PetaPixel K-3 Mark III Review

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Alex Sarbu Forum Pro • Posts: 12,759
Re: agree

petreluk wrote:

Mark Ransom wrote:

petreluk wrote:

John_A_G wrote:

This is it - This is the differentiator that's going to make or break Pentax. IBIS used to be a differentiator, but it isn't anymore. The OVF and (user experience) is what they're banking on. There are always minor things one system does better than another, but there are usually major differentiators which drive new consumers toward a given system.

We just have to wait a year to find out if the people saying the price is too high are an accurate representation of the market or not. No one on DPR knows that. We'll see if it's true when we see if the camera is discounted

Good point, but isn’t the problem with the OVF that it’s still APS-C and can be bettered simply by moving to FF which these days isn’t likely to be that much more expensive? It depends on what lenses someone has, of course, but I’d guess the third factor here is that Pentax is banking on loyal long-term customers ponying up come what may.

In the case of Pentax isn't it already true that FF and APS-C are the same price - namely the K-1 II and K-3 III? But Pentax got a lot of feedback that FF was not for everybody and they couldn't neglect APS-C so they didn't.

Which pretty well confirms the point that while some may think the K-3III is far too expensive, Pentax are banking in loyal long-term customers ponying up for the smaller format anyway.

In a sense, all brands are banking on their loyal customers to pay; getting new customers is also highly desirable, but you'd never reach the same numbers.

We should differentiate the opinion that the K-3iii is far too expensive, from a promise to buy the K-3iii if it costed X. Over 50 people disagree with that opinion (as the camera currently has 54 "I own it"); people are buying at/close to MSRP. Obviously, at a global level there are many more.

Whatever the price adjustment Ricoh will perform later down the road, I don't see why Ricoh Imaging should've sold the same camera, to the same people willing to pay MSRP, at half the price.

FWIW I don't think the camera is too expensive, not in the present state of the camera market. However, I think near price parity between FF and APS-C knocks out a lot of the reasons for sticking with a smaller format, except for the extra reach for sports and wildlife.

Right. Particularly with a DSLR, there's such a difference - unless you go much pricier with the larger format.


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