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08-25-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Is the K100D still a viable platform???

About to pick up a used K100D-S to give my wife and have as a backup to the KX. Just wondering how it stacks up against the more modern options in real world usage, b4 I POP the cash for it.

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slap a flash on that thing and unless she does landscapes after the sun's already down, pretty much any dslr is viable for non-pros

and even then, tripods exist to help with that
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It is a worthy camera - as a backup to a KX I am not sure about though. For what you can purchase a KX for used, the best backup for a KX is another KX...






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It's a good camera, and since it supports SDM and has SR, you'll get the most out of your lenses.

The only thing that might get on your nerves is the low resolution, but for most applications, prints will still look great.


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Well, I can get the body for $160, and the cheapest KX I've seen is still in the $400+/- range. As for resolution, I've printed 6mp photos from an old Samsung p&s up to 12x16 with good results, so a DSLR with aps-c would only be better, and as long as it can produce quality prints at 16x20 (my best selling "big print") we'll be happy.
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I gave one to my sister with a DA 18-50 and a DA 50-200, she absolutely loves it so I would say that even if it's not the most current model it's still a very viable camera. It sure blows her 12mp other brand point and shoot out of the water.

I also still have my old K110d which I lend out to friends... still produces really nice pics.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nms_photog Quote
Well, I can get the body for $160, and the cheapest KX I've seen is still in the $400+/- range. As for resolution, I've printed 6mp photos from an old Samsung p&s up to 12x16 with good results, so a DSLR with aps-c would only be better, and as long as it can produce quality prints at 16x20 (my best selling "big print") we'll be happy.
I'd buy one again for $160. It's a great little camera.
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Thanks guys!!! Called the guy who has the local Craigslist ad, and actually settled on $150cash (original asking price was $200)........pick it up tomorrow!!!!!

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I have one. (I also have a K-x.) I think it's a fine camera that takes great photos. Nice build quality & ergonomics, too.
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I just have one for a few days now and it is a very nice camera.
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Sitting here with the guy...........and guess what?.............well, the guys wife inadvertently sold it to someone she thought was me about 3hrs ago while he was at work. So, looks like I'm out searching again!!!
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i used 1 for a back up for my k10d shooting photoj worked like a charm :-)
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Regrettably I can't compare my k100dS to any newer since that is my only dslr. What I can tell you is that I printed a snapshot at 11X14 and it looked great - at least to me - jpeg printed straight at Walgreen's without any post processing. I had used a da40 limited lens. Similar to the experiences reported by many better glass seems to help as my photos seemed to be generally sharper and better as I progressed from da 18-55 II, to da 17-70, to da 40 limited.

The camera, which I purchased refurbished in spring 2009, has performed flawlessly and seems to be built robustly. The SDM lens works well. The size and ergonomics feel pretty good (again, no comparison to any other dslr). My perceptions about the "cons" of the camera are probably due to the age in which it was built. High iso is probably pretty good, but the newer units are likely better. Internal processing feels a bit slow - even deleting one photo seems to take a lot longer than I'd like. I'm okay with it only being 6 MP. I can recommend the camera - its a good unit and good performer for its age. A good used one would give a lot of value. Thanks. Glenn
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Except for color image quality at 3200 ISO, some AF struggles in low light, and the Auto ISO/Exposure Compensation bug, it's a good camera. I've used it for more than 27,000 shots and don't hesitate to pull it out when resolution isn't a critical factor.
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I more or less just had this debate with someone at another forum. He was of the opinion that a K100D was much more inferior to a K10D, than a K-x was to a K-5, mostly because the K100D "was only 6mp" and "had a dark vf". The fact that a K100D was still a capable camera was totally lost on him (I really think it was the booze talking). While the K100D is not my camera of choice, it's for all of the same reasons a K-m or K-x or K-r wouldn't be, and IQ certainly isn't it.
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