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04-25-2015, 01:01 AM   #256
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Was the trade off between a flash and pixel shift? If so, I'd say it was a good trade. If it was the GPS,... not so much. I really liked the idea of a radio control for the flash. ,
The tradeof was flash vs GPS in term of design. But actually the choice is either K3 with flash or K3-II with GPS, pixel shift and better SR.

What annoy me is for me this could have been you keep the flash, you have GPS, wifi, pixel shift and better SR... It might have need to retail for 50$ more through.

If we admit like some say that this is a specialized body so no excpection for lot of sales and the next model get back the flash... Why not? A bit of an experiment like K01 or K-S1.

If this is the new standard of Pentax bodies, then I'am really disapointed about the choice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jaad75 Quote
Who confirmed what with the K-3II? DFA zooms are fast with the original K-3, I haven't seen any reports about the II.
especially AF-C has been improved. Both me and asashi man have said that many times. Also confirmed by the other testers (not public, but to us).
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Just going to put this out there again in case someone hasn't seen it. Everybody can make their mind up on whether they think this is a good thing or not!



Just because you don't have a use for it, doesn't mean no one else does. I really don't understand this "I don't want it so no one else should want it" attitude.
I found the K3-II shoot without pixel shift a bit soft. I couldn't understand why it would not at least show some of the print motif but just a flat blue...

So I did a small try... How it would go with DA35 macro, 2s timer on tripod? Obviously I can't compare same picture with K3-II, but that would be start.

Sure the pixel shift shoot is still better, but this show (to me) that the K3 can still manage to take a few shoots... At least we see the printer motif this time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
especially AF-C has been improved. Both me and asashi man have said that many times. Also confirmed by the other testers (not public, but to us).
With the auto focus not being that fantastic on the K-5, I'd need to know that the AF is way better on the K-3II before I am upgrading?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
especially AF-C has been improved. Both me and asashi man have said that many times. Also confirmed by the other testers (not public, but to us).
I know, but that's not what we were talking about. He said the AF-C was improved with the newest DFA zooms only - while Ricoh wrote on their website the AF-C tracking was improved in general (with all the lenses), and the AF-S speed was improved with three latest zooms only.

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With the auto focus not being that fantastic on the K-5, I'd need to know that the AF is way better on the K-3II before I am upgrading?
Even the regular K-3 is way better than the K-5, not to mention the K-5II was way more accurate and faster in low light than the older version.
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With the auto focus not being that fantastic on the K-5, I'd need to know that the AF is way better on the K-3II before I am upgrading?
Yes, its a big step up! I haven't used the K-5, but i know the difference between that and the first K-3 after talking with other photographers. And i myself, know the difference between the K-3 and K-3 Mark II. So you can safely upgrade

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I know, but that's not what we were talking about. He said the AF-C was improved with the newest DFA zooms only - while Ricoh wrote on their website the AF-C tracking was improved in general (with all the lenses), and the AF-S speed was improved with three latest zooms only.
Aaah, ok. I know its improved in general, but can't say anything about specific lenses..yet! I will use a few concerts during May to test the different lenses at work with the K-3 Mark II. Will do a full rapport end of may.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jaad75 Quote
Even the regular K-3 is way better than the K-5, not to mention the K-5II was way more accurate and faster in low light than the older version.
Thank you, it helps to have encouragement, when deciding to spend some saved up dollars, my mind has been straying to other brands (in search of accurate AF, with out all this in camera AF fine adjust worry), but, I should go with the over whelming evidence that the K-3/3II will be much more accurate, accuracy is my need over speed, but speed helps too in some situations.
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And i myself, know the difference between the K-3 and K-3 Mark II.
So did you have a chance to try it? I mean personally, with the test unit or something?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
Yes, its a big step up! I haven't used the K-5, but i know the difference between that and the first K-3 after talking with other photographers. And i myself, know the difference between the K-3 and K-3 Mark II. So you can safely upgrade
Thank you for the encouragement, I will harden up my mind and head toward an upgrade, nearly there, won’t be too long until it is out, sometime this year for the K-3II for sure.
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So did you have a chance to try it? I mean personally, with the test unit or something?
Not on work. I had the chance, but let it go. Cause i will get my finished Mark II's very soon. I have spoken with a couple of the pre-testers, and they all say that its much better AF, especially in AF-C and a little bit better in high ISO. So my feedback are atm more from the testers, then from me using it at work. I have to be honest

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Thank you for the encouragement, I will harden up my mind and head toward an upgrade, nearly there, won’t be too long until it is out, sometime this year for the K-3II for sure.
I think you will be very happy with the upgrade I will deliver back my K-3's very soon, to get my Mark II's..And when the FF comes, i'll still think i'll keep one Mark II
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I think you will be very happy with the upgrade I will deliver back my K-3's very soon, to get my Mark II's..And when the FF comes, i'll still think i'll keep one Mark II
Cheers mate, thank you
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Was the trade off between a flash and pixel shift? If so, I'd say it was a good trade. If it was the GPS,... not so much. I really liked the idea of a radio control for the flash.

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Clearly the issue was a combination of lack of space and a desire to include the astro tracer/GPS unit that made them leave the on board flash off. The pixel shift is probably more related to a new SR unit.

My point is not that the trade off is a good thing, or a bad thing. It is merely to state that Pentax has released a camera with features that the two major brands cannot currently match. Astro tracer, in body image stabilization, sensor shift, pixel shift, and adjustable AA filter are all things that cameras like the D7200/7D II won't have.

On the other hand, if you release a K3 sequel with wi fi, small improvement in SR, and pixel shift, with an improved AF-C, I think it makes a lot smaller splash. I just don't see review sites docking cameras for not have on board flash, but I do see them pumping things like the astro tracer and posting images demonstrating them in action and good reviews are definitely helpful in selling cameras.

I would also say that the K3 II probably wasn't going to be a big seller to current K3 owners -- with or without on board flash. Unless the sensor is a lot better, there isn't a huge improvement over what we have now. But maybe there are some people out there who currently shoot with other brands who will be attracted to try Pentax camera after seeing what Ricoh is doing this year.

We can only hope.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
Not on work. I had the chance, but let it go. Cause i will get my finished Mark II's very soon. I have spoken with a couple of the pre-testers, and they all say that its much better AF, especially in AF-C and a little bit better in high ISO. So my feedback are atm more from the testers, then from me using it at work. I have to be honest
Better high ISO is from reduced noise I guess (the sensor is the same). Does that also mean increased dynamic range?
Also is there any info about the 18-55 kit? I have seen only one pic and it looked like it's the DA L version (the one that doesn't have quick-shift). For a flagship I was expecting a... ehmm... flagship kit lens
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Not on work. I had the chance, but let it go. Cause i will get my finished Mark II's very soon. I have spoken with a couple of the pre-testers, and they all say that its much better AF, especially in AF-C
Was that better with the older SDM/screwdriven lenses as well? I mean not necessarily faster, but more responsive/reactive or better "sticking" to moving subjects by reacting with smaller subject movement? Or it "predicting" the movement better by anticipating subject speed/direction and moving the lens even when the mirror is up? They wrote "with Continuous AF (AF.C), tracking of subjects that move toward the depth direction is improved." so I think the last should be true...
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Better high ISO is from reduced noise I guess (the sensor is the same). Does that also mean increased dynamic range?
Also is there any info about the 18-55 kit? I have seen only one pic and it looked like it's the DA L version (the one that doesn't have quick-shift). For a flagship I was expecting a... ehmm... flagship kit lens
Yes, same sensor, but some changes in the tweaking. I can't tell about the DR yet. Will do when i have the finished product in hand. I can't tell about the kitlense. Never used one

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Was that better with the older SDM/screwdriven lenses as well? I mean not necessarily faster, but more responsive/reactive or better "sticking" to moving subjects by reacting with smaller subject movement? Or it "predicting" the movement better by anticipating subject speed/direction and moving the lens even when the mirror is up? They wrote "with Continuous AF (AF.C), tracking of subjects that move toward the depth direction is improved." so I think the last should be true...
That i didn't ask about. Dont know which lenses they tested with. All i know of specs, is that the AF module inside has been improved.
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