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01-21-2015, 05:39 PM   #16
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Everyone ... thanks for the thoughtful replies!

@Dlanor Sekao - I am too afraid of the deal itself going south. eBay offers excellent protection for buyers. My concern is more about the quality of goods: grey market, import, unmarked refurbs, past returns, etc. The discouragement was more about the most recent negative feedback was about a K-3. Why couldn't it have been a Nikon or a Canon? When I searched their feedback for "k-3" I found some positive transactions as well.

@Rupert - You bring up a very good point. In general we get what we pay for even if it means we something intangible, like a peaceful transaction vs. one fraught with stress. That's got to be worth something. Plus, purchasing from them could help support PF. That is worth noting too.

@Imp - I do indeed have two very nice 50's, a FA 50mm f/1.4 and a D-FA 50mm f/2.8. The DA 50mm would either be sold off after the return period expires or I would give it to my father as part of his birthday present in April. You reminded me about the extended warranty. I completely forgot about it. Excellent point!

@ramseybuckeye - The 4% is nice and if I count the 1% cash back from my credit card then I have 5% total. I do have some eBay bucks but they pale in comparison to Adorama's 4%. The 1% cash back from my credit card due to the PayPal transaction would also also be small. All of that would have to be balanced with the overall package and transaction.

I have to confess that my eyes have been wandering to other systems - more for fun than for seriousness. One of my forays took me to DP Review's Dynamic Range Widget. I downloaded RAW image files for the K-3, K-50, and the A7 at ISO 100, 3200, and 6400. Obviously, both the K-3 and the A7 run circles around the K-50, especially at higher ISO settings. I did not find the quality of the A7 exceptionally superior to the K-3. There is less noise due to the larger sensor but the K-3 resolved more detail. Very surprising. I expected the A7 to resolve more detail. The corners in the K-3 samples are softer but I believe that has more to due with the lens than the camera. I feel unshaken in my dedication to the K-mount system. If the K-3 can really improve my experience with my FA Limiteds (resolving power and AF) then I see myself with two K-3 purchasing decisions. They are "good" and "better". Now all I need to do is a find a "best".

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I recently picked up a K3 with the free grip. I questioned how much I'd use it and figured I would just sell it. For the first few days I just played around with the camera not wanting to introduce too many variables before ensuring everything was working properly. Then I added the grip. For me, the grip "completes me." Even besides the added ergonomics in portrait mode, I love the feel in landscape mode.
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I own a K-3, battery grip, flu-card, and the new version of 100mm F2.8 macro.
I personally feel like battery grip is more useful compare to the flu-card

1. K-3 drains a lot of power,. I have 3 batteries, and say if I shoot half an day (roughly around 6 hours, with NR off, RAW only, highlight/shadow correction on [planning to disable that soon], by the end of the day when I got home, 1.5 or more batteries' power(total of 3) is gone.

2. Flu card sucks?
a. significantly delay the camera's start-up time.
b. I feel like it drains a lots of power and making the camera hotter?
c. real time live view on my android Nexus 4 is lagging.
d. Focusing was really slow on 100mm F2.8 macro? It was weird, I tried to focus on objects indoor under plenty of light coming from the ceiling light, but it was
slowwwwwwwwww.
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