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11-29-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Greetings from Iowa. I'm new to the forum and am seriously considering a K3 purchase. I'm a hobbyist who's husband bought a Nikon D90 a couple years ago for me with kit 18-105 & 70-300 lens. I typically shoot HS football at night and indoor basketball games as well as general nature/travel shooting. I'd like to have something newer, faster, and better at low light. But because I'm still learning I'm interested in some experienced users opinions. K3 with the 18-135 and a Sigma 70-200 2.8 is what I'm about ready to do. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thx!

11-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Don't see why that would not be a great kit. K-3 is excellent at low light AF. Though honestly, getting good shots is at least as much practice, learning the camera, knowing the game and anticipating the action than it is a new camera. They shot great sports images with manual focus for a long time.

I got the K-3 on pre-order and have no regrets, it has been an excellent camera so far. The files are larger, and I find my PP is different than with the k-5 so I am having to change some things but all in all I am very happy.

18-135 is a great all around lens, my wife has one on her k-5IIs 90% of the time. I've no experience with the 70-200 but it is highly regarded.

One of the pluses of the k-3 is the larger files so you can crop a lot and still get a very usable shot.
11-29-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for your input. I definitely know the game, get lots of practice, just working the camera part out now - much more learning to do. I was considering getting the faster lens for the D90, but then was shown the K3 (loved it) and the sigma 70-200 and thought this might be the best value for my money, rather then investing big $ in nikon lenses for the older body. Just need to pull the trigger!
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Welcome to the forum, please post some images of the two sports once you get your K3.

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Welcome, it seems that you allready did your homework, the K-3 coupled with a Sigma 70-200 is probably the best and fastest setup by Pentax for lowlight fastpaced games. The 18-135 makes an excellent addition for a nice allround set.
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France, Alr68 ... enjoy the forum and hope to see a Pentax image or two soon ... Salut, J
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