the K3 is perfectly tiimed to hit C and N where they hurt

Started Nov 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
awaldram
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Re: the K3 is perfectly tiimed to hit C and N where they hurt
In reply to tcom, Nov 5, 2013

tcom wrote:

awaldram wrote:

tcom wrote:

I mentionned Pentax that I do not understand why they feature almost the slowest AF in the whole SDM lenses (with the exception of the DA*55) in that 50-135 as it is the ideal range for most sport events I am covering. I asked if there is a chance for a new version with an improved AF speed, I was told sport photographers are not the target audience... They added photographers were taking sport photos before AF existed.

Unfortunately looks like you were talking to an idiot

It was not a rep, but a product manager of Pentax...

Maybe my experience varies to your due to different shooting environments ?

But then again I'd have thought low light water-polo matches would be a lot more challenging to focus systems than beach volley ball.?

Not only would you have a lot more light but a smaller area to cover, what body was you using ?

It was K20D and K7. Then, after asking Pentax for advise or a chance for a faster focusing DA*50-135, my usual shop borrowed me a D700 with the Sigma 50-150 HSM, it was like night and day for sports photography and was pretty much what decided me on adding Nikon to my equipment.

Can't comment on the k7 but my k5 was 2-3 times faster tracking than my k20d , and my k10d was barely usable with SDM

Perhaps your opinion is tainted by having a seriously nice Nikon body driving the lens ?

I do not consider the Sigma 50-150 that much superior to the DA*50-135, but then, it performed so much better.

But not on a Pentax body , hence my ongoing assumption tracking performance currently is limited by body not lens in  Pentax land.

HSM lens that blister on Canon/Nikon top bodies are no faster than SDM on k20,k7,k5 etc I don't know about k3 as I own no HSM glass.

All I really wanted to say, with the K3, Pentax catches up on C and N regarding the camera, but to really hurt the big two, they need to rethink the lenses.

umm don't think new lenses will hurt C and N to-do that Ricoh would need a game changer but with the maturity of the technology that is unlikely to happen.

It all about keeping customers and engaging kids, rainbow cameras probably had more affect on Pentax's bottom line than the k3 will

Hence why other have followed with colour choices.

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