Pentax K-3

Announced Oct 7, 2013 •
24 megapixels | 3.2 screen | APS-C sensor
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Just finished reviewing the #Pentax K3, including a comparison with the Nikon competition and a chat about cropped vs full frame - http://www.englishphotographer.com/pentax-k3-camera-review/

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I bought the K-3 as soon as it was available in the US. I don't like being a first adapter, but the K-3 has performed flawlessly since I bought it 8-9 months ago. The K-3 is the third Pentax body I have owned. I picked up a K-7 several years back and then upgraded to the K-5. I skipped the K-5II/IIs. The Pentax K-7 was the replacement for my Olympus E-3, but I have always shot multiple systems and the majority of my career has been with Canon. The first thing you notice when you pick up the ...

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Have been owning the K-3 for less than a month yet, but already shot 600+ images with it, if that is any indication of the fun I've had with it. Coming from a K-7, which I used through nearly five years and 9,800+ actuations, I have been pleasantly surprised by the seamless transition to the new model, which by now almost feels as if I had never shot anything else. At the same time, I'm confident to say that I'm really impressed with what I've seen of the K-3's performance so far. The ...

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Now I have a collection of older Pentax bodies and there doesn't seem to be any point in using them except for the lighter K-01 which is good for travel and hiking.  Every time I take it out I am impressed by what it does and having had Pentax cameras since 1972, most of the controls were familiar. The night performance is spectacular. Queen of Surrey docks at Langdale, British Columbia, Canada

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The new K3 with 18-135mm lens is very compact, having the anti-shack system in the body. I was recently at a motor bike meet with a friend. He had the new 5d111 camera which is great. When it came to results my pics were better, the bikers prefered them. . . But it was shot on Pentax K3. His kit was with 70-200mm f2.8 but nearly twice the size and weight!

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The Pentax K-3 is both a very continuous product for all people who have owned a recent Pentax DSLR and at the same time a large step ahead in so many areas that it makes the tiny upgrades some "new" camermodels get these days look ridiculous. So what is new for the K-3 compared to other Pentax DSLRs? (1) 2 SD card slots (2) focus peaking (3) 24 MPx sensor (4) Number of F2.8 AF Sensors now is 3 (5) AF sensitivity is up to EV ...

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Daedbird
 
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I am an editor for a small weekly newspaper, and this morning at 5 a.m. the fire siren went off. I went over to my office and grabbed my new K-3, which despite having for a week, have shot nothing more than test shots around the office. I got to the scene and started shooting. I told myself I was not going to shoot 6400 ISO, but because of the conditions, I just went between 3200 and 6400. I have NR set to custom, with low NR for 1600-6400. I also have slow speed NR on. Impressions and thoughts ...

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Isherwood
 
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The early impressions after 3 weeks of casual snapping are very positive. This body is an upgrade to a K-5 which got used a lot over 2+ years. Pentax/Ricoh made numerous upgrades to a very good camera, none of the upgrades are game-changers but taken together the result is very impressive. To those unfamiliar with the Pentax K-single-digit family they are solid, reliable performers in robust, confidence inspiring bodies with excellent viewfinders & ergonomics. Compared to the K-5 the new ...

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chanaw
 
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I do not consider myself being a professional camera tester, I'm just a happy user. This camera is a class of its own. It's more than a simple upgrade to the K-5 I have used before. I like - fast and accurate AF - very quiet shutter - sharpness (a very good lens provided) - overall responsiveness (fast memory card provided) I do not say that noise is worse. In my opinion, a little noise somehow produces a perception of crispyness. You will never see it on moderate-sized prints. However, when ...

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