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On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (98 comments in total)
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Loquacious: Does the Prestige Edition produce better images than the Standard K-3?

I believe the gunmetal B&W images should be quite good.
;-P

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1021 comments in total)
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nikon power: Don't let the price scare you.
Nikon's shutter durability is 200,000 cycles.
$3,299/200,000 = 1.6 cent per picture.
Other branded cameras' durability cycle may be the same or less but the EXIF from their photos won't show NIKON, the King of high end DSLR.

@nikonpower/clint dunn:
A useful comparison I think for those not needing FF or who cannot foot the expense.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1021 comments in total)
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nikon power: Don't let the price scare you.
Nikon's shutter durability is 200,000 cycles.
$3,299/200,000 = 1.6 cent per picture.
Other branded cameras' durability cycle may be the same or less but the EXIF from their photos won't show NIKON, the King of high end DSLR.

Pentax K3 also has shutter durability at 200,000... K3 is $1,200.
@.006 cents per shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1021 comments in total)

The low ISO ability at 64 and 32 should be terrific for landscape, to name just one use.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 163rd comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: The article is unavailable.....

Click the upper link - as of a few minutes ago the lower link at the end of the announcement wasn't active.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 13:01 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (599 comments in total)

Raw (ARW 2.3). I hope that's not proprietary... why not also have Adobe RAW files availability?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 02:53 UTC as 4th comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (648 comments in total)
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Dr. Leonard: Camera is heavy, expensive and has a large mirror (do I hear a slap?). Note to SONY - the 645Z already uses your sensor. How about developing a mirrorless model to save weight, complexity (mirror damping), and with a lower price (less complex)? Say around 4K to tempt Nikon 800 would be buyers or even 5K, cheaper than the top models from Nikon or Canon.

"...we were surprised to see that the 645Z's shutter is actually quieter than the one on the Sony A7r".
Isn't the A7r mirrorless? ;-p

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (648 comments in total)
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Dr. Leonard: Camera is heavy, expensive and has a large mirror (do I hear a slap?). Note to SONY - the 645Z already uses your sensor. How about developing a mirrorless model to save weight, complexity (mirror damping), and with a lower price (less complex)? Say around 4K to tempt Nikon 800 would be buyers or even 5K, cheaper than the top models from Nikon or Canon.

Pentax has designed the mirror to be well dampened. Note the other two competing MF cameras to compare, construction/weather sealing/temperature extremes use, size, price etc. 645z will be ready by end of June 2014. Smaller format 35mm FF can't come close with the exceptional high quality microcontrast, skin tones and etc. Thanks. Interesting attitude.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Hi,

Thank you, that's a great feature to have.

Nic

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:30 UTC as 58th comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)
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Danyel39: Hi I own a K-5 ( Silver ) and one month ago I received my K-3 ( Silver ).
I don't know what will be the future of APS-C but I'm unhappy with the results of the Image Quality Compared. Olympus is almost there, for my personal opinion D7100 is performing better and when compared to Sony 7R........
I photograph mainly during the night ( color rendition and low light capabilities are crucial ) and I'm starting to think that maybe time has come to sell everything and check both Nikon ( D4s, DF, D400 ? , ) and Sony 7R.
K-5 was my first camera and loved it but it seems to me the future is going into another directions. Image quality of Sony is unbeatable. low light capabilities of some nikons also. Don't know.
Can someone cast light on my considerations ?

Re Danyel39

There are several items to turn off or change from factory settings. One is certain noise reduction settings and AF setting. The K3 has more in-camera possible personal settings than the D7100. Probably much more.

Please check with the Pentax forum on this site http://www.dpreview.com/forums/1036 to get the particulars on the K3. The out of the box factory settings for noise reduction are too aggressive and can be easily changed to get the most out of the K3.

Thanks

Nic

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)
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benjicon: I believe the poll on the dpr front page says more about the camera than this skewed review. Its trouncing the other cameras in the most popular stakes.

Re aftab: "...then Pentax won't be struggling to stay alive."

Huh??? Pentax' has daddy big bucks Ricoh owning it now. They're quite comfortably doing well.

It sounds like you're trying to shoot down Pentax/Ricoh while tripping up on your own diatribe/lack of understanding.Cheap shot.

You're right about the excellent camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 13:31 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)

One useful pro feature of the K3 (that I couldn't find in the review) is the
shutter cycle having been tested by Pentax and rated to 200,000.

I think this standout feature in this class is a noteworthy one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 06:57 UTC as 52nd comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)
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wisep01: Some people here have the gall to assert that the D7100, the camera that single-handedly rewrote the dictionary definition of "pathetic," is in the same league as the K-3. As a Nikon user, trust me, it most certainly is not!

K-3 continuous shooting: 8.3 fps; buffer size: 23 shots
D7100 continuous shooting: 5.9fps; buffer size: 6 shots (yes, I double-checked)

And that's just one of the many areas where the D7100 falls so very short.

A few K3 goodies:

Ergonomics, very very good.
Green Button, brilliant.
Hyper-program, excellent.
DNG RAW files, et tu Bruti?
Mirror up, et tu Canoni?
Self leveling sensor/horizons.
O-GPS1 Astrotracer for sky/star work. Brilliant.
Fully, not partially weather sealed.
Full, not partial mag alloy body.
etc...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 02:00 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)
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bobbarber: "The K-3 is a very likeable addition to what was once a really interesting sector of the market..."

True enough--a nice camera, but this sector of the market is not where the most interesting innovations are happening today.

Full-frame mirrorless, 4K video, etc. trump what is at heart just another well-spec'ed and well-performing APS-C DSLR.

Of course, if the shoe fits, this is a great camera. I would certainly be happy shooting with one!

Re: AlexRuiz "... I agree with the review...not worth changing systems. I shoot Nikon full frame and Fuji mirrorless. I have absolutely no interest in the K3."

AR, if you have no interest in the K3, then why be commenting on the K3? ;-P

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 01:48 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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hilda4scope: I have experience with Nikon, Canon and Pentax. The K-3 is advanced camera for every photographer, that need not: high speed lenses, telephoto lenses and lenses with speedy AF.
The biggest problem of Ricoh/Pentax is not advanced body, but the lack of lenses. 7 limited lenses are nice pieces of engineering, but they are between 15 and 77 mm.
The SR system on sensor is very impressive, but you must switch off, if you will take photos with panning and long exposure and video.
Main mistake in image quality is problem with resolution in red color. So that is my experience with Pentax.

DPR and others only test JPEG's in the factory preset mode (Gives mistaken impression). For improved reds, change the factory preset off of Vivid setting to natural (this is for JPEGS only) as the OP is impressively mistaken. RAW of course is even better.
Viewing the complete lens lineup (including the new ones in the pipline to come soon) is best rather than making up a story of only seven lenses.
Chris Nichols of The Camera Store rates the K3 as "Bar none the best crop sensor camera I've ever used in an SLR format". Start the video at 5 minutes in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGvaRh3Zcss

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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bossa: All those noting the soft images from the K-3 should look at the NR settings and set them to low or off. The Pentax user forum discovered that the NR is quite aggressive out of the box and that images were softer than the K-5 before changing them.

DPR does test in the factory pre-set mode pretty much exclusively.
The overall gestalt of the camera's real virtue may not come out in the end. Mark down is a likely guess.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
On Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent post (71 comments in total)

One sensor for the NSA, the other for you ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 16:50 UTC as 14th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Woot! More pages...

I've added 20-some images to my "K-3 Samples" gallery (which goes back to October 30th):
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/9562975128/albums/pentax-k3-samples

The K-3 metering is more flexible and harder to confuse than the K-5 and earlier bodies, but it tends to favor overexposure. Given the additional highlight headroom in the new sensor, and the diminished shadow detail, this is probably a conscious decision by Ricoh's programmers.

Thanks Mark. I like your photos. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 13:39 UTC
On Racing against the sunset in the Your PENTAX Photos! challenge (5 comments in total)

Amazing, a beauty - NatGeo worthy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 4th comment
On Everest North Face in the Your PENTAX Photos! challenge (1 comment in total)

Wow! Excellent image :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 03:41 UTC as 1st comment
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