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Latest Review Posted Pentax K-7
This was eagerly awaited prior to launch, but went from being the "next big thing" to a somewhat unloved model once the 16MP Sony-sensored ( Nikon's D5100, D7000, Pentax K5 ) models arrived a year later. So what to think of it now ? Well, years after it debuted, the just-released ( Oct 2012 ) Pentax K5ii and K5iis use that reknowned 16MP sensor from the K5 but exactly the same body as the K7, with minor tweaks to the rear display and autofocus. That's it.

This should tell you all you need to know about the ergonomics of the K7 body. It's superb. Steel and magnesium frame, weather sealed, two wheels for easy and independent adjustment of aperture and shutter ( or any other parameter you wish to assign ), dedicated switches for AF, metering, and focus types. It handles superbly. Not too big, not too small. It's the Goldilocks of camera bodies. All this and internal shake reduction for all lenses, including my favourite 50-year old Takumars, too. These can be used in Aperture priority or Manual. The camera will ask for the focal length on power up ( it has no way of knowing with these old screw-mount lenses ) in order to tune it's shake reduction appropriately, and inscribe the focal length into the EXIF data too. Manual focus is reasonably easy, with electronic visual and ( switchable ) audio confirmation, as well as using the inbuilt matt focussing screen. This is replaceable, with aftermarket versions offering split-screen and other aids if you prefer. Live View...

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