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11-08-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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K-3 - my first impressions and shots

This is not a review, but just a few thoughts from my first day shooting with the K-3. I got it yesterday and was glad the batteries are the same so I could put a charged up battery from my K-5 in it and get right to taking some photos. I went to an assembly at my son's school and shot the kids dancing to Grease songs (my son had never heard of the movie until I mentioned it after!). It was in a poorly lit gym. The lighting was was awful, with a weird yellow tint and not much output.
I shot mostly in TAv mode, trying to balance noise, DOF, and shutter speed.
In my hand, the camera feels great. Kind of like the K-5 but even more ergonomic. I didn't notice that it was bigger and heavier, it feels reasonable to me.
The shutter sound is like a whisper. More of a "swish" than the K-5 and no clunk like my K-x.
It was responsive and I had correction enabled. Much quicker than the K-5!

I did some NR and tried to fix the WB (it was on auto) but it's still not quite right to my eyes. All edits done in Lightroom 4.4

1/125 ƒ/6.3 ISO 2500 53 mm

1/125 ƒ/6.3 ISO 3200 135 mm

1/125 ƒ/6.3 ISO 3200 24 mm

1/125 ƒ/6.3 ISO 3200 18 mm

Then after work I took a little detour and shot a little at sunset and after.
I was shooting handheld, so I had the ISO at 800-3200. I only have this one posted.
I brought the shadows up quite a bit to get some detail back and that looks reasonably clean to me.
1/640 ƒ/8 ISO 800 53 mm

In my quick edits last night I was definitely noticing more noise at 100% as others have noted. I just used some of LR's NR to tame it, but at smaller sizes like this it's not bad. It was noticable enough in some images I had a little concern but not enough data to come to any conclusions yet. I'll probably be out shooting in the dark tonight so I may add to this as I put the camera through it's paces for my kinds of shooting situations.

11-08-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Would like to see how AWB works... it suppose to be able to apply different WB to different region of the picture?
noise seem a little high, even in this small crop....
11-08-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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TFS Matt. I shoot a lot in gyms also and the K-5 cleans up nicely for WB and noise in Lightroom.
Will be curious to see how it all works out by the time I get my K-3 next year.

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