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Full AP Pentax K-7 test now available

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by Angela_Nicholson, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Angela_Nicholson

    Angela_Nicholson Well-Known Member

    Hi

    I thought that you would like to know that we have had a full production model of the Pentax K-7 for a while now and its test is the issue that is in the shops now - dated Saturday 15th August.

    Regards

    Angela
     
  2. GP54

    GP54 New Member

    Thanks for an interesting review Angela.

    Now I have to decide whether to upgrade my K10D to a K20D (good offers around at present) or to spend double the amount of money and go for the K7.

    If money were no object I would choose be the K7 because of the extra features, expecially the higher resolution screen, auto level and HDR. Perhaps the K7 price will drop over the next few months as we approach Christmas.
     
  3. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    It's on my Christmas list to replace my K10D but first of all it's got to appear on the High Street. My local Pentax Pro Dealer hasn't had one in yet.
     
  4. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Its my birthday in about three weeks. :) :) :)

    Look, there goes another flying pig............

    I can hear myself saying.....well dear, it is cheaper than ditching everything for a Canon 5D M2 and new lenses.......biff, another black eye! :D :D

    Perhaps Christmas then........ :mad:
     
  5. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Re: Full AP Pentax K-7 test now available//dangie --monobod

    ... I know a place in Vancouver that has a few K7's :rolleyes: and they come a free
    Starbucks coffee :D

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  6. Angela_Nicholson

    Angela_Nicholson Well-Known Member

    I must point out a small, silly error in the test. I said that the Shake Reduction option can only by turned on and off via the fourth page of the menu, but it can also be controlled via the Info panel. Sorry for any confusion caused.

    Angela
     
  7. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Thanks Angela,

    You had us all worried there for a while! :D
    I almost abandoned Pentax for the 5D Mk II, but common sense prevailed. :D
     
  8. welshwizard645

    welshwizard645 Well-Known Member

    I debated about this and changed to the K20D - I am not disappointed ;)
     
  9. HowardWiles

    HowardWiles Member

    Latest Review in Digital Camera Essentials( was Digital Camera Buyer) compares K 7 against Canon 50D, K7 beats it!! .
    Good news as I was deliberating over which of the two to buy on resurecting my interest in Photography. Previously I owned a Contax 139 with Zeiss 1.7 50mm lens .

    Things that tip it for me too are the slightly smaller size, built in stabilisation which means more affordable lenses, 100% viewfinder and although not important , the video ablility.
    Any more comments before I take the plunge will be appreciated .

    Howard
     
  10. johnriley1uk

    johnriley1uk Well-Known Member

    If you appreciate the quality of Zeiss lenses, you will certainly appreciate the Pentax Limited lenses.
     
  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    And the new Cosina/Zeiss primes are also available in ZK mount, albeit at a premium price.
     
  12. johnriley1uk

    johnriley1uk Well-Known Member

    The Zeiss lenses are manual focus, whereas the Pentax Limited lenses are AF.

    Both ranges are expensive and very very nice!
     
  13. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    I bought my first Limited - DA21 - a couple of weeks ago, and I agree totally. It even has depth of field scales! :) Sometimes I find myself taking it out of the bag just to look at it and feel the focus movement - it's a work of art in itself :)

    I've had a chance to have a pixel peep at some of the first shots I made with it, and it's truly the sharpest thing I've seen - makes use of the full 14 MP of my K20D (though I have heard the FA31 is even sharper).

    I was lucky to find some pre-price-increase stock at Walters in Merthyr Tydfil - saved about 150 quid over most current prices. If you're lucky they may have some left...
     
  14. GP54

    GP54 New Member

    Post script:

    My employer gave me a bonus for a successful project so I treated myself to the K7. It is too early for a full appraisal but on first impressions I am delighted with the K7 and have no regrets. The leveling features are great for someone like me that has trouble with crooked horizons. The auto white balance and autofocus seem much improved.

    Trade in allowance of £200 for the K10 seemed pretty reasonable considering that most camera's are obsolete overnight these days.

    Gerry
     
  15. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    Full review now available at DPreview.

    They like it, but consider there to be no real improvement in RAW image quality over the K20D. In that regard it appears similar to the competing Nikon and Canon offerings, possibly a tad better than the Canon and a tad worse than the Nikon. Made me consider buying a used K20D, but there's no logic to it, pure camera lust ;)
     
  16. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I am tempted by the high resolution screen, the 100% viewfinder, the video capability (have Grandsons with model boats), the improved noise reduction and particulary the vastly improved dust control similar to the Olympus system. No real mention of that in Angela's report but it must be ane of its best feature improvements. My Oly E-500 has never has a dust spot in over four years of use.

    I know there are still issues with the autofocus not being up to Nikon standards, but look at the price difference and ask yourself is the K-7 great value for money. I think it is.
     
  17. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Re: **WARNING** vicious *PERSONAL BIAS* in reply

    Hi David,

    MY PERSONAL BIAS is <u>Do Not Buy ANY DSLR for the Video</u> and I was having this exact discussion (on Tuesday) with the Nikon's service manager and discussed this with two(2) different customers on Tuesday. I tell people "Do not buy any DSLR strictly, mainly, partially, kind of or because it might be kind of neat on holidays/at events/etc..." I tell them, "buy the camera for it's upgraded still photo capabilities and how it can make taking still pictures better." I do this for all makes and models (Pentax, Canon or Nikon), however, just to prove that I am not totally "anti-DSLR video", I tell them that if they do purchase a DSLR w/ video capability.. to play with it at home on "unimportant things" so that they can learn about the deficits/credits of the video before they go on holidays, to birthdays/weddings/anniversaries/sporting matches/etc.... so there are big suprises if the DSLR Video doesn't work as well as the £50/$100 Compact Digi Camera video :eek:

    Cheers and I think that my rant?? is over :rolleyes:

    Jack
     
  18. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: **WARNING** vicious *PERSONAL BIAS* in reply

    Yes, I do agree about the video being just a side issue. If I were a serious video enthusiast, I would buy a proper camcorder.

    Even without this 'add on goodie' I do think that the K-7 has enough going for it to be worth the price. I was not sure what Angela was concerned about with the viewfinder, is it a real problem, or just for spec wearers? I have to move about a bit with the K20D sometimes but I do not find that too much of a problem. I will make sure that I try one out before I buy it though.

    Is the Autofocus faster or more accurate with the new motorised lenses? One thing I do like, as on the K20D, the power zoom feature works, so I assume it is possible to use the imgage size tracking that comes with the 28-105 f/4 power zoom lens. A feature that is on the Z1-p film camera but not on the K10D.
     
  19. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: **WARNING** vicious *PERSONAL BIAS* in reply

    Well I wouldn't agree with that, but in the sense you mean it, I would. Sorry if that sounds a bit confusing... the fact is that what a DSLR can offer in the way of video is something very specialised, and perfect for me - but not, as you say, a substitute for a camcorder for filming grandsons and model boats. If you want to get make something far more art-based, they're perfect, and better than any video camera at any sensible price.
     
  20. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    Re: **WARNING** vicious *PERSONAL BIAS* in reply

    I'd check first about the power zoom functions. I know the K10D will give the power zoom function itself, but not the other functions like zoom clip and image size tracking, in just the same way some of the MZ cameras did. Fine with me as I liked the power zoom facility but never used the other functions.
     

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