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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Hi Jim......I read your review "over there" and I see your points. Your style of shooting and the images (gorgeous) that you shoot....many in lower light and perhaps higher ISO, do not play to the strengths of the K-3. Plus the K5IIs is a GREAT camera.

    I have had the K-3 in hand for the last four days and it is a keeper. For me, with a really eclectic, a little bit of everything style of shooting, it is a definite evolution. The improved AF has rejuvenated a few lenses I was going to put on the block (specifically the DA 60-250mm....that lens now POPS into focus). They also must have done something to the screw drive motor.....the older FA lenses focus much quicker.
    The AFS-C is a huge improvement over the K-5......I went down to the jump zone today and shot incoming chutists. With a Sigma 70-200mm, focus with the center weighted 9-point array, focus lock was very good.....and with all the menu options just scratching the surface.

    The increased megapixels.....well, the good, a greater ability to crop. The bad...low light, high(er) ISO noise....but not much.

    The thing that sold it for me though was the brighter viewfinder and focus peaking. Manual focus is now a dream. LiveView focus is so much quicker, accurate and the control dials easily put it into magnified view.

    So, I understand your perspective and POV, and if I were you, I would stick with the K5IIs. For me......there is no way this is going back.

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Jim,

    I hear you and understand your points. What I am specifically interested is, how much better is the viewfinder, compared to the K5IIs and also AF - they must be better at least due to Pentax marketing.

    For me the K3 would be the camera to stay in the Pentax system, not only 24MP, which I find as the optimum for APSC sensor size (maybe I am alone here) combined with hopefully faster AF at least for some lenses and better OVF. And there are some great new announcements, all very appealing for me as the new 55-300 and the 20-40.

    I would be very interested in your opinion, but finally it all plays for me only if the K3 is with it,

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    Re: Tried the K3 and have returned it...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Strike 2: The noise reduction above ISO 800 was not a significant improvement to my eye. In fact, there appeared to be a bit of unexpected noise in shots with blue sky and good light. I found that a bit disturbing.
    This is the one concern that I have regarding the K-3: the fact that 50% more photo-sites are crammed into the same APS sensor means that noise reduction must be better simply to maintain the status quo, let alone improve the situation. If the high-ISO noise is slightly inferior, it would make sense for me to keep my K-5 as part of the Pentax kit.

    The video support and improved focus-tracking in the K-3 would be a significant bonus for me, as would the 50% increase in pixels.

    Well reasoned, Jim.

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Well, I just decided to get one of these and forget about the Nikon DF that I was also considering. Reasons? (1) Just managed to get a nice copy of the SMC Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 ED [IF] lens off ebay that will be going with me on a safari in the Spring. (2) still remember the nice colours produced by the K5 that I owned for a while and sold and (3) I still want to get the 43/1.9 limited lens that I like so much on film (not sure how good it is on digital but I am prepared to risk it). So back to the Pentax camp, with one foot (the other is firmly in the Leica camp...).

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    Well, I just decided to get one of these and forget about the Nikon DF that I was also considering. Reasons? (1) Just managed to get a nice copy of the SMC Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 ED [IF] lens off ebay that will be going with me on a safari in the Spring. (2) still remember the nice colours produced by the K5 that I owned for a while and sold and (3) I still want to get the 43/1.9 limited lens that I like so much on film (not sure how good it is on digital but I am prepared to risk it). So back to the Pentax camp, with one foot (the other is firmly in the Leica camp...).
    Sounds great!

    I have similar issues obviously with Nikon (Df) and really not up to spend my money again into that camp. Th K3 would give me all I loved in the K5IIs like colors, small size, durability, razor sharp images, lovely DNG files PLUS the possibility to use some of the really outstanding Limited Pentax lenses - especially I am after the new 20-40.

    So as soon as you have some experience with the K3 please start posting results and your findings here. All the best luck with your decision already now!

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    Well, I just decided to get one of these and forget about the Nikon DF that I was also considering. Reasons? (1) Just managed to get a nice copy of the SMC Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 ED [IF] lens off ebay that will be going with me on a safari in the Spring. (2) still remember the nice colours produced by the K5 that I owned for a while and sold and (3) I still want to get the 43/1.9 limited lens that I like so much on film (not sure how good it is on digital but I am prepared to risk it). So back to the Pentax camp, with one foot (the other is firmly in the Leica camp...).
    I have used the 43/1.9 on the K5IIs and like it quite a bit. Wide open its not the greatest but if you stop it down a little bit it has a very nice rendering, color and bokeh. I like specially for taking images of my kids and the images come out very natural.

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Thanks for the feedback; I liked the 43/1.9 on film a lot and then the 40/2.8 pancake was also quite sweet on the K5, even fully open. So I'll need to decide between the two.

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    Thanks for the feedback; I liked the 43/1.9 on film a lot and then the 40/2.8 pancake was also quite sweet on the K5, even fully open. So I'll need to decide between the two.
    I think its nice to have f1.9 just in case the light is really low.
    Plus its FF in case Pentax brings a FF-Camera in the future.

    I believe to remember that the FA lenses have a little warmer color rendering.

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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    interesting how there is no mention of the new pixel shift mode finaly output. but DPreview seems to hint, the final image will stay at 24MP but more like sigma DP series, every pixel will be useable.

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/723...k-3-ii?slide=3
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    Re: Pentax K3 flagship announced

    Quote Originally Posted by UHDR View Post
    interesting how there is no mention of the new pixel shift mode finaly output. but DPreview seems to hint, the final image will stay at 24MP but more like sigma DP series, every pixel will be useable.

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/723...k-3-ii?slide=3
    That is a better implementation/use.

    Hope it is used for better DR and SNR (unlike Sigma).

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    Re: Pentax K3 II flagship announced

    Pixel Shift Resolution NEW

    Advanced resolution technology for capturing still life
    subjects in ultra high definition


    The in-body SR (shake reduction) mechanism is used to move the image sensor unit in minute increments, a single pixel pitch at a time, to capture four shots. Pixel Shift Resolution merges those shots into a single image to generate an ultra high-definition image. This method differs from the traditional Bayer method, which acquires only a single element of color information for single pixel, by acquiring all RGB color information for individual pixel. This difference makes it excellent for detail and color reproduction, creating super high-definition images. This also prevents false colors from occurring theoretically, and also has a high-sensitivity noise reduction effect when compared to normal shooting.
    Photographed RAW images can be processed on the camera and also developed using the included utility software as Pixel Shift Resolution.

    *Be sure to use a tripod for thorough stabilization when shooting.
    *When shooting, use Drive Mode options: Self-timer, Remote Control, or Mirror Lock-up Shooting.
    *Effects may not be gained if the subject moves or the camera shakes.
    Link to Ricoh-site: http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/
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