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08-21-2010, 03:57 AM   #1
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Field review states: K-7 AF better overall than Canon 550D

Just found this interesting review mainly about the video functions of these two cameras:

40Limited: Canon EOS 550D vs Pentax K-7

(Use google if you don't read German)

Most interesting statement concerning AF:

"... Jedoch findet die K-7 mit dem 18-55 WR bei schlechtem Licht noch immer die schärfe, wo sich die Canon schon verweigert. Auf meiner K-7 befand sich zum Testzeitpunkt die Firmware Version 1.10. Nebenbei stellte ich auch ein ähnliches verhalten mit dem Phasen-AF fest, dass bei schlechten Lichtverhältnissen die K-7 immer noch einen Fokus gefunden hat wo sich die EOS550D schwer tat."

In short:
Contrast AF was slightly faster on the Canon.
But:
K-7 managed to lock focus in bad light even when the 550D had trouble finding focus. This also applies to Phase AF (!).

What do you think?

08-21-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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That sounds great!!! I think low light autofocus is highly dependent on the speed of the lens. In this case they don't mention the speed of the Canon 18-135, but i assume its about the same as the Pentax zoom. But a good report nevertheless.
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I was shooting w/ a Canon friend (running a 40D) and shooting some flare photos for a model. He asked if I was having problems focusing and I didn't...he said he did if there's a lot of flare...I was using the 50/1.4 and had lots of flare.

Just shows you AF is a big "it depends"...
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I have never understood what the issue is with pentax AF.\\

I was out today (tonight) shooting at ISO 6400 and there was no issue focusing in light that wide open on my Tamron 28-75 F2.8 resulted in less than 1/30th of a second. that is a very low ev value and the lens focused and locked within less than 1/2 second, there was no hunting, it cycled once to infinity and then came back and locked directly on focus

that is better than I could ever achieve in manual focus, so what's the issue. BTW I was 100 feet away from the subject so the AF illuminator has nothing to do with achieving focus

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For me it never was a secret that the K-7 AF is better than the EOS 550 AF and the same Quality that the EOS 50 AF.
I sell that stuff daily and juse EOS 50 and K-7 for outdoor and Birds.
No chance to be better in target with the EOS 50.
Best regards,Andy
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You don't need a test to recognize that the K7 is a better camera. Just pick the two cameras up. Look through the view finders. The K7 build quality is obvious and the EOS 550 is a pile of plastic and its viewfinder is tiny. I'm glad that the K7 focuses better but that's a small part of the package. If you want to compare to a Canon look at the 7D.
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I would say the competition for K7 is the Canon 7d and the Nikon D300s. Which is a huge complement for K7 being that it not costs 600-700 less than either of those. You can basically get a K7 and a 16-50 DA* for what you would pay for just the body of either a Canon or Nikon.

I -almost- bought into Canon but the price of 28-200 range L glass made the camera and body @ 4000-5000 dollars. That for total weather sealing.

Nikon cost even more and the Lens weather resistance is damn hard to find.

K7 with two DA* 16-50 and 60-250 cost about 3000. I have been using this in Afghanistan with good results. The only weakness is on really hot nights the hot pixels come out when near the camera's operating limit (104).

Co-workers out here have Nikon D40 Nikon D90 and Canon 550. Those camera body's cost about the same or more than my K7 (on sale 765).

Pentax is a great deal in camera's.
08-23-2010, 12:29 PM   #8
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I have no doubt about which of these two is the better camera. I find it funny that some websites do even compare them in a general review. However, a specialized (e.g. video functions) comparison like in the blog above seems reasonable to me.

The thing is, it is often mentioned that the C*n*n AF would be superior by design. This review shows the opposite

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PS: The 18-135 lens mentioned also is 3.5-5.6

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