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01-07-2009, 04:51 PM   #16
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I moved from an advanced p&s to the K200D and have been very pleased. There are enough custom settings that I haven't felt shortchanged by missing a few direct buttons and the additional dial.

No doubt the K20D has a better sensor and some more advanced features, but the price difference allowed me to buy a fast prime lens and a flash sooner, which makes for a more versatile package overall, for me. That said, I am primarily a landscape shooter, and don't make large prints, so the higher ISO performance and resolution was less attractive to me than it may be to others.
I did pretty much what you have done, I went from a Fuji s8000fd bridgecam with it's 18x zoom and it's 3200 and 6400 ISO ability to a k200d and added the kit lens,DA 50mm F 1.4 and Sigma 70-300 zoom, I thought I would miss having higher ISOs from the Fuji but after seeing results from it, it was more of a marketing gimmck. I can easily get the same shots with the k200d and 50mm f 1.4 and use 400 ISO and get the same shots in the same lighting conditions and get excellent enlargement, Even using the Sigma at low-lit Christmas Eve services at 1600 ISO came out great and was able to do it hand held thanks to SR.

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01-07-2009, 06:18 PM   #17
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It's essentially a slightly improved, more user-friendly K10D.
That's crap. The K10D has two e-dials and external (non menu oriented) selection switches.

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While it is true that one has to use the menu more with the K200D to manipulate certain controls and options, it's a bit overstated by some.
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I just moved up from a K100D to a K20D, and I have to say the two are like night and day.
Very true. Having two e-dials and external selections makes the K20D far more user friendly. Also having 14.6MP means enlarging shots is easier.
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It's essentially a slightly improved, more user-friendly K10D.
That's crap. The K10D has two e-dials and external (non menu oriented) selection switches.
This is true - the K200D is not *in general* an improvement on the K200D. It removes some useful features, to be sure. But it *does* have some advantages, depending on your tastes: AA batteries, smaller form factor, quieter shutter, allegedly better high ISO performance (apparently due to different ADC).

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While it is true that one has to use the menu more with the K200D to manipulate certain controls and options, it's a bit overstated by some.
So Is this.
Depends entirely on your tastes. I *never* use the menus of the K200D except to format my memory card. i have no interest in changing my metering from center-weighted or focus point from center - that gives me the most consistency between DA and my M lenses. A button to allow me to change these settings would be wasted plastic for me.

So yes, anyone who thinks the K200D necessarily forces you to use the menus more *is* overstating the case. It only requires menu diving *if* you are interested in changing the specific things that require it. And I have no interest in changing those things.

The notion that the K200D is an "entry level" camera and thus not as "serious" as the K20D is marketing nonsense. Sure, it has features designed to appeal to novices (scene modes, etc). But it doesn't get in the way of more "serious" photography, either, unless your particular brand of "serious" photography involves constantly changing metering mode and so forth. Mine does not - it involves getting very good at using center-weighted metering (in "M" mode).
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