I'm a happy D40 owner (and newbie). I just checked out the k200D specs and am pretty impressed. With 10MP, you'll get more post processing crop latitude. It looks like the K200D has same sensor size as D40. It also has spot metering as well..
Moreover, looks like K200D has auto bracketing. Look like there's even some 'HDR' image processing... very interesting!.
I love my D40, but would think you'd be very happy with the K200D, especially since you already have some lenses...
You absolutely can't go wrong with either one. I love the D40. It takes wonderful images right out of the box..
Before Pentax was purchased by Hoya, I was not happy with the selection of Pentax lenses, especially with the great history that Pentax had years ago with their fantastic Takamar lenses. Many of the available Pentax offerings today are rebadged Tamrons and Cosinas of dubious optical quality..
That seems to be changing, fortunately. I think with Hoya at the head, Pentax will once again offer great lenses. You might have to wait a while, but who knows, and this is just my opinion..
With the Nkon, I think you can be assured of top quality glass..
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If you have good lenses and want to make use of them then definitely Pentax. The only way I could see a deal breaker is if you had a strong preference for the ergonomics of the d40 over the Pentax...
Thanks everyone, this is such a wonderfully active and friendly set of forums!.
I just wanted to be sure there was no compelling reason to get the Nikon, like "The pentax will take crummy pictures..."..
There are only two things the Nikon has over the Pentax:.
1. The Nikon system is larger. With Nikon (or Canon) you have a larger selection of lenses and flashguns. This is true, but most common lens types are available for Pentax as well. I've been a hobbyist for 25 years (with Nikon gear) and I've yet to need something that is not available for Pentax.
2. Pentax, as a small manufacturer, is a bigger risk - they might be unprofitable and give up on the DSLR market. If you were talking about Sigma, that would be a rather big concern. With Pentax, I don't see that happening, although they are a bigger risk than Nikon or Canon..
To summarize, try the Pentax at a store. Make sure your old lenses work with a new body. If they do, and the camera feels nice in your hand, go for it. Ergonomics don't mean much unless you're shooting for hours on end...
By present standards, the K200D is a much more advanced camera than the D40. I own one and have used the Nikon, but, when it comes down to features and performance the Pentax is just another step above and for a pretty similar price with the current rebate.Dave Lewis..
Ergonomics don't mean much unless you're shootingfor hours on end..
Not true, I have small hands which can make using dials and buttons on larger models very awkward even for a single photo..