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BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 12:02
My guess is that we'll have the KM for entry level, the K7 for semi-pro or enthusiast, and another model above that with all the whistles and bells and kitchen sink. The K7 footprint is the same as the KM's from what I can see so this is the size and dimension they are possibly settling on for a 'family' of cameras is my guess.
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

Greytop

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 12:14
Gareth, as I understand it the K-7 is being pushed as an incremental step up from the K20D.

The 'fill in' model (due 3rd / 4th quarter) will effectively replace both the K20D and K200D models.

So from that I would see the 'fill in' model as an incremental step down from the K20D
Regards Huw

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greynolds999

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 12:48
I must admit it is hard to see what they can add to the K-7. I'm not sure that full frame is going to be the future (despite what many think) although we may see 6x7 return. Video is (for me) a nice to have but better dynamic range is the key.

I may be opening up a whole can of worms, but does anyone else wonder if Panasonic are actually on the right track with the digital viewfinder concept link. Could this be the future?
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BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 12:50
Maybe you're right. There's a big gap between 350 for the KM and 1200 for the K7 leaving out the vast proportion of Pentax's traditional market. They'll probably need one or more cameras aimed at the 500 and 800 markets to compete with the other brands. I just thought there was a possibility they might do a K8 or K7 Plus with more whistles and bells than the new K7
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 12:54
I suspect Pentax's 'view' is that their PRO market is not photojournalists and sport photographers who are looking for the D3X or EOS 1D as their tool of choice but pro studio photographers who are traditional users of medium format. Maybe Pentax's PRO cameras will not be a 35mm equivalent at all but a medium format
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 13:07
The Panasonic looks nice and is only slightly smaller than the K7. If they are still using Leica lenses then this would be a lovely camera. Sounds like their HD model is going for the same market as the K7 and Canon 500D and Nikon - although I suspect that of all of them the one which has the best build quality and feel and ergonomics will be the K7
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

Greytop

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 13:52
I think Panasonic are going for the point and shoot to first DSLR market with this camera. Different colour bodies and videos showing girls popping it in their 'hand luggage' shows where they are aiming.

Also it may be close to the size of the K-7 but it will be quite a bit lighter without a pentaprism and plastic non weather sealed construction.

It looks a nice concept but I would have to see the EVF to be more interested, good though apparently it is. Oh and lens wise I think I've read one or two reviews that say they are not the best..... and because of size constraints a little on the slow side.

Still it is an interesting little camera

For me the new Oly micro 4/3 concept is a more interesting prospect
Regards Huw

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Last Edited by Greytop on 01/06/2009 - 14:10

JudithAnn

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 14:01
Welcome to the forum.....I think it very wise of you to try out both cameras...then buy the one that suits you the best. Keep us posted and if you do get the new K-7 we all await to see your pictures
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BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 14:04
I think it is a foregone conclusion I will get a K7 - the question is when. It has stirred the same kind of desire in me that the LX the did first time I saw it. It's a been a long time since I got excited over a camera of any kind.
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

greynolds999

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 14:09
I'm not thinking of the quality of the Panasonic system but more wondering if the need for a mirror could become redundant.

I'd want a Pentax body and my K mount lenses, but I wonder if I would care if the viewfinder I was using was optical or digital if it looked the same. And in the future I might be able to see in the dark (thanks to magnificent ISO speeds) or see a histogram as I shoot? I may not want it now, but I remember thinking I would never want autofocus...
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Greytop

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 14:12
Quick answer, over time I think probably..... but it will take some time.
Regards Huw

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BODYHEAT

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 14:12
ditto to the autofocus. We can't stop technology progressing. The only thing that is constant is change.
FILM - Pentax: LX, K2 - 24/2.8, 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 120/2.8, 80-200/4.5, 28-105mm 2.8 macro, AF 280T

DIGITAL - Nikon : D300 - 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX

Anvh

Link Posted 01/06/2009 - 19:10
About EVIL cams I don't think they are mature enough yet, the view is decent though but it lags to much at the moment.
You won't be able to do any sports with the camera, at least not easy and I sure got sea sick after 2 minutes looking through the viewfinder.

I have both eye open and one eye is in track with what my inner ear say (used for balance and dedecting movement and such) but my right eye lags behind and somehow my brain can't cope with that.

Somehow I don't think we will say good bye to the optical viewfinder soon.
Most people are afraid for changes so that will keep it here even if the EVF gets better then OVF.
Stefan


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Last Edited by Anvh on 01/06/2009 - 19:10
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