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08-17-2011, 08:10 AM   #1
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K-7 vs 300D

Hi all,

has anybody compared these two bodies with similar lenses?

At the moment I'm happy camper with K-7 and FA*24 and DA*55 and occasional FA100. But there are few niggles that make me think of switching. So I was thinking of Nikon 300D + AF24/2.8D + AF50/1.4G (the 100 or so would possibly come later but more likely it would transform to AF85/1.8D.

So any opinions on direct comparison of K-7 to 300D?
AFAIK, 300 has marginally lower resolution, but according to DPR it has better per pixel detail/sharpness and cleaner ISO 800+.
On down side, Nikon lacks SR (my is ON all the time so I'd probably notice it's missing especially with shots like this:
FA100/2.8 wide open, ISO1000, 1/15s
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and I'm not sure about WR...

so any opinions?

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Why switch from an older body to another older one for most likely marginal improvements if any? If you want to switch systems for ergonomics or lenses, go for it.

The only body upgrade over the K-7 I would suggest is the K-5 or D7000...
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I agree, since you already have several great lenses, get the K-5. If you really want to switch brands get the D7000.
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Yep have to agree don't see the point of this one Axl. Especially when you are all set with your lenses and just need to get yourself a K5.

I upgraded from the K7 to the K5 and used to go out with both of them on Black Rapid copies. However I've just recently sold the K7 because I became so frustrated using it next to the K5 (I'm going to Aus for a holiday soon and will buy a Kr as back-up).

I would like to add the D700 to the kit for a 'different' look but can't imagine buying another APS-C to replace the K5 (until the K 'whatever' comes out) - especially an older generation camera. Get the K5 and you won't look back.

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I would love to get K-5 but to do that, I'd need to sell FA100 (260), K-7 (425) and AF540FTZ (200) and that's not worth it IMO...
I wish they were cheaper
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I would love to get K-5 but to do that, I'd need to sell FA100 (260), K-7 (425) and AF540FTZ (200) and that's not worth it IMO...
I wish they were cheaper
A Nikon D300 sells for more used than a K-5 does. Someone sold a K-5 for $950 on the marketplace a few days ago. You can get one new for $1200. Was someone going to give you an even trade for your K-7?
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I'd say to stay where you are. Unless you're going to be doing a lot of sports (and your lenses don't say that), the D300 doesn't offer that many advantages over the K-7. The Nikon 24/2.8 and 50/1.4 are also both just average lenses. I have no doubt that the FA24 and DA55 are as good or better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
A Nikon D300 sells for more used than a K-5 does. Someone sold a K-5 for $950 on the marketplace a few days ago. You can get one new for $1200. Was someone going to give you an even trade for your K-7?
maybe in states, not in UK!
Cheapest K-5 is 875, used would go for around 750-800. D300s sell routinely for ~600.....
and importing from states is expensive. As an example, I was charged 25 tax duty and handling fee on 70 item!
And undeclared items can't be insured....


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QuoteOriginally posted by wshi Quote
I'd say to stay where you are. Unless you're going to be doing a lot of sports (and your lenses don't say that), the D300 doesn't offer that many advantages over the K-7.
I need/want better higher ISO, better per pixel sharpness and better flash system

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The Nikon 24/2.8 and 50/1.4 are also both just average lenses. I have no doubt that the FA24 and DA55 are as good or better.
This I'm aware of and it's one of the biggest off puts of the whole idea....
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First, you must ask yourself why you are really considering switching...is there something about using the K-7 that bugs you? The level of noise at ISO800? The autofocus speed? Maybe something with the ergonomics? Lens selection?

After that, you need to determine if the D300 would answer any of those...I don't have the answers for you.

Now to me, It doesn't sound like you really have any reason to switch (other than perhaps getting tired of your equipment...), unless you know for sure that the ergonomics of the D300 are much better for you than the K-7. The D300 is not going to make your pictures any better by giving you slightly cleaner images at ISO800. Don't start to believe that, because you'll be disappointed when you get the exact same pictures but with a different manufacturer in the EXIF .

Now stepping up to the K-5/D7000 could have a positive effect on your images, only because they give you more room to adjust exposure later on.
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What if you buy it and the seller marks it as a gift?
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One other small word of advice. I would not switch to any other system without first holding the other DSLR in my hands. There might be something about the ergonomics that immediately puts you off of it. Or maybe it will be love at first touch. Either way, do that before selling out your pentax system just to make sure you don't have immediate regrets.
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I need/want better higher ISO, better per pixel sharpness and better flash system

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with all due respect, I am not going to ask you not to go to D300 route, I am just wondering how I could get a better flash system than PTTL... These are samples of flash photos taken from a wedding party (against a bright background) - k-7 and FA31 ltd.
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Nikon's flash system is light years ahead of Pentax's.

I'd bite my lip and save up for the K5 Axl. You might get lucky and one appear on here or locally or SRS etc. If both the K7 and K5 depreciate at the same rate then you won't be losing anything by hanging on until you can afford it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
Nikon's flash system is light years ahead of Pentax's.

I'd bite my lip and save up for the K5 Axl. You might get lucky and one appear on here or locally or SRS etc. If both the K7 and K5 depreciate at the same rate then you won't be losing anything by hanging on until you can afford it.
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