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01-08-2014, 01:50 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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The battery is chargeing

Hey all.

Well the K3 is here and whilst I could whack in one of the batteries from the K5(s) I have decided to let the new battery charge and enjoy a quiet beer while I read the manual.
The manual has shrunk somewhat but is still jam packed full of knowledge so may take two beers to get through it.
The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is attached to the K3 and the plan is to get trackside Friday (Sthn Hemisphere time) and put it through its paces.

I will post some shots and keep this thread alive for awhile with my thoughts on the K3 and in particular its AF ability.

Cheers

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congrats on the purchase Im waiting for my baby too LOL
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2x tinies , my god the manual must have shrunk
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Congrats. If it were me, I'd read that manual reeeeaaal slow.

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well, yes, I did read the manual slowly, yes it has shrunk and yes I did limit myself to two beers....before opening a bottle of red.

And Yes, I did get through the manual and yes I have forgotten most of what I supposedly red...err.........read......

But enough stuck to get me going.

My first impressions are very positive. The menu interface has changed a bit and being an old dog I am not keen on learning new tricks but I quickly found my way around the new(ish) menu system. Again Pentax's ability to provide an "intuitive" menu system is un surpassed.

Those of you who know me and what I shoot will understand that I was particularly keen to test out the auto focus, and while this was only an hours shoot and I am still coming to grips with the new autofocus menu and how to change it quickly in the field, I saw enough to say that YES there is a significant step forward from the K5IIs and I am confident that once I come to grips with the options that it will be even better. What am I comparing it to.? A Nikon D800 with a Tamron 70 - 200 f2.8 USD (the latest release).

The lens used was the Sigma 70-200 f2.8, again the latest version. I will probably put this lens back on the K511s and asign the 50-135 to the K3 as the crop factor will "extend" that lens a bit.

The first few shots are self explanatory. The sequence is posted for a reason that I will explain later.

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This sequence is what gets me excited about the AF though. The tracking ability is much, much improved as is demonstrated in this sequence.
ISO 400. first 2 are 170mm I pulled the 2nd two back in to 148 mm; f5.6; 1/2000
Somewhere during the hour I changed the jpeg from Bright to Natural, not sure where, so if you detect any difference in the shots that is why.


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Another day tomorrow and a much longer harder test.
Cheers for now

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Another week

Another full week with the K3 & DA* 50-135 and Sigma 70-200 f2.8.
Conclusion is that the K3 is a keeper and well worth the upgrade $$$ and the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is a bloody good lens. Not that the DA* 50-135 is bad, not at all, rather it is a choice between better & best. The 50-135 is a delight to carry around but the Sigma has that greater reach and overall I believe it focus' faster and is just a tad sharper (nb: the 50-135 has been back once with a SDM issue and occasionally I am not convinced all is right with this particular copy. A mate is bringing his out and we will compare.). Not that it matters as the 50-135 lives on the K511s so I get the best of both worlds.

Anyway, let the pictures finish the story.
These are from the K3 & Sig 70-200 jpeg set to bright and no pp what so ever.

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Sometimes things dont go as planned and these guys take a fall.
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I have to learn to stay on the shutter.
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Global Action at work (not shot with the K3)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mallee Boy Quote
Another full week with the K3 & DA* 50-135 and Sigma 70-200 f2.8.
Conclusion is that the K3 is a keeper and well worth the upgrade $$$ and the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is a bloody good lens. Not that the DA* 50-135 is bad, not at all, rather it is a choice between better & best. The 50-135 is a delight to carry around but the Sigma has that greater reach and overall I believe it focus' faster and is just a tad sharper (nb: the 50-135 has been back once with a SDM issue and occasionally I am not convinced all is right with this particular copy. A mate is bringing his out and we will compare.). Not that it matters as the 50-135 lives on the K511s so I get the best of both worlds.

Anyway, let the pictures finish the story.
These are from the K3 & Sig 70-200 jpeg set to bright and no pp what so ever.

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Sometimes things dont go as planned and these guys take a fall.
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I have to learn to stay on the shutter.
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Global Action at work (not shot with the K3)
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Very impressive shots Grant. I can see why you are pleased with your purchase. Ill get my 50-135 out as soon as i can get a leave pass. I cant fault mine in any way what so ever.
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