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10-25-2015, 08:27 PM   #1
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Pentax K10D or 20D

My cousin was looking to try and get a camera for christmas and I was telling my aunt that Pentax is a good route, due to cheap lenses, good lenses, great community and the best bang for your buck all around. She doesn't truly know her way around a DSLR but after one of those P&S things and trying out one of those fuji instax camera I figured that either a K10D or K20D would be best. I believe both are WR and have SR and dust reduction only real big difference is 10 and 14 mp but I don't know the two well enough (K-5 and K-30 user) Do you guys think the K10D or K20D for someone new. I would obviously give her a nice SMC M 50mm f1.7 lens to start with and allowing my family to get her a WR 18-55. But as used K10D's and K20D's are sub 200 and sometimes sub 150 I figured it would be a good start. Thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by kmurphy220 Quote
My cousin was looking to try and get a camera for christmas and I was telling my aunt that Pentax is a good route, due to cheap lenses, good lenses, great community and the best bang for your buck all around. She doesn't truly know her way around a DSLR but after one of those P&S things and trying out one of those fuji instax camera I figured that either a K10D or K20D would be best. I believe both are WR and have SR and dust reduction only real big difference is 10 and 14 mp but I don't know the two well enough (K-5 and K-30 user) Do you guys think the K10D or K20D for someone new. I would obviously give her a nice SMC M 50mm f1.7 lens to start with and allowing my family to get her a WR 18-55. But as used K10D's and K20D's are sub 200 and sometimes sub 150 I figured it would be a good start. Thanks!
It would probably be a better value to spend the extra $100 and get a K-50, just for the faster everyday performance. Otherwise go for whichever you can get a better deal on.

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Pass on your K30. Get yourself a new K3/K3-ll christmas prezzy


Both are good starter DSLR cameras. But as Adam said. maybe a K50 would end up better value. Shop around, see what's available, prices.
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Even though I'm a K10D user, I would not recommend it for a casual shooter just starting out. A newer model such as the K-50 or K-S1 will give your cousin much better results at high ISO settings, along with faster autofocus and more dynamic range.

Nowadays, the K10D is really a specialist camera for those of us who want the uniquely film-like look that you get from the 10MP CCD sensor at ISO100. Sadly, as a general purpose camera for the casual user, it's now way behind the times.

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If it's just between the K10d and the K20d, get the K20d. The addition of live view (in the K20d) and better low light rendering, make the K20d better for most things. As others have mentioned other options and quality of the K10d's sensor, wouldn't disagree with these views either. However, IMHO, between the two, the K20d is the better camera. (I've owned both of them too and still own and use my K20d from time to time.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Craig66 Quote
Pass on your K30. Get yourself a new K3/K3-ll christmas prezzy


Both are good starter DSLR cameras. But as Adam said. maybe a K50 would end up better value. Shop around, see what's available, prices.
I went K-5 instead . Didn't have the cash for a used K-3 but the K-5 is definitely my favorite camera next to the K1000.

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It seems I'll tell her to go K20D. I would tell her to go K30 or K50 but this one is prone to breaking things so the cheapest DSLR over 10mp is best. Plus I already have lens taken care of which is nice. Any specific lens other than a 50 prime I should be looking for. I have a spare 28 prime lying around that she could probably beat up.
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if your cousin is willing to really start learning digital photography from the ground up, a K10D may be a good option. I'm still growing with it (thanks to all its options, versatility and the 'great recession' [so that's what they call it now!]).
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First, I'd let your Aunt try your K-30 out and see if she likes it. Second, if she does, let her have it and get yourself a K-50.

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First, I'd let your Aunt try your K-30 out and see if she likes it. Second, if she does, let her have it and get yourself a K-50.
Lol I should of made clearer that I "had" a K-30. I was plagued by the horrible Aperture lever event but was still under warranty with KEH so I picked up a K-5 for another $45 and then paid $60 for the 2 year warranty just in case. I would rather her get a K-5 to mess with as I know it like the back of my hand and it is the most versatile for what it is without being to big. Now I may just may sell off some old film gear and my Sony gear and some lenses to pick up a FF but I dunno. Seems like too much for one camera right now lol
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Though I recently upgraded to K3's.. I kept my k20D and even acquired one since getting my k3s. I really like the K3, but I really love my K20Ds. Really not much the k20D can't do that a beginner to intermediate would need, and even years latter, I am finding there was a ton of things it could do, that I never really played with.

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I would wager that anyone that has only used a P&S camera will be confused by all the "stuff" they don't understand on the 10 and 20 and will be real disappointed by anything that does not have easy access to "scene modes" on the mode dial for more instant satisfaction. So, the best bet with CCD and that is the K200d. But then, if they are going to be disappointed that it doesn't shoot video also, then that would require a newer body anyway. Maybe a K-r.

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I am new to photography, I recently got into it as a hobby to spend some time with my Dad. He bought a K-50, we went out one day taking pictures, (I had little Point and Shoot) and he let me try the K-50. I was sold, one picture, the camera made me LOVE it and WANT to take pictures, even in fully auto.
I definitely agree that IF you can manage it, opt the extra money for the new K-50, they will LOVE it! to me its like it can be a super quality point and shoot, all the way to a pro camera if you gets into it like I have, they will have so much to learn and choose from.
With that said, Last Monday I found K10D for sale on here and bought it.(great deal) I wanted a camera that would give me the oldest style look and feel, a daily camera to take out and work at learning. I have a manual lens on it and shoot only manual, I am trying to learn. This camera is proving to be amazing and feel great in hand. But, Its not easy for me being new to taking pictures and learning everything, it has been a little overwhelming and I took a couple of my family visiting and they were bad, so it was a disappointment.

All in what you can afford or think you will want, but for even FULL auto quality, I would tell anyone, IF you can, but the K50 with the kit 18-55 even, use it as a point and shoot and you still are paying right at a "good" point and shoot camera price, but WAY more camera for your buck. (from what I have seen in prices)

with all that, if you want point and shoot, have you seen this by chance, (anyone?)
Pentax XG-1 16MP Point and Shoot.

Pentax XG-1 16MP Digital Point & Shoot Camera 07988


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I would wager that anyone that has only used a P&S camera will be confused by all the "stuff" they don't understand on the 10 and 20 and will be real disappointed by anything that does not have easy access to "scene modes" on the mode dial for more instant satisfaction. So, the best bet with CCD and that is the K200d. But then, if they are going to be disappointed that it doesn't shoot video also, then that would require a newer body anyway. Maybe a K-r.
She said that video wasn't really a problem only pictures because her phone takes video so I said I would try and find a solid pentax body. She had used my K-30 once on all manual for about 50 shots but I let her shoot 2 rolls of film on a K1000 that she exposed pretty good after teaching her aperture and shutter speed and iso and such. So scene modes shouldn't be a problem. It seems I'm on the lookout for a K20d under 200 closer to $150 but that will be a tough find.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kmurphy220 Quote
She said that video wasn't really a problem only pictures because her phone takes video so I said I would try and find a solid pentax body. She had used my K-30 once on all manual for about 50 shots but I let her shoot 2 rolls of film on a K1000 that she exposed pretty good after teaching her aperture and shutter speed and iso and such. So scene modes shouldn't be a problem. It seems I'm on the lookout for a K20d under 200 closer to $150 but that will be a tough find.
EBAY is your friend probably.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Digital-Cameras-/31388/i.html?_from=R40&_sop=15&_nkw...p2045573.m1684
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