K7 owners- a few questions?


dinneenp

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 22:28
Hi,
In thinking of upgrading to a K-7 from a K-X. I'd like the viewfinder focus points and a new toy too.
For anyone who has the K7 (and anyone who upgraded):
Would you recommend it?
What features that it has stand out?
Thoughts on the upper LCD panel (the one next to the shutter button)

I might be able to get one for a good price, hence the reason foe thinking of upgrading.
Anything else?
Cheers
Pa
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Last Edited by dinneenp on 02/05/2011 - 22:40

Mike-P

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 22:30
Upgrading from what?
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dinneenp

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 22:41
Sorry, I updated my post. Upgraded from
a K-X
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Mike-P

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 22:48
K-x has better high ISO performance (not sure about DR).

In every other way the K-7 is superior, build, AF speed, fps, handling, WR, extra wheel, top LCD (which I couldn't do without), more megapixels for cropping, bigger rear LCD with better resolution, etc etc.

Great camera.
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CoDa

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 22:50
Agreed with Mike-P

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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 23:01
This was quite a relevant thread: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/142305-i-finally-got-m...
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dinneenp

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 23:15
Cheers. The thing with the higher ISO is that some pictures can be a bit grainy though. I just offered $625 for a k7
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 02/05/2011 - 23:27
dinneenp wrote:
Cheers. The thing with the higher ISO is that some pictures can be a bit grainy though. I just offered $625 for a k7

Haha just wait till you see the K-7, then you'll see what grain really looks like! No seriously its not too bad at conservative ISOs, at least it's film-like.
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bychan

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 00:19
Doesn't the K7 share the same (aged) sensor as the K20D?
According to DXO the KX sensor beats that of the K7 (including DR)

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If video is not needed, perhaps a K20D would do just as well (and keep the Kx)?

For info I've also considered a K7, but see myself missing the better ISO and DR performance of the KX.
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EricR

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 07:52
Recently I have made the upgrade from K20 to K-7 and from K-x to K-r. I quickly sold my K-7 because I just could not live with the 'high' ISO-noise above ISO 800. Kept my K-r and intended to buy a K-5, in the end thought I would be better off with some new lenses and now I only have the K-r. Couldn't be happier with a new camera, sure sometimes I miss the double wheels and other controls on the body but most of the time I can get by with the controls the K-r offers.

If you like the viewfinder focuspoints the K-r would be a reasonable choice. Also you get a better LCD-screen at te back (bigger and higher resolution) and somewhat higher maximum frames per second.

Build quality of the K-7 on the other hand is very good but the K-r is well built too considering it's mostly plastic on the outside.

For me the choice was somewhat easier because I use my new 150-500mm quite a lot these days and every gram saved elsewhere is a plus for me.

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Glover

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 08:13
When the k-x came out i made the choice between a k-x and k-7, at the time i couldnt justify the k-7 as the k-x has better sensor and low light capabilitys. i would of been gutted buying the k-7 if a few months later they bought something else out....which they did, the k-5.

if i had bought the k-7 then i would not of been able to upgrade again so i went with the k-x with the view of seeing what they came out with, and have now upgraded to the k-5
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dinneenp

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 11:23
Thanks for the replies. Would anyone be able to post a few pictures of some high ISO shots with the K-7 please?

I have 2 young kids so take a fair few indoor shots. I have a 17-50 f2.8 and a 30mm f1.4 lens which help me keep ISO down but I'm still a bit concerned after some of the above comments.

I've considered the K-R too but the K-7 seems like the bigger brother, the K-5 is way out of my budget league.
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Pa
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montyaus

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 12:18
If you want to see hi ISO from the K7, have a look in the post...Hi ISO with K7... there are photos that some of the members have posted,do a forum search,from the bar at the top of this page.

I myself like to shoot 100 ISO if posible but will take it higher if it is required,but if you shoot bird s with 500mm lens in the shade you will be in trouble.

I like the K7 but will look at upgrading in the future K3?
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Mike-P

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 12:31
The thing is that Lightroom deals with noise from the K-7 very well so you can go over quite a bit. Normally I wouldn't take it over ISO 800 but this was 2000 and then had a bit of a tidy up with Lightroom.

ISO 2000



Robin by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

ISO 1600



Barn Owl by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

ISO 800



Squirrel by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
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rparmar

Link Posted 03/05/2011 - 14:18
The K-7 is a far superior camera. Mike is correct: The difference in noise is minimal if you know how to post-process -- which you will only need to do in a few cases where the noise does not suit the image.

Never mind the K-7, I prefer my K20D to my K-x.
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