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10-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #181
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Well, that's what B&H originally told me over the phone after I asked when how many kits they sold. But after talking to Pentax at PhotoPlus, they said that literally all the US silver models have been claimed, and it sounded like they would have to go out of their way to fulfill all of the orders that have already been placed.

BUT you never know! Some people always end up cancelling their orders or there could be other issues, so chances are that a select few lucky individuals will see the silver K-3 even if they haven't pre-ordered it yet.
Thanks Adam. I had been going back and forth about getting a K-3, possibly changing systems, or waiting for the possibility of a Pentax FF in the future. If I got a K-3, I wanted the limited edition but didn't decide in time to get a limited edition reserved. I really wanted to see how the autofocus system of the K-3 was after people actually got their hands on it and could discuss it in detail.

Maybe in the future, Pentax might offer more silver cameras since it was such a big hit!

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Thanks Adam. I had been going back and forth about getting a K-3, possibly changing systems, or waiting for the possibility of a Pentax FF in the future. If I got a K-3, I wanted the limited edition but didn't decide in time to get a limited edition reserved. I really wanted to see how the autofocus system of the K-3 was after people actually got their hands on it and could discuss it in detail.

Maybe in the future, Pentax might offer more silver cameras since it was such a big hit!
Try ordering from Heny's in Canada. I think I heard they were getting 50 and hardly any have sold.
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Try ordering from Heny's in Canada. I think I heard they were getting 50 and hardly any have sold.
Thanks Norm. Being in the U.S. I've never ordered from Henry's only B&H and Adorama. You seriously are tempting me. I don't know why the silver and black appeal to me, I only have black lenses.

I just wish I would hear more about the focusing system through the view finder. I don't really focus through live view. I am hoping that it is a serious improvement from what I have which is the K-r. Recently, I went into a local camera shop and played around with the Nikon D7100 and the D600 and their focusing was spot on and I was really envious in the moment. I also wish the K-3 had a compositional grid through the viewfinder since I tend to tilt everything.
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Thanks Adam. I had been going back and forth about getting a K-3, possibly changing systems, or waiting for the possibility of a Pentax FF in the future. If I got a K-3, I wanted the limited edition but didn't decide in time to get a limited edition reserved. I really wanted to see how the autofocus system of the K-3 was after people actually got their hands on it and could discuss it in detail.

Maybe in the future, Pentax might offer more silver cameras since it was such a big hit!
We'll be sure to do a detailed evaluation of the K-3's AF once we get the camera in our hands, so stay tuned for the in-depth review!

Personally, I wasn't blown away by the K-3's AF performance while playing around with it at PhotoPlus (but this is based on a pre-production body, so I don't want to speak too soon). Yes, the live view AF will feel a lot faster in good light thanks to the power powerful screwdrive motor, but it seemed to me that the K-3 was still using the older CDAF algorithm from the K-5 rather than the newer one deployed in the K-30/K-50. Through the viewfinder, the K-3 behaved just like the K-5 II. Although it has more AF points, they still cover the same area; the effect that this might have on tracking performance will be a part of our in-depth review.


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We'll be sure to do a detailed evaluation of the K-3's AF once we get the camera in our hands, so stay tuned for the in-depth review!

Personally, I wasn't blown away by the K-3's AF performance while playing around with it at PhotoPlus (but this is based on a pre-production body, so I don't want to speak too soon).

I am really looking forward to that review! How soon after the K-3 is released do you think you will post it? Do you expect the results to be that different with the camera after release compared to a pre-production body? I really want to know more about about the AF performance through the viewfinder.
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Thanks Norm. Being in the U.S. I've never ordered from Henry's only B&H and Adorama. You seriously are tempting me. I don't know why the silver and black appeal to me, I only have black lenses.
I've been in and out of Henry's since my year at Ryerson Politech in 67-68. They were always the best place for used lenses. These days I can't get used Pentax lenses of any quality anywhere, but your best chance is still at Henry's. They weren't my favorite store back then (they were my second favorite), but in these sad days of failing brick and mortar outlets, they're what's left. And their on-line division is really aimed at poaching American customers.
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And their on-line division is really aimed at poaching American customers.
This might be a silly question but since I don't the answer I'll ask it, does buying a camera in Canada affect where I can get it serviced if I don't live in Canada? Would I have to send the camera into a Canadian service center?
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This might be a silly question but since I don't the answer I'll ask it, does buying a camera in Canada affect where I can get it serviced if I don't live in Canada? Would I have to send the camera into a Canadian service center?
Yup, and said service center only ships within Canada, so you'd need someone else in Canada to help you ship the camera there and back.

If you want USA warranty, you have to purchase from a US authorized dealer like Adorama, B&H, amazon, beach camera, etc.


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This might be a silly question but since I don't the answer I'll ask it, does buying a camera in Canada affect where I can get it serviced if I don't live in Canada? Would I have to send the camera into a Canadian service center?
If you are seriously thinking of ordering, phone them up and ask to talk to some one in pro-services. You can probably get a handle on that talking to them on the phone. I find they are much more helpful on the phone than inquiries on line. Their "pro-services" covers any DSLR type inventory.
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Yup, and said service center only ships within Canada, so you'd need someone else in Canada to help you ship the camera there and back.

If you want USA warranty, you have to purchase from a US authorized dealer like Adorama, B&H, amazon, beach camera, etc.
Thanks Adam! I appreciate your answer. I think if I end up getting the K-3, it will be from a US authorized dealer since I want a USA warranty and not have to worry about the logistics of that!
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I also wish the K-3 had a compositional grid through the viewfinder since I tend to tilt everything.
VF grids are actually on the focusing screen, which is an inter-changeable part. You can install screens with a variety of different patterns/grids, and more screens are available than just the ones Pentax offers directly.
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VF grids are actually on the focusing screen, which is an inter-changeable part. You can install screens with a variety of different patterns/grids, and more screens are available than just the ones Pentax offers directly.
I know you can purchase VF grids, however on the Nikon D7100 and D600, you can switch on a viewfinder grid if you want to use it. I wish the Pentax had that feature. It probably isn't a high demand one though but being that I seem to live in a tilted world, it would be helpful to me.
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Sold out for the USA possibly but JC-K3 bought it in Canada as he his base in Montreal
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I know you can purchase VF grids, however on the Nikon D7100 and D600, you can switch on a viewfinder grid if you want to use it. I wish the Pentax had that feature. It probably isn't a high demand one though but being that I seem to live in a tilted world, it would be helpful to me.
I don't have much problems with tilted pictures since I upgraded from k10 to k-5 - I use the level in the VF all the time.
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I don't have much problems with tilted pictures since I upgraded from k10 to k-5 - I use the level in the VF all the time.
I turned that of since it isn't level.
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