Next Logical Step After *ist DS?


Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 12:34
Hi experts - need some solid advice.

Managed to fall in the lake this past weekend with my camera

Needless to say neither it nor the 18-55 kit lens fared well. They're dried-out and functioning but certainly not up to factory spec as far as clear prism and image.

Probably time to upgrade to a newer used body and kit lens.

I've been sort of happy with 6.1 mega pixels, but would like roughly double that, with Shake Reduction.

Very limited budget of course.

I'd love any and all suggestions as to what to pursue.

Appreciate your time.

Cheers from Montreal

Mac (Malcolm)

Mongoose

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:02
what do you generally shoot?

If you don't need or want ooodles of megapixels or high ISOs, the K10D is still a solid camera. Available on a certain auction site for ~£100 - £150 (with an 18-55 it's closer to £150). I'll be selling mine shortly but I already have a buyer.

At ISO 100 the K10 remains pretty hard to beat, although its performance at 800 and 1600 leaves a lot to be desired.
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johnriley

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:12
It totally depends on budget.

You are used to a glass pentaprism finder, so I'd stick with that. Therefore, from lowest to greatest cost, I'd look for the K20D or K-5, choosing the latter if low light photography is your thing.

Both are now available at prices that are very low for what they are capable of.
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Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:14
Mongoose wrote:
what do you generally shoot?

If you don't need or want ooodles of megapixels or high ISOs, the K10D is still a solid camera. Available on a certain auction site for ~£100 - £150 (with an 18-55 it's closer to £150). I'll be selling mine shortly but I already have a buyer.

At ISO 100 the K10 remains pretty hard to beat, although its performance at 800 and 1600 leaves a lot to be desired.

Many thanks I'll look at the K10D, it sure made a splash when it was announced!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

pentaxian450

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:16
Mac, I have a very lightly used (was used as a back up to the K-7's) K20D with grip and two batteries for sale. If you're interested, let me know, and we can arrange to meet so you can see if it suits you.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:21
pentaxian450 wrote:
Mac, I have a very lightly used (was used as a back up to the K-7's) K20D with grip and two batteries for sale. If you're interested, let me know, and we can arrange to meet so you can see if it suits you.

Might just do that Yves, good to hear from you!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:23
[quote:3496ace15f="johnriley"]It totally depends on budget.

You are used to a glass pentaprism finder, so I'd stick with that. Therefore, from lowest to greatest cost, I'd look for the K20D or K-5, choosing the latter if low light photography is your thing.

Both are now available at prices that are very low for what they are capable of.[/quot

John, as always you spot the feature that I need with my failing vision!

The K20D would probably fill the bill!

Thanks!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

Mongoose

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:29
yes the K20 would probably suit nicely, a little younger than a K10 as well

BTW, the K10D also has a glass pentaprism finder
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Last Edited by Mongoose on 04/11/2013 - 13:30

Dodge69

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:35
Hey Mac, while I'm sure we would all recommend the K5, or as above ANY Pentax DSLR , one thing to keep in mind, and I say it with the greatest of respect, you may find them a bit heavier that the *ist. That extra 90 grams or so is noticeable. Just something to keep in mind, particularly if you like all day walks etc. A second hand Kx or Kr might be other options, closer if not lighter than the *ist.
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Mongoose

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:38
that is true, although I believe you sacrifice the pentaprism finder?

I believe the K10 and K20 are the largest and heaviest Pentax DSLRs to date, so if that's a concern it is worth keeping in mind.
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Last Edited by Mongoose on 04/11/2013 - 13:40

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 14:03
Mongoose wrote:
that is true, although I believe you sacrifice the pentaprism finder?

K30 might make sense if weight is an issue and a pentaprism is needed.
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Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 04/11/2013 - 14:05

Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 15:12
Thanks to all!

Weight is a consideration as I lean out my kayak for ridiculous attempts at impossible shots. (That's how I dunked my *istD).

Lots to consider from your appreciated answers!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

JonSchick

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 15:31
I think I'd also second the suggestion of the K-30 if it comes within your price range. Excellent viewfinder, superb image quality, deep grip () and WR.
Jon

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Mac

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 15:38
JON!

Caught the WR reference! Funny guy!

Agree it's a heck of a nice little camera - but way out of my league $wise.
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

oldhat

Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 16:28
Hi Mac,

All of these suggestions are very good. I still have my K10 as a backup and when using old manual lenses. I have found it to be a fine camera and would recommend it.
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