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Table of contents and Foreword I am pleased that you purchased one of our “Pentax K-7 – Everything you need to know…..and then some” book. As an enthusiastic photographer for many years, I have had many Pentax cameras. My first “new” camera was a Pentax Spotmatic, purchased when I was still in Junior High. When Pentax stepped into the Digital SLR market, I was delighted. Their first few DSLRs (The *ist series) were the smallest DSLRs on the market but were not particularly special w
Table of contents and Foreword Foreword Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Table of Content Know your K-7 How to use your K-7 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Processing your K-7 images The Pentax System Photography Techniques Chapter 6 Appendix Addendum HD Video Recording Glossary Additional Information II
Table of contents and Foreword Yvon Bourque Pentax K-7 Everything you need to know …..and then some Foreword III
Table of contents and Foreword All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced on any form or by any means, or stored in database or retrieval system, without prior written permission. Making copies of any part of this book for any purpose other than your own personal use is a violation of the United States and International copyright laws. Text © 2009, Yvon Bourque Photography © 2009, Yvon Bourque except where noted. Thi
Table of contents and Foreword About the Author: Back when most of his classmates were dealing with growing up; the author was nurturing a serious enthusiasm for photography. Son of a Montreal carpenter, he enrolled in photography courses, soaked up theory, bought his first camera, shot rolls of film, and learned how to develop and print. All this was before leaving junior high school. He had many dreams and like many aspiring young photographers, he dreamed of getting assignments
Table of contents and Foreword My preferred editor: This is my wife Anne. This book and all my other books would not have seen the light of day without someone editing the manuscripts. She wanted the book to be as “user friendly as possible”. Whenever she didn’t like the way something was ex- plained, I had to redo it. She is responsible for the great number of pictures and il- lustrations in this book. I tell you, having your spouse as editor is very demanding… having her on the re
Table of contents and Foreword TABLE OF CONTENTS FOREWORD X1V 21 CHAPTER 1 ● KNOW YOUR K-7 Nomenclature 23 Viewfinder Available Information in Details 28 LCD Panel Available Information in Details 29 K-7 Technical Specifications 33 What is special about the K-7? 38 K-7 Features 40 K-7 Innovations 41 Highlights 41 Resolution 42 Why redesigning the CMOS processor? 42 Achieving High-Resolution Sensor 43 Exclusive Image Processor 44 Proprietary Dust Removal System (DR II) 44 Exceptional Shake
Table of contents and Foreword Battery 59 Battery Installation / Removal 59 Installing / Removing SD/SDHC Cards 60 Installing / Removing Lenses 60 Turning Camera ON 61 Focusing 61 Adjusting Viewfinder Diopter 62 Language 62 Date and Time 63 World Time 63 Taking Pictures 63 Picture Quality 63 Shake Reduction 63 White Balance 63 Green Mode (Auto) 65 ▀▀ Program Line 65 Taking your first picture 67 Instant Review 68 Setting Playback Display 69 Histogram 70 Preview Method 71 Digital
Table of contents and Foreword Setting to Tungsten White Balance 82 Setting to Flash White Balance 83 Setting to CTE White Balance 83 Setting to Manual White Balance 83 Fine tuning White Balance 84 Metering System in detail 86 Multi-Segment 86 Center-Weighted 86 Spot Metering 86 Linking AE and AF Points 87 Meter Operating Time 87 Built-in Flash 88 Flash Compensation Output 89 Allowing Flash Shooting while Charging 89 Built-in Flash Distance and Aperture 90 Calculating Max Flash Distanc
Table of contents and Foreword Self-Timer (12 seconds) 109 Self-Timer (2 seconds) Mirror Lock 109 Dedicated Mirror Lock 109 Remote Control Unit 110 Remote Control Unit (3 seconds delay) 110 Remote Continuous Shooting 110 Interval Shooting 111 Shake Reduction 111 Dust Removal II (DR II) 112 Pixel Mapping 113 Alphabetical List of Menu Based Functions and Settings 113 The Rest of the Exposure Modes 117 (P) Hyper-Program Mode 117 (Sv) Sensitivity Priority Mode 119 (Tv) Shutter Priority Mode 119
Table of contents and Foreword Custom Filter 134 Resize (JPEG only) 134 Cropping (JPEG and RAW files) 135 Slideshow 135 Manual White Balance for current Image 135 Convert RAW images to JPEG or TIFF files 136 Got that great Pentax K-7? Why not take the plunge to RAW files. 137 RAW Mode explained 138 Shooting and saving in RAW 138 Shooting and saving in JPEG 138 Differences between JPEG and RAW 139 Why shooting JPEG? 139 Why shoot RAW? 140 Summary RAW/JPEG 140 Index 141 Image Comparison 142 Prot
Table of contents and Foreword Optional Focusing Screens 154 Right-Angle Viewfinder 155 Lenses Compatibility 156 DA Lenses 158 DA Lenses 160 D FA Lenses 162 FA J Lenses 163 FA Lenses 164 K-Mount Manual “A” Lenses 166 K-Mount Manual “M” Lenses 167 M42 Screw-Mount Manual Lenses 168 Medium Format Lenses 169 CHAPTER 5 ● PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES 171 Aperture Scale Explained 174 Shutter Speed Scale Explained 174 ISO Value Scale Explained 175 Combining All Three Elements with the K-7 175 Adjust
Table of contents and Foreword Tips & Reminders 204 CHAPTER 6 ● HD VIDEO RECORDING 207 Movie recording attributes 208 Creative Movie Recording 208 Reliable exposure control, even during movie shooting 209 Built-in microphone, plus compatibility with external microphone 209 Other movie-related features 209 Effortless customization 210 Movie playback function 210 Recording Movies 210 Sound 211 Playing movies 212 APPENDIX 215 Default Factory Settings 217 Playback Mode Palette 218 [ ►] Playba
Table of contents and Foreword Foreword his book was written for all users of the Pentax K-7. No matter what your experience level is, you will find something useful in this book. T A few years ago, most amateur and professional photographers alike, were using film cameras for their picture taking. Within the film cameras, several for- mats were used. The general public and a good number of professionals used the 35mm format. A select few preferred using medium and large format ca
Table of contents and Foreword shoot with telephoto lenses, it works to your advantage as a 200mm f/2.8 lens acts like a 300mm f/2.8 telephoto at no additional cost. We know that a 300mm f/2.8 telephoto lens is very expensive. The downside is that wide angle lenses will no longer perform as such, but the maximum aperture will remain. Today most compa- nies manufacture super-wide lenses that, when converted to a 1.5x factor, still gives you a nominal wide angle comparable to a 20mm on up in
Table of contents and Foreword The new Pentax K-7 is aimed at advanced amateurs to professional photographers but can certainly be used by entry-level photographers as well. It’s a camera that will help expand your photographic talents. It can be as easy to operate as a point and shoot, but it also has all of the professional features that you will demand as your experience grows. All Pentax lenses ever made will work with the K-7. It is often said that the glass are the most important
Table of contents and Foreword Chapter 4 “The Pentax System” is dedicated to the Pentax System. Pentax is truly the only manufacturer with 100% backward compatibility. It includes all lenses ever manufactured by Pentax, both 35mm and medium formats. There are about twenty four million genuine Pentax lenses out there. There are probably that many more lenses manufactured by companies such as Tamron ™, Sigma ™, Tokina ™ and other brands. Currently available accessories are also covered and
Table of contents and Foreword Check our Pentax Blog; we constantly post articles about Pentax prod- ucts. http://pentaxdslrs.blogspot.com/ The Blogspot We also have our website for purchasing our books and downloading important information or samples. http://www.pentaxdslrs.com/ Website XVIII
Table of contents and Foreword © 2009, Yvon Bourque - “Ms. J. Peggy” This is probably the best tool I have, other than the Pentax DSLRs. Lenses and equipment. It allows me to get to places I wouldn’t be able to get to otherwise. If you ever owned a Keep, you already know that it is customary to name it, just as you name a boat. Her name is “Ms. J. Peggy”. Here is how she got her name: My two principal hobbies are photography and four wheeling. I wanted a name that would reflec
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