1- First, I have no link with Pentax except I'm a user of a Pentax K10D camera.
2- After many years with a Canon S10 and a Canon A70, I bought a Pentax *ist DL a couple of years ago. I had three criterias : brand reputation, quality and price. Many years ago, my father owned a Pentax film SLR and was very happy with it. At EUR 750, Pentax offered a full bundle with 2 lenses and an SD card. The Pentax *ist DL was the only dSLR available with standard AA batteries. Competitors were more expensive and provided lenses in the standard kit that weren't so good. Since reviews were good for the *ist DL and it was my first dSLR, I went for it.
3- The Pentax *ist DL suffered from over-processed colours and I was using the manual controls more and more. So the K10D offers the big jump, also with the re-use of the classic Pentax zooms (18-55 and 50-200 mm) I already have, at a very competitive price (EUR 800 at that time). Clearly, I was a captured customer since I wanted to keep my lenses The video tour featured by CameraLabs and starring Gordon eased my choice. So I went back with my first user review, as a way to thanks CameraLabs for its help
4- Since the K10D sensor is very sensitive, the DA 18-55 and 50-200mm lenses weren't at the same quality level
. So I went for the DA* lenses and decided to share my first pictures, hence more user reviews.
5- If you're considering a purchase, you were right waiting for the end of January. Pentax has announced new cameras, K20D and K200D. You could then opt for one of the new generation (but wait for reviews first
) or purchase one of the previous generation, in that case with big price drops. Personally, I wouldn't update my K10D, I rather prefer to go for a new lens.
6- I'm really surprised by the number of views of my review, 16,045 and counting. I know Pentax is very often forgotten by reviewers: the last David Pogue's video about dSLR features Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, but nothing about Pentax. I think Pentax is worth considering.
7- Purchasing a dSLR is clearly selecting a system with many accessories and dollars to spend
Having a clear idea of the use of the dSLR and thinking twice about the system are recommended steps before ordering.
8- As a happy owner of a K10D, I could only talk about the camera I have, including its defaults (like Twisted Pictures On K10D?
). I don't know the D80, but it seems an excellent camera too, with very happy owners. Have a look at CameraLabs K10D review where there's a comparison with the D80
. However, the Camera Labs Buyer's Guide: The best budget digital SLRs
mentions the D80 but not the K10D.
9- Have you tried how both cameras fit in your hands
Feel free to ask more.
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