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12-16-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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Hey all, my name is Chris Miller and I'm a professional photographer from the Palm Springs, CA area. While I shoot most of my professional stuff with Canon gear, I have a pretty good Pentax bug as well. Unfortunately for much of my work, the Pentax AF system hasn't been able to keep up. But for things like backpacking/travel/landscape, I prefer Pentax feature set and feel.

I haven't had a Pentax camera in a while, but my new K-7 and a couple lenses arrive today and I'm so excited. Real estate and architecture is a fairly good chunk of my day-to-day work, and the K-7's in-camera HDR, as well as its image levelling function and in-camera distortion correction features make it very compelling for this type of work. Time will tell though, but that time is now: The camera and 12-24 arrive this morning and I have a $4 million dollar resort home to photograph this afternoon! So the system will get thrown right into the fire today...

I have always enjoyed internet forums as a place to share, learn, and argue And I'm looking forward to getting to know you all now that I'm back in the club. Peace,

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12-16-2009, 06:46 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Please let us know how the K-7 works for you.
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Hi welcome here!
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I checked out your web site and there are some great shots. Welcome to the club.

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QuoteOriginally posted by chrisdm Quote
Hey all, my name is Chris Miller and I'm a professional photographer from the Palm Springs, CA area. While I shoot most of my professional stuff with Canon gear, I have a pretty good Pentax bug as well. Unfortunately for much of my work, the Pentax AF system hasn't been able to keep up. But for things like backpacking/travel/landscape, I prefer Pentax feature set and feel.

I haven't had a Pentax camera in a while, but my new K-7 and a couple lenses arrive today and I'm so excited. Real estate and architecture is a fairly good chunk of my day-to-day work, and the K-7's in-camera HDR, as well as its image levelling function and in-camera distortion correction features make it very compelling for this type of work. Time will tell though, but that time is now: The camera and 12-24 arrive this morning and I have a $4 million dollar resort home to photograph this afternoon! So the system will get thrown right into the fire today...

I have always enjoyed internet forums as a place to share, learn, and argue And I'm looking forward to getting to know you all now that I'm back in the club. Peace,

Chris Miller
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Hi Chris,
Good having you back, I remember you from the days of DPr.
The new 14 mm limited is a gem as well, hardly any distortion at all.
Looking forward to more backpacking trip photos
12-16-2009, 12:43 PM   #6
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Welcome Chris.
Glad to have you on board.
You'll find the 12-24 fitting the bill quite well in your work.
Hope to see more of your contributions here in the future.
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Thanks so much for the kind replies everyone, it is nice to be back!

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12-19-2009, 06:25 PM   #8
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I've had my K-7 about three months now, Chris, and I love it. In-camera HDR, leveling, distortion are all very cool features, and many of the edit filters can produce some startling results.

I have found that the ONLY way I can shoot HDR is tripod, using a remote shutter release. Even slightest movement, manually releasing the shutter with a tripod, moves enough to distort one of the three images, relative to the other two you take with a single shutter activation. Even light wind will also affect my inexpensive tripod... but when I get it right, I love the HDR results -- and in the photo classes I'm taking with nothing but Canon and Nikon users except for this lonely Pentaxian, I have managed to impress them a little, and that includes my pro instructors.

Good luck with the K-7. Show us what an expert can do with this terrific instrument.

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I've had my K-7 about three months now, Chris, and I love it. In-camera HDR, leveling, distortion are all very cool features, and many of the edit filters can produce some startling results.

I have found that the ONLY way I can shoot HDR is tripod, using a remote shutter release. Even slightest movement, manually releasing the shutter with a tripod, moves enough to distort one of the three images, relative to the other two you take with a single shutter activation. Even light wind will also affect my inexpensive tripod... but when I get it right, I love the HDR results -- and in the photo classes I'm taking with nothing but Canon and Nikon users except for this lonely Pentaxian, I have managed to impress them a little, and that includes my pro instructors.

Good luck with the K-7. Show us what an expert can do with this terrific instrument.
Thanks shooter, and yes you're correct about that. The K-7 doesn't do any auto-alignment of the bracket so care must be taken. But as a professional landscape photographer and one with software-based HDR and manual exposure masking experience, I am already comfortable with using proper shooting technique anyways.

Here's a K-7 HDR I took yesterday, this is very interesting as you may not know that it was actually dark outside except that the city lights below give it away! I was blown away at how the K-7 HDR properly exposed everything from dawn sky to dark foreground:



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Your shots are extraordinary. I love the action at the golf courses. Makes me want to pick up a set of clubs. Can't wait for spring.
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Your shots are extraordinary. I love the action at the golf courses. Makes me want to pick up a set of clubs. Can't wait for spring.
Thank you! Just come visit us in So Cal, our prime golf season just begun last month!

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