K7 Review at The Register


KevinWood

Link Posted 15/01/2010 - 16:37
Thought it might be of interest:

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Not terribly comprehensive but they are an IT site after all.

Kevin
K7, *istDL2, SFXn, P50
DA 18-55 WR, DA 50-200, D-FA 100/2.8 Macro, F 50/1.7, DA 35/2.4AL A 28/2.8 ...

david1

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 17:31
There's a mid-range DSLR group test between the K7, Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300S in the February issue of Digital Photo magazine. Whilst the K7 came in 3rd place, the EOS 7D came 1st, the magazine did say it was a solid & robust DSLR at a competitive price. The feature set is excellent and if your looking to upgrade from a K10 or K1000D its a very good choice. Unfortunately with the tough competition from Nikon and Canon the K7 can't live with the performance and image quality benchmarks laid down by the market leaders.

http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/Photography-Magazines/Digital-Photo-Magazine/
K5mk.IIs with 17-70mm DA and Sigma 70-300mm DA lenses. Before digital I used the P30T when using Fujichrome Velvia.

Greytop

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 18:02
david1 wrote:
Unfortunately with the tough competition from Nikon and Canon the K7 can't live with the performance and image quality benchmarks laid down by the market leaders.

I would be interested to know if they were able to show any evidence of shortcomings in terms of image quality, particularly with RAW files.
Regards Huw

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geclinke

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 20:14
I do wonder if the K7 is falling foul of it's recommended retail price. It does appear to offer good value, in comparison with other offerings.
If the reviewers just draw the line at "semi pro" bodies, then it potentially doesn't come out that favourably.....
k5, 50mm FA, 18-55mm Kit, 50-200mm DA, 15mm Fisheye Sigma, 10-17mm DA Fisheye, 18-55mm DA WR, DA* 60-250, DA* 16-50

Mike-P

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:05
I think Pentax IQ is up there with the best of them.
The k-7 is purely let down (when compared to the 7D and D300s) with it's AF speed and fps which are really only important if you are a sports shooter.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 17/01/2010 - 21:05

DAE0707

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:14
Hi Mike, not quite true i'm afraid, i sell the 7D and have tested it, its ability a high iso (above 800) is a mile ahead of the k7. The K7 and the kx are let down also by the poor inbuilt stabilisation, it's next to useless, but i still bought the k7 !!!

dave
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
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Hyram

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:20
DAE0707 wrote:
...............the K7 and the kx are let down also by the poor inbuilt stabilisation, it's next to useless.............



......and the facts to support such a statement
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

DAE0707

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:26
Actual use over many months and many demos, but the k7 offered the best package for me, also DP Review tends to back this up, must stress the K7 does it for me. 3200 ISO on the 7D no noise at all, personally not sure what the fuss is with high iso, bought up with film and would always choose the slowest possible, but thats what customers want and what sales prove.
Dave
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
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DAE0707

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:30
Also
Tested the new 100mm macro on the k7, in the shop with fairly poor light, shake was a problem, tried the same with a Sony A550 no shake. Difference was purely down to the inbuilt stabilsation system
Dave
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
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Last Edited by DAE0707 on 17/01/2010 - 21:34

Mike-P

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:45
All I can say on the built in SR is that the Sony system must be fantastic because I am more than happy with what the Pentax can do in that respect.

DAE0707 wrote:
i sell the 7D and have tested it, its ability a high iso (above 800) is a mile ahead of the k7. The K7 and the kx are let down also by the poor inbuilt stabilisation, it's next to useless, but i still bought the k7 !!!

dave

Yes I know, I had a 18-250mm lens off you a few weeks ago .. along with a quote for a couple of camera bodies
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 17/01/2010 - 21:46

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:49
I've seen what the 7D can do at high ISO and... well, I prefer the Pentax ergonomics and that's that. Besides, it's about half the price if imported.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

DAE0707

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:50
thanks Mike, approx 1,1/2-stop gain on the Pentax, 4 times on the Sony. Of course you can use a tripod !!

Dave
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
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Mike-P

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:55
DAE0707 wrote:
thanks Mike, approx 1,1/2-stop gain on the Pentax, 4 times on the Sony. Of course you can use a tripod !!

Dave

That's interesting, didn't realise the Sony system was that much better.
As for a tripod .. never going to happen
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DAE0707

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:56
same here
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
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Photomonk

Link Posted 17/01/2010 - 21:57
I hate so say it, but I handled and tested SONY cameras (especially the a550 and a900) at Photo Expo Plus, and have to say they are putting out a great product that should in the next year or two give companies like Canon and Nikon a run for their money. IMHO, they build a better product than the other two that produces as good as if not better results.

I even considered going to purchase one on my last DSLR acquisition two months ago. Why I did not go for one though was a matter of simple finances. I am already invested in one system with all the glass, to then start from scratch and invest again would be more than I can handle at the moment.

The Photomonk
Last Edited by Photomonk on 17/01/2010 - 21:58
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