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01-21-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
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A camera for Mark Jerling's friend, May K

I've been looking for a DSLR for the little 16-year-old friend of Mark Jerling's. I came across this ad on Craig's List in San Diego, CA USA.
Pentax K7 and*ist bodies, etc.


I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if the images from BOTH cameras have a scratch in the SAME place, then it's NOT the cameras. Does that seem right to you? You'll have to copy and paste, then enlarge the image a great deal to see the scratch she's referring to.


Anyway, I've been in contact with the gal who owns the equipment and she's willing to deal with me. Even if the scratch is there for real, I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you? I know nothing about a K-7 or the *ist, so any info you might be able to pass along would be appreciated.


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If both bodies produce the line in the same place, I think it's a software issue.
Does the seller have any SOOC RAWs or JPEGs?
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If both bodies produce the line in the same place, I think it's a software issue.
Does the seller have any SOOC RAWs or JPEGs?

As far as the scratches being in the same place, I'm thinking like you..... it's a software issue. The ad shows a photo with the line across the kid's face. You'll have to copy and paste it, then zoom in a great deal to see it. It's not all that bad, I don't think.


But, regardless..... I've already made arrangements for her to send them to me. $85.00 and she's paying shipping to Idaho. Hopefully they'll work out O.K. We'll see. If not, I've got more paperweights!
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If not, I've got more paperweights!
They are nice paperweights though...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
As far as the scratches being in the same place, I'm thinking like you..... it's a software issue. The ad shows a photo with the line across the kid's face. You'll have to copy and paste it, then zoom in a great deal to see it. It's not all that bad, I don't think.
Since she seems to use the same 18-55 with both bodies, maybe there's something wrong with the objective... Although I don't see what kind of problem could give a vertical line... But, it's certainly worth trying them with your own objectives that you know are good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
Anyway, I've been in contact with the gal who owns the equipment and she's willing to deal with me. Even if the scratch is there for real, I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you? I know nothing about a K-7 or the *ist, so any info you might be able to pass along would be appreciated.
K-7 is the camera that the K-5 and K-3 are descended from. It has a fine lineage. It's a 14MP with a lot of nice features. The *ist D is the one that started it all. 6MP CCD sensor - uses compact flash rather than SD - very small. The *istD supports TTL flash so older TTL units like the AF330FTZ can be used with it.

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The *ist body is an *ist DL (has a big red L below the *istD label), which uses an SD card - maybe it's a problem with the card, and the owner used the same card in both bodies?

The *ist DL is an entry-level body, the cheaper version of the DS. The K-7 is very similar to the K-5, just with an earlier sensor. The K-7 is definitely the better body.
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I have both an *istD and K-7 (and K-5).

My choice would be the K-7 although many here prefer the colours from the *istD. The ergonomics of the K-7 are a cut above.

Why do I keep the *istD? It works well with my legacy TTL ring flashes and TTL AF400FTZ. . (It's always in the car, too. It wouldn't be great loss if stolen.)

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If it's the *ist DL then it doesn't support TTL. Just P-TTL. The *ist D and *ist DS supported TTL.
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Sure looks like a DL to me...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you?
Well, being about that age, and having started with a K-30... I'd not want an *ist. But that's only because i've started with a K-30, so maybe I was a bit spoiled But the K-7 would be a great choice for the ergonomcis.
If it isn't too expensive, I'd really suggest going for a K-50, perhaps used, if possible. What is the budget?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I've been looking for a DSLR for the little 16-year-old friend of Mark Jerling's. I came across this ad on Craig's List in San Diego, CA USA.
Pentax K7 and*ist bodies, etc.


I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if the images from BOTH cameras have a scratch in the SAME place, then it's NOT the cameras. Does that seem right to you? You'll have to copy and paste, then enlarge the image a great deal to see the scratch she's referring to.


Anyway, I've been in contact with the gal who owns the equipment and she's willing to deal with me. Even if the scratch is there for real, I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you? I know nothing about a K-7 or the *ist, so any info you might be able to pass along would be appreciated.


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Hi Dewey

I had a good look at the photo in Photoshop and it has all kinds of weird aberations. I wonder if perhaps its a memory card issue?
Time will tell!

Kind regards,
Mark
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I've been looking for a DSLR for the little 16-year-old friend of Mark Jerling's. I came across this ad on Craig's List in San Diego, CA USA.
Pentax K7 and*ist bodies, etc.


I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if the images from BOTH cameras have a scratch in the SAME place, then it's NOT the cameras. Does that seem right to you? You'll have to copy and paste, then enlarge the image a great deal to see the scratch she's referring to.


Anyway, I've been in contact with the gal who owns the equipment and she's willing to deal with me. Even if the scratch is there for real, I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you? I know nothing about a K-7 or the *ist, so any info you might be able to pass along would be appreciated.


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What's the price?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I've been looking for a DSLR for the little 16-year-old friend of Mark Jerling's. I came across this ad on Craig's List in San Diego, CA USA.
Pentax K7 and*ist bodies, etc.


I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if the images from BOTH cameras have a scratch in the SAME place, then it's NOT the cameras. Does that seem right to you? You'll have to copy and paste, then enlarge the image a great deal to see the scratch she's referring to.


Anyway, I've been in contact with the gal who owns the equipment and she's willing to deal with me. Even if the scratch is there for real, I would think it's still a good camera for this young 16-year-old to begin with, don't you? I know nothing about a K-7 or the *ist, so any info you might be able to pass along would be appreciated.


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It shouldn't be the camera. It's most likely how she printed out the photo onto the computer?

---------- Post added 01-21-16 at 06:14 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
As far as the scratches being in the same place, I'm thinking like you..... it's a software issue. The ad shows a photo with the line across the kid's face. You'll have to copy and paste it, then zoom in a great deal to see it. It's not all that bad, I don't think.


But, regardless..... I've already made arrangements for her to send them to me. $85.00 and she's paying shipping to Idaho. Hopefully they'll work out O.K. We'll see. If not, I've got more paperweights!
The line really isn't all that bad. As long as it doesn't stretch throughout the whole photo.
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It shouldn't be the camera. It's most likely how she printed out the photo onto the computer?

---------- Post added 01-21-16 at 06:14 PM ----------


The line really isn't all that bad. As long as it doesn't stretch throughout the whole photo.
It looks like it goes right accross the photo - but there are other aberations too. So, I think it may be a software issue or possibly a bad SD card. We'll wait and see what Dewman finds once he has it in his hands.
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