DPR review of K-7

Desjardins, Steve DesJardinS at wlu.edu
Mon Oct 5 10:20:14 EDT 2009

I have an *istD sitting right behind me in my office at work.  It's the official dept. camera.  We will continue to use it until it breaks.  We just don't' need more MP or AF speed.  Eventually, I think that more cameras will be like that.  $2000 or less, 32 MP, acceptable AF speed.  Shoot RAW, let the PC do the processing.  You could have a camera like that for 10 years before upgrading, maybe longer, just like a film camera.

How long do you think the new Leica M9 will be in service before in ends up in Technotrash?

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From: pdml-bounces at pdml.net [mailto:pdml-bounces at pdml.net] On Behalf Of Malcolm Smith
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Subject: RE: DPR review of K-7

> 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.


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