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Pentax K200D 18-55mm Lens Kit (10.2 MP Entry Level DSLR With Professional Characteristics)

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  • CCD with 10.2 Megapixels resolution resulting in photographs of impressive depth and brilliance for superb prints
  • Dust and spray protected body
  • 60 individual seals on the body ensure that humidity, dust and dirt have no effect on the working parts of the camera
  • Reliable system against dust on the sensor-seals prevent dust contamination, coating of the Low Pass filter prevents adhesion of dust particles, vibration eliminates dust from the sensor, an adhesive strip collects dust shaken from the sensor and the Dust Alert system warns of persistent adhering particles on the sensor
  • PENTAX Dynamic Range Enlargement (DRE). The PENTAX DRE system finds all the details and intricacies in demanding situations for more true-to-life reproductions
  • The special advantage of PENTAX Shake Reduction: it is integrated into the camera body so it is always available and with any lens
  • Picture Modes and automatic functions provide for precise camera settings
  • The camera can independently recognise which programme is best suited for each photograph situation and immediately adjust for the optimal settings to match the situation
  • PRIME Processor - the heart of the camera, provides for the optimal operational sequence of the camera's internal processes
  • RAW and JPEG data can be stored into memory simultaneously
  • 18-55mm lens kit - an ideal universal lens for unknown photographic occasions

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: 1954100
  • ASIN: B0015G3RK8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Feb. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,603 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • AV Cable I-IVC28
  • USB cable I-USB17
  • Shoulder Strap O-ST53
  • Body Cap
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • Eyecup
  • Cover for accesory shoe
  • 4x AA Batteries
  • Software S-SW74
  • 18-55mm Lens

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    This is Pentax's second "entry level" digital SLR camera, following their very successful K100d, and it is entering a very crowded marketplace. In fact, many people who wish to graduate from "point and shoot" cameras will never even get as far as the K200d, such is the dominance of other models by Canon, Nikon and Sony. However, by ignoring this excellent camera, they are missing out on a trick.

    So what is it that the Pentax does that, for example, the Sony A350, Nikon D60 and Canon 450i don't do? Well, for a start, it might be worth explaining that it in many ways it does exactly the same as those three big name models. It takes excellent pictures, offering rich, strong colours and it copes pretty well with even quite low-light situations. It offers a range of preset modes, which fiddle with a whole range of settings to help out novices users, and it offers the standard range of Av, Tv, P and M modes for more flexibility. It comes with a standard kit lens of 18-55mm, which allows for a pretty broad wide-angle shot (though by no means a true fish-eye) through to about 4x apparent magnification of the subject. The 50-200mm lens is a worthwhile addition, and performs very well in a range of situations. The camera is relatively small (compared to semi-pro and professional DSLRs), but boasts a large, bright screen and yet isn't too cluttered with buttons.

    So what makes it special? Why did I spend my money on this, and not a Sony (for its live view), an Olympus (for its small size) or a Nikon (for the ability to borrow my mate's amazing collection of lenses)? Well, there were a number of reasons:
    - The feel: I have quite large hands (I'm 6'5") and found the Olympus and Canon to be very uncomfortable when I tried it in a shop.
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    I have been an amateur photographer since the late 70's and have always used Nikon cameras FM, F3 and later on a 995 digital Nikon. I always wanted to get into digital SLR's and I could never justify the price of the D100 D200 or D300 and the D40's and lower priced Nikon SLR's felt kind of cheap. I looked at other cameras in the price range of the K200D including Canon, Olympus and Sony and none of them had the build quality of the K200D with its stainless frame and weather sealed body. Also the shake reduction in the Pentax body sure beats having to buy expensive lenses such as the Nikon and Canon to get the same effect. The CCD is a carryover from the K10D which is a highly rated camera and the K200D shares many of the same features as the flagship Pentax K20D such as 2.7" LCD, front programable RAW switch, the newly modified text in menu screens that did away with jibberish abbreviations and the CCD cleaning system which vibrates and you can take a picture of CCD to see where particles of dust are located. It's not a 100% accurate there are times you still have to blow off CCD with bulb blower, but there is a cleaning mode in which you can lock up mirror and not have to hold shutter open with bulb setting. The K200D uses AA batteries which I like, they are easily found. I have been using 2500mah rechargeable SONY NiMh and getting approx 800 shots from a full charge. You can add a battery grip and add 4 more batteries. The camera will switch from camera battery to grip battery when power is low which doubles the amount of shots. Plus grip has a vertical shutter button.
    The kit lens is among the best kit lenses out there surpassing many with very clear shots and very good auto focusing.
    The K200D has simple settings for the beginner and lots of manual control for advanced photographers.
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    Why should you buy this camera?

    1. Build quality far better than competition
    2. Handling far better than competition
    3. Great image quality
    4. Good kit lenses
    5. Weather seals for British climate
    6. Can use rechargeable or lithium AA batteries
    7. Access to more than 30 years of great Pentax lenses
    8. Shake reduction in body means old lenses benefit from latest technology
    9. Partner the camera with a £150 Pentax 50/1.4 or 50/1.7 autofocus prime lens and you will have a fantastic low-light image-stabilised camera which will allow the taking of extremely sharp pictures indoors without a flash

    In summary:
    1. Sony A200/A300/A350 - really a Minolta camera, very poor kit lenses, other Sony lenses are expensive
    2. Olympus 520 - too small, expensive lenses, poor viewfinder, poor high ISO
    3. Nikon D40/D60 - no autofocus mechanism in camera means you can't use many Nikon lenses. Lacks in camera stabilisation
    4. Canon 1000d/450d - nice electronics but with horrible handling. Prime lenses not image stabilised
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    I have used Pentax and nikon most of my life. i had th Pentax DS before. this is a considerable improvement. I will agree with the two previous reviewers and put out briefly why i would choose it.
    AA Batteries. now with Eneloop batteries they hold their charge as well and are far more convenient
    Weatherproofing. this is fantastic in an UK climate but you will need to buy a 17-70 pentax lens when it comes along ... then the whole system is good for the great UK outdooors. It is unique in ths!!!
    Dust removal .. a boon
    Dust detection .. brilloiant so easy to see where the problem is.
    Image stabilising .... wonderful
    Heavy ... but i like that ...

    Go get it ....

    PS you can use all the pentax lenses ever made ...
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