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01-08-2016, 05:00 AM   #1
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Finally sold my K5

Well, I finally sold my mint K5 with 18-55mm kit lens for $375.00! Now I'm ready to buy my K3, or K3-2. Probably going to order it from B/H Photo. Is there anyway to ensure your getting the latest stock, or at least a brand new non-returned camera? Also, what is the link to that website that will tell you how many shutter presses the camera currently has on it? Thanks!

01-08-2016, 05:18 AM   #2
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Congrats on your future K3. I can't help with the B&H question, but for shutter count you can use this:

Check Shutter Count & Camera Manufacture Date Online - EXIF Reader
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Hi Tony3d. If you type in the search the forums box, check my shutter count then scroll down past the threads, I think you will find what you are looking for. I hope this helps. Cheers.
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When you check the shutter count of your new K-3 (II) don't be alarmed if it shows a few shots since they may trigger them at the factory before packaging them. 2, 5, or 6 is normal for a brand new camera. If it's over 10 I might be slightly suspicious, but for a 'used' camera that was returned I would expect the previous owner to have taken at least 25-50 shots just trying it out, so it would be obvious if it was used.

My K-3 was purchased used with 20,000 shots already, and I'm now over 30,000 with no issues, so I wouldn't be worried about looking at a used one on 'the Bay' or the Pentax Marketplace if you're interested in saving a few bucks. You can find some good deals on a used K-3 now that some people have upgraded to the K-3 II.

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Huh? The K-3 functions and controls are like 95% identical to those of the K-5, and the only real skill to "unlearn" would be to not trust postprocessing to be able to boost shadows as much with the K-3.

QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
Mint K-5?

Sounds like you did not use it very much. If that's the case, why get a K-3/K-3II? The K-3 series is a much more demanding piece of kit that can require the unlearning of skills acquired on the K-5 before you'll become successful. Why court hours of frustration? There's nothing wrong with selecting a simpler camera that's absorbed many of the good features/lessons learned from the K-3, like a K-S2...

Just sayin'... M

Oh, if you are worried about durability and getting a reliable camera body, buy the extended DSLR warranty offered by Pentax.

Cheers & Enjoy the season... M
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Thanks Guys. I'll probably order it next week. Probably going for the K3-2, because I do enjoy Astronomy, and have quite a decent scope.I love natural low light photography, and the K5's sensor is what lured me to Pentax. Hoping that cramming 24 Million pixels on the same size sensor didn't cripple it to much. from what I've scene it looks pretty good. Here are some samples shot in Italy with my K5. Just love the dynamic range, and these were all Jpeg's!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony3d Quote
Thanks Guys. I'll probably order it next week. Probably going for the K3-2, because I do enjoy Astronomy, and have quite a decent scope.I love natural low light photography, and the K5's sensor is what lured me to Pentax. Hoping that cramming 24 Million pixels on the same size sensor didn't cripple it to much. from what I've scene it looks pretty good. Here are some samples shot in Italy with my K5. Just love the dynamic range, and these were all Jpeg's!
Very nice shots! I expected to see an f/2.8 or wider aperture since they look pretty sharp with so little noise; I had to laugh when I looked at your EXIF tags and saw that you used the 18-135. I keep saying that the 18-135 really can take some impressive pictures if you use it right, especially at normal viewing sizes. It's pretty much been my go to lens up until I got a 17-50 f/2.8 for Christmas, but it's still my favorite lens to use outside.
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Very nice shots! I expected to see an f/2.8 or wider aperture since they look pretty sharp with so little noise; I had to laugh when I looked at your EXIF tags and saw that you used the 18-135. I keep saying that the 18-135 really can take some impressive pictures if you use it right, especially at normal viewing sizes. It's pretty much been my go to lens up until I got a 17-50 f/2.8 for Christmas, but it's still my favorite lens to use outside.
I agree. The lens really impressed me as well! I think I really got a good copy of it. Very little to complain about. I'm very excited about not having the Anti-aliasing filter built in! Also, plan to play with pixel shift as well. Sold the K5 for $375.00 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I think they got a good deal. Don't think I'll miss the flash on the K5-2. Never really used it much. Just wonder how that might effect resale though. Do you think I'll have any trouble getting new stock from B/H Photo at this late date. By the way, I checked the shutter clicks on my K5. Only had 6784! I better get out with my K3 a bit more LOL!


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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote

... The K-3 series is a much more demanding piece of kit that can require the unlearning of skills acquired on the K-5 before you'll become successful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
Much is written about the similarities K-3 vs. K-3 II (I might not be the brightest bulb in the marquee), but I've found there's a real learning curve between them, as well.

Come on, M, let's hear it.

What would I have to do differently? ☺
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Come on, M, let's hear it.

What would I have to do differently? ☺
Yes, I'm a bit puzzled by that as well! Seems to me that the techniques I'm using have served me well over the years for any camera I've shot with, so what's the big difference here? I really don't understand. Also seems to me that the K3 would be logical step up from the K5, not the K-S2. I don't know maybe I'm wrong. What's the shutter clicks have to do with anything. I've been shooting Pentax since my ME Super! Obviously Pentax thought some of those shot were good enough for my gallery on thier site. So I don't know.
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