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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-06-2016, 08:31 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By BrianR
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I wouldn't bother with a k200d. Nothing wrong with it (it's great, my sister has one:D), but personally I wouldn't consider it a worthwhile upgrade to your k110d unless one falls on your lap for next to nothing. Definitely listen to Tony about the pentaprism. While the k100/200 had great viewfinders for their price range when they came out, your manual focusing and your eye in general will appreciate one of the pentaprism models.

I've never even held a k10d, so can't comment:). Its extra features may make it worthwhile if the price is right.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-06-2016, 07:14 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
I'd be tempted to wait for a k-5, penny pinching to save up camera funds in the meantime to help get to this goal sooner.

I went from a k100d to a then new but recently discontinued k5iis and it was a big enough jump in performance and features to be worth it for me:
  • The lithium battery pack completely rocks compared to 4xAA. And yes, I've used all brands of eneloops, quality high capacity nimh + quality smart charger. "Battery management" is pretty much a thing of the past

  • Honest to goodness 2-touch mirror lock up and bulb modes rule

  • Lit top LCD

  • Even larger viewfinder

  • iso 80:D

  • Size and weight is not dramatically different from the k100d - noticeable but easy to get used to

  • AF that's worth a damn... note that the k5ii are supposed to be improved over the k5, but either will be much better than the k100d series. It's pretty sick how well it can focus on stuff in low light (not high speed, but accurate)

  • Higher iso is significantly better, maybe 2 stops when viewed at 1:1, maybe 3 when downsampled to the same print size - I think that 16mp cmos sensor is pretty awesome

  • Much less menu diving

  • I'm sure more things I've come to take for granted:D


I figure go for the biggest upgrade you can afford and if you're happy with your current camera don't be shy about waiting - I used my k100d for over 7 years. Prices always come down, and you can keep adding pennies to the camera fund as time marches on. General advice would be different if your current equipment is failing or frustrating you in a way that an upgrade could alleviate.
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