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02-04-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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K20d worry

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I'm going to buy a used K20d and I want to ask you if I'm doing the right thing.
This camera is like new aesthetically, and have no hot/dead pixels.
The only thing that worry me is that it has like 12000 actuations. Is it too much? Is there something that I have to check in order to be sure that is a good camera? (It's sold for 460$)

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02-04-2012, 07:56 AM   #2
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Sounds about right. Very close to what I bought and paid. It's a great camera and taken care of should give you many years of service.
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Thank you very much!
I've an updating: I ask to the seller to test the hot pixel (a long exposure shot with the lens-cap) and I ask him to search for red pixels, but he said to me that there are lots brown. He also said, instead, that when he made his photo, he didn't see them.
Is the correct procedure to check for hot pixels?

I mean.. if I do the same with my kx, the photo is all black, that is what i think should be also his pic
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Sounds like he has dust on the sensor and didn't correctly pixel map. There is an option the the menu for both pixel mapping and dust alert. I would ask him again to make sure he is using both properly. I also think $460 is a little steep for a K20 right now. You should be able to find others in the marketplace for a cheaper price. I bought mine last year for under $400 and the seller sent me a bunch of extras as well as the body.

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I know but the problem is that with the duty taxes I will go to pay more then100$, so it isn't the right choice for me. I need to find out a good camera here in Italy unfortunately
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If you are questioning the camera, you probably shouldn't buy it. Trust your instinct.
Have you put up a wanted ad in the marketplace? That's how I got mine for $400. You may be surprised to find someone around you willing to part with one.

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12000 sounds like a a lot but it really isn't for a camera that age, I just picked a K20D up for $464 shipped, body only with all the original stuff with slightly less than 8k on it. I feel I over payed but I am impatient and am happy with it, its definitely the right camera for me.
Italy must be more careful than the US here everything seems to get listed as a gift to avoid taxes, even when it comes from a major company in china amusingly enough.

Honestly though if you already have a K-x I would skip the K20D which is as much a step sideways as up in quality for you, and just wait till one of the newer models with the same controls and weather sealing as the K20D is within your price range.
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I have my k20d now over 2 years and its a decent camera. It just passed the 40,000 clicks without any problems.

Quality is also ok, i mainly use the cheap kit lens.


Only thing that bothers me now is the amount of noise when shooting with higher ISO (200+). But if you shoot just for fun it wont be any problem.

Right at this moment i am hoping pentax will announce a full frame camera this year.


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The K20D shutter is rated for 100K shots. 12K is barely over 1/10 of it's lifespan.
Do pixel mapping on it and those should go away. I run it at ISO800 indoors w/ flash w/o problems.
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i got one from the marketplace for less than $400, 2k clicks only
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Thank you very much for your advise and suggest!!
I've started a new "wanted" tread..hope in someone!
Thank you again!
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Over 9000 pictures on mine and going strong. I love it, have a good all around zoom on it and away I go, good for most of what I do.
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Hansen, I shoot my K20d mostly at ISO 400 (on hikes) and experience very little noise on most shots, but I do seem to get more from old legacy AF lenses. I'm not positive about that but had been shooting with the Noise filter set at "off." Just yesterday I decided to set it on "Weak," but I also switched to a better lens so again I am not positive that the Noise filter setting to "Weak" resulted in an improvement.

What is your noise filter set at?

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Gabro822,

I bought a refurbished K20d several months ago for $375 with 700 clicks on it. I now have about 5,000 clicks on it and it still seems new. I would be very surprised if 12,000 clicks was any horrible milestone for me, and I will probably be using my K20d more roughly than you will use yours. I take it on hikes and experience a lot of sand and contact with brush and other things.

$375 is a very low price for a 700-click refurbished K20d. I didn't discover until much later that my camera had an undisclosed "defect." It has no external serial number. I bought it from a camera store through eBay and saved the paper work; so if I ever have to have it repaired I will send the evidence of how I acquired the camera along with the repair request.

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Thank you very much for your experiences, and I think to buy it if I don't find another camera. You were very lucky Lawrence to buy yours for that small price!! I will take a look on Ebay too
Thank you very much!
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