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11-09-2013, 01:28 AM   #16
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Actually, geomez was right, I was wrong.
There is indeed more metal in the K-3's back panel than the K-5's. And yes indeed, the K-3 looks to be a more rigid, tougher body.

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I bet the chassis of the K-3 closely resembles the K-5's.
No, actually...

[EDIT] Beaten by two-minutes.. haha
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Feeling yourself again Sandy or is that a Popeye impersonation?
My forearms aren't quite that big Steve
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
The D800 shutter sounds like someone slamming a gate shut.
The D800 is like a machine gun. The K-3 is like a pretty girl batting her eyelids.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Vylen Quote
Beaten by two-minutes..
Slowpoke.

The K-5 is generally a tough beast, but the K-3's totally metal external body frame certainly seems to take that toughness to the next level.
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This might be an odd question but how sturdy is the eye-pad mounted?

The ones on my K-30's have been driving me mad. I've lost them 4 times. 2 times completely lost, 2 times collected and delivered by someone else, and it seems they just become loser over time. During the last wedding I did, the eye-pad kept slipping off over and over again - it was starting to get ridiculous so I used a piece of a napkin to gain a tighter fit - it has so far worked though there is a piece of the napkin sticking out. It doesn't look good and I'll replace it with thin strips of tape - still, I shouldn't have to worry about losing stuff from the camera like that :/
I have to fight my pads on the K-5's to get them off for cleaning, never had one of them loose.
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Greetings,

I'm anxious to upgrade to the new K-3 and would like make the purchase in about a month. I currently have a K10D and K-5 and am quite happy with the overall quality of the cameras as far as how well constructed they are and how durable they feel. I'm hope the K-3 hasn't been cheapened in any way to make it feel less than 'professional grade' if you know what I mean.

I remember looking at Canon's price equivalent camera when I bought my K10D in 2008 and distinctly remember how flimsy it felt. Not that ruggedness is the ultimate decision factor for a camera but to me having something that feels well built helps with a level of confidence.

So...is the quality of the K-3 still there?

Thanx...Blake
I'm surprised you have to ask that.
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Tess, keeps asking me if I'm going to return the K-3, in some ways it's not much different in IQ from the K-5 for everyday use. I'm completely addicted to the feel (and burst mode, the shutter is incredible). Some things confuse me on it. More buttons get pressed by accident, all the time. But it's still better. It just feels more solid, and the sounds it makes reflect that. Less vibration, more solid feel.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Actually, geomez was right, I was wrong.
There is indeed more metal in the K-3's back panel than the K-5's. And yes indeed, the K-3 looks to be a more rigid, tougher body.
Oh my, that is sexy. Now I wonder how the "pros" camera are built. Are the 1Dx and the D4 built like that? I know the DFs aren't built that way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
No. The whole K-5 chassis is metal. The only plastic at the back is the LCD and some of the body bits surrounding it, where there need to be switches etc. I bet the chassis of the K-3 closely resembles the K-5's.
One minor quibble...
The chassis (internal structure) of all current Pentax DSLRs, including my old *ist DS are metal. The body (external structure) I believe is what you meant.
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The chassis (internal structure) of all current Pentax DSLRs, including my old *ist DS are metal. The body (external structure) I believe is what you meant.
Right again. I should have been more precise in my nomenclature.
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Now I wonder how the "pros" camera are built. Are the 1Dx and the D4 built like that?
Google has a few images that show them both to be built like tanks, with full metal bodies.

In terms of the K-3's APS-C peers, the D7100 has lots of metal in it's body - the back and the top plate are metal, but the front isn't. The Canon 7D, however, has a full metal body, just like the K-3. Not sure about the 70D.
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No. The whole K-5 chassis is metal. The only plastic at the back is the LCD and some of the body bits surrounding it, where there need to be switches etc. I bet the chassis of the K-3 closely resembles the K-5's.
I'm sorry but the photo in your post clearly shows NO metal at the back of the K5 body.
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I'm sorry but the photo in your post clearly shows NO metal at the back of the K5 body.
See my post at the top of the page:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/242003-k-3-build-quality-2.html#post2572051
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QuoteOriginally posted by joelovotti Quote
I'm sorry but the photo in your post clearly shows NO metal at the back of the K5 body.
He said chassis, not body. K-3 clearly has more metal than K-5, but it's inaccurate to say "NO metal" on the K-5.
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