Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-03-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6
Advice, any reason not to buy a refurb K10D

Just trying to figure out if I should pick up a refurb K10D, its a great price and I am looking for a downside - there has to be something

02-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
Inactive Account

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,484
QuoteOriginally posted by VoodooATL Quote
Just trying to figure out if I should pick up a refurb K10D, its a great price and I am looking for a downside - there has to be something
If price is your main driving factor, then I would say no, no reason not to get a refurb K10d. I suggest you compare the K10d to the K20d before making your final decision though. That way you can decide which features you can live without and make a better informed choice.

02-03-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toronto (for now)
Posts: 1,749
I'd only buy if it was local so you can return if you need to, otherwise used on this forum is a better bet.

Try to pony up for the 20D, if only for the AF adjustment for up to 20 lenses ... freakin life saver.
02-03-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
Veteran Member
icywarm's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Saskatchewan
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,278
It would be the same with any rebuild.

a) some items that were not replaced could be worn,

b) the tech is one or more generation older than the newest/latest/greatest,

c) it is 'used' yeww (kidding, but that matter to some people, as cosmetically there maybe a scuff or scrap,

d) may/may-not come with warn't, which you will pay for in a higher price than buying used from private seller

e) the refurbisher has taken it for a test drive, ensuring everything is working


a) Bugs are often worked out of software, well at least more so than new releases,

b) MUCH cheaper often,

c) there has been real world experience that other post in reviews, which can be more benifical than prelaunch reviews

d) after market or used parts are often plentiful

02-03-2010, 03:32 PM   #5
Damn Brit

Although I've seen one person post that they had a faulty one, most people who have gone that route are happy with theirs and often the cameras appear to be brand new with maybe a dent on the box or something.
I think the chances of getting a defective one are probably less than buying new.
One downside is the short warranty but some sellers offer their own at a reasonable cost. If you get one, just make sure you really put it through it's paces when you get it. I would imagine that if there's a problem, it will make itself known sooner rather than later.
02-03-2010, 03:33 PM   #6
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6
Original Poster
All very good point, I was looking at the BB refurb deal - I think they get all the Pentax refurbs in the US. As I recall it is a factory refurb, so that is a plus.

I used to shoot Pentax film and recently moved to digital (Nikon), but I have to say not having enough manual controls and sharing buttons is a real pain for me. I also miss not having an in body sync, something the K20D has - not that a hotshoe adapter is a big deal.

So a $379 refurb K10D or something like a used D80 would solve my complaints while letting me keep some glass. If that refurb K20D ever comes back it wouldn't an choice at all.

Still can't make up my mind...
02-03-2010, 08:34 PM   #7
Veteran Member
ScooterMaxi Jim's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,519
It is a fair price. The real issue, by all accounts, is whether you primarily shoot ISO 400 or below. If you need 800 or 1600 ISO for more than occasional use - the K10D is not a great choice.

The fact that so few K20D bodies have showed up as refurb tells you just how solid quality control was with this unit.
02-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #8
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6
Original Poster
True, the K20D looks very solid - then again all my old pentax gear was tank like. I would shoot ISO50 if I could, models can hold still just fine


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, k10d, photography, refurb
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
best buy k200D refurb mnseawa Pentax DSLR Discussion 10 06-12-2010 10:43 AM
Another reason to buy a Pentax Pancake PentaxPoke Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 14 02-15-2009 02:30 PM
Advice on buy: Refurb k100d or ist-dl? metroeloise Pentax DSLR Discussion 7 01-06-2009 02:37 PM
Any reason NOT to buy a K10D at this point? PaddyB Pentax DSLR Discussion 53 09-21-2008 09:55 PM
DA*50-135 any reason not to buy? LSR Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 42 06-19-2008 01:33 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:06 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]