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02-22-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Looking around for a good k-7 deal.

So, I am not sure if I am posting in the right place. If so, kindly tell me so, so that I may move this. I recently decided to upgrade from an *ist DL and I've talked with some of the people in here (all very nice, I might add), and the consensus is try to get maybe a K7 or go all out and try for a K5. I have been perusing what is offered here, as well as my local craigslist ads. I came across this one (edited):

Up for sale is a Pentax K-7 digital SLR camera body. Coupled with a nice set of Pentax "pancake" primes and I think it represents the best small SLR package for the money.

Includes everything (i.e., charger, battery, cables, manuals, etc.) when new in its original retail box and packaging

-14MP sensor
-720p/1536 x 1024 HD video recording
-Smaller magnesium/steel alloy body
-Revised viewfinder (less magnified but with greater coverage)
-Updated sensor with four-channel readout
-3.0" VGA (920,000 dot) LCD
-New shutter mechanism with 1/8000th shutter speed
-Faster continuous shooting (up to 5.2 fps)
-77 segment exposure metering sensor
-Revised autofocus algorithms
-AF illumination lamp
#5d 7d d90 d700 F2.0 35L 85L
-New dust removal system
-HDMI output

I sent out an email, and as near as I can figure from our conversations, it's at least purchased 2009, is a US version, has 15920 shutter actuation, and is going for $550. Now, if it turns out that the owner of this camera is also a forum user, please understand that I'm only trying to get others' opinion on this, and to make sure that it's a good deal. So, people, any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

addendum: sorry all. I forgot to mention that it's body ONLY. thanks again to those who've read and replied.

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02-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Unless I missed it you do not say what lenses are included so no way to tell if this is a "good deal". A couple of limited primes would make this a really good deal.

For body only I don't think it is a bad price. 16,000 actuations is not bad either. Amazon has the K-7 with kit lens listed at about $900 new and in stock, which sounds weird but who knows.
02-22-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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If the camera comes with a couple of "pancakes" Limited lenses, this is a "steal". The lenses are the key of the deal IMHO. Good lenses are worth every penny, and you will keep these once you upgrade.

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Frankly anything is an upgrade over the *ist DL, but I would go still ahead and spend the extra $250 to get a used K-5. The IQ is really a lot better

Look at the noise tests here: Pentax K-5 Review - Image Tests -

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I think 500 is pretty reasonable. A K5 is a better camera, as Adam says, unfortunately, I haven't seen them going for less than 850 (usually 900 list price) on the forums.
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K7 body usually runs for $500 + shipping with around 5k - 20k shutter accs. You can probably get the seller to slash the price off to $500. But also since it's a craigslist ad you can check and play with the camera in person before you buy it. Good luck.

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