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03-24-2015, 04:45 PM   #31
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Sorry if I repeat anything said by other posters. Own both a K5 and K3, as well as a K20 that is still used. Would take the K3 in an instant, BUT, were I buying now, I would look very hard at the K2s if for no other feature than the articulating screen, AND, I would certainly wait to see what the full frame offered, and at what cost.

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Two things I really like about the K3 that may not have been mentioned by others: focus peaking and magnified live view.

Something I don't like about the K3: the color balance button, @ 3 o'clock of the 4-way controller, is too easy to press with my right thumb when shooting off tripod. This sometimes produces a group of images with wildly improbable colors.


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03-24-2015, 05:18 PM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by FireDog Quote
Thanks to all who posted. I now have a K-3. Hm...the menu system is going to be a bit of a learning curve.
There was one very pleasant surprise. It's lack of mention in these forums suggests the average age on here. The surprise was the view finder diopter adjustment. It's now a small dial to the side of the eye piece. The K-5 is a slide behind the rubber cup. It may seem trivial but to these old eyes, with bad and good days, this is a major advancement in ergonomics. You see, I'm 68!
You will get used to the menu system very quickly. I'm a sixty something as well. Neither camera is overly complicated. Did you keep your K-5? I kept mine as a backup. As I stated in my earlier post, I use the K-3 with my limited primes where the improved screwdrive autofocus and higher resolution sensor works best for these lenses. The K-5 has the DA 17-70 SDM for convenience and that lens ins't any better on the K-3 than on the K-5. I hope you enjoy your new camera.
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You will get used to the menu system very quickly. I'm a sixty something as well. Neither camera is overly complicated. Did you keep your K-5? I kept mine as a backup. As I stated in my earlier post, I use the K-3 with my limited primes where the improved screwdrive autofocus and higher resolution sensor works best for these lenses. The K-5 has the DA 17-70 SDM for convenience and that lens ins't any better on the K-3 than on the K-5. I hope you enjoy your new camera.
Hi, fellow geezer. Yes, I still have the K-5. In my film days, Minolta XD-11, I always had two bodies. Today, with sophisticated point-and-shoot, that's not really needed. My wife carries a nice PnS Nikon. I just might give the K-5 to my son for his astro telescope. He bought a Pentax K adapter for my camera. Now he can keep the camera.
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I own both the original K-5 and have owned the K-3 for over a year. My passion is the QUALITY of every shot I take. This is where the lack of AA fuzziness on the K-3 and its larger photos make a helluva difference. I've never had to use the anti-aliasing option. Every lens you own will get sharper results with the K-3 over the K-5. You can also do more with crops on the larger K-3 files, giving you much more latitude in composition. With good crops, it's like you automatically get more reach over similarly composed shots with the K-5. I also find that autofocus is faster and more precise with the K-3. There's a small learning curve on the controls, but after a month or so, your muscle memory will kick in and the differences are irrelevant. If you pixel-peep, the K-3 seems to top out faster on the ISO scale - I don't like to go higher than 1600 for best results. The irony is, if the photos are re-sized to K-5 dimensions, the ISO results are identical. You can't tell the two apart as far as noise is concerned. My "green" setting allows auto ISO selection to 3200, and the results are acceptable, in reality. It's just that I'm really picky as a semi-pro photographer.

The bottom line is that I use the K-3 pretty much exclusively, and keep the acceptably satisfactory K-5 as a backup.

At the same time, I'm looking forward to the introduction of the announced full-frame Pentax DSLR and professional reviews. Then I'll make the decision if it will be worth the expense to make the move to that format. I presently have only one FF-compatible lens (the SMC-FA 50mm 1.4). I have a lot invested in APSC - only lenses, and being limited to using them in that format on a FF seems pointless. It will take some great leaps forward in a new FF to convince me to make the switch from the great K-3.

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