K-7 finder comments by Fumio Nakamura

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K-7 finder comments by Fumio Nakamura
Jul 21, 2009

Here are some interesting observations from Mr. Nakamura about the K-7 finder. These are translated from the K-7 review posted at dc.watch.impress.co.jp on July 14th.

"Looking through the K-7 finder, it seems slightly darker in comparison to other Pentax's up until now. This reduction in light transmission was done in order to attain ease of manual focus and see boke. Generally when you increase the transmission of a camera's focusing screen diffusion decreases making it harder to grasp the exact point of focus. In other words, brightness of the finder and ease of focus are inversely proportional. A lot of cheap, popular cameras are sold with slow zooms, and ease of manual focus is not seen as important. So there is a strong trend to pursue brightness. In terms of the screen, you could say that the K-7 is aimed at experts. Particularly when using large aperture, fixed focal length lenses, and select the optical preview, you can shoot while confirming subtle changes in the flavor of the boke through the finder."

Fumio Nakamura

After working for a camera maker, became an independent photographer in '96. Active in a wide range of the field, mainly writing how-to and technical articles, and also instruction. Posesses a deep knowledge of classic cameras and owns over 300 cameras. Has been a member of the Grand Prix selection committee since '98.
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