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05-29-2009, 01:16 PM   #31
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For me, the big cost advantage is in the glass. The 16-50 f2.8 is a great lens and much cheaper than the equiv Canon/Nikon lens. Bodies will come and go - in a few years the k-7 will be discontined and a memory, but the glass we buy will still be in use.

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A new camera body can never match the price-to-performance ratio of the last model. So it is always the case that those who need the newer features and can afford to pay for these buy the new body and others wait for the prices to go down.

It is the case with any camera brand. For example, when Canon 50D was announced, used 40D's were selling for as low as $650-700. Now 40D is a solid camera with no significant flaws, so canon didn't have much to change in the camera except the mandatory mega-pixel increase and increased LCD resolution. Even then 50D had a starting price of something like $1300. K-7 is a much more significant update over K20D, so the starting price is justified, infact it is very reasonable if you compare it to other mid-level cameras.

Now whether you can justify spending the additional amount or not is a function of your needs and the size of your wallet.
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K-7 is a much more significant update over K20D, so the starting price is justified, infact it is very reasonable if you compare it to other mid-level cameras.
that raises a good point because that was one of the biggest gripes about the K20 over the K10. the price increase wasn't justified by the upgrades offered in the K20. but the k-7 is far superior to the K20 and thus the K10 but is only marginally more expensive than the K20 was upon release. so if we see a similar price drop in the k-7 you will be getting a steal for sure. nothing will be able to touch it for its street price.
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In Australia I would consider the K-7 to be incredible value.
It can be had for $1540
Compared to (DCW prices)
Canon D50 $1699
Nikon D90 $1450
Nikon D300 $2340
Oly E30 $1599
Oly E3 $2099
Sony a700 $1579

It makes no sense to wait in australia as we seem to get some of the cheapest new prices and the prices don't drop quickly like they do elsewhere.
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