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06-08-2015, 01:57 PM   #1
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How do you see the K-3ii vs K-5iis?

How do you see the K-3ii vs K-5iis?

The K-5iis does seem to have incredible DR and detail, but the K-3ii should be pretty decent too and in addition can use pixel shift.

The K-3ii built in GPS is very nice (IMO) - mainly for the astrotracer.

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As much praise as the K-5 IIs got, I think the K-3 / K-3 II outperform it in terms of image quality overall. The pixel-shifting will be competitive with larger formats for static subjects, then again that's a fairly small subset of images.

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If your work is made at iso 100-400 then the K-3 smokes the K-5iis in IQ! When you do your work a lot above iso 1600 then you might be better of with the K-5iis. With the astrotracer you can go with the o-gps and flash is also available. The pixelshift is a gimmick in my opinion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
The pixelshift is a gimmick in my opinion.
I'm not so sure - I'd certainly like to try it with static macro and table top subjects. I'm holding off buying a K-3 II because I want to see what the FF has to offer first. I hope Pentax implements the pixel-shift in the full-frame model.

I have a K-3 and a K-5 IIs. so while I can't exactly answer the question posed by the OP, on the basis that image quality is the same on the K-3 and the K-3 II. I definitely agree with Ron's assessment.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
If your work is made at iso 100-400 then the K-3 smokes the K-5iis in IQ! When you do your work a lot above iso 1600 then you might be better of with the K-5iis. With the astrotracer you can go with the o-gps and flash is also available. The pixelshift is a gimmick in my opinion.
I think the cleaner K-5 IIs files above ISO 1600 are only due to non-optional noise reduction in K-5 raw files. Add NR to K-3 files to equalize the playing field. The biggest differences for me are the heavier cropping ability of 24mp and the more sophisticated AF-C/tracking in the K-3 II. Note too that 16mp is more prone to moiré than 24mp, and the K-3 can add an AA filter when needed. Those features suit my photography, but others may value the extra stop of DR the K-5 IIs has at ISO 80, or flash over GPS.
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Note too that 16mp is more prone to moiré than 24mp, and the K-3 can add an AA filter when needed.
I thought the AA filter simulation of the K-3 was a gimmick.
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If your work is made at iso 100-400 then the K-3 smokes the K-5iis in IQ!
I didn't realise this was the case. Almost everything I shoot is in that range. Rarely use 800 or above...
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I thought the AA filter simulation of the K-3 was a gimmick.
Why a gimmick? The AA filter does reduce/eliminate moiré, that is pretty well tested. I used it when I shot a wedding. I didn't want to chance moiré from someone's hound's tooth jacket.

I have USER2 set up for flash, with the AA filter on LOW. If I'm shooting flash, there's probably a person in the photo. The main occasion you may see moiré is with man-made fabric and a sharp lens, as in a portrait shoot. Portraits don't need blistering sharpness, so the filter does no harm, and may be a benefit.

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If your work is made at iso 100-400 then the K-3 smokes the K-5iis in IQ! When you do your work a lot above iso 1600 then you might be better of with the K-5iis
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I have a K-3 and a K-5 IIs. so while I can't exactly answer the question posed by the OP, on the basis that image quality is the same on the K-3 and the K-3 II. I definitely agree with Ron's assessment.
What you expect to see from a single 30 second exposure at f11 on a high quality lens with ISO 400...

Would you expect the K-3 mk1/mk2 to be ahead of the the K-5iis?
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I have not to many experience in long exposure Times. I guess that for prints up to A3 you won't see much difference. For web.........meh who cares.
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I don't think the K-3 would be ahead at the pixel level. It would probably look a bit noisier and show the effects of diffraction a bit more. But at normal print sizes I don't think there would be much difference in noise, though the K-3 would show more detail.
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Got a question, what would be the best settings for the k-3II? In terms of color and image quality, my k-5II seems better tha my k-3II. Hope you guys can help. Thanks.
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