DPR review of K-7

Bob Sullivan rf.sullivan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 08:08:44 EDT 2009


Malcolm,
You held out a long time and will be blown away by the K-7.
Anti-shake, more pixels, better rendering,,,you're gonna love it!
Some adjustment of your photo processing software & hardware may be necessary.
I still have my original *ist DS.
It has been superceded by better offerings from Pentax,
but it is still perfectly servicable for most picture taking opportunities.
Regards,  Bob S.

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 3:58 AM, Malcolm Smith
<malcolmsmith1 at btinternet.com> wrote:
>> Tom C wrote:
>
>> Not being argumentative, just thinking out loud and thinking that
>> because of the short life cycle of digital products, maybe our
>> parameters for measuring them should also be changing.
>
> Before the introduction of the *ist D, this was discussed at length and from
> memory, most of the things that were written then have come to pass.
>
> At the time, the biggest issues I had about digital SLRs, were the cost,
> durability and how quickly it would become obsolete and worthless. I've been
> pretty much found wrong on all of these points, although the most difficult
> thing (that I still struggle with at times) is the mindset of film v digital
> cameras. When you have had a camera 20+ years and the only thing you use is
> film, it is hard to see the camera itself as a consumable, and I agree with
> your comment above.
>
> Anyway, the cost issue, is pretty much the same investment as a film camera,
> with the same pros and cons on choice. Durability has been a great surprise,
> and the original *ist D still goes strong and the only times it has played
> up a little has been when on low battery power. And although some years back
> we discussed the fact that these cameras would quickly date and be replaced
> - which has happened - they are certainly worth something some years on, and
> not the dispose of nil value I had imagined. Once you throw the reduction of
> film costs and processing in, mine paid for itself years ago.
>
> I always intended to get the 'next but one' replacement - what turned out to
> be the K20D, but events always stopped that from happening and so a K-7 is
> on order. From my position as a current *ist D owner, that represents a
> great leap forward, and I now have the confidence that it will last me until
> the 'next but one' replacement for this, whatever that may be.
>
> Malcolm
>
>
>
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