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07-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Is the K-7 a good choice for my first dslr?

I've read too many DSLR reviews over the last few months. I have an old Pentax K1000, and have always loved it. The Pentax K-7 looks like THE camera to buy. But before I jump into the 'deep water', I thought I might ask if, by purchasing the K-7, am I biting off more than I can chew?

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If you don't mind the cost, I think it looks like a great camera. But consider you can get a K20D for what, half the cost, these days.
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If you can use a K1000, then you can use any camera. K-7, K20D, 40D, D300 etc.

Just set it to "manual" and change the meter to "center weighted"
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike829 Quote
I've read too many DSLR reviews over the last few months. I have an old Pentax K1000, and have always loved it. The Pentax K-7 looks like THE camera to buy. But before I jump into the 'deep water', I thought I might ask if, by purchasing the K-7, am I biting off more than I can chew?
Only you can answer this question. If you have any doubt, I suggest you try a K20D. It's an absolute bargain compared to the K-7, and in terms of photographic sophistication it's not sub-par.

If you don't need ultra fast AF, 100% VF or the metal body (the K20D is built with VERY good and sturdy plastic - you cannot use it to crack walnuts like you can with the K1000 (I tried it with a KX and it worked really well!), but there's no creak, no squeak, and every bit as weatherproof as the K-7), and don't mind a larger body, the USD $700 or so saved can easily go towards a Limited prime or contribute towards a tele DA *.

(I would not use my K-7 to open walnuts either. It's well built, but not as well-built as the KX)

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The K-7 is indeed a good first DSLR choice. As the other members pointed out - if it's about money the K20d will fullfill your needs very well. But it's not just about money. The K-7 introduces a new form factor. Compared to my K10d it feels tiny and light but very robust. Which is a good thing especially when you want to travel light. But if you have big hands (as I have) you sometimes may miss some more grip where the battery grip would be perfect IMO.
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My first DSLR was the 200d and i thought that was amazing but even though i didnt know too much about cameras i still thought the shutter speed and autofocus speeds were too slow. I think the k20d is better in these regards but the k-7 is just an amazing piece of technology to hold. If you have the money i would strongly recommend it. Also seeing as you already have the k1000 you probably have a few decend manual lenses that will go great with it. With what ive heard the manual lens metering with the k7 is much better than with the 20d
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Get the K7 and don't look back.
If you liked the Pentax of then..you'll love more of the Pentax now.
If you like the K7 then I suggest you treat yourself to it, more so if you can afford it.
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..oh yeah..and WELCOME to the forums Mike829!
You'll love it here.

07-30-2009, 06:24 PM   #9
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Welcome aboard Mike to the best Pentax Camera Forum.


The K-7 is a great camera, I recommend it highly.



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07-30-2009, 08:18 PM   #10
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The K-7 is my very first dSLR and I love it!
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It is a great choice as a first dslr. It is a terrible choice as a first espresso machine. It also makes a lousy first impact hammer.

It will however regrow your hair and make your unit larger. And you'll be thinner to boot.
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yup my DSLR progression was

K200D for 14+ months then jumped to K-7.

K-7 is a great first camera if price is no concern
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Personally I don't think the K-7 is worth the money.

For me in the UK, it retails more than the Nikon D300 which is undeniably the better camera in every way. If you're not tied to a raft of Pentax glass, which a lot of people here are, then I can't see the point in buying into an overpriced, overhyped K-7. I'm not saying it's a bad camera, it's just not worth the cash especially with the eye watering increase in lens prices pushing above the price of Canikon lenses.

If you don't need fast frames per second, and you don't need quick accurate autofocus, you could save yourself a packet or invest in a top lens and a K20D, or just the K20D. The K-7 offers no improvement in image quality over the K20D from what i've seen so far.

Make this choice very carefully.
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I agree, for some strange reason, the K-7 is way overpriced in the UK. Pentax got its pricing way out of line there.

In much of the rest of the world - US, Asia, the K-7 is very competitively priced vs. the D300 and Canon 50D.
Performance wise, K-7 is no lesser camera to either these two Nikon and Canon. Absolute Autofocus speed and FPS, yes, but in most aspects of usage the K-7 is on par.
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Welcome Mike,

I agree with kung, if you come from a K1000, then you are "old school" and understand exposure, and know more than most people that own a DSLR. I think if you have the funds, then you will not be disappointed with the K-7. The k20d is a fantastic camera at a fantastic price, but over time, you may be a bit disappointed in the "nibbles" on the k20d that the K-7 fixed.

Compared to the k20d, the K-7 is a bit smaller, more agile, and metering and WB has been significantly improved.

QuoteOriginally posted by Big G Quote
the Nikon D300 which is undeniably the better camera in every way.
Wow, that is a pretty blanket statement. Do you own the D300 and a K-7 and have compared both? I think many would disagree with your statement. I have used a D300 on multiple occasions, and the only way it beat my k20d was in AF and fps. IMO, there is no way the D300 is better than the K-7. You may have a point regarding prices in the UK, but the OP is from Clovis NM, USA. Here, the D300 is $300 more than the K-7. We're not talking the D300s, this is the old D300. That is ridiculous.

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