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11-14-2010, 07:34 AM   #16
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I went from a K-X to this K200d and i would say that my K-X at 1600 iso has cleaner images then my K200d has at 400.

With that said, i do love the color reproduction and iq at iso 100 on the K200d. i also love the ergonomics

11-14-2010, 12:10 PM   #17
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The K200 uses the same sensor as the K10. It is noisier than later cameras, but it is difficult to beat the images produced at ISO 100 on my K10 for overall look and image quality. I do shoot only RAW. The only time I have shot JPEG was when visiting my daughter so that we could see what I did on a screen larger than the one on the K10. She has since bought a K200, so I don't need to do that any more. I am getting 20x30 prints out of the K10 that are stunning.
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Iīm happy to use my K200D up to ISO 800, and will use it at 1600 if necessary. The Tamron 17-50 helps a lot in this regard, and I have a few MF primes that allow a faster aperture, but sharpness suffers. I like fast glass (though I canīt afford much of it) and I donīt like on-camera flash.

Iīm at the stage where I realise that the only way to keep the ISO lower without using a really fast aperture is off-camera flash, preferably bounced. I realise this is very often not possible, but itīs a limitation I have to live with. I get through it by thinking about all the K200D benefits Iīd have had to give up had I purchased a 450D, D60 or A350 in itīs place.
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I stopped shooting JPG a while ago. I find I can reliably push an ISO 800 image in ACR by about one stop without as much noise as ISO 1600. ISO exposed properly, shot in RAW, is very usable for my web/smallish print purposes.

Yes, there are times I'd like higher ISO, and faster AF, but for 95% of my shooting it is more than adequate. Like others, I didn't find the K7 compelling enough for a change, but the K5 will be making its way to my home at some point. I have no intention of selling the K200D though - it is still very good at what it does.

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Had a brief stint with the K200D cause I bought it off a german forum member (not this forum) as a present to a buddy from his wife.

The seller said best practice for him is change EV-values to 1/3 steps and ISO steps will be changed, too. Then, limit Auto-ISO to 640. I also tested the in-camera noise suppression and saw a minor difference in suppression at ISO1600 and 2 sec. exposure. Basically it should do no harm to try the strongest noise suppression. DR (dynamic range) was off all the time, cause it should not help with higher ISO image quality.

I did all this in JPEG cause I know my buddy will work with JPEG. Furthermore I left the camera with +1 contrast, +1 sharpness and -1 saturation on 'natural' colors. Was the best I could do with the kit lens. Reducing sharpness in low light is probably helpful.

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