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05-16-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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New IIs; What's your test checklist?

Waiting for the UPS truck...chewing my nails...

What specific tests should I make for the IIs, do you think? An out-of-focus light background to rule out the chance (hopefully minuscule by now) of sensor stain. A dark one, to ferret out any pixel-level issues with sensor or screen. Handheld stills and video clips with SR on and off to ensure that that's working.

Anything else?

Whoops -- Brown truck! GOTTA GO!

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You forgot the most important one...

Does it take absolutely stunning pictures that are gonna make you the happiest bunny on the planet.
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7fps till buffer fills.
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i think i am in the minority...i am happy with the camera (had it about a week) but haven't got that OMG feeling yet...i haven't had a chance to take the bird shots that i typically like to do so maybe the pictures i am doing now don't really show me what i'm getting...i need more time but haven't hit that moment of WOW yet

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You forgot the most important one...

Does it take absolutely stunning pictures that are gonna make you the happiest bunny on the planet.
i just notice you have a 135 1.8...lucky man...is it as good as they say
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Well, I have to say that the K-7 made me a pretty happy bunny. Now I'm going to be a higher-resolution bunny in low light. :-)
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is it as good as they say
IMHO better, it's just so damned sharp, bright viewfinder etc etc, I really do think it's one of Pentax's finest.

Have a wee look at the 135 mm Club thread there's a few folk posted image examples in there, some of mine too.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/99057-135mm-lens-club.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
IMHO better, it's just so damned sharp, bright viewfinder etc etc, I really do think it's one of Pentax's finest.

Have a wee look at the 135 mm Club thread there's a few folk posted image examples in there, some of mine too.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/99057-135mm-lens-club.html
very nice until i saw some guy who got one for $50...talk about green

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very nice until i saw some guy who got one for $50...talk about green
Had to laugh. Friend of mine, who has an uncanny knack for picking up great stuff for a song or out of the trash, wrote earlier this week to ask me if I had a good wide-angle which he could borrow for a trip. Oh, and he'd picked up a used lens. I started writing back to say "Sure, borrow any lens of mine that you like" when I noticed which lens (quotes from his original email to me prefixed by ">"):
Loan you a wide-angle? Oh, sure, I'd be glad to --

> I picked up an old Pentax 50mm 1.2 M lens here in town from a guy for $25.

-- HATE YOU AND BLACKEN YOUR NAME FOR ALL ETERNITY!! Mountain bikes off treebanks, and now THIS!! Sweet bouncing Christ on a pogo stick, do you even know what those are fetching on eBay? I didn't even bother bidding on any because didn't have HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS to spend on another 50mm!

> Not automatic but great glass.

Gee, ya THINK? Now you're just twisting the knife, Finn. Sheesh!

> But I'm not finding any fast wide angle lenses which would match the low end of my kit lens. At least not cheap ones.

Well boo-fricking-HOO, buddy!

Congratulations. You have officially won Best Lens Deal Ever, beating my $11 70-200 zoom by a considerable margin. Pentax Forums' mean user review rating for the K-model is an almost-unsurpassed 9.34 out of 10 -- for comparison, the 18-55 is 7.59 -- at a mean price of $358.

Wait, it IS the f/1.2 and not the f/2, right? If it's the latter you still got an excellent deal but there is some chance that someday I may forgive you.
(It was the f/2. I forgave him.)
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Friend of mine, who has an uncanny knack for picking up great stuff for a song
Aye, everyone seems to know one of these (lucky charmed folk), there must be a lot more of them than we think.
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Aye, everyone seems to know one of these (lucky charmed folk), there must be a lot more of them than we think.
Hmm, I knew one, her name was Doris Fang. Well, knew is a big word, we were both frequenting the same olympus OM mailing list, back in the stone-ages. She'd go to a garage sale and pick up a box for 25 quid, and find that it contained several of the hard-to-find-and-painfully-expensive Zuiko lenses and a body and ... various other stuff, running in the thousands.

She'd do it so often that "a fang" became accepted as the commonly-used term for "an unbelievable bargain on photo-gear" on that list.

She was a great photographer too...I'm sure that she still is, but the OM community has withered to the point where I don't keep up any more....
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Drop it in the pool over the night to test the weather sealing and after that attach it with a rope to the back of the car an drive away with it hanging to the ground to test for weak spots in the housing. If it survives without damage I can promise you that I'ts a good one!
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What specific tests should I make for the IIs, do you think?
I asked the same question a while ago.

You could check whether the electronic level is calibrated correctly.

Luckily, I didn't encounter any issues so far.

Enjoy!
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Waiting for the UPS truck...chewing my nails...

What specific tests should I make for the IIs, do you think? An out-of-focus light background to rule out the chance (hopefully minuscule by now) of sensor stain. A dark one, to ferret out any pixel-level issues with sensor or screen. Handheld stills and video clips with SR on and off to ensure that that's working.

Anything else?

Whoops -- Brown truck! GOTTA GO!
My checklist:

- Try to contain childlike excitement while unboxing;
- Charge battery;
- Update firmware;
- Enjoy your superb camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bjdavey Quote
My checklist:

- Try to contain childlike excitement while unboxing;
- Charge battery;
- Update firmware;
- Enjoy your superb camera.
The first point will be very difficult !
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