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06-22-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Bargain Basement Best Pentax DSLR's

I browse EvilBay a lot, looking at lens, filters, and even Pentax cameras. I thought it would be interesting to see what folks think is a bargain Pentax dslr with enough features to satisfy.

I pick the Pentax k100d, while it only has 6.1 megapixels, it does have shake reduction. It routinely comes in under $100 at auction.

I've never owned or even held a k100d in person, but it still is my pick for features and price:

What's your pick ?


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IMHO the K-500 is currently the best value on the market. You get a lens and top-of-the-line image quality for $379-399. The 16mp sensor puts the older cameras to shame when you go to shoot side-by-side

I look at it this way: even with depreciation, a K-500 will probably only cost you $100-150 over the course of its lifetime.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
IMHO the K-500 is currently the best value on the market. You get a lens and top-of-the-line image quality for $379-399. The 16mp sensor puts the older cameras to shame when you go to shoot side-by-side
+1 at this point in time sensors have advanced enough that older bodies just are not in the running anymore when new bodies with warranty are available at that price point. The only reason to look at older bodies is if you need more advanced features (grip for example) and want to stay on budget. Or if you looking to get an identical body as backup.
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The only reason to look at older bodies is if you need more advanced features
Nope. The K100D has a 'magic' that the newer bodies don't have. It may be behind the curve feature-wise, but the rendering it produces from that 6MP sensor is amazing. If you like Fuji film, you'll love the K100D. I still use mine routinely, right alongside the K-3. 6MP is enough to get great 11x14 prints and is overkill resolution-wise for screen-based imaging. I think Michael made a great choice!

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My first dSLR was the K100D - and I really liked it a lot, to the point that I still have it. Its a CCD sensor, while the current sensors are CMOS. A slightly different look, feel and set of colors. I do have to say that with the K500 having the same sensor as the K5, and with that sensor being so good, with a kit lens included - its really easy to go with the newer body.

I might be more inclined however to go with the K200D rather than the K100D (if you really wanted/needed to go back in history). The K200D has the same sensors as the K10D, a CCD @ 12MP, with a sealed body. There are a lot of folks that still really miss their old K200D here on the forum. There is even a thread on that topic here somewhere. There are still others that feel the same way about the even older *ist D bodies.

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K10D, of course. I know of one for sale on the Marketplace. Whistles softly...


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QuoteOriginally posted by OregonJim Quote
The K100D has a 'magic' that the newer bodies don't have.
Is that a CCD sensor?
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Is that a CCD sensor?
Yes, the K100D is CCD, not CMOS.

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Yes, the K100D is CCD, not CMOS.
Never owned one, but I have seen lots of folks that like the look from those sensors. Time moves on I guess....
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A used K30 beats them all For $250-$300 total it is simply unbeatable at the moment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Never owned one, but I have seen lots of folks that like the look from those sensors. Time moves on I guess....
Sadly yes time moves on.
I have an istDL has it has the 6 mp ccd sensor. alongside the K-30 the k-30 wins in almost everything except I still prefer the color rendering of the ccd. It has that something that the cmos is missing The DL still sees plenty of service for that reason. IMHO
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The k100d and k200d are really talented cameras, and the CCD look does catch the eye in a sea of CMOS images. It still kills me that I let a poorly-trained salesperson scare me away from those models when he failed to make my SMC-M 40 lens work properly in the store. Darn that default 'aperture ring prohibited' setting, I could have completely skipped my year with Sony!

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I have a K100D and what I missed most with it, in comparison to my *istD, K-5, and K-7, are the dual control wheels. The K100D has only one.

Had I realised this when I bought mine (secondhand), I would have looked for a K10D

Noise-wise, the K100D is noisy above 800 ISO.

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The K-x, but only the Stormtrooper. I'm getting a vague sensation that one will be in the marketplace very soon...
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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.
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