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10-18-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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K3 vs K50

Is there any real practical advantage to the K-3 focusing ability and accuracy over that of the K 50?

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Yes there is.
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K-3 is high-end.
K-50 is mid-range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Yes there is.
What he said:
  • More focus points
  • Faster
  • More accurate
  • Better tracking
  • Low light capable to -3 EV(100) without assist lamp
  • f/2.8 focus sensitivity for 5 center points
No, these are not just spec's and marketing talk. All are immediately obvious in a hands-on comparison.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nonstopnick Quote
Is there any real practical advantage to the K-3 focusing ability and accuracy over that of the K 50?
Image quality, speed, and handling. Just about all aspects actually.

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My friend I just acquire the k3 and you won't be disappointed! This camera feel great in my hand not to big not to small perfect fit build like a tank. Plus is now in a price that with other brand you won't get in term of spect. K50 is a great camera but the price for the k3 is so worth it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
What he said: More focus points Faster More accurate Better tracking Low light capable to -3 EV(100) without assist lamp f/2.8 focus sensitivity for 5 center points No, these are not just spec's and marketing talk. All are immediately obvious in a hands-on comparison. Steve
All of this. A good summation. There is a noticeable difference in almost all aspects of the camera. However, you (the OP) asked if there is a "real, practical advantage". The answer is depending on what & how you shoot. The k-3 is IMHO a good leap better, but if you do not need 'better' then there is nothing wrong with the k-50.
If you are feeling a lack in the k-50 then yes there is a lot of improvement in the k-3. But not all AF issues are the camera's fault: the lens used, the subject, the photographers skill and technique all have an impact. The k-3 is a better tool, but is still just a tool.
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I find a good majority of our every day photographs are of our dogs, both on the ranch with their livestock and at shows. So far, my experience with the K50s' abilities in catching and keeping focus on a moving object and lacking.

I always hear people say, "use the right tool for the job," and for us, that seems to be fast zooms for lenses. I'm just afraid the K50 is the wrong body.
I have even considered jumping over to Nikon for that very reason. I really love the Pentax features and ergonomics, but need better autofocus ability.

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I made this leap. Yes it is a huge jump. Ask me any detailed questions and I can tell you what my experience is.
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everyone already awnsered, autofocus is always improving its speed and accuracy. k3 is built for pro use, k50 is more consumer grade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jkomp316 Quote
everyone already awnsered, autofocus is always improving its speed and accuracy. k3 is built for pro use, k50 is more consumer grade.
That is all true. I also will say that I still like my k50 even with my lovely k3. Both have a place in my life.
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Don't forget the exposure metering is significantly better as is white balance. These two matter most to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nonstopnick Quote
I find a good majority of our every day photographs are of our dogs, both on the ranch with their livestock and at shows. So far, my experience with the K50s' abilities in catching and keeping focus on a moving object and lacking.

I always hear people say, "use the right tool for the job," and for us, that seems to be fast zooms for lenses. I'm just afraid the K50 is the wrong body.
I have even considered jumping over to Nikon for that very reason. I really love the Pentax features and ergonomics, but need better autofocus ability.
I shoot both K50 and K3. The difference is a huge leap. I use the K50 when I don't need the capabilities of the K3. But, have to admit, I miss it when I'm not using it.
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Is there any real practical advantage to the K-3 focusing ability and accuracy over that of the K 50?
It's no contest. Get a K-3. Every feature of a K-50 is improved. If you have a fast lens, for example a DA50, K-3 will be a huge improvement at fast apertures.
The other features, such as quieter shutter, are nice too.
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upgraded from a K5 IIs (2 generations from K50) 2 months ago and it's already a big leap ! I can't tell about focus speed but the exposure metering is improved and white balance is great, a big plus is the flash power control. It's absolutely awesome !!
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