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06-10-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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What do you think is the best Pentax ???

I was thinking of getting a K-1 BUT I do not know if this is going to work for wildlife and birding and some sports and air shows. I think I need at least 7 to 10 frames per second to accomplish this The K-1 does not have fast enough frame rate. What is the next best APSC Pentax for the kind of photography I want to do? I want a good camera and getting lenses to do the job. I have had Canon and Nikon and want to try Pentax as some of my friends have them and swear by them. All help is appreciated greatly. I started a thread in the K-1 section and looking over the specs I do not think this is the camera I need. Thanks again Bill

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gold Coast Quote
I was thinking of getting a K-1 BUT I do not know if this is going to work for wildlife and birding and some sports and air shows. I think I need at least 7 to 10 frames per second to accomplish this The K-1 does not have fast enough frame rate. What is the next best APSC Pentax for the kind of photography I want to do? I want a good camera and getting lenses to do the job. I have had Canon and Nikon and want to try Pentax as some of my friends have them and swear by them. All help is appreciated greatly. I started a thread in the K-1 section and looking over the specs I do not think this is the camera I need. Thanks again Bill
The K-3 has a faster burst framerate (8.3 FPS), but in crop mode the K-1 can do 6.5 FPS and has a larger buffer in both JPEG and RAW, so it might still be right tool for the job given its improved AF (i.e. a similar effective framerate with AF-C on).

Ultimately, though, your best bet will probably be whatever crop body replaces the K-3.

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The K-3 II has 8 fps and 24.35 " megapixies," and an expected firmware update will allow it to use the new type of lens the Ricoh/Pentax boffins have developed.


EDIT - Adam types faster than me !!!

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I think probably the K-3ii.
Pair that with a DA* 300/4 and the HD 1.4x RC and you have a killer WR set-up.

Pentax K-3 II - Pentax K-mount DSLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter Reviews - DA Teleconverters - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

That would set you back around $2300 new and is a very good kit.

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Adam; Thanks for the reply. You mentioned what ever crop camera replaces the K-3. Is this camera being replaced and if so when or is it already out? That's one camera I was looking at. Thanks bill
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gold Coast Quote
Adam; Thanks for the reply. You mentioned what ever crop camera replaces the K-3. Is this camera being replaced and if so when or is it already out? That's one camera I was looking at. Thanks bill
The K-3II is the successor to the K-3. But I think Adam means about the next one (successor to the K-3II)
Here are the main differences:
K-3ii has GPS instead of flash - may be useful to you?
Also K-3ii has pixel shift.
Full details here: Pentax K-3 II vs. Pentax K-3 - Pentax Camera Comparison - PentaxForums.com
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Thanks to all who responded. bertwert I looked at the K-3II specs and that really looks good that could be the one. I will do more research on it. Thanks again to all great forum. Bill

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I have used a K-3 II for bird shooting for a while now, using the 150-450 and sometimes with the 1.4x TC.
This combination works well, most of the time, but has a couple of deficiencies, namely AF when trying to get BIF, and sensor noise which is always a problem when shooting in woodland with birds in less than good light.
I now have a K-1 and find this body much improved. For BIF it locks focus really well, and the frame rate is OK for this. The low noise of the K-1 provides high IQ for those shaded subjects, and hence many more 'keepers'.
I still use the K-3 II, but the K-1 is my first choice.
I guess we all have own preferences, dislikes etc, so this is just my view.

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Next I need to know what will be the best all around walk around lens for the K-3II. I would like to be in the range of 25mm to 150mm to start. I do not mind spending a little more for a quality lens I know that is where the picture quality comes from as well as the camera. I figure around $700.00 to $1000.00 that's where I am at for this lens. Does not have to be Pentax but like I said good quality. I would prefer
Pentax tho. Thanks again Bill
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Any Pentax I own and use...
Whichever one is in my hand.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tduell Quote
I have used a K-3 II for bird shooting for a while now, using the 150-450 and sometimes with the 1.4x TC.
This combination works well, most of the time, but has a couple of deficiencies, namely AF when trying to get BIF, and sensor noise which is always a problem when shooting in woodland with birds in less than good light.
I now have a K-1 and find this body much improved. For BIF it locks focus really well, and the frame rate is OK for this. The low noise of the K-1 provides high IQ for those shaded subjects, and hence many more 'keepers'.
I still use the K-3 II, but the K-1 is my first choice.
I guess we all have own preferences, dislikes etc, so this is just my view.

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I have been working sooooooo hard to convince myself I don't want the K1 for a while and look what you have just gone and done............

I'm really happy with the K3ii for everything but low light and high ISO shooting and a lot of bird shooting is either low light or high ISO. (BIF can be high ISO even in good light because of the shutter speeds and apertures you need.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gold Coast Quote
Adam; Thanks for the reply. You mentioned what ever crop camera replaces the K-3. Is this camera being replaced and if so when or is it already out? That's one camera I was looking at. Thanks bill
It hasn't been announced or hinted at, but the K-3 family is due for an update, with the original model being launched almost 3 year ago, and the K-3 II being only a minor update. I'd expect said camera to be announced toward the end of the year.

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The K-1 would be a great camera, but the thought of replacing all the APS-C lenses put me off. And there are such great prices on the K-3 right now, I ended up with one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Billk Quote
I have been working sooooooo hard to convince myself I don't want the K1 for a while and look what you have just gone and done............

I'm really happy with the K3ii for everything but low light and high ISO shooting and a lot of bird shooting is either low light or high ISO. (BIF can be high ISO even in good light because of the shutter speeds and apertures you need.)
Ooops...sorry, I was only trying to help.

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