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04-12-2011, 02:06 AM   #151
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Guys, I have been using the K-5 for about 2 weeks now.
Haven't been able to produce my promised test of image comparisons of K200D vs K-5 yet, but will try to this week. What I can say is that from my general impression the K-5 is extremely sharp at low ISO. Looking at the images on a monitor, they appear to show similar or slightly better levels of 'critical sharpness' as the K200D. However the greater resolution of the K-5 makes a big difference and there appears to be heaps more detail in images of the same size. As you would expect I suppose. In no way am I disappointed by the K-5 at this stage. It does appear to be somewhat more demanding on your technique, if you want to get sharp results at 100%.

I will also say that I really like the output from the sensor in terms of colour response. I prefer it to that of the K200D. The other advantages are well documented, of course

I have written a 'quick and dirty' first impressions post in another thread here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/119020-k-5-australia-49.html#post1463170

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Does anyone know anything about K200D shutter life? Today I've checked my camera, and Photome showed 29780 actuations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kent Quote
Does anyone know anything about K200D shutter life? Today I've checked my camera, and Photome showed 29780 actuations.
I think itīs rated at 100k actuations. Iīve read that after that number, it loses some of the ability to stay open the proper length of time, so exposure could suffer. It certainly doesnīt mean it will drop dead at 100k.

Mines at around 9000 after 2 years of use. It would be nice if I can get another 8 years out of it at that rate...
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Ive had my K-5 for a month now, and for the first time since owning it i had a play with the good old k200d yesterday.....as much as i love my k200d, do i miss it? Not one bit.
Still have to get round to doing a comparison test of the 2 when i have time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
Ive had my K-5 for a month now, and for the first time since owning it i had a play with the good old k200d yesterday.....as much as i love my k200d, do i miss it? Not one bit.
Still have to get round to doing a comparison test of the 2 when i have time.
I can't wait for the results, don't forget the equally WB'ed RAW samples too, to silence excuse rs, whiners samples should be: Same lens at same focal length, same aperture, same scene timely not too apart, same WB. We'll see. :hiho9:
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50k shutter accuations was my recall

QuoteOriginally posted by kent Quote
Does anyone know anything about K200D shutter life? Today I've checked my camera, and Photome showed 29780 actuations.
I had thought it was 50,000 shutter actuations - but now when I go back to the websites where I had thought I'd seen it posted, I don't find it.

Still, my other cameras have served me well far beyond their "rated" service life.
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It's a pity that there is no any information given. Still, today I bought a battery grip for my buddy Now it feels so much better in my hands and weight balance with Sigma 70-200mm mounted is near perfect
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QuoteOriginally posted by kent Quote
It's a pity that there is no any information given. Still, today I bought a battery grip for my buddy Now it feels so much better in my hands and weight balance with Sigma 70-200mm mounted is near perfect
Grips are great!

I just found this, rather worrying but not a big or very representative sample:

pentax k200d | Camera Shutter Life Database

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Yeah, I DID....

QuoteOriginally posted by vinzer Quote
I just thought I'd check and see if anyone else misses the K200D. I believe it's one of the poorly-received Pentax DSLRs, owing to a small buffer and pricing (if I recall correctly, we were all spoiled with the K10D back then).

Personally though, weather-sealing and AA batteries (with apologies to the Li-ion supporters ) for an entry-level model is pretty amazing. Pentax already has WR kit lenses, so I'm hoping they'd come around to release another entry-level DSLR with sealing. With the better rep Pentax is getting these days from mainstream media, maybe a new K200D would turn some heads and be a viable travel DSLR.

What do you think?
wish they would bring back weather sealing for ALL of their cameras. Is there ANYBODY who doesn't want that?



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K200D with FA 35-80mm, EXIF's intact, taken today, no PP'ing at all, other than resizing.


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Nice colours! Were they shot in RAW?
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Nice colours! Were they shot in RAW?
Both, those were direct from jpegs.
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Very nice images Can. Do you mind if I ask what jpg settings you use? I have a K200D that I'm quite happy with (though the K5's high ISO performance would be nice!). I'd love to settle on some jpg settings that don't require me to post-process every shot (even for simple snapshots I find that "auto levels" or "auto contrast" (Photoshop Elements 7) is usually a minimum requirement...). I'm guessing you've bumped contrast and saturation...
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QuoteOriginally posted by nosliwmit Quote
Very nice images Can. Do you mind if I ask what jpg settings you use?
Sure, we're here to help each other, instead of I write everything on EXIF I put the original .jpg to my site so you can DL&check all detail of EXIF by yourself by a EXIF reader like photome, do you have a full EXIF reader right? If not let me know, here is the original file:

Sample Leaves

Here is another one:


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I've had my K200D since 2008 and the K-5 is the first Pentax since then that has caused me to seriously consider upgrading. Yes, the K200D could do better at high ISOs and I wish its buffer and burst mode were more robust. And, of course, Pentax's auto-focus system has improved steadily over the course of three years. Still, no other camera until the K-5 has included all of the things I love about the K200D including build quality, weather resistance, top LCD and image quality at low ISOs. I had been planning to give my K200D to a niece if I go for the K-5. But after reading through this string... maybe not.
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