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10-06-2013, 09:15 AM   #451
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I bought a house in January, therefore I will get a mortgage interest deduction. I wonder if that will put my tax refund high enough to get one.

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Wow 31 pages already in 2 days. I can't believe the posting speed here sometimes. =))

Looking at the K-3 stuff though, those are pretty impressive on paper. I'm on my toes waiting for first actual previews.
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I’ve had my K20D for years. Always thought about upgrading but none of the replacements seemed good enough. This is it! Saving my money for K-3! Hoping for further improvements in high ISO shooting and really really really hoping that AF is as awesome as it sounds.
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Too fast, too soon. Not shmartz.

Benjamin what's his name has moved a bit too fast over to Nycon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sash Quote
Iíve had my K20D for years. Always thought about upgrading but none of the replacements seemed good enough. This is it! Saving my money for K-3! Hoping for further improvements in high ISO shooting and really really really hoping that AF is as awesome as it sounds.
I have no doubt that you'll be happy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
Huh? My K-5 could do video quite easily. Easier than my D600 IMO.

I don't see anything that makes this camera better than Canon's cameras... tough to tell the whole experience from a spec sheet, though, and perhaps some people left Pentax because of 'difficult' video...?
The biggest issue with Canon cameras is related to their lag on sensor performance. They just aren't at the same level as Sony/Toshiba.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
The shutter is actually good for 200,000 actuations - google botched the translation as usual. Anyway, that would be a 2x increase over the K-5 series.
Offcourse only when you already are the shooter who makes more then 100k images on their K-5, otherwise you won't notice (My guess is >90% off the users).



My K-5 Silver Limited Edition is now on 159k actuations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sash Quote
Iíve had my K20D for years. Always thought about upgrading but none of the replacements seemed good enough. This is it! Saving my money for K-3! Hoping for further improvements in high ISO shooting and really really really hoping that AF is as awesome as it sounds.
Almost the same story here. The K20D is my main camera. The K-5 wasn't good enough for an upgrade (AF issues) . The K-5IIs was good enough, but I passed because the K-3 was already in the rumour mill. I'm glad I waited.

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Benjamin what's his name has moved a bit too fast over to Nycon.
If he gets a shoot's worth of usable images out of switching then I'd say it's well worth it. His pay for one shoot could probably buy his whole pentax / nikon setup anyway.

In studio settings the cameras dont really matter anyway these days... all of them can do it well with the right glass.
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QuoteOriginally posted by solar1 Quote
Benjamin what's his name has moved a bit too fast over to Nycon.
Interesting statement, considering you have no idea what the new K-3 really performs like in real life!

I for one am done purchasing Pentax cameras until they come up to the standard Nikon has set with it's AF in real world photography.
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I'm really hoping for better video. I recently shot a short film with the K-5 IIs, and really had mixed feelings about it. The first issue is lack of control over the image - I can't control the shutter speed in video mode, unless I use AE lock - and that is a crude hack at best. The second issue is overheating. If I take more than a few minutes to set up a shot - which is not uncommon - I get the thermometer icon, and have to shut down for a few minutes. Not good. Then there is the time limit - not sure how much I should be able to get, but on a 32GB card, it's less than 8 minutes continuous, and I suspect it is a 2GB or 4GB filesize limit. That's ok for narrative, but would never fly for a live event camera. Regardless, I have my doubts that it could record for 8 minutes without overheating anyway. Finally, the video codec is not the strongest. I see they have moved to MPEG4 or AVC (or maybe AVC in a MPEG4 wrapper? Still not clear on this). That's a good sign, as the higher compression is designed to get more video onto a card, which *should* mean longer recording times.

So I am happy to see better video features in the K-3 (headphone jack, loss of dedicated video mode, better codecs). I am currently contemplating the purchase of either a GH3 or a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera for dedicated video. These are both micro-four thirds solutions, which means I end up carrying around a bunch of lenses just for video (yes, I have adapters, but modern AF lenses are typically less than ideal for video, especially when they are adapted). Personally, I would love nothing more than for the K-3 to match the Nikon D7100 (or better it) in video quality and features - then maybe I could finally say goodbye to micro-four thirds, instead of constantly asking myself if switching back to Pentax for the better still image quality was the right choice...
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@jbratch you should definetely buy a dedicated video camera and not waste time with hybrid stills - video camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbratch Quote
I'm really hoping for better video. I recently shot a short film with the K-5 IIs, and really had mixed feelings about it. The first issue is lack of control over the image - I can't control the shutter speed in video mode, unless I use AE lock - and that is a crude hack at best. The second issue is overheating. If I take more than a few minutes to set up a shot - which is not uncommon - I get the thermometer icon, and have to shut down for a few minutes. Not good. Then there is the time limit - not sure how much I should be able to get, but on a 32GB card, it's less than 8 minutes continuous, and I suspect it is a 2GB or 4GB filesize limit. That's ok for narrative, but would never fly for a live event camera. Regardless, I have my doubts that it could record for 8 minutes without overheating anyway. Finally, the video codec is not the strongest. I see they have moved to MPEG4 or AVC (or maybe AVC in a MPEG4 wrapper? Still not clear on this). That's a good sign, as the higher compression is designed to get more video onto a card, which *should* mean longer recording times.

So I am happy to see better video features in the K-3 (headphone jack, loss of dedicated video mode, better codecs). I am currently contemplating the purchase of either a GH3 or a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera for dedicated video. These are both micro-four thirds solutions, which means I end up carrying around a bunch of lenses just for video (yes, I have adapters, but modern AF lenses are typically less than ideal for video, especially when they are adapted). Personally, I would love nothing more than for the K-3 to match the Nikon D7100 (or better it) in video quality and features - then maybe I could finally say goodbye to micro-four thirds, instead of constantly asking myself if switching back to Pentax for the better still image quality was the right choice...
Video features will probably determine whether I buy this camera, to. Ultimately, I would like to see pentax institute features as good as the Magic Lantern software provides. Considering that Magic Lantern was written on an amateur basis, without a professional R&d budget, and works with 2008 technology, I don't think this is too much too ask.

The black magic pocket cinema camera is not an m/43 camera. At least the sensor is not. The sensor is Super 16 sized.
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2 card slots

Is the button on the back for dual sd cards. Looks like its gonna have some sweet new features.
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QuoteOriginally posted by carrrlangas Quote
@jbratch you should definetely buy a dedicated video camera and not waste time with hybrid stills - video camera...
This frequently repeated opinion is incorrect. There is no camera on the market that is a worthy competitor to dslrs in the same price bracket.
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