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05-16-2009, 05:27 AM   #1
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First report of photographer handling a K-7

As anticipated by Asahiflex, here is a report from Mr. Smith (name changed by editor), a photographer handling a real K-7. I believe it is a first of its kind. Mr. Smith prefers to remain anonymous. Mr. Smith has handled a K-7 but may not have been able to actually shoot own images with it, or even to turn it on.


In the words close to those of Mr. Smith:
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On a PC, I compared images taken with it to the K10D and the K20D. Better noise performance by far, but it seemed too buttery, like it was heavily processed. I could not tell if the sensor performs better or the processing algorithm is improved that much. I guess a little bit of both.

I saw a video which played back on a PC at 720p and it was a Pentax demo. So, it wasn't actually shot with the K-7 unit I handled. Quality was breathtaking, but again it was a Pentax demo - I expected quality like this. The video was in AVCHD - but it was processed. It was edited with music over it so no sounds of the camera were audible.

I learned that (with current firmware) the camera would not output live video feed through the HDMI port. (Editorial comment: The 5Dmk2 cannot do it either)

It was not that small in my hands (Editorial comment: the hands are a large man's hands which are used to a K10D/K20D). The difference in size is more obvious in pictures than in actual use. It seemed to me heavier than the K20D - although I learned that they're about the same weight.

I learned that it is far more waterproof, like you can drop it entirely in water with no problem.

The material of the K-7 didn't feel like metal to me.


I learned that AF works in video and that it is better than any other AF system Pentax has made so far.

If the video I saw was the real quality of the camera, then it is worth buying for this alone."


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05-16-2009, 05:32 AM   #2
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Sigh ... already posted yesterday
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
Sigh ... already posted yesterday
How could anyone have missed post #2848?

Shame!
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post where?

do i have to ready the big phat thread?

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QuoteOriginally posted by vitalsax Quote
do i have to ready the big phat thread?
Yep.
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do i have to ready the big phat thread?
We all have to .. why shouldn't you
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QuoteOriginally posted by farfisa Quote
How could anyone have missed post #2848?

Shame!
That's the problem with mega-threads. They become too big to be useful to anyone who is not following them devotedly.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vitalsax Quote
If the video I saw was the real quality of the camera, then it is worth buying for this alone."
interesting

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Kinda disappointed it (most likely according to this guy) isn't made out of metal...
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QuoteOriginally posted by farfisa Quote
How could anyone have missed post #2848?

Shame!
ROFL

Hey, post #2848 was a classic, but not as great as the Good Old Days of posts 1700-1824. People really knew how to treat people in that stretch.


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QuoteOriginally posted by GLXLR Quote
Kinda disappointed it (most likely according to this guy) isn't made out of metal...
Could be magnesium, that isn't particularly metal feeling.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GLXLR Quote
Kinda disappointed it (most likely according to this guy) isn't made out of metal...
I'm suspecting here that if that's in doubt, it'll do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
ROFL

Hey, post #2848 was a classic, but not as great as the Good Old Days of posts 1700-1824. People really knew how to treat people in that stretch.


Ah, yes, I remember it well. Why can't new posts be like the old ones?

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Hey, I was around back in post 500 when people respected their elders. Damn whippersnappers!
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QuoteOriginally posted by vitalsax Quote
As anticipated by Asahiflex, here is a report from Mr. Smith
QuoteOriginally posted by vitalsax Quote
do i have to ready the big phat thread?
@vitalsax, you are pasting my own post. If I would have wanted a new thread to be created for it, woudn't I have done it myself then?

No, you don't have to read the mega thread -- except before posting K-7 "news".
QuoteOriginally posted by GLXLR Quote
Kinda disappointed it (most likely according to this guy) isn't made out of metal...
Discussed already. It is metal.
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