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Old Oct 4, 2012, 4:50 PM   #1
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Default Goodbye K200, hello K-30.

Due to my incredible carelessness in not checking that my camera backpack was fully zipped my K200 got 'flung' out when quickly removing the bag off of my shoulder. After a drop of about 4 feet onto the pavement the mode dial was dented, scraped and only operational in about 3/4 of the modes and a new to me rattle from somewhere inside the body. I checked with the nearest authorized Pentax repair centre and it appears repairs (if possible) will cost more than the value of the camera.

Dropped into my local Pentax dealer who has the K-30's available and can also access some new/old stock K-r's. In doing some comparisons I have decided to go with the K-30 and will pick it up tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too great a leap from the K200.

A cautionary note for everyone to watch out for their camera gear.

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Old Oct 4, 2012, 8:35 PM   #2
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Dropped into my local Pentax dealer
I am jealous.

I've done the same before but was lucky enough that it only rolled out of the bag onto the ground.



Grats on the new camera!
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Old Oct 4, 2012, 9:29 PM   #3
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A friend of mine had a K200D. He didn't drop it. It just ceased to function and as with you the repair cost exceeded the value. He also bought a K-30 and is very happy with it.
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Old Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM   #4
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Sorry the K200D came to an untimely end. But you should be very happy with the K-30.
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Old Oct 4, 2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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Tough break, cameras become your friends and its hard to lose them. I still need to get my 50-135 repaired, it's decentered now after two similar types of falls (though both were on carpet, they were high enough to knock something out of alignment). One of these days I'll send it in for repair.

Let us know how you do with the K30 - if I were in the market for a new camera I'd seriously look at it because of its size. I'll be fascinated with seeing how you do with it.
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Old Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM   #6
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Carrying my K10 around my kneck, I lazily removed my jumper thinking that it was still in place & managed to drop it vertically to the ground. Whether it landed on top of the jumper, I don't know, but there wasn't a scratch on either the body, lens or lens cap & thankfully fully working.

I guess that I was just lucky, but it taught me a lesson.
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Wow, sorry about K200 but happy for your new purchase. Looking forward to seeing some shots when you get them.
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Congrats on the new toy, if it's anything like my Kr (size and weight and I believe it is) you will love it.

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Manual in one hand and camera in the other I'm going through the menu deciding which settings to leave at default and which to change. There are certainly more choices than with the K200 - lots of 'bells and whistles' amongst the various settings. I am finding that even with the extra dial and buttons it isn't too great a leap from the old camera. I think once you are used to the way Pentax sets up the menus, etc. things become quite intuitive. Once I have the basic settings arranged to my liking I will try and post some sample/test photos.

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Looking forward to your shots with the new Camera. Good luck with it and many days of happy shooting!

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