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02-13-2011, 04:35 PM   #31
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No worries. I only wrote it all out again so you wouldn't have to read my NOVEL of a first post. Thanks everyone for being so patient with my wordiness.

And thanks for the Dallas craigslist heads up. I surf the local one alot. It is always a gamble to do it by mail isn't it?
I have asked people if they have a PayPal account and if so I will use that and if not then I won't buy long distance....I feel that you get a little bit of security using PP and my visa card

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And thanks for the Dallas craigslist heads up. I surf the local one alot. It is always a gamble to do it by mail isn't it?
yeah, craigslist tells people to only do business in person...
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Yeah that is what i was asking. Thanks. rather than incerting all those links i should have just said IR remotes. I was hoping that one could set it up, push the IR remote to open the shutter, then come back in an hour and push the IR remote again to stop the exposure. But I can not find evidence of that online in the Manuals/reviews I read. I have a cable that screws into the shutter button of my K-1000. But the shutter button is not threaded for that on these new digitals right? Also "the extra button push" that Ole, Ash and others were describing also worried me, would i have to hold that down with a rubberband or something? But it sounds like you only need to push it when metering the light. (correct?)
Here is a remote release with a lock feature that you can afford. It will work with a K100D or a K200D. At two dollars, get it.
Shutter Release Remote Canon RS-60E3 Pentax SC-205 TOP - eBay (item 270705272039 end time Mar-13-11 19:12:54 PDT)
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Water proof watch seals breakdown over time and need replacing every 5 years or so. Is the same true of camera seals I wonder, I'd have to think 3+ year old seals would be getting a bit marginal now?


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Hmm, $300 should be able to get you a K200d, with the kit lens if you're lucky, but you'll need to get the WR version if you want it to be sealed. Keep an eye out on Craigslist, sad to say, but Pentax gear goes for cheap on there a lot of the time.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-k200d-camera-w-18-55-and-70-300-lens-/27070442058...item3f073da6ea

see if you can win that auction...comes with 2 lenses, so under $400 shipped would be a pretty good price I would say. 22 hours left.
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....but you'll need to get the WR version if you want it to be sealed... ...ebay...
Ohh so not all K200d cameras are WR? I thought they all were? huh. good to know. I will look into that.

Yeah i have been watching every pentax ebay auction in the last month. Those are on my list. Thanks.
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Yeah, it is really to bad you have to hold down the IR remotes for the entire exposure. I hope they fix that in future Pentax models. I have been reading up on the wire ones that allow time lapse.

The one you linked to is really cool. It is too bulky for backpacking but great for astrophotos while car camping and microscope work. 100m range! thanks for the link, I will read up on it.

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Here is a remote release with a lock feature that you can afford. It will work with a K100D or a K200D. At two dollars, get it.
Shutter Release Remote Canon RS-60E3 Pentax SC-205 TOP - eBay (item 270705272039 end time Mar-13-11 19:12:54 PDT)
The price is right . But i don't think that will do time lapse without clamping the button down.

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....I'd have to think 3+ year old seals would be getting a bit marginal now?
Yeah. I have no clue how or of what these seals are make. I kinda feel like buying the next level down (1/2 the cost) is the best water proofing because I will feel less bad when it breaks.
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Ohh so not all K200d cameras are WR? I thought they all were? huh. good to know. I will look into that.
I'm 99.999999% certain that all k200d bodies are WR, I believe he was talking about the lens, which of course varies...

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Ohh so not all K200d cameras are WR? I thought they all were? huh. good to know. I will look into that.

Yeah i have been watching every pentax ebay auction in the last month. Those are on my list. Thanks.
yeah I was talking the lens. The kit lens that comes with K200d isn't sealed...the WR version that came out with the k-7 is the most affordable WR lens.
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ahhh, yeah. good point.
The SMC DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL IIis the "kit lens" and the Pentax site said it has "he PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water and grease to keep your lens clean and your image quality at its peak." I assumed that was it. The more expensive ones with AW say "Weather and dust sealed construction for safe and reliable operation in the field." Those are the true weather resistant ones.

Truth is i will likely be buying used manual lenses. That is what i have now to put on it. maybe the weather resistant feature isn't overly important then.

"kit" means typically bundled with the body on the original sale right? What does KIT mean then?

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My K200D came with a non WR lens, but I bought a WR kit lens later. My 18-55mm WR does work in the rain without problems. I believe all K200D bodies are WR. lenses are a different matter. I have used non WR lenses in the rain, I put a plastic bag over the lens and a wash cloth over the bag to keep the bag in place, works in a light rain.
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....The K200D and the K2000 (AKA K-M) don't do high ISO very well. I agree though, that the IQ of the K200D is great in good lighting. ..... that leaves you with the K100D, K100Ds, K2000 or K-M, and the K200D.
I stumbled upon a few k2000 cameras online. I would not have known to search for that keyword w/o that comment, gp1806. And a place in colorado springs claims to have a bunch (that is a 4 hour drive for me).
It is the same as a K-m? why the name change?
In the review:https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-digital-slr-camera-reviews/61301-p...k-m-k2000.html
It looks to have the same specs as the k200d. AA, Pix map, 10megpix, shake reduction, But no weather resistance. Any negative feelings about this model? are there advantages over the k200d (other than smaller size/mass?) I would only consider if it is well below the k200d.
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The K-M or K2000 is like a K-X, non WR, no grip etc. The K200D has the same IQ but more features. I would rather have a K100Ds instead of the K-M for the ISO 3200, top LCD, Focus point illumination and a better fit to my hand, but that's me, you may like the fit. My daughter got my K100Ds and she lives too far away to just go there to check, but I thought the K100Ds did pixel mapping, I may be wrong though, must check that. An after market grip is available for the K100D or K100Ds, $43 on ebay. If you need WR get the K200D, the only WR DSLR that uses AA battery.
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(no pixel mapping on the 100d per the review on this website)

OK DONE. I just won a K200d on ebay. comes with a sigma DG 70-300mm F4-5.6 lens and the standard SMC pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 ALI. as much as i have some manuals my wife will prefer the automatic. The shuttercount 5-8k, seller isn't sure. I was spending every hour of sleep and work obsessed with finding a camera so by getting it over with it I can get back to work.... That is how i am justifying spending more than I intended. .

In 48 hours you all gave me 3 pages of great advice. Thanks so much Ole, Ash, ihasa, hawk1500, Biff, Stone G., DSims, vinzer, sterretje, Clarkey, fourfivesix, Nomad, acrollet, gp1806, twitch, and anyone I missed. and no fighting, i struggle to find any forums without fighting in 3 full pages. go figure?

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I hope to post photos of insects, rainstorms and sailboats soon,
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OK DONE. I just won a K200d on ebay.
congrats!!!! you're going to love your new camera can't wait to see pics of your adventures...
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