Pentax K-7 meet, Sunday 14th June - Wiltshire!


Unlocker

Link Posted 08/06/2009 - 13:32
Know this will be short notice for a lot of you, but I think it's worth it!

We will be taking the K-7 out again on Sunday for testing / playing / evaluating etc. and after a quick nose on the National Trust website found Lacock Abbey near Chippenham in Wiltshire.

Some text from the NT website

Country house created out of a medieval abbey, former home of William Henry Fox Talbot, a pioneer of photography
Medieval cloistered abbey converted into a fine country house
Newly-restored botanic gardens and greenhouse
Fascinating museum dedicated to the 'Father of Modern Photography'
Uniquely preserved country village
Location for films, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolfman


This seems like a perfect place to have a look at the K-7, at the home and museum of 'The Father of Modern Photography' and promises to be a very interesting day out!

They are open from 11 - 5.30 on Sunday and we do plan on being there the whole time and will be taking the tripod and laptop to try out all the extra features, as I have been asked to not let you use your own memory cards, sorry, but rules is rules!

This is not an official 'meet' by any means, we will be going for the day out anyway! If anyone would like to come along and meet, you are by all means most welcome. If you are coming, send me a PM for my mobile number in case you need it to track us down when you get there!

PS I only have the 1 battery, so if anyone has an inverter or portable mains power they could bring along in case we need to charge it, it would be appreciated!

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chrissinkpen

Link Posted 08/06/2009 - 17:41
You managed to get a K-7???

I will try to be there, as I only live just a few miles away.
They are filming Cranford at the moment due to be filming all week.

Great place to meet

Regards

Chris

Unlocker

Link Posted 09/06/2009 - 00:42
Yeah, got it for 2 weeks! Posting reports etc here.

Think I best call them tomorrow then to make sure the venue is still open!

Hope to see you there!

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Eastridge

Link Posted 09/06/2009 - 09:10
I used to live in Chippenham and think the Abbey is a great venue for what you propose. There is a pub called The Red Lion in the village that I'd recommend as well.

There is (was) a large oriel window in one of the rooms that could give some interesting oppotunities to test settings etc. I remeber standing there for ages sometime in the 1980's trying to get a decent shot of it (and failing, in those days when you didn't know if you had failed until film was processed.)

Steve Chasey

Link Posted 09/06/2009 - 16:53
Red Lion has sprouted an appendage on the front curtesy of the the film crew (and a lock up in the middle of the main village street!). The Red Lion tends to be the busiest of the 3 "watering holes" - The George at the other end is furthest from the NT car parks and thus quieter (all things being relative).

It's a good spot - the informal photographic group I subscribe to meets there most thursday evenings between autumn and early summer.

I think I'll be free - done all the tasks associated with the current domestic project on her list, so will drop you pm later in the week.

Steve
In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex

RichardDay

Link Posted 09/06/2009 - 18:20
It's likely that we (SWMBO & I) can make it, especially as we are NT members.

I will PM you for your mobile #, any specific times in mind?

Sorry, I don't have an inverter or anything similar. Can't you beg a power socket from someone there?
Best regards
Richard Day

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Unlocker

Link Posted 09/06/2009 - 22:27
We'll be there all day from 11 - 5.30, so anytime really.

Maybe I should call them and let them know I'm bringing it down, could get some tea and cakes and a power socket on standby!

PM sent

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Steve Chasey

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 08:40
Looking good for Sunday . PM sent

Have you (or any other PU member) got any particular ideas on any M or K series lens that would be of particular interest to try out on the K7? I've got a fair selection from the common to the not so common, and as I've only got 15 miles to travel, I can quite easily bring them along if I've got a copy or a near cousin if not.


Steve
In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex

hefty1

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 09:47
Steve Chasey wrote:

Have you (or any other PU member) got any particular ideas on any M or K series lens that would be of particular interest to try out on the K7? I've got a fair selection from the common to the not so common, and as I've only got 15 miles to travel, I can quite easily bring them along if I've got a copy or a near cousin if not.

I'd be interested in how the K-7 meters with faster manual lenses (say f/2 and faster) as that's one area the K10D and K20D struggle with. Also, can you use manual lenses in video mode and, if so, does the camera compensate for changing light levels as you open/close the iris during recording?

I look forward to reading your findings!
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feeb

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 16:52
We went to Laycock abbey not long ago with the college, its quite creepy there... good for pictures but a very odd vibe, coming down the hill and seeing it in the valley always makes my skin crawl a bit! I hope you enjoy it, Imber village is just next to there too and thats a well creepy place to get photos - infact, that part of the world, is just a bit strange, Market Lavington etc has always struck me as odd, i hope you guys enjoy the shoot, try not to get abducted by aliens or anything
Dont complain about the darkness, Light a candle......

Unlocker

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 17:00
hefty1 wrote:

I'd be interested in how the K-7 meters with faster manual lenses (say f/2 and faster) as that's one area the K10D and K20D struggle with. Also, can you use manual lenses in video mode and, if so, does the camera compensate for changing light levels as you open/close the iris during recording?

I look forward to reading your findings!

Don't have one, bring one round and have a go! You've got just over a week!

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hefty1

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 17:04
Unlocker wrote:

Don't have one, bring one round and have a go! You've got just over a week!



I know you don't have one, I was thinking of Steve's kind offer. After handling the K-7 last Saturday I'm sworn off touching another until I can actually afford to buy one...
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Unlocker

Link Posted 10/06/2009 - 17:19
Yeah, but you know you want to!

Resistance is futile!

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Last Edited by Unlocker on 10/06/2009 - 17:19

Steve Chasey

Link Posted 11/06/2009 - 08:43
OK, so I'll bring one of my smc M 50mm F1.4s and an SMC K 55mm F1.8 to test the fast manual lens performance.

Any other requests?


Steve
In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex

Steve Chasey

Link Posted 13/06/2009 - 21:02
Going to bring my "Impact Subs" as well as the 2 lens already listed.



Steve
In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex
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