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09-23-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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from k200d to k20d.. that is the ????

?????? i currently have the k200d, and have been pretty happy with the results... but i tend to want to 'grab' shots at the extreme of my da 55-300mm lens... only because i can't physically close the distance.. i.e., off shore events, something up a tree....
if i were to buy the k20d, with the added 4mp or so, i assume my intensive cropping would yield better compositions...
am i right ??? hope so, i'm itchin' to pull the $$ trigger....
thanks, dave m.

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That sort of "zoom by crop" strategy was one of the reasons for my K10D>K20D upgrade. It works.
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Hi Dave,

I think you would gain in a few ways. I found the "cropability" factor to actually be more than I expected migrating from the K10 (same as your sensor) to the K20. The resolution increase seems to be more than the 10.2:14.6 MP counts would dictate. I can definitely crop the K20/K-7 images more.

The other advantage is in higher ISO IQ. By being able to use a higher ISO, you can increase shutter speeds, and with a very good, but relatively slow lens like the 55-300, you'll increase the probablility that you'll get very sharp images, which allows the smaller crops to really work.

It looks as if you're looking for some justification to spend the $$. Far be it for me to spoil your fun.

Good luck in your choice!

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Of all the reasons to upgrade, that would be among the least important, it seems to me. After all, 10MP versus 14MP is only around 20% bigger per side. Sure, that allows for *somewhat* more resolution for cropping, but not a ton. We're talking the equivalent of having a 360mm lens instead of a 300mm lens (if I'm doing the math right - good chance I'm not, but I'll bet I'm close). That's an improvement, sure, but not worth changing cameras over in itself. A 400mm lens for the K200D would yield greater improvement at less cost.

There are certainly other reasons the upgrade might make sense. But FWIW, i would put high ISO performance high on the list either. The K200D is already noticeably better than the K10D. Same sensor, but an entirely different method of implementing ISO's above base. I find the K20D maybe very slightly better when performing a good apples-to-apples comparison, but again, not worth upgrading for that alone.

The better viewfinder, the additional camera controls, the AF focus adjustment feature, even live view - those would be more significant differences.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I find the K20D maybe very slightly better when performing a good apples-to-apples comparison...
Can you point to some example for this, please? Or explain what You mean by that. Thanks.
(If You were meaning here for the high iso apples, than You don't have to waste time, we alredy know it is maybe slightly better at high iso).
Regards.
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The viewfinder was another biggie for me. And I paid twice as much for my k20d than you will
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i can 'pick up' a new k20d, with an additional 2yr pentax warranty, delivered, for 750-
sounds like a lot, but considering that a body alone with the standard warranty is about 625- or so online (from a reputable seller(s)).............
anyone have an idea what a genuine 2yr pentax warranty is worth in actual dollars?
the real kicker to this sale is that i can pay for it over 6 months, so for about 125- every month.. it would be mine.....
more feedback please... 'feed me.........
thanks, as always...
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QuoteOriginally posted by The Rock Quote
Can you point to some example for this, please? Or explain what You mean by that. Thanks.
(If You were meaning here for the high iso apples, than You don't have to waste time, we alredy know it is maybe slightly better at high iso).
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Yes, I meant for high ISO. The K20D is at best slightly better than the K200D at high ISO when you compare similar images (similar scene, similar lighting, similar exposure).

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i'm not sure if you would noticed enough of an IQ difference to be honest, but i could be wrong
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