K20D- Is it just me?

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cgarrard
cgarrard Forum Pro • Posts: 15,372
K20D- Is it just me?

For those of you that have a K20D and other Pentax DSLR or SLR, do you find it to be a sort of unique experience?

My two favorite DSLRS to date (if pushed to a decision) are the K20D and K5, followed closely behind by the KM7D.

All three cameras have a unique and satisfying shooting experience- but the K20D really stands out to me. Hey if you're offended at me beating this dead horse I'm sorry but I just love the K20D to death.

One thing that seems all Pentax cameras have in common is that they seem wholly minimalistic while at the same time being wholly modifiable- and its such a unique dynamic experience wise.

The K20D is the epitome of that dynamic in my opinion- and I can truly say I just love using it. I still kick myself in the teeth for selling the first one I bought- but I think I had to do that in order to really feel the magnetic draw of the K20D so I'd never pull that stupid move again.

I'm never satisifed with just one camera for every purpose. But there are only a handful that I've ever used wherein if I were stuck on an island with just one camera, I'd be most happy with.

K20D is right there on that list.

Not only does it feel perfect in my hands (both of them), but it has just enough features to keep most of my needs fully satisfied, and just enough performance to make the kind of images I like to make.

Carl

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Stephenhampshire
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Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I have a K100D, a K20D and a K5- ther overall ergonomics of the K20D suit me better, but I also use it with the grip, wheras the K5 handles well without the grip and is much smaller. Moving af points is easier on the K20, but the mode locking button on the K5 is better! Bounce P-ttl flash works on the k20 as well.

Of course the sensor on the k5 is far superior, so my K5 doesn't see much use these days.
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edwinD
edwinD Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

Hey Carl,

I'm still using my K10D and I love it, feels so comfortable and ergonomically great. Just like my PZ1!!
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Re: K20D- Is it just me?

The K20D has been and still is the perfect fit in my hand.

However, that's pretty much where it ends for me. Granted, there are some surface functions that I truly miss on the K-5, but once I had a taste of the noise performance and DR I knew there was no going back.

PS. I still own a K20D though it hasn't seen any use since I started shooting with the K-5 a little over a year ago.

moving_comfort
moving_comfort Veteran Member • Posts: 8,205
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I agree, I've kept my K20D and use it constantly. I'm considering an upgrade to the K-5 replacement, but the K20D (and K100DS before it) is just a solid camera that provides beautiful images.

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cgarrard
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They make a perfect pair

they are both different but similar. In good light I have no hesitations bringing the K20D out at all, and in bad light I find ways to make it work for me ;). In many ways it is very satisfying making the K20D give good results beyond its intended envelope of performance.

K5 is a stunner, I'm always shaking my head in awe of how good that camera performs on image quailty- but sometimes its nice to see what kind of performance you can pull out of an old horse ;).

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Daw80 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

It's not just you :), I am using my K20 all the time with DA* lenses and still have K10 as a back up camera. http://www.dawidbilskiphotography.com/galleries

Russ Houston
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Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I really liked my K20D, so much so that it took me a bit to warm up completely to the K5. To me, the K20D was very nice, and I got good shots at ISO2000, so noise wasn't that bad, especially when it came out.

Plus, the ergonomics were great. I liked how it all worked together. Some of that may have been that it was so close to the K10D in terms of ergonomics that there wasn't much of a learning curve. The K5 took me a little longer to learn, but now I'm loving it.
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Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 13,191
Not me

I started with a DS that I loved except that I didn't like the single dial controls. I bought the K10 for its twin dials but only reluctantly because it felt too big and clunky; add the dreaded VPN and I went to K20 as soon as possible. Up to then I sold the older bodies as soon as possible.

The smaller size of the K-7 attracted me but I decided I wanted two bodies so I kept the K20. I loved the feel of the K-7; after the first hour with it I only ever used the K20 if I needed to carry two bodies together.

I've since sold the K20 and bought a K-5: for the first time I have a camera that I'm totally happy with.

I've used bigger and smaller (D)SLRs but the K-7/5 size is the one that suits me best. And I prefer their controls to all other cameras I've tried too.

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Ursusminor Forum Member • Posts: 90
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I find all Pentax cameras to be extremely user friendly with great ergonomics. I have tried out Nikons to get the greater speed and Canons just because. Nikons leave me cold and the Canon interface is so disagreeable I don't even try them out anymore. I have thought about upgrading to a K5, but the k20 keeps this amateur pretty darn happy. The other thing I have loved about the pentax dslr's are the colors they produce. I much prefer pentax color over Canon and Nikons, although the little Olympus ep2 I just picked up is pretty comparable.

leopold Forum Pro • Posts: 14,083
i like mine...

For me the K20D is a good size because i like to use bigger lenses and the K20D balances very well with them. Very tough body and great Weather sealed.
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snofox Regular Member • Posts: 333
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I have a K20D and a K200D, and use them all the time. I will only consider an upgrade when the K5 replacement appears, and only then toward the end of its production cycle. Yup, the K20D is that good. And so is the K200D.
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cgarrard
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Re: K20D- Is it just me?

Can't say I disagree with that.

It's nice to see others thinking the same.

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wll Veteran Member • Posts: 4,821
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

Love this post.

Yes I have "a few K20D's" and a K-5

Love the K-5 for it's very fine high ISO and the other features.

The K20D's on the other hand are my go to cameras for just about everything. I stayed with the K20D when the K-7 came out because of it's better high ISO performance, and I did not care about video.

I think the Sony 16mp sensor is one of the best produced to date and was hoping for a great mirror less from Pentax when they came out with the K-01. Not having an articulating screen killed it for me and I went with the Sony NEX 5n so I can still use my great Pentax glass.

Back on subject, yes, the K20D is one of my all time favorite cameras !

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DAVID MANZE Veteran Member • Posts: 4,631
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

Hi guys,

Still new to the K5 and was expecting a clear improvement in RAW images over my K20, made me realize that the K20 is not much behind the K5! will try 160 ASA (lowest K5 with DR) as opposed to the 200 ASA of the K20. A bit disappointed at the what seems to me to be underexposure,but it's coming far quicker than the K20. A great buy S/H if you can find one at the right price.
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CherryO Regular Member • Posts: 330
Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I shot with a *ist DS, a K10D and then a K20D... .and then sold it all and now shoot Nikon.

I have to say, as much as I appreciate the Nikon technology (AF, metering), I really really miss the feel of the K20D... both in the hand and in the images. There is something really special about that sensor in the K20D. I borrowed a K-7 a few times and just could not get the images to look as nice as what I was getting from the K20D.

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cgarrard
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Re: K20D- Is it just me?

I see a possible reunited moment in the future.

":)

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Sinnettc
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I've got 2 . . .

and 3 DA* lenses. They really do work well.
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cgarrard
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Re: I've got 2 . . .

Sweet! I may pick up another one again when the prices fall one more time. Right now they've been back on the rise.

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Sinnettc
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Re: I've got 2 . . .

My 2nd one was refurbished. It came in with a shutter count of 12 and a 1 year warranty. IIRC I paid about $375 for it about 6 or 8 months ago.

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