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07-15-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Did I choose wisely? K200D, not K2000

I'm doing a graphic arts job for a friend, and in lieu of him paying me in taxable dollars, I'd rather have a new toy.

I did some research, and aside from weight (I prefer bigger and heavier anyway) and one or two other things, I can't see much difference between the K200D and the K2000.

WalMart has the K200D body (online) for $549, and the K2000 with 18-55 kit lens for $599--and these prices said a lot to me. Only 50 bucks more for the lens on the 2000? That means the body has to be inferior in SOME way, or less desirable for whatever reason.

I shoot old film Spotties, and I have a lot of great old Tak and other prime glass. So I told my friend to order the 200 body.

Did I done do a good decision? And does the 200 have DOF preview? Because damn if I could find that listed in the specs.

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I don't have the K2000, so I can't say you did the right thing as far as that goes. but the K200D definitely has DOF preview.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
I'm doing a graphic arts job for a friend, and in lieu of him paying me in taxable dollars, I'd rather have a new toy.

I did some research, and aside from weight (I prefer bigger and heavier anyway) and one or two other things, I can't see much difference between the K200D and the K2000.

WalMart has the K200D body (online) for $549, and the K2000 with 18-55 kit lens for $599--and these prices said a lot to me. Only 50 bucks more for the lens on the 2000? That means the body has to be inferior in SOME way, or less desirable for whatever reason.

I shoot old film Spotties, and I have a lot of great old Tak and other prime glass. So I told my friend to order the 200 body.

Did I done do a good decision? And does the 200 have DOF preview? Because damn if I could find that listed in the specs.
Yes, it has one. That's also a difference with the K2000 which has no DOF preview. The K200D for your usage with old manual primes will be better. The K200D is also weathersealed while the K2000 is not. The K2000 has a faster autofocus but only 5-points vs 11 points for the K200D.
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Have a read of this thread - its a sort of K200D love in.....

I don't have the K2000D/K-M, but can say the K200D is waterproof, has DOF preview (digital or stop down), is slightly larger, has more metering and AF points. IMHO its a better camera - but I'm sure others will differ.

Check out the camera reviews on this site as well.

Enjoy the K200D!

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I'd go with the K200D.

Unless you are getting the sexy all-white version of the K2000/KM, which I must admit I love the look of.

Also look here, fwiw:

Compare cameras

There's not much in it, but the K200D sensor is a tad better than the K2000/KM's in some useful areas.
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One of the main problems with K-M (K2000), the lack of AF point selection. This is what Dpreview says: "Five AF points sounds promising (especially in a sector with several 3 AF-point cameras), but the active point is always automatically selected without any indication given as to which one has been used. The only alternative is to lock the camera to use its central AF-point, so you're left either with an AF system that won't tell you what it's doing or a single AF-point camera. While this is delightfully unthreatening to newcomers, it's a system that most people will quickly out-grow and one that is likely to make many experienced users simply walk away."
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I chose the K200D mostly because of the weather protection and the LCD on top. Amazing camera!
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reasons i like k2000 (in order):

faster autofocus (also in low light?)
$395at B&H ($20 more for the plastic mount kit lense on same site)
menu system
3.5fps burst
heard rumors about updated high iso tweaks (circuit wise) and possibly dust wise

if I had the cash or if the IQ was better I would go for k200d, the weatherproof is really nice but id on't have the money to buy weatherproof lenses. Also, cable release is useful. Ok actually I'd rather have longer burst than faster burst.


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Can't say which camera is better, but if I was choosing, I would take the K200D.
Just personal opinion. The size, WR, focus points, are a few things that I would favour over the K2000.
Both good cameras, I'm sure.
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only k200d!
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Thanks for the posts, guys! I basically can't live without DOF preview, so right there, my choice is made.

I read that every time you put on an older prime, it prompts you to input the FL. Also, I have one of those off-brand M42 to K adapters (all of my lenses are 42), so besides build quality, any other disadvantages? Now that I'm getting the 200, I guess I'll order the Pentax one anyway.
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Don't take this one as arm chair quarterbacking...but why did you not opt for the K20D for another $70-$80 over the K200D? They are only $629/$639 from Amazon...even if you had to pony up the difference?

And I am asking not to be critical but because I am new to Pentax and do not know if there are difference from which you will benefit more than what the K20D offers.

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You made a fine choice. It is a bit more upscale than the 2000.

Enjoy your new toy.
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i have both k200 and k2000. my wife uses the k200 and i use the k2000.
i "downgraded" from the k10 to the k2000.

IMHO, the k2000 edges the k200 (or k20) in :
1. AF speed
2. A better menu system
3. 3.5 fps is faster, but the buffer fills quickly and slows down

besides these 3, the k200 is better in other aspects

someone mentioned about the k20. yes, its about to break the $600 barrier at amazon. as of ths morning it's $605.85.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MoiVous Quote
Have a read of this thread - its a sort of K200D love in.....

I don't have the K2000D/K-M, but can say the K200D is waterproof, has DOF preview (digital or stop down), is slightly larger, has more metering and AF points. IMHO its a better camera - but I'm sure others will differ.

Check out the camera reviews on this site as well.

Enjoy the K200D!
Whats wrong with a K200D Love In :-)

Yeah, the K200D is a pretty good little camera, they may start to becomes harder to get now that Pentax has stopped producing them.

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