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03-13-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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K7 Question

I know it is an older Camera. Previously I had a K10 which I used up until today. I ended up getting a cheap K7 from a friend (who threw in a copy of the K7 Magic Lantern book). By no means am I a professional photographer but like to have fun.

I am in Canada where everything costs more and even if I import will have to pay the 13% sales tax. My main question is how come some of the older cameras still seem to hold their value? I got around 175 USD for my K10 and grip. I see a lot of K7s for around 225-250 USD. The one I got had virtually no signs of use and a shutter count of ~500.

I know the K7 isn't the best but cost me a 150 less than a K50 and it suits my needs. I rather spend the money on more lenses.

Does anybody have any pointers for the K7?

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03-13-2015, 07:04 PM   #2
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The K-7 is a solid performer at low ISO (ISO 400 and below). Its body is very sturdy: the K-5, K-5i and K-3 use the same body and that does say a lot IMO. The K-7 was the first Pentax dSLR with video and for that other reason it maintains some value IMHO.

I continue to use my K-7 (6 years on, and despite having a K-3). I use my K-7 as second body and in situation where I do not want to risk my K-3. With 'good glass', the K-7 performs very well at low ISO.

A good K-7 with ow shutter counts is definitely worth to consider especially if you save for good glass. (I would definitely suggest to invest in a few good quality lenses, with a clear roadmap in mind.)

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The k-7 has a good reputation as a solid reliable camera. The body style and ergonomics are carried through with very little change to the k-5, k-5II, and k-3 so they definitely got that right. The only complaint was that it does not do well at higher ISO, keep that low and it will perform very well for you. Also the k-7 is the 'flag ship' class camera with top LCD and all the other perks, which you won't get on the k-50.
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The other thing was I don't think I can live without a battery grip.

Can anybody recommend some good lenses. Manual focus is fine with me. Just wondering what to keep an eye out for.

Currently have the basic Pentax DA 18-55 and 50-200.

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My K-7 was my introduction to Pentax and I was very happy with it. I have since upgraded to a K-5ii but my wife still uses the K-7 quite regularly. As mentioned by the others low light performance wasn't it's strong point but it still did quite a good job at it when needed. Here is an example taken in a dark back lane in Surabaya Indonesia with a PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 3200, 40mm focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Hydronaut Quote
The other thing was I don't think I can live without a battery grip.

Can anybody recommend some good lenses. Manual focus is fine with me. Just wondering what to keep an eye out for.

Currently have the basic Pentax DA 18-55 and 50-200.

Thanks
Pentax has a lot of good glass to offer below 135mm focal length (above, there are fewer).

The FA Limited (the 3 amigos) are outstanding.

The DA Limited are excellent and the pancake design is great.

The DA* are superb lenses.

And then there are the legacy glasses.

I suggest that you visit the User's reviews:
Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Among the older MF lenses, I personally suggest to stick to the A series or newer. These will have automatic aperture.

Without knowing what you like to shoot, it is difficult to advise specific lenses. A fast lens (fast fifty, or FA Ltd) would be a good choice and will help you to compensate for the K-7's poor high ISO performances.

Hope that the comment will help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
The K-7 is a solid performer at low ISO (ISO 400 and below).
Shoot RAW and the K7 is a solid performer at ISO 800 and sometimes 1600.
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Even at 3200 it could produce the goods.

Even though it got a bad reputation for noise in low light that was mainly from pixel peepers comparing it to later models with the Sony sensor, the images tend to be a little 'grainy' rather than classically noisy at high ISO but are still usable

Both photos taken at ISO 3200 with Sigma 50 150 2.8


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QuoteOriginally posted by Hydronaut Quote
The other thing was I don't think I can live without a battery grip.

Can anybody recommend some good lenses. Manual focus is fine with me. Just wondering what to keep an eye out for.

Currently have the basic Pentax DA 18-55 and 50-200.

Thanks
The three lenses that I would not want to be without are the DA 18-135, the DA 35 "Plastic Fantastic" and the DA 70 Limited.
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
Shoot RAW and the K7 is a solid performer at ISO 800 and sometimes 1600.
+10 on this. I shoot the k7 and researched the heck out of it when it was released. It's jpg performance was a notch below it's contemporaries, but it's raw performance was compatible. Shoot raw,use a fast lens, and employ some good noise reduction techniques to minimize the higher iso issues.
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