DPR review of K-7

Adam Maas adam at mawz.ca
Sat Oct 3 14:56:40 EDT 2009

On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM, Tom C <cakaltm at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM, Adam Maas <adam at mawz.ca> wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 1:16 PM, Tom C <cakaltm at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I basically agree.  I thought because of the sensor, CMOS vs. CCD,
>>> that the K20D/K10D difference was considered quite large.
>>> Here's my chagrined viewpoint on the K-7, with my own rationale
>>> applied, and I reserve the right to change my mind:
>>> 1. First I have really been close to purchasing a Canon EOS 5D MK II
>>> and still am, so there is an issue of  'do I want to spend a
>>> significant amount of money on the K-7'?
>> Personally, the 5DmII is neither fish nor fowl to me. If you need the
>> high ISO performance, the D700 is better. If you need resolution the
>> Sony's are better. Both the A900 and the D700 are faster (higher fps,
>> better AF), the Sony's and the D700 are also better built and have
>> better viewfinders. Oh, and they're cheaper (especially the A850). The
>> only way I'd go for a 5DmII is if I needed a Canon-only lens.
> On the other hand dpreview tends to think they've walked down the
> middle line on this.
> "The D700 set the benchmark for high ISO performance (along with
> overall shooting performance at this price level), and the A900 set a
> new benchmark for ultimate resolution. The 5D Mark II offers similar
> resolution to the Alpha 900, increases the sensitivity range to ISO
> 25,600, and offers high ISO/noise performance that gets close to the
> Nikon D700/D3. In short it - almost - offers the best of both worlds
> without costing the earth".

I'd tend to agree with them if it wasn't for the pricing. Oh, and the
performance hit and lower build quality. If the 5DmII was 5fps and had
AF comparable to the A900 or was cheaper than either I'd say it was a
better value. Right now it's more expensive here in Canada (same price
in the US according to B&H) and is pretty much unobtanium to boot
which changes the value proposition.

M. Adam Maas
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