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08-21-2014, 04:41 AM   #1
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New K-3 owner first time setup up advice

I'm a K-5iis, and made the jump to the new K-3 which should be at my doorstep this afternoon. I'm looking forward to spending time with this camera to get to know it better. Since i'm a newbie I'd appreciate any advice from all the seasoned k-3 veterans on first time setup, tweaking and optimization. I'm shoot mostly RAW, and am a wildlife/birding enthusiast looking forward to the AF upgrades on the K-3 (specifically AF.C tracking functions)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
I'm a K-5iis, and made the jump to the new K-3 which should be at my doorstep this afternoon. I'm looking forward to spending time with this camera to get to know it better. Since i'm a newbie I'd appreciate any advice from all the seasoned k-3 veterans on first time setup, tweaking and optimization. I'm shoot mostly RAW, and am a wildlife/birding enthusiast looking forward to the AF upgrades on the K-3 (specifically AF.C tracking functions)
These threads should be useful:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/251413-post-your-k3-af-settings-here.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/26-mini-challenges-games-photo-stories/65...otography.html
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Hi, Stavri. I've had my K-3 for about nine months, after having a K-5 for about three years. Much of the K-3 will be familiar after your K-5IIs, but the AF is probably the biggest change to get used to, with the greater number of focus points and improved response times. I'm sure you'll get better information from others about that, though, if you're looking to photograph moving subjects. Mine tend to be static or slow-moving.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
I'm a K-5iis, and made the jump to the new K-3 which should be at my doorstep this afternoon. I'm looking forward to spending time with this camera to get to know it better. Since i'm a newbie I'd appreciate any advice from all the seasoned k-3 veterans on first time setup, tweaking and optimization. I'm shoot mostly RAW, and am a wildlife/birding enthusiast looking forward to the AF upgrades on the K-3 (specifically AF.C tracking functions)
Snap......My K3 arrived ths afternoon as well.....upgrading from a K5II
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Snap......My K3 arrived ths afternoon as well.....upgrading from a K5II
I share you excitement today!!
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I'm shoot mostly RAW, and am a wildlife/birding enthusiast looking forward to the AF upgrades on the K-3 (specifically AF.C tracking functions)
Something that you will notice immediately is that the K-3 uses buttons for some important functions, where the K-5 IIs uses switches. I have a strong preference for buttons, because they can be controlled electronically.

For general shooting, I use:
- Program Shift, Low-speed continuous burst, AF-S, multi-point metering, center point AF, SR on.

I have a User mode dedicated to birds in flight, sports, action, etc.:
- TAv mode, Hi-speed burst, AF-C, center-point metering, expanded AF point, SR off

All I have to do to change from still shooting to action, is rotate the mode dial to USER1, and I'm ready to go.

I have USER2 set up for flash photography. I haven't set USER3 for anything permanent so far.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
I'm a K-5iis, and made the jump to the new K-3 which should be at my doorstep this afternoon. I'm looking forward to spending time with this camera to get to know it better. Since i'm a newbie I'd appreciate any advice from all the seasoned k-3 veterans on first time setup, tweaking and optimization. I'm shoot mostly RAW, and am a wildlife/birding enthusiast looking forward to the AF upgrades on the K-3 (specifically AF.C tracking functions)
Check out the "recommended settings" in the in-depth K3 review on these forums:

Review: Pentax K-3 - Recommended Settings | PentaxForums.com Reviews

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