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03-18-2015, 10:56 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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K3 - Locked and Loaded

Here is my "run and gun" setup for the K3.
Not light, and not *too* heavy.

K3 with DA* 16-50 (after SDM conversion )
Manfrotto Sympla Lightweight rig
Sony LCD Monitor
Tilta Follow Focus
Audio Technical on-camera mic
Sony wireless mic
Zoom H6

This configuration allows me to move much quicker, and allows me to "pop" off the camera and put it into the Manfrotto RC2 system when needed.

I wasn't a fan of shoulder rigs, but they too, have their place.



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If the K3 is Anakin Skywalker, then what I see in the picture is Darth Vader. If that allows you to 'move much quicker', then I have no idea how you moved before at all But then again, I have no clue about videography at all.
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Looking at the picture, I'm expecting it to run by itself. Terrifyingly.
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I am curious, how is the quality with the Sony field monitor? Are you able to get full HD through the HDMI port?


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Hi LaurenOE, its a great rig and thanks for sharing. It is way beyond my capabilities, which are hold a point n shoot above the crowd and hope for the best. Just curious what attracts you to pentax for video? Is it the lenses? If you don't mind me asking.
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I wouldn't be able to operate that even if it was to save my life. But cool rig!
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I am curious, how is the quality with the Sony field monitor? Are you able to get full HD through the HDMI port?


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I have been wondering the same and very much interested in your feedback
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The fuzzy mic windscreen gives it an adorable, muppet-like mien.

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I am curious, how is the quality with the Sony field monitor? Are you able to get full HD through the HDMI port?
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I use the HDMI for two things...one, to use a monitor with and shoot and record via the camera.
1080p 30fps .mp4 (and whatever manual settings I shoot at - usually around f/4 -60p -around ISO 800..and of course other manual settings)

The other, if you turn off all the indicators, you get a really nice clean output - via Live View - that works as a GREAT streaming platform to a Ninja and other recording devices.
Using the Live View as output, you can output the HDMI at 1080i. As for live streaming, it's dependent on the bandwidth of the connection, and I use a Teradek Vidiu to do that.
Since most streaming platforms struggle to get 1080p (480p is common) at 720p, from Live View, has "enough" to "excellent" quality given that I am also using my Pentax glass.

As for "Clean output", I am not too concerned given what I am using the output for.
The Live View is actually pretty good and "clean enough" since you can turn off all LCD indicators.

It would be nice if there was a single menu setting that turned off all the LCD indicators at once, since there are various places you have to go to turn them off.
I think most people just assume there is no way to turn them off.

Although, in record mode, yes, the exposure settings remain, and I *do* wish there was an option to output 1080p as you record.

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Hi LaurenOE, its a great rig and thanks for sharing. It is way beyond my capabilities, which are hold a point n shoot above the crowd and hope for the best. Just curious what attracts you to pentax for video? Is it the lenses? If you don't mind me asking.
The reason I use Pentax is of course the glass, durability, weather sealing and everything that makes a Pentax a Pentax. There is no much awesome in a K3 for day to day working that it's the perfect tool for what I use it for. Totally dependable, great battery life, built tough...what's not to like?

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The fuzzy mic windscreen gives it an adorable, muppet-like mien.
And with my fat body behind it...I present the most non-threatening scene!
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All good points, thanks, LaurenOE.
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Nice setup. Too bad it's wasted on the abysmal video capabilities of the K-3. And I say that as a proud K-3 owner. It's just not nearly as good a video cam as a stills cam.

If you are using a follow focus/MF setup, why not just pick up a Panasonic or Sony for video? You can still use your Pentax glass on it.
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Nice setup. Too bad it's wasted on the abysmal video capabilities of the K-3. And I say that as a proud K-3 owner. It's just not nearly as good a video cam as a stills cam.

If you are using a follow focus/MF setup, why not just pick up a Panasonic or Sony for video? You can still use your Pentax glass on it.
Abysmal is a bit strong to define the K3 video capabilities.
Sure, the K3 doesn't have the panache around the water cooler, but it gets the job done.

Because most of my video ends up on the web - which in 2015 is around 1080p - there's no need to have another system since all of my team shoots with Pentax.

As for Sony - I have some FS7 cameras on order for next year.

A7S? Nah, their mounts are too flimsy, and while they might be more advanced for features, ultimately the bottom line is where my output is going.

With K3 cameras, I can have many cameras, great glass and great video.
I just don't buy into the negative hype when it comes to K3 video performance.

I have no doubt Pentax will get it right.
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That is an impressive setup. I hope to start experimenting more with video with the K3 (coming soon to a mailbox near me). I am curious - what did you do to your 16-50? Bring back the SDM from a screw drive?
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Too bad it's wasted on the abysmal video capabilities of the K-3.
QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
I just don't buy into the negative hype when it comes to K3 video performance.


The proof of the pudding is in the tasting and in your case it tastes good enough to provide you and your team with a livelihood, abysmal or not!




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That is an impressive setup. I hope to start experimenting more with video with the K3 (coming soon to a mailbox near me). I am curious - what did you do to your 16-50? Bring back the SDM from a screw drive?
Nope, it's still screw drive.
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