Pentax K-3

Announced Oct 7, 2013 •
24 megapixels | 3.2 screen | APS-C sensor
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My Pentax K-3 does a pretty good job of taking photos of still subjects, but for moving subjects the autofocus is slow and the shutter speed also seems too slow to get sharp images of subjects. Here's an example. What can I do to increase the autofocus speed, and get sharper images of moving subjects?
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By: carguy (3 weeks ago)
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Hello, has anyone used the K-3 extensively in video mode? I'm curious as to the quality or possibly how it may compare to the Panasonic GH3. Thanks for any info.
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I am on vacation in a small town in the mountains in BC, Canada and decided to install the 1.10 firmware update for my K-3 this morning. Everything went okay(?), having downloaded, extracted and copied the firmware update to the blank SD card, with flashing "Now Loading" showing. Then the camera went blank (freshly charged battery used). It has been utterly blank/dark for 20+ minutes. Ricoh instructions clearly say "Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update...
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By: Paulypicture (1 month ago)
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I have the K-3 and love it.  I have taken 4256 pictures with it. Last night I lost use of the four buttons around the  central OK button, can't set white balance or flash or high speed shooting, nothing comes up on the screen but everything else works fine. Any ideas?  It is still under warranty, if I have to send it in for service, which is the best place. Thanks for any answers or suggestions.
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I am having trouble with blown-out white areas when I shoot in bright daylight. Would a CPL filter help, and if so what do you recommend? I have heard that B+W and Hoya are good brands. Would it also help if I purchased a third party lens hood or made a scratch built hood? My current lens hood is too short to block much sunlight. Also is it possible to recover blown out areas of the photos by editing the RAW images? Thank you!
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By: Phil_Rose (1 month ago)
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Hi all, I am still going through my honeymoon period with my K3 which involves panicking at every little weird hiccup. I am suddenly noticing, when I shoot, I am hearing a very quiet beep immediately after the shutter fires. It isn't a sound effect but more like something the camera is doing in the processing of the image I never heard this on any of my old Pentaxs (K5ii, K5, K20, K10, istD). Is this normal? All sound effects are turned off and it happens with any lens and with memory cards...
TomWret
By: TomWret (2 months ago)
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Just curious as what difference I would see between a K-3 and a 645Z taken with comparable lens' and framed to the same crop? EDIT: for instance 645Z with 50mm and K-3 with 35mm. Tom W(ret) --...a bad picture is like a missed putt, it's never your fault.http://photographybythomaswhitehurst.zenfolio.com
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I am not a technical guy with respect to cameras & lenses and have just purchased a K-3 with the 18-135mm WR lens, and 55-300mm WR lens with a Pentax 1.4x TC and a Polaroid brand 500D close-up lens (similar to Canon 500D?). I am doing some "desktop experimenting" and have some questions. Probably 80% or more of my photography will be nature/wildlife oriented and done on hiking trails or from a kayak. While there will be a lot of landscape-type scenic images, a great many images will be either...
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By: Craig R K (2 months ago)
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I am not a technical guy with respect to camera & lens equipment, and have just purchased a K-3 with the 18-135mm WR & 55-300mm WR lenses & a 1.4x TC. I am doing some "desktop experimenting" with these and a Polaroid 500D close-up lens, and find that the listed spec for minimum focusing distance on the 18-135mm is shown at .4m or ~16". I get a min. distance of ~7.5" at 18mm, and ~9.5" at 135mm with the bare lens. What am I missing? Thanks. CraigK
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i have my camera set to record both RAW and JPEG. the RAW files look real good but the JPEGS have issues such as the color being off. also many of the JPEGs look like they have white balance issues, though the corresponding RAW picture looks good. I've experimented with various white balance settings to no avail. am i missing a setting(s) some where or do I just have some setting(s) wrong? Thanks!
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