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01-30-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Pentax K10D vs Nikon D200

So I got a change to trade my K10D for a nikon D200.
Is that nikon better then my K10D?

01-30-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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What does "better" mean to you?

Is there something about the K10D that you're not happy with specifically?
01-30-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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I dont like the slow AF speed of pentax(in low light)
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It depends on who you ask. If you've got a chance to swap then your trading partner probably doesn't think so, and I would personally agree with him. I just made a VERY educated decision between a D200 and a K10D and I stayed with Pentax, but I have a decent collection of Pentax glass that ultimately swayed me to go with the cheaper K10D. If you approach it from a "system" perspective then buying into the Nikon system is probably less risky and yes, with the right lens, the D200 does focus a little bit faster. If it's an even swap for comparable condition gear, and you don't have a collection of Pentax lenses lying around, you probably won't regret trading for the D200.

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The question I would ask is why is your partner in the trade moving to the K10D? The basis for his dissatisfaction is likely to become your own.

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QuoteOriginally posted by karq Quote
So I got a change to trade my K10D for a nikon D200.
Is that nikon better then my K10D?
they're pretty similar. try calibrating your k10d to get better af performance. if you wanted an upgrade, a d700 is worth switching to nikon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by karq Quote
I dont like the slow AF speed of pentax(in low light)
You'd have to decide whether faster AF (assuming you get lenses that actually *do* focus faster) is worth giving up SR. I don't think you could pay me enough to make that switch. I also have enough invested in Pentax lenses that I love that you'd *have* to pay quite a lot in order for me not *lose* money just replacing lenses. And until Nikon comes out with anything like the DA40, there's another huge disadvantage of Nikon that you'd have to make a pretty hefty bribe to overcome.

But different people have different needs, so if you're happy with what Nikon offers, by all means, go for it.
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basicly I dont have a huge pentax lens collection. I only have the 18-55mm kits lens and a 50mm F1.4 lens and thats all. So I think I will go for the D200

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nice, well the nikon is a year older and uses the same sensor so don't expect a drastic change. the low light focus speed is about the same and so are the body features.

imo, it's a lateral move instead of an upgrade; but you do get a better sync speed and an upgrade path to a d700 (or better) so it's not a bad choice
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well...good luck! see ya!

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So I got a change to trade my K10D for a nikon D200.
Is that nikon better then my K10D?
Do your friend and yourself a favor. Trade it, sell it and upgrade to a k20d.
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Are you trading him the lenses too. If you can sell the 50 seperately it will be worth your time.
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PENTAX all the way!

Long live the K10D!
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Nikon D200 sensor is tweaked better in terms of dynamic range comparing to k10d. D200 also trumps k10d in having faster autofocus and accuracy. The only setback is the price difference, of course. Different leagues.
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