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11-17-2008, 03:39 AM   #1
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Pentax K200D's disadvantage: viewfinder !

I upgraded from the K100D to the K200D and I have to say it's worth it. Not because of the 10MP sensor but it's even more feature-rich than the K100D. I especially like the self-cleaning sensor ( see at Pentax K200D reviews ) since I live in AZ where it's very dusty and keeping my sensor clean on the K100D was a huge chore. I plan on trip down the Rogue River in OR this summer so the weatherproofing should be very handy. But most of all I do seem to take a cleaner picture with this camera noticed that I do less PP'ing with these pictures.

Excellent value for the money. Great camera for the beginner. Lots of excellent good quality lenses available for reasonable prices on Ebay.
The only complaint I have is the viewfinder. Even with the 1.2x adapter I have a hard time manual focusing with my older lenses.


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11-17-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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I ended up buying a Katz-Eye screen for my K20 because I use a lot of manual focus lenses and the screens in AF cameras just aren't good for maual focus.
If the screen in the K200 is interchangable (I don't know if it is), then consider a Katz-Eye screen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gubak Quote
I upgraded from the K100D to the K200D and I have to say it's worth it...
The only complaint I have is the viewfinder. Even with the 1.2x adapter I have a hard time manual focusing with my older lenses.
But of course, it is the same viewfinder as that on the K100D. Only the K20, K10D, and the older *istDS and *istD had the better viewfinders. And as someone who upgraded from the DS to the K200D, I'd say the difference isn't really that big to me. Manual focus was kind of hard but possible with practice and patience with the DS, and remains kind of hard but possible with practice and patience on the K200D. And I find the the magnifier *does* help.
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You can also check out the KPS 1.35x Magnifying eyepiece. I prefer it over the Pentax one. Might help.

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I have tried a magnifier that did not help. I tried a fresnel focus screen that did not help. For me the stock Pentax screen is the way to go!
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