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05-04-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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Anyone Shoot weddings with K3

Just wondering if the K3 is good enough to shoot weddings? If so what lens are used on the K3. Thank you

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Have you shot weddings before, and if so, with what system/lenses?
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I have been shooting weddings for over 35 years. I have always used Canon 5D Mk2, and Nikon D700 wear my last cameras to use with L Lenses. I am new to Pentax. Just curious to see how the K3 compares to Canon and Nikon. Thanks
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k-3 is more than good enough for weddings. Lots of pros using gear not nearly as good. Lenses would be: DA*16-50, DA*50-135 and either a fast 50mm such as FA 50mm f/1.4 or the DA 70 or FA 77 Limited. Depending on venue you might also need a 200mm or an UWA but the list above will do in most cases.

If this is for pay you should also have at least one back up body, another all around zoom for emergencies like a DA 17-70, or DA 16-45. Plus back up batteries and cards.

Flash depends on whether you have the ability to set up strobes or are restricted to hot shoe flash. Normally a good hot shoe flash like the AF 540FGZ with a modifier will be fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rollsman4 Quote
I have been shooting weddings for over 35 years.
OK, never mind the wedding advice. But the k-3 is still a good camera. K-5IIs with the 16mp sensor has slightly more dynamic range but in all other respects K-3 is about as good as it gets in APS-C. But if you are used to 5DmkII, well remember this is a crop sensor camera.

Re comparing to Canon or Nikon, well that depends on the model. K-3 compares quite well with current APS-C cameras from both vendors, but I would think the 5DmkII would still beat it out for dynamic range.

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I've used it for weddings and other events. I'm was a second shooter on this wedding and you can see that it did well. Focus was responsive and tones were smooth.

DA* 16-50 F2.8
DA* 50-135 F2.8
DA 50 F1.8

https://flickr.com/photos/9567594@N06/sets/72157647484586263
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QuoteOriginally posted by rollsman4 Quote
Just wondering if the K3 is good enough to shoot weddings? If so what lens are used on the K3. Thank you
I've done a few. Works absolutely great. I really like the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 as my go to standard lens. Mix in the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and Pentax 15mm f/4 limited as needed.
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you get a lot of bang for your buck but unfortunately the difference between aps-c and ff is more than spelling.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote

Re comparing to Canon or Nikon, well that depends on the model. K-3 compares quite well with current APS-C cameras from both vendors, but I would think the 5DmkII would still beat it out for dynamic range.
the k3 is head and shoulders above the 5DII for dynamic range

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Thank you. I was going to buy the DA 16-50f2.8 and the 50-135 f2.8. I was thinking of getting the HD primes instead. Can anyone tell me the image quality on these 2 Zoom lens?
Thank you. Any pictures that you can post would help
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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/153142-pent...8-samples.html
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I have the DA*16-50 and is likely my most used lens. Some distortion at 16mm but LR fixes that. Solid performer. However, it is big and heavy. And early ones suffered a lot of problems with the SDM motor. That used to be a major percentage of the threads here but has mostly died off to the point I do not think currently made ones are any worse than any other motor driven lens. But beware used ones.

The DA*50-135 seems to be universally loved. I don't have it so cannot speak from experience.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venom3300 Quote
the k3 is head and shoulders above the 5DII for dynamic range
No its not. Its slightly below the K-5ii, but not by much.

QuoteOriginally posted by rollsman4 Quote
Thank you. I was going to buy the DA 16-50f2.8 and the 50-135 f2.8. I was thinking of getting the HD primes instead. Can anyone tell me the image quality on these 2 Zoom lens?
Thank you. Any pictures that you can post would help
The image quality of those two zooms are great. However, they are slow to focus and, as others have pointed out, prone to SDM failure. If it matters to you, they are also APS-C only.

HD primes are fantastic lenses. Small and easy to carry around. But I don't suggest them for a wedding since they have loud screw drive AF, and changing lenses all the time when you might miss an important shot is a hassle.
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Im a K3 and K30 wedding photographer. Also shot some scenes for video. But I know for sure i need a FF. My partner shots with D610. I dont use DA lenses since its in my plans to go full frame, one way, or another.

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Here's some samples









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You can't go wrong with the Limited primes at all. There is a woman on this site named Keitha who shoots with primes and she does a BEAUTIFUL job. Some of the nicest portraits anywhere.

The zooms are really good but there is some distortion at 16mm with the DA* 16-50mm. Lightroom addresses this well though.

K3 with DA* 16-50mm F2.8 @ 50mm

Robin and Justin Wedding
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K3 with DA* 16-50mm F2.8 @ 16mm

Robin and Justin Wedding
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Older K200D with DA* 50-135mm F2.8 @135mm

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QuoteOriginally posted by enoeske Quote
No its not. Its slightly below the K-5ii, but not by much
We are talking about the canon 5DII full frame that he has experience with. Not the pentax k5II. The k3 does have much better DR than the canon 5DII.

Canon 5Dii= 11.9 stops of DR
Pentax k3= 13.4
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