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02-27-2012, 01:58 PM - 2 Likes   #1

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K10D- what a great camera mine has been...

I was out in the cold Canadian winter today, with my old (2007) K10D and equally old Pentax 16-45 W/A zoom. Downloaded the pictures. Excellent quality and (touch wood) everything functions like new in this fine combo.

Even though I have newer DSLR's...Pentax KM and K-5 with newer; Pentax 12-24mm....the old K10D and 16-45 hold their own after 1000's of shutter actuation's.

The K10D remember in it's time won many photography awards for design and ability....still a workhorse.

02-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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I really enjoyed mine as well, it is what brought me into Pentax. I had two and shot everything from weddings to backpacking trips. It got soaked, dropped and nearly frozen and never skipped a beat. I still have one K10d body, that still works great. Not sure if I should sell it to someone just starting off with Pentax, or keep it for sentimental value and occasional use/back up body
02-27-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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I still love mine, even though I have a K-5 there's still something about the K10D that's irreplaceable.

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02-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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Same here. I sold my K-r, K200D and K20D but still keep my K10D. Yes, it's still rocking after ~35K of shutter actuations. It's now my dedicated body for MF lenses. Pair it it with a good focus screen and it's an excellent body for MF lenses.

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i feel like mine renders colors better and give me "sharper" results than my new k5 at low iso's. great camera / sensor combo. it just works.
02-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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The old K10d grew on me too. Even though I bought K-5 (maybe I was the first one in my home country to experience the stained sensor) I could not part with the K10D, still taking it for walk from time to time. My office colleague owns not only the K10D, but also K20D and K-7 together with K-5. He likes all his Pentaxes so much!
02-27-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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Well, I am glad I am not alone. I dearly love my K10D's, yes that is plural, I have 2 of them. I don't think I will ever replace them. It does all I need a camera to do.
02-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #8
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My K10D is still hard at work along side my K5. My K10D has a Katz Eye screen so it's my go to camera when I'm using my manual lenses.

02-28-2012, 05:09 AM   #9
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Another Tenner!

Me, Too!
Even though I now have a K-7, my K10D with Katzeye screen is the go-to body for MF lenses. I generally stay in the low ISO numbers (a lot easier with fast lenses) but have done some night shots of holiday lights (see my album) at 1600.
The Ten is very intuitive to use, the wheels and buttons are right where you expect them to be-except the Raw button, have you ever popped your flash searching for this?-and the weather-proofing is a joy in Colorado.
A Ten with a bag of f/2.0's and f/2.8's is useful anywhere.
02-29-2012, 06:22 PM   #11
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QuoteOriginally posted by saladin Quote
i feel like mine renders colors better and give me "sharper" results than my new k5 at low iso's. great camera / sensor combo. it just works.
I agree!!!

I've tried them all, currently have a K2000, K10, K20 and a K-x, I did for about 1 week own a K-r. I think the image produced by the K10 at ISO 100 is untouchable with the cameras I've tried (all but the K5). It seems the image is so pristine, colors very dense, contrast just right and most important, there is no noise or grain to be seen. I think this is what makes the K10 so special, it is the very clear image rendered, if there is such a thing. Even today, according to DXO Mark, the K10 ranks behind only the K5, K-x and K-r for overall sensor performance and were talking about a relatively old camera.

If only Pentax had designed the K10 with the same AF fine tuning option that the K20 has, it would be perfect in my book. I had a chance to look at some of my older images, and it seems like I took the best ones with the K10...

shhh... don't tell anyone, but I adore this camera and sensor combination so much, that I recently picked up another one, only 8500 clicks
02-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #12
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The K10 is an amazing camera, Gave mine to my daughter after buying the K5. She wanted to move up from point and shoot and is very happy with it and is already making some great photographs.
02-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #13
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I started on the Pentax road with a K10D and 18-55 kit.

I grabbed it on sale and got stuck into DIY macro with manual lenses and all sorts of toys. It went with me everywhere, Scotland mountain ranges in the winter, canoeing in Kangaroo Valley, bachelor parties, weddings, swimming, camping, standing under waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.. great times all of them, and years later, I still refer to it as my second girlfriend, and my baby never fails me

The K10D is still my main workhorse for product photography and has earned it's money back a few times over by now.

My new K5 with FA 35mm lens has become my walk-around combo, and I love the combo, but the K10D will always be special to me.
02-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #14
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My wife still shoots the K10D. She states she does not want a new camera until she learns that one. Only has about 28 000 shots on it. The 16-45 is by far her standard lens, most likely 90% of the time it is one the camera.
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Yeah...I'm still happy with my K10D, too. Like many of you, I use it primarily at ASA 100 and have no complaints about the results.

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