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03-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Replacing K20

What are some opinions on replacing my K20?

I've got some money burning a hole in my pocket. Recognizing that the value of any kit is in the lenses, I have a couple of options.

1. Keep the K20, and buy a lens on my bucket list for about $500.
2. Sell the K20, and replace it will a K30, but no longer having enough funds for a better lens.
3. I can get a K-01 used for roughly what I could get for the K20, and still have enough for the lens.
4. Get the K-01, keep the K20, and keep saving for a lens.

I bought the K20 for it's weathersealing (among other things) but haven't scratched the surface of it's capabilities. In any case, both the K-01 and K30 are superior in many aspects.

I'm leaning towards getting the K30, since I don't "need" any lenses, and the K20 still works fine, and still has value. What are some of the pros and cons that you in the Pentax community see?

03-28-2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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I would suggest buy the bucket list glass, bodies come and go but good glass is forever, well it seems to be with Pentax.
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Replace the K20D with the K-30, that is a way better camera. Start saving for your lensfunding.
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I sold my K20 a week after I got my K-30. The K-30 is much better. I have a K-01 as well, I love it but it is a whole different animal. Good luck in getting $300 for your K20D.

03-28-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Since I bought a K30 for my teenage son, I rarely picked up my K-20D. I have been thinking should I get another K30 for me or wait for the price of K5IIs to come down.
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If you haven't plumbed the depths of your K20D, then you should keep it. If you don't really need a lens, you shouldn't buy one. When the K20D no longer meets the demands of your skill level, then it's time to buy a new one.

But I know how it feels. You will probably do what I did: buy another camera and some new lenses anyway, just because ya wanna. Have fun!
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Are you satisfied with the images from your K20? If so, keep it and look after your LBA.

I had a K20 and really enjoyed it. I mainly shoot in the late afternoon and early evening, so the lack of light, noise became a problem for me. So in January 2012 I upgraded to the K5 when I was able to get the K5 for a very good price. The lower noise, improved dynamic range have been wonderful.

Only upgrade your body when you have specific reasons.

03-29-2013, 12:49 AM   #8
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Perhaps it also depends on what lenses you have already. A couple of good quality lenses are well worth the investment, so if you are not unhappy with the camera then start building up a decent lens collection first. If you already have some good lenses, then maybe it's time to upgrade the body. You need to strike a balance that you are happy about, between the lenses you own and the better features of a new camera body.

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Have you thought about the K5 classic or do you like the K30 better?
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Wait a bit.
There basically HAS to be a replacement higher end APSC due out this year for the K5 series as the current improved ones are still clearly older than the K30 and meant to be a temporary measure to buy Pentax some development time. When the new stuff comes out it will shift the prices on the current K5 stuff downward even farther.

I am considering an original K5 used at that time for its improved high ISO and slightly improved dynamic range over my current K20D.

If you use modern AF lenses you would be better off saving up and getting the K5 series replacement, it should be everything good about the K30 and K5II and then some.
Either way just wait a bit.

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