audiobomber: Hopefully the K-3 II review will be written by Dan Bracaglia and Rishi Sanyal. They did a great job on the A77 II review, especially the focus testing. The K-3 was sabotaged by all the wrong settings for the AF-C test.
Hey DPR here's a thought - test cameras side by side using equivalent lenses. In the next review I was to see the 7DII vs D7200 vs K-3 II all mounted with their equivalent 70-200's and then done again with a Sigma 70-200, the latter of which would be the exact same lens on all cameras.
Until you do so, your reviews will continue to be the opposite of thorough.
Bev81 from France: Just missing HSS...
With P-TTL it should definitely have HSS. The only issue is that it won't be powerful enough to have much of an effect.
Just a Photographer: Army Green but by the look of that plastic body it doesn't look to be built like a tank.
That first impression does count - that's why if you ever pick up a Pentax DSLR you'll look back at the ergonomics and built quality of your Canikon with disgust.
As a Pentaxian, I admit that the hard part is getting one in your hands before taking the leap of faith and just ordering one. Pentax makes better products, there's no question. But no one knows about them :/
22codfish: None of the new CaNikons still don't have an ATV shooting mode.
AF Point illum has been there for many years.
Sdaniella: FF: fov - Rectilinear ultra wideangle (not WA 'fisheye')11-24mm F4L USM
APS-H: 1.3x (Canon)14.3-31.2mm eq.fov
APS-C: 1.5x (Others)16.5-36mm eq.fov
APS-C: 1.6x (Canon)17.6-38.4mm eq.fov
Metabones Speedbooster: EF-to-SonyE (1.5x 0.71x)11.7-25.6mm F4.3 eq.fov
easily covers my favorite 24mm eq.fov across many system sizes:)
Ugh....is it really that hard to math?
You went the wrong direction by multiplying the crop factor when it should have been divided.
i.e. for normal APS-C (not canon, but the 1.5x crop), it's actually ~ 7.5-16mm, not 16.5-36mm.
tkbslc: What will be the competitive advantage that makes one pick a Pentax FF vs the other existing players? They need to do something moderately unique to stand out. They can't take on Canon and Nikon with a me-too DSLR system. Didn't work for APS-C and it won't for FF.
How about a FF DSLR with in-body image stabilization?
Ayoh: A small, cheap DC motor on $2500 lenses? no thanks, especially when ALL the competition have fast ring ultrasonic motors
You know the HD 560 super tele is DC right? And it's AF is blazing fast.
Alex Sarbu: "The Pentax K range has clear gaps for the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3-type lens other manufacturers have found so popular"They had an 18-250, replaced by a 18-270, and the Sigma 18-250 is still available. Where's the "clear gap", DPReview?
Where's the "clear gap", DPReview?
DPR's bias towards Pentax.
ahahahahahahaha recommend the D7100 over the K-3.
mgblack74: Pentax users, I am sorry for you.
Yea don't be - I couldn't be prouder of my Pentax gear and what I produce with it.
Twong: If it had WR, I'd buy it in a heart beat as replacement for K-5 IIs and K-01.
I also am disappointed by the lack of WR :(
ambercool: OMG I want this!!
Any further questions, naysayers? ;)
steelhead3: That OVF viewfinder sure has good specs compared to any competition.
It's a 100% pentaPRISM.
Canon and Nikon have no competition for this except for their top end DSLR's.
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Madaboutpix: Having shot my K-7 for nearly five years now (without a single malfunction), a couple of days ago I finally ordered a standard K-3 to replace it. Given that I passed by the K-5 and K-5 IIs, I'm fairly confident that I will see some improvement over my old camera. And I don't feel cheated now just because Ricoh has come up with this Prestige Edition. When I'm out and about shooting, I usually try to blend in, rather than draw attention to myself. After all, I want people to act naturally, almost as if I wasn't there.
Still, this is clever marketing on Ricoh's side: You get into the news, you may interest some more people for a serious camera who appreciate the good looks, and then may grow to love it for what it is capable of as a photographic tool. At this price point it cannot even be dismissed as rip-off, and I agree that the gunmetal-grey styling bespeaks some taste.
I really do believe the negative hype is overblown. But, humans are irrational beings :(
I have bought LOTS used and even a refurbished here and there. No issues. Sometimes used lenses can be great deals - premium lens that someone decides they just don't use as much as they thought they would - almost brand new for much cheaper.
And so a military brat of the German variety :) I really do miss it and can't wait to return. Hence why I made sure to import a small piece of Germany (and the in-laws in two weeks!) :D
And thank you for the compliments!
My pleasure, and thanks for the compliments :)
I agree on the focus towards QC. Agree 100%. But I do think that it isn't as bad as the internet makes it out to be ;)
And woher kommst du aus Deutschland? I lived in Bamberg for 3.5 years with the Army, and met my German wife (kommt aus Stuttgart). Wish I was there - never wanted to leave :(
And I just got the smc 15...haven't shot with it though. I was given the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 "Art" to review for PF, so that's what I've been focusing on immediately since sending back the 18-135 :)
In case you haven't seen my Finnish Military Training photo essay, that might be an interesting read to you. 40 images, 100% shot with the 18-135 :) Go to www DOT alexjansenphotography DOT com and it's on the PHOTO ESSAYS page :)
I'd recommend selling all the 18-55 versions you have and go straight to the 18-135 WR. I know it's a bit expensive (should have got them together as the bundle!), but it really is better than the 18-55 in every. single. way.
In the in-depth review I mentioned above for PF, I also compared the 18-135 against the 18-55, and there was literally not a single aspect the 18-55 did better. At best, it barely tied.
Also, and this was a surprise - the 18-135's aperture is *the same or faster* at any given focal length than the 18-55 despite the same variable aperture range. I would have thought since the 18-55 is a smaller range it would be the other way around, but not the case. Like I said - I was not expecting that. In fact, the 18-135 doesn't hit f/5.6 until AFTER 70mm!
As for the 18-55 variants, the L and the WR are the same, except the L doesn't come with a hood and has a plastic mount. Also, it lacks quick-shift (ability to grab the focus ring and manually focus while in AF mode).
Yea it doesn't come with the 3.0 cable. It certainly should, but when you can get them for $5 off Amazon, it's but a minor inconvenience.
And you might have gotten the K-3 + 18-135 WR then. I just finished the in-depth review for Pentax Forums (15 pages baby!), but it hasn't been published yet. It's one of my criticisms of the lens. But because the focus ring is so thin, it's not a pleasure to use (another criticism) - you will find yourself using that lens in AF mode 99% of the time, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. But yes - a distance scale would certainly have been appreciated for the more advanced users.
The shutter is just gorgeous, isn't it? I thought mine was broken the first time I heard it from how smooth and muffled it was :D
For metering, I recommend using the MULTI-SEGMENT AWB. you can find it under the AWB icon.
And yes, Pentax has long offered in-camera highlight/shadow correction. I don't have them (or the others) activated because I am a RAW shooter only.
For me it's because Pentax offers the best value for the dollar bar none, especially when combined with excellent ergonomics, build quality, and the overall compact size of the system physically.
Everything else you mentioned is a sweet, sweet bonus :D
Much appreciated, and likewise.
The wait will be worth it ;)