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08-25-2009, 05:21 AM   #16
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at today's prices? the k20 is a steal!
if i had the go-ahead from the manager at home , i'd spring one in a heart beat. trouble is, i already bought a k2000 a few months back and another body is a no-no.

08-25-2009, 06:53 AM   #17
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Yes! I'll choose K20D over K100d without much hesitation.
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I upgraded from the K100d to K20d late last year and have no regrets. I really liked the K100d, but as others have mentioned, the K20d is just so much more substantial and has a great feeling of being well-built. The controls are also much more user friendly with the second dial, and there are many more options for customization in the menus. The extra megapixels are great if you need to make large prints, but they also allow more room for cropping. I do a lot of high ISO shooting and didn't feel the K10d would satisfy me in that regard as compared to the K100d, but I've been very happy with the K20d. There really isn't anything I miss about the K100d.
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I started with the K100DS and upgraded to the K20D. I had no interest in the K10 because of mediocre high-ISO performance and too many user complaints about back-focus and front-focus. I've never had a moment's regret about getting the K20. I love the extra controls, more sophisticated menus and wireless flash. My tests showed about 2/3 stop better performance than the K100DS at high ISO. I like the size of the K20D too, the K100DS is a bit too small for a good grip and feels unbalanced with larger lenses. I do like the feel and light weight of the K100DS with Travor battery grip. The weight of the K20D with grip, flash and lens is a a pain in the neck.

The K100DS makes great images. I prefer its' IQ to a friend's Canon D40. I like the K20D images more, though it's not always clear which Pentax took the photo. In many shots, the k20D shows deeper more contrasty colour and it doesn't blow out the reds. Also, sometimes I crop hard, and the resolution difference between 6mp and 14.6 is huge.

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08-25-2009, 06:26 PM   #20
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I went from a K100DS to a K20d over a year ago. My daugher has the K100DS now. I'm very hpapy with the upgrade. Front dial, separate green button (I keep forgeting now when I go back to the K100DS to use AE-L for manual exposure determination - I keep pressing the EV comp button which is in the same place as the green button on the K20D), better menus, User setting, TAv mode (in sports shooting I set aperture & shutter speed and let ISO vary between limits), better viewfinder, more latitude when cropping. I actually use Burst Mode (21fps - low res) for some things. I only used ISO 200-800 on the K100DS but with the K20D I use 100-1600.

08-25-2009, 06:46 PM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by T_MB Quote
Also, the added megapixels are nice in that it would allow greater cropping options.

However, I have heard the K20 is not much better than the k100d super in terms of image quality or ISO/noise.

My main dislike, however, is the convoluted, cumbersome menu system (It took me about a month to figure out what "swcht dst msr pt" meant) and the lack of a dedicated aperature dial.

What mainly attracts me to the K20 are 1. More external controls/dedicated buttons; 2. The weather seals; and 3. More megapixels.

I am a bit concerned I am not at the "level" I need to be for the K20, i.e., I don't know if I have a use or need for some of the features. It the K20 offers better image quality and easier operation, than I will go for it.

If all I get is a bunch of extra menu options then I think I will pass.

Your thoughts and comments are appreciated
I upgraded a year ago. I am a novice. It was the best decision I made.

* IQ is superior. There's no question even when using DA*'s or the 50 prime. I upgraded my lenses first, then camera and both were significant improvements.

* you will depend on the menu less since you have more external control.

* I asked the same question regarding level, the K20D is not too much at all. It's a more advanced tool that will upgrade your options. It also has a green mode.

* external controls are great, weather sealing is great, Megapixels are AMAZING

* menu options are not what I think of when stating that it is superior

You won't be disappointed.
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Well....I just pulled the trigger. After seeing what the soon-to-be wife spent on wedding invites, I figured I might as well spend what I have before it gets appropriated for wedding related activities. Purchased the K20d body with an extra battery and extended warranty. Only $100 or so more than I paid for the K100d kit 2 years ago. ..... Time to download the manual and start reading......
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You're gonna love it!

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Good idea about the manual...I am going to do that too! I was going to pick up the Magic Lantern guide at Barnes and Nobles later as well. :-)
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I have a tendency to "not" read the instructions when anything comes in the mail. Ever since I was a kid, I always just rip it open and start trying to figure it out.

Reading the manual up front minimizes the risk of me screwing something up.
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I was always the opposite, I would buy new games and will read every single instruction before playing them...not anymore but I was like that though. :-)
08-28-2009, 08:01 PM   #27
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I was in a similar situation and am very happy with my choice

I went from a k100d super to a k20d right before I went on my honeymoon cruise to the southern Caribbean. I'm very glad I did, it was well worth it for image quality and controls. I already had a Sigma 18-50 macro, and I also picked up the DA50-135 before we left, also a great decision =)

I hope this helps with your CBA or LBA

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K100d super vs K20d?--Worth Upgrade?

I pulled the trigger a while back and went from the K100d to the K20d. The most amazing part for me was how fast the files save (even in raw), I can shoot almost continously if I want to.

My recommendation would be to pick up a couple of SanDisk Extreme so you can maximize how fast the camera saves, you won't be disappointed.

Oh and BTW I love the K20d, still have the K100d as a backup though.
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i'm about to find out if its worth it...going from k100 to k20 this weekend!
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I now have to wait until next week for my (hopefully) new camera to arrive. In the meantime I have a box with "new" camera sitting on my desk that I can't touch

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