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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2016, 01:04 PM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
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Switch on whilst holding in the menu button to check firmware version.
There is a section in Pentax forums to check shutter count but you probably already know that. If you don't, sorry I don't know how to set up a link. Something I must find out how to do sometime.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2016, 11:21 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
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Bargain....though I notice Photolady might be buying one that has come up in the Pentax marketplace. I have just logged on so don't know if she has.
You might like to reset all settings on your new acquisition then customising to your taste, on the GX10 the previous owner had linked stop down metering to the AF button not the green button which I prefer. This and the ISO set to 1600 might have led me to being underwhelmed with images had I not changed them.
Happy snapping.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2016, 09:03 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
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Looking at some of the images I have taken today, I can thoroughly recommend.......going for a K-5 if and when funds permit. Not denigrating the K10D, just prefer the newer and larger sensor. I don't feel the 10D is a big enough leap up from the 100D Super.
Just my opinion.
This Samsung now brings my Pentax (and Samsung) DSLR collection to 5 (with one going to my nephew-in-law's wife sometime later this year when she has some funds. I have a rather bad habit now, buying camera related items. I really should get back to playing golf and gardening.
Best wishes for your upgrade as and when.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2016, 04:54 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
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Subsequent to you opening this thread and having read some K10D owners favourable views of the camera I saw a Samsung GX-10 being sold on Ebay with less than an hour to go. Yesterday morning in fact.
I immediately put a bid in at 42 (with postage at 9) and went off assuming the camera was going to sell for a lot more. At lunchtime I noticed that I had won the camera and then buyers remorse set in. The seller did not provide much information apart from saying that it had been well looked after. A quick look at his other items and his "ebay score" belatedly left me feeling a little less worried.
The camera arrived at 9:00am today, wearing a Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 and accompanied by a Samsung charger, A proprietary Samsung battery and a spare generic. Both batteries showing full. The camera looked a bit dusty and the eyepiece is a bit chewed but it show <25k actuations.


A couple of quick snaps, some adjustments to the settings and I was happy it was all working.
While the Samsung is not identical to the K10D (uses a slightly different battery grip, buttons and uses Adobe DNG for raw) the basics are apparently much the same.
Should you decide to move up to a K10D, checkout the Samsung, it appears to be selling cheaper than the Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2016, 12:02 PM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 65
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I believe the K-7 might seen to be a refined and enhanced K20D while the K-5 is a larger step up from the K20D and K-7. Certainly a K-7 is likely to be a great camera!


If you input Pentax k-(whatever) vs Pentax K-(another model) there are sites like snapsort that "score" the cameras against each other. These sites can reduce the differences to be more easily read comparisons than perhaps the Pentax Forum camera comparisons site.


The base ISO on a particular camera is set at what I presume is the best ISO setting for no noise of the particular sensor fitted to that particular camera, or maybe tuned to be. Plus the extra stop over ISO 100 is handy. It did worry me initially that my K100D Super had a base ISO of 200 but the images were excellent. If the ISO could have been expanded to include 100 (or 80) there might have been a deterioration in the image at a lower ISO, especially where a particular camera tends to underexpose by a stop or two.


You are right about the red square focus point indicator. At least one Pentax (the K-X I believe) does not show one in the viewfinder. If you like to know what the camera has chosen as the focus point this may be a disadvantage though you can still choose a particular point for focus. I believe manual lenses always use the centre point only anyway.


Lots of reading Pentax Forum camera reviews and comparisons (and of course those provided by magazines) is perhaps the answer to making your choice(s) of camera upgrade. Having a shutter that is likely to last a lot longer than an entry level camera, a faster shutter speed, better high ISO performance, WR etc might make you lean towards a higher end camera (K20D, K-7, K-5, K-3 and K-1) but lighter weight, simpler controls and lower cost might lean you towards the entry level. But all that reading should mean you learn a lot too! Perhaps even to stick with your current camera until a (fabulous spec) K-1 is a viable cost option.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2016, 09:09 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Skodadriver
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
Last year I loaned my Nephew-in-law's wife my K100D Super and Tamron 70-300mm LD DI MACRO to try as she had an Olympus 4/3 camera without shake reduction and was thinking of buying a longer lens that would offer long telephoto for wildlife and closer focussing for flowers. I did not mention the option of getting an adapter for her Olympus. My thinking was that she ought to try something that gave SR when using a long telephoto.
She loved it. Thinking she might ask for the K100D Super I picked up a K-R to have as my standby camera. I liked it though missed the top LCD a bit. I then loaned her this so she could see what the larger sensor offered for higher ISO's and also cropping. She liked this even more, not surprising.
I then bought a K20D to use as a standby as my great niece was also showing an interest in SLR's having given her my old Fuji and Olympus in the past and I could feel the K100D Super was going to be asked for sometime soon.
Time to get to the point;


My favourite camera is my K-5, cost me 200 20 months ago from SRS microsystems with 76k on the clock but it looked like it had spent it's early life in a studio, cosmetically almost pristine and with 3 months warranty.


My next is the K20D which is fitted with a battery grip. I believe it has a Samsung sensor though I rarely go higher than 400 ISO with it..
The K-R does not have the top LCD that the K100D Super has, but does have better ISO ceiling and is good enough I it's own right with a nice (Sony?) sensor.


My suggestion to you, bearing in mind my limited experience of Pentax SLRs is;


Go for a K-5 as soon as you can (super camera and the price of these 2nd hand is getting to be within your budget) but if you don't mind working your way through to it later or maybe even the K-3, the K20D or K-R will provide excellent interims, both of which should be found well within your budget if you look around.
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