Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-01-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 1,352
Pulling the trigger on a K-7 tomorrow... Advice please?

So... after leaving my K-x and FA 31 in the back of a cab nearly two months ago, I've had enough of being without a DSLR.

We are off to Phuket in a few days and want to have something with more control than our Canon SX1 IS or Sanyo HD1000 (though am impressed with the latter's F1.8 lens).

Long story short, wife says "I miss the sharp faces/ /blurry background shots with your lost camera". To me, that's longhand for "get another one".

So, I'd prefer a Pentax, but a K-7 replacement is going to be announced in May. I know it.

The other option is a Canon 550. Faster focus (?), more MP to crop into, but a whole new set of lenses to buy into, with no IS for primes.

As I said, buying a K-7 tomorrow. Please let me know if I should wait, or if I could do better.

Thanks!

04-01-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
Veteran Member
Mr Hyde's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 761
If your luck is anything like mine you'll buy the K-7, you'll fall in love with it, and about 2 months later, Pentax will announce the next generation camera.

So, YES!!! Buy the K-7 right now. I wanna see what's coming next

BTW, I have a K-7 and you'll love it.
04-01-2010, 07:08 PM   #3
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Mexico
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,125
At current prices, the K-7 is a great value, even if you decide to sell it and get a K-8 next year. IMO, the K-7 is the most/best camera for the money that you can get right now. You can use whatever K-mount lenses you already own and never have to worry about buying stabilized lenses.

Rob
04-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
Veteran Member
wlachan's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Canada
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,626
K-7 replacement in May? Is that official? If so, I would definitely wait. Then again, I tend to buy expensive lenses but cheaper bodies these days.

04-01-2010, 07:49 PM   #5
Veteran Member
nulla's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 1,560
Rumour has it there is a new Canon coming out in June replacing the
Canon 550
04-01-2010, 10:19 PM   #6
Site Supporter
ebooks4pentax's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California, USA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 452
Get the K-7. It's an excellent camera and the difference between the K-7 and K-8? will not be great enough to make you need to buy one. Usually, there is a big difference in every decond generations. You can get the K-9 later. That would be funny if they actually name a camera the K-9 . It could be used for Police work!
04-02-2010, 12:50 AM   #7
Veteran Member
yeatzee's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Temecula
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,675
QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
rumour has it there is a new canon coming out in june replacing the
canon 550
rofl

.
.
.
04-02-2010, 01:01 AM   #8
Site Supporter
Douglas_of_Sweden's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Stockholm
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,348
QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote

Long story short, wife says "I miss the sharp faces/ /blurry background shots with your lost camera". To me, that's longhand for "get another one".

Advice: buy your wife some flowers!

04-02-2010, 06:46 AM   #9
Pentaxian
starbase218's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Planet Earth, Sol system, Milky Way galaxy, Universe
Posts: 1,110
I'm more or less in the same situation. I have a K100D Super and want to upgrade. The K-7 sounds very tempting, but a K-8 might be released in a month or two.

For me though, I don't think I'd buy a K-8. The thing is, the price of the K-7 has come down to what I find acceptable. When the K-8 is released, it will no doubt be much more expensive. On the other hand, prices on the K-7 should start dropping even more by then. So that's the choice I think I will be faced with.
04-02-2010, 06:54 AM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boston, PRofMA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,053
Even if it gets released next month, are you willing to pay full MSRP for it? In most cases of Pentax users, the answer is no
04-02-2010, 06:58 AM   #11
Pentaxian
starbase218's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Planet Earth, Sol system, Milky Way galaxy, Universe
Posts: 1,110
That's the point I was trying to make. A K-8 will probably cost more than I'm willing to pay. I can either buy a K-7 now, or wait a few months and maybe get it cheaper.
04-02-2010, 07:03 AM   #12
Veteran Member
tokyoso's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Albums
Posts: 723
If you just want weather sealing, I'll probably go for a used K10D. There are some great deals on those (I see them for about $150-$200 price varies depending on your locale).

Last edited by tokyoso; 04-02-2010 at 07:30 AM.
04-02-2010, 07:04 AM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,738
I know how hard is life without a DSLR after having one. As starbase218 says, if you wait for the new Pentax camera to buy, you may wait few months and/or pay the MSRP price. You can get a used K10D for about $300+ and wait till prices come down on the K-7 after the K-8 is released. You can then have a K-7 and a K10D as a backup just in case. My 2 cents.
04-02-2010, 08:46 AM   #14
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 1,352
Original Poster
Thanks for all the replies guys!

My original K-x came with the 18-50 and 50-300, and I got it from the US. In HK it would have been over US$1K. In the US it was something like $650 (I may be wrong, but it's in the ballpark).

Annoying that Pentax is so expensive here. The local agent here is a company called Jebsen, who are also the Porsche importer... I guess price sensitivity isn't a high priority.

Hong Kong has a reputation for being a cheap place to buy products, and some companies play to that. For example, a Canon 550D w/ kit lens is about US$730 here, compared to $899 in the US. My Canon SX1 IS was US$340 here over a year ago when it was considerably more elsewhere.

Anyway, weather here was too rotten to go out and get the K-7 today, so will do so tomorrow.
04-03-2010, 10:23 AM   #15
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 1,352
Original Poster
Much as I wanted the K-7, time wasn't on my side. Leaving tomorrow for holiday and needed something pronto...

K-7 retail pricing is still over US$1,200 (with WR kit lens) here... only some independent e-tailers have it at sub US$1K, and they have been closed since Thursday pm for Easter. I didn't want to give away $200 so I found one shop selling the K-x for US$500 (everyone else here is US$620 up still...) and got a WHITE one.

This way it'll be harder to leave in the back of a cab :-)

Will be a nice stop-gap until whatever tempting thing Pentax offers next.

Thanks for all the advice.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, canon, dslr, k-7, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow :) jgmankos Pentax DSLR Discussion 8 10-27-2010 12:19 PM
First event shoot tomorrow, advice welcome. Yaro Photographic Technique 1 09-24-2010 08:18 AM
People Horse Pulling treebeard Post Your Photos! 5 09-26-2009 12:19 PM
Pulling the K20D trigger - need advice please loony33 Pentax DSLR Discussion 21 03-14-2009 12:51 PM
For Sale - Sold: thePiRaTE!! is pulling up anchor, can my loss be your gain? thePiRaTE!! Sold Items 46 03-02-2009 11:11 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:55 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top