K100D UPGRADE PATH


jwoodman

Link Posted 02/02/2011 - 20:37
The K100D was my first camera three years ago, and I've learned a lot from it. My skills are still pretty modest. I'm tempted by the K-5 as the next step, but obviously I could get a K-x for much less. Could I expect a significant improvement in image quality if I go to the K-x, or should I bite on the bullet and get a K-5?

Don

Link Posted 02/02/2011 - 20:52
split the difference and buy the kr? use the money you save to buy a new lens?
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cabstar

Link Posted 02/02/2011 - 21:20
yes glass glasd glass
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Opethian

Link Posted 02/02/2011 - 22:45
I agree. Go for the K-r and some glass! But if budget permits... K5 and some glass!

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Dangermouse

Link Posted 02/02/2011 - 23:03
You'll get much better results with a K-x or K-r, but it's a tricky decision as the K-r is about 130 more. Only you can decide whether it's worth the extra!
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Transit

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 05:51
jwoodman wrote:
The K100D was my first camera three years ago, and I've learned a lot from it. My skills are still pretty modest. I'm tempted by the K-5 as the next step, but obviously I could get a K-x for much less. Could I expect a significant improvement in image quality if I go to the K-x, or should I bite on the bullet and get a K-5?

I went from K100D to K-7. Great body and so much faster in all aspects. Things like the K100D glacial image review speed.
The K-x/ K-r is faster too and less image noise than K100D. You lose the top LCD and gain a shutter sound that wakes the dead.

Try handling K-5 and K-r, nothing like first hand experience.

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sam-joseph

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 08:59
I've got a K100D Super, which has been a great camera, and I'm currently thinking of upgrading. The K-r looks good, but I can't quite come to terms with losing the top LCD screen. Presumably the K-r's screen is activated to compensate for this, and therefore I reckon battery life could suffer as a result. Might just have to wait a year for a good used K5.
Regards
Sam-Joseph
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johnriley

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 09:31
The slight redesign of the K-r is actually brilliant. The rear screen gives all the necessary info in a very accessible wasy and as for battery life it's just amazing.

There is nothing to worry about and if the K-r was weather sealed there would be much less reason to think of a K-5.
Best regards, John

Blincodave

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 09:49
Second hand K20D

Dave
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JonSchick

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 10:15
Depends what you want from the upgrade. If it's mainly about image quality, then I'd probably go for the Kr. If it's about handling/controls/twin e-dials/etc then I'd go for the higher end bodies. I think the Kr has enough useful additions (not least illuminated focus points) to make it a better upgrade than the Kx.

thoughton

Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 11:01
I upgraded from a K100D Super to a second hand K20D which cost me 400 on this forum. For me it was a major upgrade, easily noticeably differences in functions and IQ (at least as far as ability to crop was concerned).

I used the K20D for about a year and 12000 photos, then sold it for 300. 100 for a year's use was great value in my book.
Tim
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sterretje

Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 10:08
If you use (or are planning to use) a wired remote, it's not supported on K-x and K-r.
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sam-joseph

Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 10:47
sterretje wrote:
If you use (or are planning to use) a wired remote, it's not supported on K-x and K-r.

This is the thing I don't understand. Why don't manufacturers add features, instead of removing some and adding others. An example is the exclusion of viewfinder focus points on the k-x. Enough people made a noise about it, and now we see focus points reinstated on the K-r, but they've taken away the wired remote socket that even my old K100D Super has. My K100 also has viewfinder focus points, and that's what turned me off the k-x in the first place.
Regards
Sam-Joseph
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