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11-03-2013, 05:40 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sakura Quote
I know there is a new grip, but does that really means the BG4 grip won't fit and/or work?
There is a guy on DPR who has just hacked up a 3rd party k-5 grip and got it to work. You might look over there for some info. It involved removing one of the pins, and maybe switching some of the buttons around too, since the green button for example is in a different position on the BG-5 compared to the BG-4. Otherwise everything worked.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Sakura Quote
does that really means the BG4 grip won't fit and/or work?
No, it wont work on the K3. there are physical differences in the camera that have to be taken into account with the new grip.
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keep the 10. the ccd sensor offers a point of difference in rendering and tones imo, and you will probably never see one in a pentax body ever again.
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there are physical differences in the camera that have to be taken into account with the new grip.
Apparently not very substantial differences. awaldram over at DPR only wrenched one metal body alignment pin out of a clone BG-4 and it mated fine to the K-3. He even has pix.

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keep the 10. the ccd sensor offers a point of difference in rendering and tones imo, and you will probably never see one in a pentax body ever again.
+1 this!
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It seems we always have this dilemma with new cameras. In general I agree with those who say to sell both unless you have a specific use for one of the old cameras. Otherwise they just sit unused like my MX which I will not sell for sentimental reasons.
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Apparently not very substantial differences. awaldram over at DPR only wrenched one metal body alignment pin out of a clone BG-4 and it mated fine to the K-3. He even has pix.
Well, than the choice is easy, spending an other 200 dollars or removing a pin of the old grip.

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This is great. The camera has been available for three days and the DIYers are already at work making it better/cheaper. I love this stuff.

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Keep them all, sell a kidney, buy lots of stuff with the cash from your organs
Or this.

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After reading the feedback plus throwing my ideas into the mix I'm thinking that keeping the K10D body is the way to got.

I would then sell the K-5 after I get the viewfinder repaired. I'll sell the K-5 with the battery and charger, the owners manual, strap and the kit lens I got with the K10D.

I think I'd like the K-3 with a WR lens to compliment the camera, even though 90% of the time I use the primes. I may consider a WR lens with a wide zoom range or maybe one that is more suitable to work in. Though in reality the standard kit range may be just fine.

Thanks so far for your suggestions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Apparently not very substantial differences. awaldram over at DPR only wrenched one metal body alignment pin out of a clone BG-4 and it mated fine to the K-3. He even has pix.
ohh yeah I'm sure people are just so desperate to void their warranties to do this. Not only on the Grip but on the camera as well.
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ohh yeah I'm sure people are just so desperate to void their warranties to do this. Not only on the Grip but on the camera as well.
Yeah, even the guy that did it said he wouldn't do it to an actual DBG-4, only a knock-off. The fit is close, but not close enough to really look right, IMO. After spending $1300 on the body, I'm not about to cheap out and do something like that. My grip order will be left standing and I'm sure I'll get it soon enough, though it will seem strange to me to use a Pentax camera without a grip, other than a K-01. My K-3 is due tomorrow.
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Yeah, even the guy that did it said he wouldn't do it to an actual DBG-4, only a knock-off. The fit is close, but not close enough to really look right, IMO. After spending $1300 on the body, I'm not about to cheap out and do something like that. My grip order will be left standing and I'm sure I'll get it soon enough, though it will seem strange to me to use a Pentax camera without a grip, other than a K-01. My K-3 is due tomorrow.
Yeah, and if that guy ever has any trouble with his K-3 and sends it on for warranty service and mentions to Pentax that he used a hacked grip, I could see Pentax denying the warranty claim. Not worth it IMO.
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Yeah, and if that guy ever has any trouble with his K-3 and sends it on for warranty service and mentions to Pentax that he used a hacked grip, I could see Pentax denying the warranty claim. Not worth it IMO.
Good point...

Guess your line of thinking could go for all non-branded items attached to a branded camera body (grip, lens, flash, battery, battery charger, etc.)... eh?

Yep, perhaps the use of third party attachments may poof the warranty. Anything is possible...

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Guess your line of thinking could go for all non-branded items attached to a branded camera body (grip, lens, flash, battery, battery charger, etc.)... eh?
You jest, I assume?
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