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07-29-2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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K-5 owner looking to upgrade to K-3 or K-3ii

I don't really need the internal flash and I don't need the GPS. Why should I buy the K-3 over K-3ii regardless of pricing? What features does the K-3ii have better over the K-3?

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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
I don't really need the internal flash and I don't need the GPS. Why should I buy the K-3 over K-3ii regardless of pricing? What features does the K-3ii have better over the K-3?
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Thanks mate, that helped a bit. The only thing I would get the K-3ii over the K-3 for is the better SR,

Also your portfolio is nice, very pro. Wish I was as good.
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Thanks mate, that helped a bit. The only thing I would get the K-3ii over the K-3 for is the better SR,

Also your portfolio is nice, very pro. Wish I was as good.
SR & Pixel shift ( useful for some).

Not sure about rest of the features but i am sure there are other small differences that might matter.

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Pixel shift might be mildly useful, but only if you do something like studio product photography under hot-lights. (not useable with flash).
If you can get a K3, save the bucks and don't waste money on features you don't need and won't/can't use.
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Thanks guys, I am going for the K-3.
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Thanks guys, I am going for the K-3.
I faced the same choice recently and the price delta pushed me to the K-3. I upgraded from my K-50. Honestly it's put me in an odd situation. The K-50 jpgs would process fairly well on my Chromebook but the K-3 image size is so much larger that the system was having problems even displaying large directories of these files. I resolved the problem by increasing the swap space but it's a band-aid. I think I have to suck it up and get a traditional laptop to process the photos or at least a desktop. Sigh. I love my 8+ hour battery life and instant on Chromebook... and I have made it a quest to force myself to live inside that system for photography for a while. I can even process raw files when desired (Polarr is one of the tools there).

In any case you will not regret this choice.
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I don't really need the internal flash and I don't need the GPS. Why should I buy the K-3 over K-3ii regardless of pricing? What features does the K-3ii have better over the K-3?
I'd go for the original K-3 unless you plan to play with the pixel shifting feature for product photography.


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I think that in many ways the K3II is a bit of an experiment to see how many will forgo the on board flash.

I'm still on a K-5 at the moment too. If I was upgrading at the moment (which I'm not yet) then I would go for the K-3 myself. While the on board flash may not be up to much, its pretty useful as a fill flash when travelling light (which is a lot of what Pentax is good at).
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I think that in many ways the K3II is a bit of an experiment to see how many will forgo the on board flash.

I'm still on a K-5 at the moment too. If I was upgrading at the moment (which I'm not yet) then I would go for the K-3 myself. While the on board flash may not be up to much, its pretty useful as a fill flash when travelling light (which is a lot of what Pentax is good at).
+1!!!!!

The fact that the flash they released as an alternative on the onboard flash does not (repeat does not) offer wireless master mode for P-TTL is a deal breaker for me. My objection to the K-3ii would be lower if the AF201FG was able to actually replace the on board flash in this way.
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If you think you'll ever get into astro photography then definitely consider the K3-II. You can add this functionality later but it becomes a bit fiddly.

Also, if you think you'll be doing some overseas travel then gps tagging of images might be nice.

There is no right or wrong answer here. It's a case of choosing what fits YOU best.

Usually a II model is an upgrade. However, in this case they are really alternatives to each other.

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The differences are small. If you ever see yourself using a GPS/astro tracer unit, then the K3 II is the way to go. Otherwise, I think the two are pretty comparable with only minor upgrades.
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Not to mention that you can always buy the O-GPS1 unit yourself and add it on to the K3 (which is what I did) for astro and geo-tagging while traveling.
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Thanks for the help everyone, I just ordered a K-3 with free battery grip from B&H before midnight yesterday.
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Unless the price of the K-3 is low enough relatively then the K-3ii is the compelling option IMO

+improved SR ... very useful to everyone I'd of thought
+pixel shift
+gps
+astrotracer

-flash

how often do you use the built in flash? an external/add-on will be better if you do a lot with your flash I'd of thought

just my 2c
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