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View Poll Results: Which is BEST Low-Cost Pentax DSLR UNDER $300-$350 Used?
Pentax *ist D 209.52%
Pentax *ist DS2 104.76%
Pentax *ist DL2 41.90%
Pentax K100D Super 6330.00%
Pentax K200D (Might be over $350 used?) 5224.76%
Pentax K10D 11353.81%
Other (Specify) 104.76%
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12-28-2009, 07:35 AM   #31
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The value proposition of the K10D at $300 is unequaled. Though it seems to be the best backup for a K20D is another K20D at $500. What's $200 compared to the eternal pain of going back to a backup camera and having that camera work almost-but-not-quite-and-not-really-as-well-as your main shooter. That's got to be reserved for a special circle of Hell.

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factory refurbished k10d for $380 is hard to beat

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The problem with the 10D is you cannot adjust each lens' af setting. Considering the price of lenses it's a mega feature.
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I can't imagine a better value than the K200D, compared with any current DSLR, even at somewhat over $300. But to the OP's question about price, I bought my first K200D at just over $300 as a re-furb (it's like new, can't tell from new) and second for WELL under $300 on Overstock Auction. The second was also sold as a re-furb, but is packaged like and looks like new, absolutely amazing. These cameras feel and handle great, are solid and WR.

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k10d at iso 100 can hardly be beat

The k10d at ISO 100 is phenomenal

usable up to iso 400

taking a chance above iso 400

If you use your backup k10d at iso 100 and your k20d at all higher iso, you will, to me, be optimizing your resources
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I have a K20 and K100D. I like the small size and weight of the K100D. As others have said, the low light performance of the K100d is better compared to the K10 - that's another reason I like the K100D. As a back up camera, I like the K100. saying that, I plan to replace the K100D with a K-X, someday, primarily for the low light performance.
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K100D Super, hands down best image quality and compatibilty with all the latest lenses.

I had the K10D, and it's okay below ISO 400, but that's not what I use. Plus, it acted strange with my 16-50. Never used the K200D, but again, I think the 10mp CCD was going a tad too far. 6mp on the CCD is the sweet spot, hence my recommendation of the K100D Super.
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The K100d is certainly the deal at $200--if you aren't using SDM.

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Another very helpful thread for this newish pentaxian.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
The problem with the 10D is you cannot adjust each lens' af setting. Considering the price of lenses it's a mega feature.
I believe that feature only exists on the K20d and K7, so that pretty much excludes all the bargains. It is definitely a nice feature, but, if you use the K10d debug mode to make the master adjustment, I don't find it to be that critical on most lenses. Your mileage may vary, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ivoire Quote

I bought a K10D from them. Would not focus with any lens, returned it withing three days of arrival. I bought a K200D from them and it had problems as well. I returned it with in a week. Best Buy refurb's might not be a good buy. I voted "other" I am no longer looking for a Pentax DSLR and back to using film for my night and astro work. I use a point & shoot or camcorder for my digital "quickies". I will most likely buy a Canon T1i and dump my Pentax stuff next year, unless Pentax comes out with a better night performer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WillCarney Quote
I bought a K10D from them. Would not focus with any lens, returned it withing three days of arrival. I bought a K200D from them and it had problems as well. I returned it with in a week. Best Buy refurb's might not be a good buy. I voted "other" I am no longer looking for a Pentax DSLR and back to using film for my night and astro work. I use a point & shoot or camcorder for my digital "quickies". I will most likely buy a Canon T1i and dump my Pentax stuff next year, unless Pentax comes out with a better night performer.

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There have been a number of reports of refurbs from various sources that weren't refurbished. It is a bit disturbing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mystic Quote
why the K-m is not listed? I think it's the best backup alternative.
True...I bought a KM as a backup to my K10D and a general, daily carry around.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
True...I bought a KM as a backup to my K10D and a general, daily carry around.
I've not seen it available under $300, but I may have just missed it.
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Went with a *ist D as a second body

My two cents worth...
I have owned a second hand K200D (my first dslr) for close to 6 months and am still learning its limitations and strengths but I am satisfied with it.
Still, I went "retro" and picked up a *ist D (recently from here on PF) as a second body because of its TTL capability, I like its 6.1 MP, the pentaprism and the body feels good. I shoot mostly with manual lenses and speed is not an issue nor is the smaller LCD screen. I am aiming at concentrating on macro/nature shots with this one.
Really had I been able to afford it and available at this moment, I would have gone with another K200D. But the *ist D feels like a good purchase at this moment.
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