- Shooting video is not the same as shooting stills!
- Trying to do both at the same time was a nightmare
- Just with the LCD viewfinder (and no shoulder mount) the camera can be held quite steadily in the normal SLR shooting position, ie held up against the face with right hand on the grip and left hand under the lens. It's not a particularly heavy camera, so I may find the shoulder mount isn't really needed.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
The annual Starcross Steamer pursuit race was the first major gig I did with the K-7. last year. I went to this year's edition last weekend, and once again we were blessed with breeze and sunshine. I used the K-7 with the 50-200 alongside my Canon 40D, with 400 prime and 70-200 f4 & 1.4tc. Quite pleased with the results, but a Northerly breeze always makes it difficult to get shots with the sailors properly illuminated.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
I took the K-7 and 18-55 lens to Sidmouth this afternoon and took a few tourist shots. Overall, quite impressed. Sharpness is acceptable across the frame, but there is a bit of colour fringing at the edges as can be seen on the extreme crop, of the post in the top right hand side of the frame.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Last year I was hoping the first Fotoboat outing for the Pentax would be the Bloody Mary, at Queen Mary Sailing Club, but I was prevented from getting there from Devon by the snowy weather. This year there was no such problem. The temperature was almost into double figures, there was a good breeze and the rain held off. At the end of the event we even had some low winter sunshine.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
I've had the camera for about a year now, so it's a good time for a summing-up:
- Events attended: 20+
- Frames shot: 5-6,000
- Published images: (local and yachting press): 31
- Total images sold (retail and editorial): 75
The good points:
- Rugged, weather-sealed construction and compact size.
- Adequate image quality under most conditions.
- Acceptable burst speed and AF performance.
- Very flexible to set-up and customise via menus.
- Good use of legacy lenses eg 50mm f1.7.
Not so good points:
- Noisy images at ISO 400 and above.
- Some controls can be fiddly to use and too easy to operate accidentally.
- Video is very hard to use for a spectacle wearer; cannot focus on the subject and the viewfinder (rear LCD screen) at the same time although that will be the same for all DSLRs, not just the K-7.
My main regret is that I haven’t had the chance to use the K-7 with some good Pentax glass, like the 300mm F4, which is also weather sealed. The sharpest lens I have used on the K-7 has to be the SMC 50mm f1.7 which came with my old K-1000 about 30 years ago!
And the bottom line –
If I was starting from scratch in this field of work, without the current investment in Canon equipment (especially lenses) would I consider the K-7? Certainly, although by now I would be more likely to be looking at a K-5.