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12-20-2014, 06:43 PM   #1
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Pentax K-3 problems? Considering K-5iis

Hi, I'm pretty dead set on moving to a K-3, but so far I'm hearing about some problems with them.

Something about old model/new model, should I just get a K-5iis?
Also how big could I print an image on a 16mp sensor of the K-5iis? I plan on making some 42 inch prints.

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There aren't really any issues with the K-3 to be concerned about. The mirror flop problem affected a small portion of users, bet even in the very unlikely event that it happened consistently, the repair would be covered under warranty.

As for a 42" print, the more megapixels you have, the better the IQ will be. You'd get about 120 DPI with a K-5 IIs and 142 DPI with a K-3.

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Alright, thanks for the tips...As for DPI I may not quite be aware what that means, dots per inch?

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There aren't really any issues with the K-3 to be concerned about. The mirror flop problem affected a small portion of users, bet even in the very unlikely event that it happened consistently, the repair would be covered under warranty.

As for a 42" print, the more megapixels you have, the better the IQ will be. You'd get about 120 DPI with a K-5 IIs and 142 DPI with a K-3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arvexrun Quote
Alright, thanks for the tips...As for DPI I may not quite be aware what that means, dots per inch?
Yes, DPI = Dot Per Inch. Good luck with your decision. Just FYI, Adorama has the K-5iis on sale again Bundled with the Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip, 64GB Class 10 SDXC Card, Pentax AF-200FG Dedicated Shoe Mount Flash, Pentax 2 Year Extended Warranty, Gadget Bag, Tiffen DFX Essentials Digital Filter Softwar. Pretty sweet deal IMHO.

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I might have to go check that out. Either way its still gonna be a good week until judgement call.

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Yes, DPI = Dot Per Inch. Good luck with your decision. Just FYI, Adorama has the K-5iis on sale again Bundled with the Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip, 64GB Class 10 SDXC Card, Pentax AF-200FG Dedicated Shoe Mount Flash, Pentax 2 Year Extended Warranty, Gadget Bag, Tiffen DFX Essentials Digital Filter Softwar. Pretty sweet deal IMHO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arvexrun Quote
I might have to go check that out. Either way its still gonna be a good week until judgement call.
Whichever way you go, remember to get the 2-yr extended warranty for $19. Best Pentax bargain ever!
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I might have to jump on that sale, 900 dollars off? Insanity.

A question is, will that battery grip go on a K-3 should I ever decide to upgrade to that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arvexrun Quote
I might have to jump on that sale, 900 dollars off? Insanity.

A question is, will that battery grip go on a K-3 should I ever decide to upgrade to that?
The Battery grip for the K-3 is the "5" model and not the same as for the K-7/5/5ii/5iis which is the "4" model (D-BG4 Battery Grip).

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There are some k3 battery grip sales here too that aren't much more.

Now I just need to hope this sale sticks for about another week.

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The Battery grip for the K-3 is the "5" model and not the same as for the K-7/5/5ii/5iis which is the "4" model (D-BG4 Battery Grip).
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I've owned both. Had the mirror flap issue with the K-3 once about 10 months ago, and two firmware updates ago. No problems since.
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Curious where you are hearing about k-3 problems? Reviews or someplace?
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In theory you should have 180dpi+ for a print from an Epson or Canon printer; with Canon you might be able to get away with 150dpi+.

It may come out OK anyway, without doing this, but you should probably upscale in PS CC or with Perfect Resize from OnOne before printing. Obviously, neither camera quite meets the target numbers.


I think you're better off getting the K-3. The K-5 IIs is very good, but I've even been getting lockups with it on the latest firmware (though it may have been due to using the battery grip). Still, why not just get the slightly better camera - neither one is absolutely perfect, after all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arvexrun Quote
Hi, I'm pretty dead set on moving to a K-3, but so far I'm hearing about some problems with them.

Something about old model/new model, should I just get a K-5iis?
Also how big could I print an image on a 16mp sensor of the K-5iis? I plan on making some 42 inch prints.

Friend of mine had a problem with turbo in his BMW. So yes, even BMW can have a problem and K-3 can have a problem as well. But I believe K-3 is a very good camera and I don't think there're some massive troubles somebody should be afraid of.
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I wouldn't worry too much about K3 issues. There are often a few bugs to iron out when a camera is first released, but the whole mirror flap thing seems to be pretty well gone.

The K5 II is a great camera, too -- I shoot with one along with my K3. You can't really go wrong either way.

Good luck!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Yes, DPI = Dot Per Inch. Good luck with your decision. Just FYI, Adorama has the K-5iis on sale again Bundled with the Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip, 64GB Class 10 SDXC Card, Pentax AF-200FG Dedicated Shoe Mount Flash, Pentax 2 Year Extended Warranty, Gadget Bag, Tiffen DFX Essentials Digital Filter Softwar. Pretty sweet deal IMHO.
I looked at Adorama website and was tempted by that package deal, but got swayed by their current offer of K3 plus grip and 32GB memory card and went for that instead. I have original K5 and felt K3 would be more of an upgrade. I am just evaluating the K3 now and my early impression is that with the same lens attached, and I tried DA* 200 and DA 35 Limited, you can crop more with the K3 and still have sharp detail than you can with the K5. In hand both cameras have great feel and build. One minor gripe with the K3 is the strap it came with (made in China) seems cheaper quality than the one (made in Philippines) that came with K5. I will be looking for a better strap anyway so it is not a big deal. I would be curious to know if you can buy the leather straps that come with the Silver or gunmetal limited editions. A camera like the K3 should have a better strap than the one in the box it comes with.
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