear that there will be a mid-range model, or that it will be weather-proofed, going forward.

So at the moment, your choices are pretty much a used (or new, if you can find an affordable one) K10, K200, or K20.

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07-05-2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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I should have said "newer". The K200D and K20D have caught my eye.
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Walmart has the K200D kit but I;m not sure it includes the newer 18-55 lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Music Quote
Walmart has the K200D kit but I;m not sure it includes the newer 18-55 lens.
Perhaps you could find a body without a lens for less, since you already have a lens? I believe the K200 would probably have the first version of the 18-55, but if you buy a body alone, you could add one of the first versions later for about $50, or one of the second versions for about twice that. Maybe the price of the II will drop when the WRs become widely available?

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If you already have the *ist DL, then you pretty much have the lenses that would work on any Pentax that you choose.
You can sell the *ist DL or just keep it as a second or back-up body.
You can get any of the K200D/K20D for around $600 now, body only.
The only thing is to find a store that sells them brand new/refurbished at that price.
You can get them cheaper as "used" as K20D's can go as low as $500.
I think walmart online now sells the K200D for $600 brand new..or was it the K20D with extended 3 years warranty.
So, all you need to buy with your $600 is the body if you already have the lenses since you already had the *ist DL.
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If you've only clicked your *ist DL 2200 times in 2 years, you'd have to justify spending the extra bucks getting a WR combo since it doesn't just mean buying a weatherproof body.

A K200D/K20D should be combined with either the new 18-55/50-200 WR lenses (don't know if these are available yet), or the existing DA* lenses (16-50, 50-135, 200, 300). I'd hazard to guess the DA* lineup are beyond your budget, so your choice would be to hold off until the new WR kit lenses come out, or reconsider your need for a WR kit.

The K-m is another great choice if WR is not all that necessary for you.

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I am new here since I just purchased a k20d. I was real tight on cash and not sure why this happened but had the TV on and cruusing the cannels and QVC network was selling a k20d with the 18-55 lens with a three year warranty for $699.00, I love this camera and I get to pay it off on their easy pay plan (4 payments), I have never been a tv shopper kind of guy but I am so happy with this camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Music Quote
What camera would you guys suggest if I am to upgrade to a new Pentax given a meager $600 budget? I could sell my ist DL to help finance the new purchase.
you might be able to get a used K20D w/ a low (2000-5000) clicks number @ that price
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I would suggest go with the K200D as this is weather proof and with the extra change you'll have from the $600, you can add aditional accessories which you might want.
You can't blow all of the $600 on just a body, as you will forever be looking for some kind of accessory to add to the body and lens itself...say, tripod...battery grip..extra lens..camera bag...better camera strap...hang grip strap...more memory cards..endless possibilities.
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