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Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 24MP DSLR with selectable low pass filtering

By dpreview staff on Oct 7, 2013 at 22:00 GMT
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Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-3 - a 24 megapixel enthusiast APS-C DSLR. In addition to the higher pixel count, the range-topping camera gains a 27-point autofocus system and a more advanced 86,000 pixel metering sensor, compared with the K-5 II. Rather than offering versions with an without an optical low-pass filter, the company has found a way to selectively use the image stabilization system to mimic its effect. It also offers twin SD card slots and USB 3.0 connection.

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Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Sets New Standard of Performance

New PENTAX K-3 advanced enthusiast DSLR features 24 megapixel sensor, selectable anti-aliasing filter and fast 8.3 frames per second frame rate

DENVER, CO, October 7, 2013Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) is pleased to establish a new standard of performance with the debut of the PENTAX K-3 advanced enthusiast DSLR. As the Premiere DSLR in Ricoh Imaging’s robust and full-featured APS-C lineup, the PENTAX K-3 brings unparalleled technology and advanced specifications presenting photographers with a solution that raises the bar while removing limitations.

Elevating standard performance, the PENTAX K-3 boasts a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, incredibly fast 8.3 fps (frames per second) frame rate, innovative selectable anti-aliasing (AA) filter technology and outstanding HD video performance; all while giving demanding photographers dual card slots for quick and easy image recording and seamless wireless remote capture and image transfer capabilities.

“Ricoh Imaging has made an investment to ensure that our product lineup features the most complete and capable APS-C offering in our history,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging.  “This goal was realized with the introduction of the K-3. Its unmatched feature set and revolutionary technology set a benchmark of excellence that raises the bar for the entire APS-C category.”

Housed in the PENTAX K-3’s sleek and ergonomic body is a host of cutting-edge technology including the innovative and proprietary selectable AA filter which allows photographers to toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off using the lauded PENTAX SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. This breakthrough in imaging technology empowers photographers to retain greater control of image output while eliminating the need to commit to supreme resolution or superior moiré control by providing both options in a single camera body. Also new to the PENTAX K-3, and the APS-C category, is the PENTAX FLU SDHC memory card that delivers wireless connectivity with unprecedented functionality to a compatible PC or connected device via a web browser. Using this advanced technology, photographers are able to perform a variety of functions including inspect a live-view image, release the K-3’s shutter, shift the AF sensor point, and check images recorded on the card using any connected device with a web browser. And, thanks to its SD card-based, internal placement the PENTAX K-3 retains its weather-resistant, moisture-tight capabilities with no protruding devices preventing door closure.

The K-3 also features an enhanced video recording experience including the ability to change from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch to capture full HD movie recording in H.264 format. The K-3 comes equipped with a headphone terminal and stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection. The user can also adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during recording. In addition to a variety of creative special-effect modes, the K-3 also provides an upgraded interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval. 

Rounding out the new and advanced capabilities offered in the PENTAX K-3 is a newly designed autofocus module, SAFOX11, which boasts 27 AF sensors and high light-sensitivity, covering a wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV.  Finally, the new Real-Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance the accuracy of exposure, white balance and auto-focusing.

Pricing and Availability
The PENTAX K-3 will be available for purchase online at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retailers nationwide in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of $1,299.95 for body only and $1,699.95 for the kit including the DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR zoom lens.

The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be made available in a limited quantity with only 2,000 units being offered worldwide. This limited-edition model features a silver body with a silver BG-5 battery grip designed exclusively for the K-3, making it a perfect match for the silver HD PENTAX DA Limited lens series, which is designed for unrivaled image rendering. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and silver D-BG5 battery grip. The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition will be available for purchase online at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retailers nationwide in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of $ 1,599.95.

The PENTAX FLU SDHC 16GB memory card and D-BG5 battery grip will be available for purchase online at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com and retailers nationwide in November 2013 for a suggested retail price of $99.95 and $229.95, respectively.

To learn more about Ricoh Imaging’s unmatched lineup of APS-C DLSRs and lenses as well as other Ricoh Imaging products, please visit www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.
* The specifications of this limited-edition model are identical to those of the PENTAX K-3.

Pentax K-3 specifications

Price
MSRP$1299 / £1099 body only, $1699 / £1449 with 18-135 WR lens, $1599 / £1399 for limited edition silver body
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution6016 x 4000
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 3072 x 2048, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorPrime III
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 - 51200
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (3)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsBest, better, good
File format
  • RAW 14 bits (PEF, DNG)
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points27
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Green
  • Hyper Program (P)
  • Sensitivity Priority (Sv)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv)
  • Metered Manual (M)
  • Bulb
  • X-Speed
  • User (3)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous shooting (Hi, Med, Lo)
  • Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)
  • Remote control (0 or 3 sec, or continuous)
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Mirror lockup
  • HDR capture
Continuous drive8 fps
Self-timerYes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesSpecial version of Flu Card available
Remote controlYes (optional, wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Weather and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)560
Weight (inc. batteries)800 g (1.76 lb / 28.22 oz)
Dimensions131 x 100 x 77 mm (5.16 x 3.94 x 3.03)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (up to 9999 pictures)
GPSOptional
GPS notesO-GPS1

Additional images

 A limited edition of 2,000 silver models will be made  
The left of the camera features a headphone socket  The right-hand side reveals twin SD card slots
   Ricoh is keen to stress the camera's video features
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Total comments: 168
12
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

Wow, this new one from RICOH-PENTAX puts the lame duck Canikoner DSLRs to shame.

WEATHER SEALED MAGNESIUM ALLOY UNIBODY: Check.

SELECTABLE LOW PASS FILTER: You the user/shooter can select whether you want to use the AA filter -- or not. Your choice, right on the spot.

TWIN MEMORY CARD SLOTS: Check. Some DSLRs from Canikon priced at over $2,000 for the body only do not even have this simple capability.

USB 3.0 IMAGE DOWNLOADS: Check. 99.9% of the others are still stuck with slowpoke USB 2.0.

DEDICATED HEADPHONE AND MICROPHONE TERMINALS: Just how many other HDSLRs have both?

REMOTE VIEWING AND CONTROLLING WIRELESSLY: Check. Very handy.

4K RESOLUTION VIDEO INTERVAL RECORDING: Check. Nothing on that front from Canikon, last time I checked.

All this world-class leading technology for only $1,300. Wow, that makes the Canikon DSLR prices seem like wholesale highway robbery in comparison, huh?

Kudos to RICOH-PENTAX for this PENTAX K-3, I daresay.

4 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

MISC. EXTRAS: ISO setting up to 51,200 -- wow, how grainy will your stills and video going to be there, you think?

LCD screen -- it is a 3.2-incher, but it is a fixed screen, not articulated. Obviously not intended for dedicated video folks. Ouch.

IBIS -- is the in-body IS the type that Olympus is using, i.e. the phenomenal 5-axis IBIS? Or just the more traditional 3-axle type that everyone out there and their aunts and uncles are using?

ACTIVE HDMI PORT -- would be also good to know up front if Pentax K-3 has an active HDMI port, and if yes, does the camera output a clean or overlayed video this way whilst in recording mode?

Could not find much here, BTW:

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_

0 upvotes
Kurnia Lim
By Kurnia Lim (6 months ago)

LCD screen -- it is a 3.2-incher, but it is a fixed screen, not articulated. Obviously not intended for dedicated video folks. Ouch.

-- It's a camera, if you dedicated for video, buy handycam instead, video is just an addon for DSLR camera. ouch

IBIS -- is the in-body IS the type that Olympus is using, i.e. the phenomenal 5-axis IBIS? Or just the more traditional 3-axle type that everyone out there and their aunts and uncles are using?

-- I know 2 axis, my sony is 2 axis, but still much better than IS from lens, at least IS is still function when using old manual lenses :p

MISC. EXTRAS: ISO setting up to 51,200 -- wow, how grainy will your stills and video going to be there, you think?

-- Lots of camera have this setting? can d800 or 5d mark 3 handle iso 51.200? Is there anyone shoot at 51200? for your job especially?

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_

Re. VR or IS or SHAKE REDUCTION, I see nothing anywhere on the K-3 literature that would specify whether this is via 2-axis, 3-axis, 4-axis... or 5-axis.

On the other hand, PENTAX ha a $199 bridge camera, the X-5, well it is amazing what they say in this regard on that one:

"Triple Shake Reduction

The X-5’s triple shake reduction system couples the PENTAX developed mechanical sensor-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism with a digital SR mode for stills or movie SR mode for video to more effectively compensate for camera shake. This hybrid system assures sharp, blur-free images and video, even in the most challenging camera-shake prone and low lighting conditions."

0 upvotes
PatMann
By PatMann (6 months ago)

Nice job, Pentax. An interesting release.

With a compact 50-135 f/2.8 zoom, and some f/4 zooms with very useful ranges for APS-C, Pentax is showing a commitment to APS-C not yet shown by Nikon or Canon. However, they're using a pretty dismal legacy lens to cover the key 24mm prime slot, and have nothing at 16 or 18mm f/2, and no modern 35mm f/1.4 normal (though the f/2 looks capable if it holds up at 24 mp). If I'm going to switch instead of waiting for the next Nikon APS-C and the lenses that may (or may not) come with it, I'd be looking for a new 24mm f/1.4 at least, and a 16 or 18mm f/2. The rest of the range looks pretty useful.

Even though I have a number of Nikon lenses, it would be cheaper for me to switch from Nikon APS-C to Pentax K than to Nikon full frame. Full frame doesn't cut it for a birder on a budget. If Nikon isn't forthcoming with the lenses to support APS-C with their next action-oriented camera, I'll have some decisions to make.

3 upvotes
dyoon153
By dyoon153 (6 months ago)

was saving for K-5 ii but now that K-3 is here, i'm torn between the two... i guess i should wait 'til sample shots come.

0 upvotes
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (6 months ago)

Excellent. K-3 must be the best APS camera if it works as advertised.
I wish Pentax had 15-85mm lens like Canon's.

Comment edited 46 seconds after posting
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bossa
By bossa (6 months ago)

They have one on the Lens Roadmap supposedly to be released in "2013 or later".

I'm being prevented from publishing the link to the forum as DPR servers are claiming it contains swear words.

Do a google search for "Pentax K-mount Lens Roadmap Archive"

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
LazyFatCat
By LazyFatCat (6 months ago)

Its a late upgrade of Pentax but some issues are valuable . If there is a tilting LCD screen so it will be better . I wait for upgrade of the lens 16-50 f2.8 WR for longer range.
What is the new answer of Sigma ?

0 upvotes
LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (6 months ago)

Curious to see how the SR is going to cope with AA-function + normal SR work.
Maybe the two tasks will remain separated because at speeds faster than 1/1000 SR is not really needed...

Comment edited 10 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
kemal erdogan
By kemal erdogan (6 months ago)

I believe the name change marks that a full frame K-1 is on the corner

1 upvote
akluiber
By akluiber (6 months ago)

...said every FF wishing Pentaxian for every release since the K10.

0 upvotes
Entropius
By Entropius (6 months ago)

This looks like an awesome camera, and very strong competition to the D7100 if Pentax makes the lens you want. (Sadly they don't make what I want.)

0 upvotes
emtx
By emtx (6 months ago)

What it is? Now even Schneiders or new Sigmas serves you?

0 upvotes
jameshamm
By jameshamm (6 months ago)

Does the wireless card comes with this camera or is that something extra?

0 upvotes
DarylK
By DarylK (6 months ago)

From what I've read, it is something extra. Cost is around $100 US.

1 upvote
alextardif
By alextardif (6 months ago)

Pardon my ignorance, but maybe someone cares to outline how this camera compares/fares against A77? I have the A77 and RX1, both of which I love, but I know nothing about Pentax. Based on the spec sheet summary (and, of course, the AA filter innovation) i see a lot of general similarities and but also few better options/features on a few years old A77. What is so special about this Pentax? Doesn't look like there are a lot of amazing glass for it or that many aftermarket accessories. Enlighten me as I'm in a market for another camera and strongly considering OM-D E-M1 for it's portability and weather protection (I travel a lot in dusty/wet areas). Thanks!

1 upvote
audiobomber
By audiobomber (6 months ago)

Not a very good place for this kind of discussion. Why don't you ask in the Pentax Forum?

0 upvotes
Mr AJB
By Mr AJB (6 months ago)

If you look at 'DXO Mark' website cameras are ranked by Colour Depth, Dynamic Range and Low-Light ISO and receive an overall score for these attributes and from this and looking at test results on this DP Review website you will get a better idea how to judge what you want from a camera.

Looking at these results reveal that despite being a very good image sensor in the A77, it isn't too good in low light high ISO situations and I've seen this in actual photographs, where as from the DXO Mark tests and test results on this DP Review website, Pentax have slightly better low light performance. Pentax haven't been good in the AF department as compared to firstly Canon and Nikon with recent models, but I'd assume that their AF design is sorted now one would think.

I myself look for low light performance at higher ISOs and if you're looking for great low light high ISO performance then a Full Frame camera is the best for this.

0 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

please can someone tell me if the 8.3 fps are jpg only?

i read raw is 3 fps... is that correct?

0 upvotes
audiobomber
By audiobomber (6 months ago)

8.3 frames per second at full resolution, for as many as 60 JPEG or 23 raw frames

4 upvotes
kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (6 months ago)

Excellent, this is innovative and very interesting from one of the smaller manufacturers. If we could just get American mass-market consumers to consider Pentax (or micro 4/3) and wean them away from their exclusive infatuation with Can or Nik....

4 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

well the system behind the camera matters too.
and the pentax system is no match to nikon or canon.

this camera looks good on paper... but i would still advice people to buy into the systems of nikon or canon.

1 upvote
Mac McCreery
By Mac McCreery (6 months ago)

Indeed- folk benefit from owning 30+ lenses.....

3 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (6 months ago)

why people still talk about nonsense..penta is the best apsc system. ff camera are a minimal part of the market 2 3%? maybe....the apsc and micro third are still the bulk of the market. ...and only pentax own a dedicated sealed system with more than 30 lenses and 6 pancake high quality lenses...sure if you need a 400 2,8 that weight 4 kilo, look aother camera.

6 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

Slow expensive prime lenses and mediocre zoom lenses don't make it a very compelling system for me. Anybody can design good quality slow prime lenses.

1 upvote
Alwina H
By Alwina H (6 months ago)

Good quality slow small prime lenses.

3 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (6 months ago)

mediocre zoom? ok i stop. the 60-250 f4 is a gem. the 50-135 tach sharp. the 16-50 is also a very good lens. u are a sony user...and talk about lenses? apart some zeiss over expensive lenses what? plastic cheap prime? and what? zoom? noting.

3 upvotes
maxola67
By maxola67 (6 months ago)

No match tocanikon?
No canikon match to D645 in IQ terrms.
No Pentax match to canikon in term price/weight/bulky volume.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

RICOH-PENTAX could retire Canon + Nikon + Sony if they had wanted to, and based on the cutting edge tech innovations and far-out capabilities of the K-3 -- they just relegated them to the proverbial outhouse.

Now, that's for the camera itself. If you are unhappy with Pentax's amazing line-up of lenses, use another mount type lens with an adapter, or else check into the many 3rd party manufacturer lens offerings.

See, if there is a will, there is always a way to get ahead in life.

1 upvote
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

^^ I thoroughly disagree with you. Pentax doesn't have a decent lens collection at all. Not if you want fast prime lenses and a FF system.

Pentax lens line up is far from amazing. Besides their 55mm f1.4 how many f1.4 primes do they have ? Their limited lenses are all pretty slow and don't interest me one bit. Ill take a good quality zoom lens over a slow prime lens anyday.

And the fact that you mentioned adapters show you don't have much value in AF which tons of other people do including me.

0 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (6 months ago)

pentax was always considered a boutique photo company for a loyal base....ricoh was considered a great innovator, many consider the gr series from usability perspective one of the best camera ever...a marriage can only bring great innovation, product for photographer.

7 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

The loyal fan base for Pentax (and Olympus and Minolta) came about because these cameras did essentially the same things Nikon and Canon did, but were about 1/3 cheaper. Ricoh's decision to make higher end cameras is fairly recent, going back to the GR-1 in 1996.

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bossa
By bossa (6 months ago)

I object to people bending history to suit their point of view.

Pentax has always been an innovative company:
http://www.aohc.it/milestone.htm

4 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)

Does this camera do AFC during video? Is the 4K video mode what everyone was calling the RAW mode?

1 upvote
klavrack
By klavrack (6 months ago)

AF yes, haven't heard yet about the other.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

Nothing by way of answers on your question here:

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_
http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_#!product-specs

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)

That looks like a really nice camera.

7 upvotes
jl_smith
By jl_smith (6 months ago)

Looks like a nice camera but 10 bucks says it still has sub-par AF. Those thinking this would replace a D300 or 7D for AF -intensive shooting might want to reconsider.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

It would be great if some photography equipment site (wink-wink) actually objectively tested this essential trait of photography equipment.

1 upvote
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (6 months ago)

dpreview is judging a af system of a pre production camera with no final firmware..many site imaging resource stated that they not comment af cause even the af menu is not completed in their camera...maybe dp ha s a final camera.

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klavrack
By klavrack (6 months ago)

I just have to wonder about folks who judge the K-3 wonderful or terrible, based on no info whatsoever. I'm sure tests of this feature will occur soon. Word is that the DPR preview was of a pre-production model w/o final firmware. They claim great AF, and we will know for certain soon enough. Hopefully it will be, for the sake of Pentaxians and for the competitive pressure it'll put on the big boys.

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (6 months ago)

@jl_smith

Where were you when Pentax released the K5II/s?

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (6 months ago)

This is Pentax's chance to go after the fat cats pushing their wears at every consumer point. I know that marketing is expensive and breaking into markets is arduous. As good as this camera is it won't make a dent in the market unless it's sold well.

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

I think Pentax is more concerned about it's users more than anything else. This is why they have such a loyal following.

The marriage of Ricoh and Pentax is still young, the fruit is already starting to come from it. Give it time.

For now, enjoy the camera.

C

4 upvotes
sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (6 months ago)

You do realize a company can make money without being the biggest, right? Oops, you don't. Their goal is to sell enough to make money, even if you can't see the dent.

Comment edited 19 seconds after posting
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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

it´s hard these days to make money when you don´t have the volume.

and R&D is costly.... and the same if you sell 10000 or 1000000 cameras.

well i guess you get the basics of economics so i don´t have to exlpain further...

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Then what was the point of that reply?

1 upvote
mandm
By mandm (6 months ago)

Boy, I sure feel sorry for all the saps that buy BMW cars, I didn't know how outdated their cars must be, but with BMW's low production numbers, they must be using Ford Model T tech, right Henry.
How much does Canon & Nikon spend on advertising compared to Pentax. Any chance that's where the extra $$$ C&N make with their volume goes to.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

BMW cars are priced much higher than most Fords and have much higher profit margins to boot. The K3 has far better specs than any of their nearest competitors so you can guess they have much lower profit margins than the competing Nikon and Canon cameras as Nikon and Canons make tons of more cameras than Pentax or any of the other camera manufacturers.

More cameras sold also means more lenses and accessories get sold so it all more than adds up.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (6 months ago)

Yep!! This is exactly what I have been waiting for. I read the share holder minutes when Ricoh bought Pentax. This was the target from day one. I am on board 100% now. I shoot Canon 7D and it is a dog period IMO this day and time. The sensor is just not there. Neither is the AF on the 7D. If this AF system is better then good bye 7D.I Will keep the Mark IV and move back to Pentax with my Sigma super telephoto lenses. The hell with Canon and the 7D. They promised a 7D II and never delivered. I will wait and get the results from good quality tests. If good I am back.

2 upvotes
tompabes2
By tompabes2 (6 months ago)

The best selling accessory for this camera will be a Pentax logo to cover the Ricoh writing on the back.

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Shouldn't diss Ricoh so much. They didn't need financial help like Pentax did twice now, and saved your company to boot without changing key areas.

There would be no logo on the back at all if Ricoh didn't buy Pentax up.

So how do you feel about the logo now?

2 upvotes
Robgo2
By Robgo2 (6 months ago)

The "Ricoh" name may be associated with office equipment, but the company has manufactured some very fine, innovative cameras over the years as well as some excellent lenses. And they have very deep pockets, much deeper than Nikon and Canon. So it would be presumptuous to dismiss their ability to compete aggressively in the photo market, if they choose to do so.

1 upvote
Akos Kozari
By Akos Kozari (6 months ago)

A great tool on a friendly price. Good job, Ricoh/Pentax.

5 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (6 months ago)

Glad to see Pentax is back on top. K-3 proves that Pentax is introducing great improvements every second generation (K-5 II was just a "facelift" of K-5 and it goes in the same way one category lower, see K-r - K-30 - K-50).
Now pls make a thorough comparison test of K-3 - D7100 and 70D. I believe the K-3 will score high. ;-)

5 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (6 months ago)

Nice camera, great ergonomics. Too bad it's not a FF. aps-c dslr's are so 2009.
:)

2 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (6 months ago)

You can still choose the "improvement" in the form of Nikon D610. ;-)

1 upvote
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (6 months ago)

I see more people using APS-C DSLRs in 2013 than I did in 2009, so your argument is flawed.

1 upvote
PatMann
By PatMann (6 months ago)

APS-C is just a different tradeoff point in the resolution/low-light/size-weight-bulk-price/system flexibility tradeoff we all make in different ways depending on what and how we shoot. Pentax has the best enthusiast lens range of any APS-C DSLR right now, though it has significant gaps in wide and normal fast primes, and a lot of clutter and duplication in what look like full-frame leftovers. With its 50-135 f/2.8 zoom, however, it is the only one without a big hole in this very important enthusiast/pro zoom range.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

Full-frame 135 is a dying format.

APS-C and M4/3 is all the range now -- or haven't you gotten the office memo on that, samhain?

And if you want a good camera with a man-sized sensor, swing for a medium format job.

FF 135 still have hardcore fans, but as a format and form factor, not a very bright future, I fear.

1 upvote
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

^^ Are you kidding me ? You have absolutely zero facts to prove your points ! Do you even know the sales of Canon and Nikon FF cameras and compare them to all Pentax DSLR sales ?

Why do you think Nikon and Canon haven't replaced their aging 7D and D300s ? That's because at that price point people are buying FF cameras instead. Just think how many DX lenses Canon or Nikon have released in the past year.

And I seriously can't figure out how you compare medium format with 135 format. Please name me ONE medium format camera that can rival the high ISO performance, AF capabilities and burst rates of even the cheapest FF camera available right now. I will bet money that you simply can't.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (6 months ago)

Pentax K-3:
Max 8.3 fps
Up to 22 RAW shots = (Max 2.65s timespan covered)
Up to 60 JPEG Large (★★★) = (Max 7.23s timespan covered)

Canon EOS 7D:
Max 8.0 fps
Up to 23/25 RAW (Large/Fine) shots = (Max 2.88s to 3.13s timespan covered)
Up to 110/130 JPEG (Large/Fine) = (Max 13.75s to 16.25s timespan covered)
Up to 17/17 RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine) = (Max 2.12s timespan covered)

the longer the timespan covered with many more shots, the better...

e.g.

JPEG:

110/130 vs 60, means 7D has 83% to 117% more hi-fps shot coverage than K-3,

and

13.75s/16.25s vs 7.23s, 7D has 90% to 125% more timespan coverage, than the K-3.

~ double the coverage

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Eleson
By Eleson (6 months ago)

Please tell us: what do you do that needs 100+ jpegs @ 8 fps and where 60 jpegs doesn't cut it?

Until then, your post is complete nonsense. Even is the figures are correct.

19 upvotes
Yxa
By Yxa (6 months ago)

Why do you mentinon that dinosaur, 7D, here?

7 upvotes
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (6 months ago)

Feeling Insecured by the new K-3?

9 upvotes
sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (6 months ago)

Thats a fair point of difference.

Buy the camera with the 16.25secs of burst shooting if 13.75secs isn't enough for you.

6 upvotes
lol101
By lol101 (6 months ago)

Wow! That's really impressive!

When was the last time you kept firing at 8fps during more than a few seconds again?

But hey, don(t feel bad, the 7D is wayyyy better than the Pentax... until we'll have a look at DR and general IQ. Then the sad truth will probably appear that 7D's sensor is in need of a major overhaul...

You also forgot to post some of your gibberish about the advantages of ExpSim LV... in another post maybe?

PS: I shoot Canon.

5 upvotes
raimaster
By raimaster (6 months ago)

you forgot to mention K-3 loaded with 24MP with much better IQ in all aspect (HI, LI, DR etc) vs 18 MP soso IQ - feeling insecure eh ?

2 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (6 months ago)

K3 has a 24mp sensor - so it's moving and processing 33% more data at 8.3 fps than the 7D

Likely that sensor is quite a bit better too.

5 upvotes
xrosscountry
By xrosscountry (6 months ago)

Well if you're an experienced photographer you don't need huge timespan. You know when to pull the trigger and when to stop. You don't empty your machinegun mag at once. It's better to make sure to get a great shot ;-)

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (6 months ago)

If "the longer the timespan covered with many more shots, the better..." then why don't you just knock the continuous shooting rate down to medium or slow to cover considerably longer time?

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Sdaniella, you probably don't shoot sports much. If you shoot hundreds shots in one go, one event will produce tens of thousands of them (and you will have to change camera in a month or so because your shutter and mirror will fail). And where do you find the time to sort through tens of thousands of pictures shot in one event?
Sequential speed is very important (up to 15 fps or so) because it allows you to get the perfect (or MORE perfect) moment. Duration of the sequence is only important for the anticipation/reaction delay - half a second to a second (but then the camera should be able to restart shooting quickly again when needed, NOT half a minute later).

1 upvote
Antimateria
By Antimateria (6 months ago)

Cannonians are very often very ridicolous, why??

0 upvotes
Mac McCreery
By Mac McCreery (6 months ago)

Indeed, this clearly crucial.......?

1 upvote
Entropius
By Entropius (6 months ago)

Never mind that the K-3 is moving a lot more data (24MP vs. 18), and its sensor is cleaner.

0 upvotes
Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

Come on, I own a 7D, it is a very good camera, but it is no longer the King of the Hill... Use simple logic: it is 3-4 years old, and that's a lot in the digital age.
Until the next King of the Hill will arrive (=EOS 7D Mk II), if it will arrive, this Pentax looks great! I will certainly stay with Canon (as I have a set of incredible lenses), but hey, for people looking for a new and decent DSLR this Pentax will do the job.

0 upvotes
bossa
By bossa (6 months ago)

Comparing an 18MP camera to a 24MP camera for frame rates and leaving out the difference in the amount of data being pumped around is a little disingenuous IMO.

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

Good. Now Nikon, please release your D310 or D400 or whatever high-end APS-C DSLR, so some of us can have the 7D Mk II on the market quickly! Cheers! :)

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (6 months ago)

This looks like an all around great camera. If I was going for a DSLR, this is it.

5 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (6 months ago)

For anyone wanting a top-notch APS-C DSLR this looks like a really excellent choice.

6 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

^^ Correction, its for anyone wanting a top-notch ASP-C DSLR and is fine with the mostly sparse lens line up of Pentax.

0 upvotes
FrancW
By FrancW (6 months ago)

i use a nikon, a canon and a pentax, but this will be my next camera!

2 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (6 months ago)

This announcement makes the Nikon D610 announcement less exciting

7 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (6 months ago)

Less exciting? There is nothing "exciting" at all in the D610 announcement.

10 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (6 months ago)

the nikon d610 show simply thay the d600 were failed, nikon sold a failed camera to people and never addressed the problem...but nikonia fanboys won't say nothing and just buy this " new " camera

2 upvotes
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (6 months ago)

looks like jonnyboy here is ridin high on some coolaid.
what are you drinking kid?

0 upvotes
Entropius
By Entropius (6 months ago)

How did the D600 fail? If I had any desire to shoot FX that's what I'd get.

0 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (6 months ago)

@ Entropius

Oil problems

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ogl
By ogl (6 months ago)

Battery Life- 720, microphone - stereo.
I see 2 mistakes.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (6 months ago)

We quote CIPA battery life, which includes 50% flash usage. That number is correct. Also, the K-3 does not have a built-in stereo microphone, though it has a port for one.

5 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Does "Continuous H" support tracking at that speed? 8.3 fps, right? Then it would finally beat 7D...

0 upvotes
lol101
By lol101 (6 months ago)

That remains to be seen in real-world tests. Canon certainly has more experience in that sort of things than Ricoh/Pentax but the new AF system looks good.

Wait and see.

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Ayoh
By Ayoh (6 months ago)

Is the in body AF motor quieter than the k-5 series?

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

Screw drive motor has been reworked. Makes less noise now.

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Ayoh
By Ayoh (6 months ago)

Thanks. Do you have any reference where this is confirmed?

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

In real life use. Often in quick reviews like this, many useful information won't be clearly noted. Like the Multi-pattern Auto White Balance, which is already a big hit.

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Ayoh
By Ayoh (6 months ago)

Oh. Where did you get to try it? I think we might be both located in Melbourne. If theres a show and tell do let me know where. Thanks

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (6 months ago)

Dunno if it was reworked but the screw drive of my K5II is a tad quieter than my K-r

0 upvotes
Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (6 months ago)

Ayoh, you can check the effect of the new WB system here :
http://www.pentax**forums.com/forums/pentax-k-3/239050-pentax-k-3-hands-sample-photos.html (remove **)
It's a WB adjusted by zone, it's pretty nice, i guess.

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Ayoh
By Ayoh (6 months ago)

It does not seem like you have used the k3 as you claim as in the video below the in-body AF motor is the same noisy one as in the k5 series. Why mislead?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1jd3VcQEOA

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MarkByland
By MarkByland (6 months ago)

Personally happy to see the Sony 24Mp sensor made it in to a Pentax body. I'm sure the camera is top notch all around considering the performance of the K-5 family. Rain? No problem. Low light? No problem. High ISO without falling apart at 1600? No Problem. The in-camera control and effects set it apart from any other. It's good to see this continuation in the line.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

No one is actually certain which sensor is included in the K-3. Some say it's Toshiba's, some it's the brand new Sony's. Some insiders with reliable track record says it's the latter (latest Sony's). We'll see ...

1 upvote
RichRMA
By RichRMA (6 months ago)

Should have been called the K5IIs-2

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audijam
By audijam (6 months ago)

please je-king around! release the FF cracken already!

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (6 months ago)

Welcome, welcome upgrade and features to K-5 and a great competitor to Nikon D7100. But what is it with companies and naming. The next camera will be the K-1 and, then, there is no where to go. Others have boxed themselves in with naming everything the X Z and/or 1.

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new boyz
By new boyz (6 months ago)

K-1 is saved for FF model. Pentax, I know you can do it.

6 upvotes
DStudio
By DStudio (6 months ago)

There's still room in FF for a K-6, K-4, K-2, and K-0!

K-2 is my vote for a FF, since it harkens back to the K2, a classic premium film camera.

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MarkByland
By MarkByland (6 months ago)

A company can get a lot of mileage out of K1 II/III/IV etc.

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RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (6 months ago)

Naming is not a problem. Going back to Pentax film cameras naming, there's a lot to take from. They have the K, M, P, Pz, Z, and a lot more...
If Pentax will make a FF, they can name it to Z-1D or something else...

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (6 months ago)

Even going the other way has its limits with numbers going in to the tens or hundreds. Time to change the lettering which is perhaps the intention.

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Robgo2
By Robgo2 (6 months ago)

"Should have been called the K5IIs-2"

Are you serious? The K-3 is almost completely new, including the 24MP sensor, and you regard it as a minor upgrade from then K-5II? You must be living in a 5th dimension of reality.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

800g with a battery. DLi90 is about 50g.
So without it, it's some .. 750g ..?

K5 was light-er, yes. But this camera is light-years ahead of K5. I wouldn't be surprised it hasn't been made slightly bigger and heavier to sport an FF sensor in some future model, that will share same tech, including same battery grip too.

Guys at CR Kennedy have already seen a K-5-bodied camera sporting an FF sensor, a year ago.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

What's your source for that? FF sensor in a K5 body?

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Robgo2
By Robgo2 (6 months ago)

"What's your source for that? FF sensor in a K5 body?"

Well, Sony put a FF sensor in a much smaller RX1 body, proving that it can be done.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

I know it can be done, but I specifically did not ask about that.

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57even
By 57even (6 months ago)

Still the best controls of any DSLR. So easy to use, especially in manual mode. The green button is genius. The grip is very comfortable too (at least on K5).

Heavy though! A D600 is only 850g, even if it is mostly plastic.

Not going to swap back from Nikon/Fuji any time soon, but this has the best specs of any APSC DSLR out there as far as I can see. Good job Ricoh.

D300 users who want 8fps could do worse. Wonder how good the new AF is.

6 upvotes
Twong
By Twong (6 months ago)

I almost click the "Buy" button for a K-5IIs but held off the upgrade from a K-5. Glad I did. I have little reservation not only from the specs but from experience. All of the dslrs from Ds to K-5II have been class leading. The price is even a few hundreds lower than the price I paid for my K-5 3 years ago.

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

Enthusiast APS-C cameras are a shrinking market, because those who are above average in enthusiasm will pay a few hundred dollars more and buy a FF. Those who are not very enthusiastic or not very well heeled will buy the entry level models. That leaves the market with the Goldilocks enthusiasts: not too enthusiastic but enthusiastic enough and well heeled enough

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (6 months ago)

Is there a FF body that offers the same feature set for a few hundred bucks more?

I see the top end APS-C versus bottom end FF choice as a trade off between between a full suite of features OR a lager sensor.

There are valid reasons to choose either one but by the same token, there are trade off with both.

5 upvotes
y0chang
By y0chang (6 months ago)

Also entry level FF are gimped in other departments, like AF points or FPS. This is the 7dMarkII that a lot of people want but canon has no desire to make.

8 upvotes
Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

There is hardly any difference between the 6 fps of a Nikon D610 and the 8.3 frames per second of the K-3. Personally, I would consider the tradeoff of a larger sensor well worth the 2 fewer frames per second.

0 upvotes
BryantP
By BryantP (6 months ago)

However some of us do not want a camera as large as any of the current full frame cameras. The K7/K5 size cameras are perfect to my way of thinking, I'm sure many others think the same way.

1 upvote
sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (6 months ago)

@Anastigmat

Well the K-3 is specced more inline with what we'd expect from a future Nikon D400. Seems at least Nikon agrees with you and hence the reason there is no D400.

1 upvote
samhain
By samhain (6 months ago)

A FF sensor could easily fit into this body.

1 upvote
Entropius
By Entropius (6 months ago)

I would rather have 24 million pixels on a smaller sensor (D7100) than on a larger sensor (D600), just because I can afford a 400mm lens but not a 600mm for shooting birds. The D7100's high ISO performance is good enough for me, so I shoot DX. I'd actually rather shoot Four Thirds, but nobody makes an affordable nice lens longer than the 50-200.

0 upvotes
SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (6 months ago)

What brand microphone is that in their pic? Is it any good?

0 upvotes
t.c. marino
By t.c. marino (6 months ago)

looks like another great little camera from pentax..always liked their cameras all the way back to the k1000 lx/MX and ME models.hope they sell a whole lot of k-3's, would love to see them introduce a ff camera in the near future.i'm a nikon user

9 upvotes
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (6 months ago)

There is no question in my mind that this is going to be a stellar DSLR. One that could approach full-frame quality provided you put the right glass on it. But I just hope they (Ricoh) just have enough sense this time around to properly market this camera and increase the number of places where you can see the camera in the flesh and try it out. Maybe broker a deal with the one of the large outdoor retailers to sell K-3s in their stores. They are sitting on a potential gold mine with all of these affordable (and excellent) weather-sealed cameras and lenses and its like no one realizes it.

5 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (6 months ago)

It uses in-body stabilization to blur the image? I thought Olympus already had that.

/runs & ducks/

:)

3 upvotes
Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

Minolta and then Sony added in body vibration reduction. Pentax soon followed. Canon and Nikon have resisted going that route.

1 upvote
raimaster
By raimaster (6 months ago)

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/pentax-k3/pentax-k3A.HTM fyi, what pentax implemented in K3 body

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (6 months ago)

I thought it was funny :)

1 upvote
onlooker
By onlooker (6 months ago)

sir_bazz, perhaps one smiley is not enough. ;)

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (6 months ago)

Ah, all right, let's see how many comments will be around "Why K-3? It isn't enough to save Pentax anyway.", "Does Pentax have any lenses?", "Too late!", "FF is the only way to go …".
Etc.

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

You think that is bad. It is worse if nobody cares about saving Pentax. The K-3 is not going to save Pentax. Only a full frame will save Pentax. The 645D is losing market appeal, and people are yawning when Pentax introduces yet another APS-C model. Pentax is now stuck with the worst of all possible worlds: low margin cameras that sell in low volume.

4 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (6 months ago)

Only difference between Pentax (small sales) and Nikon (big sales) is that Pentax DSLR's actually work properly.

6 upvotes
Duncan Dimanche
By Duncan Dimanche (6 months ago)

Asnastigmat is right... i would have gone to Pentax if only they had a full frame (which for me means the futur)

0 upvotes
raimaster
By raimaster (6 months ago)

glad, I didn't buy D7100 or even K3 makes 70 D look like a toy... ups i'm sorry. Ok I am sold.

5 upvotes
kai liu
By kai liu (6 months ago)

many times, lens is way more important than body. I used to use pentax for 2 years. then I switched to canon 7d. Canon just have so much more lens choice. Pentax lens selection is really limited. And their lens quality are behind canon lens. When I see k-3, it sure looking amazing, but then I think about those pentax lens I have used, I lost interest. I think pentax's priority is to update their lens. They have not announce some high quality lens for many years.(except that 560mm) but look at canon they keep making new lens and update old lens with better optical.

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6bender
By 6bender (6 months ago)

Pentax lenses are as good as any others. Some Pentax lenses have operational issues, but so do lenses from other manufacturers. They don't have to update them optically because they are already good.

8 upvotes
JacobSR
By JacobSR (6 months ago)

Which lens that you really need that Pentax or a 3rd party lens maker don't have?

1 upvote
Katier
By Katier (6 months ago)

As 6bender says, Pentax lenses are AT LEAST as good as Canon, in the prime sector they have been likened to Leica's - only difference being the Pentax's come out in the sub £1000 bracket. The only area they are weak (but compensated for with 3rd party) is the longer f2.8 lenses such as 70-200 (although they do do a 200 f2.8).

Not to mention the fact that they natively support every Lens made over the past 40 years!! (only Nikon can come close to claiming that) plus M42 lenses via official adapters.

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raimaster
By raimaster (6 months ago)

Good reason, i was thinking the same, but since I only need 3-4 lenses (12-300mm) I dont see it as a problem. K3 is the winner in every aspect.

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

Canon has its own lens availability issues too. Many lenses that work perfectly on Canon film cameras and early DSLR bodies will not work on later models, because Canon has put computer code in their camera bodies to shut down operation when it detects some third party lenses, such as those made by Sigma. Current Sigma lenses have the new chips so the cameras won't shut down, but the older Sigma lenses will cause a shutdown. Pentax DSLR cameras all lack aperture coupling rings, so it can be pretty inconvenient to use the old K/M mount lenses without electrical contacts.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (6 months ago)

The biggest complainers about the Pentax lens line up are people who would never buy/could not afford a 560mm. They are the same ones here who use the line, "I would buy that in a heartbeat if..." And they never do.

2 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (6 months ago)

"Pentax lens selection is really limited."

I see what you did there...

3 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (6 months ago)

@kai liu

Yep, Pentax lenses is quite Limited but not behind Canon's lenses, in fact they are ahead of it.

1 upvote
DaytonR
By DaytonR (6 months ago)

This camera sounds good , has a nice price and add to that USB 3 ....now that is exciting ! :)

1 upvote
Robert Soderlund
By Robert Soderlund (6 months ago)

I'm a Nikon shooter, but i'm very interested in Pentax, its one of the few brands that does not artificially limit their cameras and instead give you what they can in a certain price point. Their lenses are just confusing to me though for some reason.

This might be the D7100 equal, price point seems to be slightly higher though if im not wrong.

And that on sensor image stabilization is probably wonderful with old lenses.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (6 months ago)

Pentax understands a camera is primarily a tool and not a gadgetcontainer. I hope AF has improved considerably especially in tracking subjects.

9 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

by the way... is there a FPS number given somewhere?

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (6 months ago)

Continuous H: 8.3 FPS (up to 60 JPG / 23 RAW)
Continuous M: 4.5 FPS (up to 100 JPG / 32 RAW)
Continuous L: 3 FPS (up to 200 JPG / 52 RAW)

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

does that mean only 3 fps in high quality raw mode?

or what does the H,M, L means?

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Entropius
By Entropius (6 months ago)

Probably high, medium, and low speed.

0 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

nice camera... but will not help pentax a bit.

3 upvotes
JustDavid
By JustDavid (6 months ago)

says who and why? because you won't buy it? please, explain

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

well, the market has no room for pentax in the long run.

i really don´t care to explain it here or measure dicks.
it´s a prediction from my experience in the business and interpolation of the future.

i really don´t care if people believe it or not.
but i think the future will show im right.

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JustDavid
By JustDavid (6 months ago)

since you got the very first thing wrong (it's not Pentax, but Ricoh) your prediction has failed in its very beginning
doesn't mean you cannot have an opinion, but that's about all you can do about it

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Richard Smals
By Richard Smals (6 months ago)

In 2006 with the K10D there where predictions just like yours. Hmmm that was 7 years ago. There will always be a "Henry" to predict near future doom. So just enjoy the moment now and don't think that "predictions" have any value, history proved them wrong already.

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6bender
By 6bender (6 months ago)

Henry just hangs around to gripe.

3 upvotes
Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (6 months ago)

Jealous Canikon people, that's a good sign! ;-)

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (6 months ago)

Checking Amazon.co.jp the K-3 preorder price is exactly the current selling price of a Canon 6D and D600 (all 149xxx yen).

Yes, the K-3 price will fall. Still, the dynamic of the dSLR market is fundamentally changed from where it was when the K-5 was first released.

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