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05-17-2015, 07:31 AM   #31
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Still, I think the K3 II is not really for folks who already own a K3 -- unless they need better auto focus. Seems more targeted at K30/50/5/5 II folks who just haven't upgraded yet.
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There seems to be a tendency to expect each new camera body to be different/better enough to drop the current one and buy new. I'm not sure I understand that. Not many people buy a new car every year just because the new year's model comes out do they? If you own a 2015 Mustang are you eagerly awaiting the release of the 2016 model so you can trade up?

Pentax needs a flagship APS-C body, so they could keep making k-3's for years with no change or they can improve it as new technology is available. This is not a "new" camera, it is the APS-C flagship camera. If you already own a k-3 then you need to evaluate if the differences are worth moving to a new body, for you. If you do not own a k-3 and are looking to buy a flagship Pentax then today that is the k-3, next month it will be the k-3II.

There are some features on the k-3II that will appeal to some and be worth the upgrade cost, for many (most?) the differences are of no real benefit and the k-3 will continue to be a fine camera for years.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
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Still, I think the K3 II is not really for folks who already own a K3 -- unless they need better auto focus. Seems more targeted at K30/50/5/5 II folks who just haven't upgraded yet.

Certainly you may be right. What we have see often is that Pentax has added new features that may produce
consumer resistance as the updated model so they don't risk a whole generation going down a rabbit
trail. For example the did this with the deletion of the AA filter. If the world had gone crazy complaining about
the bad results of their repeating pattern photos, they could have quietly returned the AA to the K3 without a lot of
bullet holes in their bodies.

Here I don't see the extended resolution as controversial because if you don't use it the camera will work as before,
but clearly the replacement of GPs in lieu of the flash is a matter of potential controversy. For my part I have a good
assortment of fast lenses and have no hesitation to take photos at up to 9600 ISO which leave little use for the flash anyway.
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At least they correctly have the K3-11 as having a 24 megapixel sensor, They have incorrectly listed the K3 as having a 23 megapixel sensor since its introduction.
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I'd really like to know if it will produce a better image than the one that follows.
Only if the bird is dead and stuffed.


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They have incorrectly listed the K3 as having a 23 megapixel sensor since its introduction.
Courtesy of Ricoh/Pentax marketing in the early press release kits.


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Only if the bird is dead and stuffed.


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One advantage of using a live model is that sometimes you can get them to turn the other cheek.



Of course high priced optics sometimes help as well as well as some luck. Robins are not very flighty which gave me
some time. I used my favorite close focusing Pentax-A f.2.8 400mm and a 1.4x-L Converter.
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For me as an amateur photographer I don't see any reason to buy a full frame. I was very happy with my K-5 II and I will be more than happy with the new K-3 II that I ordered.
If I want to upgrade in the future, I might consider upgrading to the Mark II of the full frame that it will come out this fall.
But then again, there is no better option in the market (at least in Romania) for the money. Pentax K-3 II costs just 893$, body only (there is an offer this week for Pentax products). I'm very proud to be pentaxian, especially when all my friend with Canon/Nikon won't take me seriously until they see the pictures taken with my camera on a large monitor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dan Rentea Quote
...Pentax K-3 II costs just 893$, body only (there is an offer this week for Pentax products)...
Is there a website where one could see this offer? Thanks.

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Yes and no
Aparat Foto DSLR Pentax K-3 II Body / Aparate Foto DSLR
4.579,00 RON (Romanian lei), 24% VAT included. This week however there's an anniversary discount of no less than 21% - the prices on the site are unchanged, but to get the effective price you'd have to multiply the listed price by 0.79.

I hope posting the link is not a problem - I'm not commercially affiliated with Focus94 (except for being their customer). Focus94, by the way, is our official Pentax distributor.
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Very, very tempting...

Thanks.
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Kunzite is right. 4.579 romanian lei is the catalog price. But if you ad the 21% discount (which is valid only this week) the price it will be 3.617 romanian lei (or 893$ if you make the conversion).
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Very, very tempting...
You know what is tempting? The 150-450 for ~$1930.

Grrr... now I can't get it out of my mind...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
You know what is tempting? The 150-450 for ~$1930.

Grrr... now I can't get it out of my mind...
I know the feeling. And, more often than not, we succumb, don't we?
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