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09-29-2011, 05:52 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by FruitLooPs Quote
I'm a fan of my K20D also, I've been thinking about the K-5 but only because of astrophotography. In truth, the K20D is more than enough camera for me and it was a really amazing stepping stone from the K100DS I had before it, I like the weight and ergonomics, decent size back-lit top LCD etc. I've only really recently attempted to use ISO's above 800 with it, and to my surprise I've found that 1600 RAW isn't too bad with some 3rd party noise reduction really .

Here was a test shot at ISO 1000, not amazing compared to newer sensors but certainly not bad either- especially since this hasn't had any processing on it except for export to jpg and resize.
I like your cat! I have the K20D too but never tried ISO 800 and above. Time for the action now.

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I like your cat! I have the K20D too but never tried ISO 800 and above. Time for the action now.
I'm happy with my K20d at ISO 800, and I can clean 1600 up quite nicely. At 3200 or higher the K-x is my only ticket.

The K-5 was the first body that made me consider abandoning the K10/K20 platform. I say platform because they take the same accessories, and I have a half dozen batteries, some screens and a grip that would need to be replaced to go to a later body. However, at ISO 800 or lower, I'm very happy with the K20d. I love the large body when photography is my main focus, but the smaller K-x is a dream for traveling.
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I miss my K20D. I used it as a backup body for my K-7. I loved the ergonomics of it but my issue was that I had gotten so used to the control scheme of the K-7 / K-x that it was difficult to switch to the K20D when I needed to use it. There's something sexy about that camera to me, still.
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Still on K20D. Unless the new body has dual SD slot and flip lcd, will likely get a Kx instead for noise performance.

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The short answer is that it is worth buying if the price is right.
09-30-2011, 08:22 AM   #36
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Every Pentax-taken shot I've posted to this forum since early '08 has been taken with the K20D - it does a fine job, IMO. (although what may become the K-3 might finally make me upgrade )
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Hmmm, can you expand a bit on "comes alive" ??
That would be hard to explain in technical terms... But it's Friday and after 5:00PM, so I'll give it a whirl... metaphorically

I've used or own, a K-m, K10D, K20D and a K-r; they all produce great images but the image rendered on a K10D at ISO100 is untouchable IMHO, so this is my baseline. The K20 at ISO100 (or even 200) produces a very very good image but the colors lack "character"; however for some inexplicable reason at the settings I use, at ISO1600 it sings a much different tune and comes very close to the K10 @ ISO100...

So using the song Blue Bayou as the metaphor, I consider the K10 @ ISO100 and K20 @ ISO1600 the version by Linda Ronstad:


The K20 @ ISO100 is the Roy Orbison version:


If you're a fan of this song/artists, we can probably agree either version is just dynamite and unsurpassed, but for me, personally, I really dig the Linda Ronstad version...

K20D + Tamron 28-80 @ ISO1600



Yes... the K20D is more than worth it for even the next few years...
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Yes, I believe the K20D is still very much worth buying. In fact, I just purchased one a few weeks ago, and I am looking forward to sticking some of my better glass on it this autumn!

So far I have just done a bit of fooling about with it, and I can already tell it is more responsive and accurate than my venerable K10D.

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