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06-26-2014, 03:40 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Last month's Photo Contest results are just in, and the winner used a K110D with the 18-55mm kit lens (I assume it's the old model, too!).

These old cameras can still pump out good pictures, if the photographer is up to the task

To me the big bargain basement champions are the K10D with its nice CCD sensor and top features for its time, and the K20D which gets no respect but is still a decent camera for stills (the IQ numbers for the sensor+processor are still better than the brand new Canon SL1, for example, and are comparable to the Canon 7D and 60D which wedding photogs still use...).
K10D goes for about 150 in good condition, and the K20D body for just over 200. There's one for 200 right now that seems to be in good shape, with battery and charger.
In this recent dpreview.com Pentax dslr challenge, the k5 came in first. But low and behold, the K10D placed second. This is quite significant considering 81 entries to this Pentax dslr challenge.

link: Pentax SLR Challenge: Digital Photography Review

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But low and behold, the K10D placed second.
This should not be surprising. You should check out the Flickr stats. The K10D was a huge success for Pentax and they sold as many as they could make during the first year of production. It was a ground-breaking camera and sales continued to be brisk up until the introduction of the K20D. They are great cameras and most are still in operation. The nice thing about electronic cameras is that if they are in working condition, they likely work as well as they did new. I just shipped my K10D to its new owner and have no doubts that they will be satisfied with the purchase. No, it is not as quiet or as fast, or as good in low light as the K-3 that replaced it, but it is still a very capable tool. I am having some seller's regret as I type this.


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I've been happy with my K200D so far and would consider it a bargain since I only gave $150 for it with the kit lens. I've only had it for two months but have gotten a few really nice pictures with it. I went with it due to the weather sealing and that it uses AA's. The fact that I could use the older lenses that both I and my dad already had in the cabinet was also nice, and the whole reason I went with another Pentax.
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