OK, so go ahead and pull the trigger on the K20D. I understand that the Ritz/Wolf store in
Austin has them in stock.
Here is a good place to find glass and accessories. www.pentaxforums.com
See the photographers marketplace.
It's a free membership, BTW. you can buy and sell without having to pay for a membership.
Best of luck,
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I've played with a K20D and K200D for about 10 minutes each, I want one badly.
For now, I'll keep rolling with my collection of old Pentax and vivitar film bodies and old glass.
+1 on the Pentax forum, I don't post, but I read it regularly.
Interesting that Ravenmore is considering changing nikon to something like pentax. I still (ARG) haven't gotten the d80 I wanted because I decided to used saved money for a trip.. and I realized in all honesty I'm not a huge fan of the color quality of the nikon. No matter how much better the nikon is in technical aspects I really feel that canon and pentax has better color quality. So I was thinking of pentax because I really don't like the feel of canons.
Like Ravenmore, I'd love to have a photographic sideline doing engagement shots, landscapes, etc. But my equipment is a hodge-podge of older stuff and I wonder how well that would work. Right now, there's no money in the budget for upgrades or additions.
I have been using the Pentax k10d for the last couple of years... I have been a fan of Pentax stuff all the way back to HS photo and my trusty K1000 and ME Super. I used the Pz1P when it was the top of their line and I sold my 645II stuff to fund the move to digital. I think that compared to other cameras in the price range, once again you get WAY more camera for your buck than either Nikon or Cannon. However, folks have brought up some great points.. Lens availability is frustrating at time. I just recently purchased a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 that has been outstanding. The Sigma 50-500 is a total waste of money. The Pentax 12-24 f4.0 has produced some great landscapes for me and the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 is a steal. If I had to pick two lenses to start with I would go with the two Tamrons for their speed and versatility. I will not lie to you,, for the same reasons I switched to 645 format, I have had my eye on a full frame DSLR and the new generation of Cannon and the new Sony have been singing their tempting melody. Usually when that occurs it is only a matter of time before I give in.
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Heh - I found a steal of a deal on, of all freaking things, a D80. Lol. Its almost too good to pass up. Its $200 less than what I SOLD my D80 for used. The Pentax is a better camera, but would be $300 more. Is it $300 better? IMO probably not. I have to watch expenses right now too.
Btw - photographed a band last night. I borrowed a friends D50 with 50mm 1.8:
Was that hand held, or did you use a tripod? Nice captures by the way...really like them....
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fyi - the camera really showed some mojo this past weekend. I was asked to photograph a band at a bar I had never been to. The place was a complete dungeon, but due to the unique features of being able to shoot at 3200 ASA (on a near 15 megapixel sensor) and having the anti shake mechanism (and a f2.8 lens), I was able to get a large number of acceptable shots. A lot of other cameras out there don't go to 3200 ASA and/or don't have anti-shake. Lack of either would have sunk the whole evening.