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01-05-2009, 07:49 PM   #46
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Better have very good specs for $1,500

QuoteOriginally posted by brucestrange Quote
I had the K200D, sold it and got the K20D. I love it. I like that you can adjust AF for different lenses. It's performance in low light (AF and image noise) is far superior in my opinion. I like the controls on the body as opposed to in the menus. Here's the kicker (which has been mentioned): the K30D will probably cost somewhere around 1200 to 1500 bucks. You can get the K20D for around 700 right now. When could you get a K30D for that price? Maybe sometime in 2010? I don't know. Will there even be one? Here's something I would consider holding out for though: Samsung's answer to the Micro Four Thirds. I would love to get my hands on a slim little camera with a APS-C sized chip in it. That would be the ultimate in portability.
If it is priced at $1,500 it better have better specs than the Nikon D300 or it will not sell at all.

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Uhm...argh! I found a deal for K20D body for 559 which is dead cheap. And due to euro - ratio at the moment it would make for a super bargain.
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Just make sure it's what you want. You'll have a hard time reselling it for the normal market value if you decide you want the K30D or whatever when it comes out.
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Indeed that's the question. It is what I need, better high ISO than K200D, bigger for my big hands, 5-step(?) bracketing for HDR usage and more resolution which comes really handy when constructing 2560x1600 wallpapers. Second wheel and also bigger viewfinder which was seriously more enjoyable to use for my eyes when I tried it out in the local shop. Oh yea. But on the other hand, I would like to see what the K30D will bring with it.

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Honestly, I doubt unless they're trying anything radical, that it will be anything more than a claimed better high ISO, a 3 inch high res LCD, and more megapixels.
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Hi, I joined these forums today. Nice crowd.

I brought a K200D about six months ago. I went with the K200D instead of the K20D because I was drawn as much to Pentax's lenses as I was the camera. So I opted for the less-expensive camera (body only)... but bought the DA* 16-50 f/2.8 and the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 lenses. I have not been disappointed.

But my plan is to wait until the K30 is at least announced (a couple of months before it goes on sale) and see if I'm impressed at the news camera's specs. If it's a must-have, then I'll wait and buy one (again, body only, since I have great lenses). If it's not such a great leap, then I'll quickly snatch up a K20D at possibly even lower prices than we're seeing now.

What I might also do at that time is pick up the Mark II version of the 18-55 kit lens to use on the K200D in less-demanding situations, like family parties, etc. A K200D with a kit lens is noticeably smaller and quite a bit lighter than a K20D with an f/2.8 zoom on it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
A K200D with a kit lens is noticeably smaller and quite a bit lighter than a K20D with an f/2.8 zoom on it.
Put any of the ltd primes on the camera. You might toss your zooms.
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No doubt! I'm on a limited budget right now... but perhaps even a non-LTD Pentax prime would be a light-weight option for the K200D. For the K20D with 14mp, I'm sure I'd want LTD glass.

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