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08-07-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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Question - What to keep and what to sell?

The K5 is starting to slide into my price range, and will probably be there by the end of the year. I have been saving my lunch money, although I did splurge on 2 lenses this year. The main reason for the K5 is my lens kit is complete, and my K20 is limited in DR and tends to exhibit too much noise when I shoot in the evenings and nights at ISO 100 on a tripod. My main interests are landscapes/cityscapes and panoramas.

Anyway I have 2 questions -
  1. With the K5, I will have 3 bodies counting the K20 and K100. I like the K20 so much the K100 barley gets any use (I really like the K20's dual wheels and the user controls). However, I do like the K100's CCD sensor and light weight. The plans for the second body is to use it on a Nodal Ninja for large scale stitching. So, what body to keep? Also, I do not need SDM lenses, I have remained screwdrive based.
  2. I have the 2 kit lenses - the 18-55 and 50-200. They are wonderful lenses, but getting absolutely no use. I do like their size and they take great images, however the rest of the kit does out shine them.
My main lens kit contains the 10-17FE, 12-24, 16-45, 55-300, FA31, A 50/f1.7, Zeiss 28/f2.8, Zeiss 85/f2.8

I am inclined to keep the K100 - although I have grown so accustomed to the dual wheels, I am going to have to learn how to go back to a single wheel, also it has better noise immunity than the K20 in ambient low light. Also, thinking about putting the kit lenses up on the marketplace, since I'll probably not be using them. Might as well let someone else get some use out of them rather than keeping them as hanger queens.

So what if anything am I missing? What is the consensus?



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...surprised to find that the 16-50 f/2.8 and the 50-135 f/2.8 are missing from the list....
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i think the k-5 will take over everything the k20d does, so even if you kept both, the k100d would probably see more use than the k20d. So thats one vote for the k100d
as for kit lenses, i vote sell, simply cause you already have a 16-45 and 55-300
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My personal rule is, if I have not used something for a year then it's time to sell it. Not only for camera gear but just about anything.

In your shoes I'd keep the K100. The K20 is replaced by the K5 and will see very little use soon. If you're using it only very occasionally, what's the true difference really? As a main camera it's a big difference. As a backup not so much.

If the kit lenses just sit then sell them, of course. They're both duplicated by your other lenses. If you sell a body sometimes they go for more with a kit lens... perhaps not with the k20d though, it's not a beginner camera but who knows.

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In my thinking, the K-5 can replace the K100D's beautiful colour rendition, so the K100D is my thought to go. Then you will have two bodies you can use interchangeably without worrying about the difference in UI very much. But you know, the others who vouched for the K100D have points too. It's up to you how you see it and what you'd like to have.

As with others, no use, means no need to keep them. Trade in your kit lenses for something like an FA 77 or a macro lens (whatever you fancy )...
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Your spare body will probably be much easier to sell with the kit lens - or possibly with both of them. Have a look on Ebay at the prices for completed auctions. It may be better to sell with both kit lenses or sell the 50-200 separately.
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my two cents

Sell the K20 because it is worth considerably more. If you didn't use the K100 much when you had the K20 then I doubt you will use the K20 much when you have a superior camera.

If you sell it in the marketplace simply offer 3 prices. Body only, body/kit and body/both. In particular try to bundle the kit lens with the body since there are what seems like a million of them for sale and you're probably only going to get $50 for it anyway.
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Sell everything; get a sketchbook and pencils. A plastic-eating virus will soon devour all our devices. We're doomed.

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Another vote for selling the K20 and both lenses. As abacus said, if you don't use the K100 much because of the K20, you won't use the K20 much when you have the K5. But if the K100 is a lot smaller/lighter than the K5 it is a useful option if you want to travel light.
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My suggestion would be to sell both kit lenses and both the K100D and K20D. If you like the colors from the K100's CCD and the two wheels from the K20, buy a K10D for the sensor and buy a K-5 for the upgrade. That way you get rid of unused lenses and get two useful cameras, one main and one backup.
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I bought last year just for fun and vacation daytrips a Samsung GX-1L (*Ist-DL2) and that is just fun to use in amusementparks and so on. So I say keep the K100D.

The kitlenses are nice and to use on the K100D. Sell the 50-200. Keep the 18-55 unless you find some-one who pays more then $20 for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
The K5 is starting to slide into my price range, and will probably be there by the end of the year. I have been saving my lunch money, although I did splurge on 2 lenses this year. The main reason for the K5 is my lens kit is complete, and my K20 is limited in DR and tends to exhibit too much noise when I shoot in the evenings and nights at ISO 100 on a tripod. My main interests are landscapes/cityscapes and panoramas.

Anyway I have 2 questions -
  1. With the K5, I will have 3 bodies counting the K20 and K100. I like the K20 so much the K100 barley gets any use (I really like the K20's dual wheels and the user controls). However, I do like the K100's CCD sensor and light weight. The plans for the second body is to use it on a Nodal Ninja for large scale stitching. So, what body to keep? Also, I do not need SDM lenses, I have remained screwdrive based.
  2. I have the 2 kit lenses - the 18-55 and 50-200. They are wonderful lenses, but getting absolutely no use. I do like their size and they take great images, however the rest of the kit does out shine them.
My main lens kit contains the 10-17FE, 12-24, 16-45, 55-300, FA31, A 50/f1.7, Zeiss 28/f2.8, Zeiss 85/f2.8

I am inclined to keep the K100 - although I have grown so accustomed to the dual wheels, I am going to have to learn how to go back to a single wheel, also it has better noise immunity than the K20 in ambient low light. Also, thinking about putting the kit lenses up on the marketplace, since I'll probably not be using them. Might as well let someone else get some use out of them rather than keeping them as hanger queens.

So what if anything am I missing? What is the consensus?

If it were me, and every one is different so take this with a grain of salt.....


I would sell the k100 and find a gently used *istD or DS.

the reason is as follows. You have 2 bodies that can do shake reduction, so that is not a big benefit. the *istD can do TTL flash, which if you like legacy lenses at all, is a big plus. also it is a dual thumbwheel body so more consistent in use to your K20 and K5.

I have (i assume like you) never sold a body, and currently have an *istD K10 and K7. I use them all, although the K7 gets the most mileage these days, I have actually taken more shots total with the K10D, then *istD then K7D
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
My suggestion would be to sell both kit lenses and both the K100D and K20D. If you like the colors from the K100's CCD and the two wheels from the K20, buy a K10D for the sensor and buy a K-5 for the upgrade. That way you get rid of unused lenses and get two useful cameras, one main and one backup.
Yah, but I'd get the K7 instead of the K10, then you got he same battery.
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
My suggestion would be to sell both kit lenses and both the K100D and K20D. If you like the colors from the K100's CCD and the two wheels from the K20, buy a K10D for the sensor and buy a K-5 for the upgrade. That way you get rid of unused lenses and get two useful cameras, one main and one backup.
I like this suggestion...
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The simple answer is Sell what you don't use, while you still can get something out of it. I had the K10 K20 and the K7 when I bought the K5 and all 3 are now gone. They just sat. I don't regret that decision one bit. Same with the lenses that are dust collectors. It's fun to have a bunch of lenses to choose from but if you aren't using them, why hang on to them? Yes, they're nice but they aren't anything special. With the remaining lenses in your kit, I can't imagine (myself) using the kit lenses at all. Does that make me a lens snob? Probably, but someone else is enjoying the kit lenses I've had over the years.

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