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02-05-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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Buying a used K20D

I'm buying a used K20D body, what should I look for?
How important is the shutter actuations count number for buying a used one?
Found only 2 bodys for sail where I live. One has just under 40k actuations the other one over 20k. Are 40k actuations a lot for the K20D ?

02-05-2014, 10:41 AM   #2
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As K20d owner, I believe the shutter is rated at 100,000 clicks. Given that this camera was introduced in 2008 and sole through 2009. 40,000 clicks is about 10,000 per year or so. I bought mine in 2009 and it has around 15,000 clicks but as I always have two cameras around it has never been my only one available. So...IMHO buying one used with 40k clicks would not be a show stopper for me.
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I have one and it's a very solid camera. I would not hesitate to get it with 40K actuations, if the body is in good condition and seems to be well taken care of.
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40K is not not much, look for the scratches and dents of the body instead. Keep in mind that minor marks of life lived are not an issue, k20 can take lots of life. And if itīs not possible to take testshots personally, ask for couple of original, fresh RAWs taken with different settings/subjects via email, picture tells more than 1000 words!

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Indeed 40k is nothing As long as the body is in good shape, the camera will be fine. Look at corners, operate buttons and switches, and test in particular the AE lock button, on the K10D it was a weak spot, on the K20D it had been improved (mine never had any problem) but that,s one place I would look for faults.
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I'm yet to hear of a single failure on the K20D shutter. In fact, I am yet to hear of any aspect of the camera prone to fail. Its weaknesses compared to new and improved technology are evident in the areas widely reported, but I firmly believe its durability is beyond question. It is the Nikkormat of digital. Certainly a more solid, reliable and durable design and build than any other film or digital Pentax interchangeable I have owned (K1000, LX, *istD, K-01, Q, K-30). Not that any of these units are slouches in terms of build quality, but they all have some very apparent design-build weak points you simply will not find in comparison to the K20D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ScooterMaxi Jim Quote
I'm yet to hear of a single failure on the K20D shutter. In fact, I am yet to hear of any aspect of the camera prone to fail. Its weaknesses compared to new and improved technology are evident in the areas widely reported, but I firmly believe its durability is beyond question. It is the Nikkormat of digital. Certainly a more solid, reliable and durable design and build than any other film or digital Pentax interchangeable I have owned (K1000, LX, *istD, K-01, Q, K-30). Not that any of these units are slouches in terms of build quality, but they all have some very apparent design-build weak points you simply will not find in comparison to the K20D.
I agree completely. The K20D has been my main body for six years. I have used and abused it, dropped it (brutally, more than once), shot in heavy rain and -40 degree cold. It is unscathed, literally not a scratch on it, and still going strong. It is a workhorse, tough beyond belief, and really great IQ too. I have a K-3 now, sold my K-x and K-01, but I am keeping my K20D.
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I have a K20D with 28k clicks that looks like it just came out of the box. With the battery grip it is one big A$$ camera and built like a brick house which is one of the reason I love it.

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With the battery grip it is one big A$$ camera...
Don't forget the 12-24 in front :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Djsajmy Quote
I'm buying a used K20D body, what should I look for?
How important is the shutter actuations count number for buying a used one?
Found only 2 bodys for sail where I live. One has just under 40k actuations the other one over 20k. Are 40k actuations a lot for the K20D ?
I am interested in the same K20D and have seen many posts where the sellers have well over 50K actuations without issue. Some have twice that and are still going strong. Sounds like a very durable camera that is well built. I hope to get one soon myself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Don't forget the 12-24 in front :-)
...and you can also clear out a room pretty fast with the DA 12-24 on there....it kinda looks like an assault rifle
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Unless it's a ridiculous number, like a half million or something, I wouldn't be too worried about it. Usually something else conks out before the shutter, anyway.
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Buying a used K20D
From what you've said you should be OK to go ahead, btw its a great camera.
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It's a wonderful, rugged camera. I will never get rid of mine. At low ISO, it delivers beautiful image quality. Buy it.
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Few days ago I found my k20 developed a fault. The left dual ring for metering and mode selection malfunctioned. Mode selection does not respond to rotation or respond randomly and skips modes. Bottom lever rotates but camera always shows center weight metering.
Not sure what happened
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