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Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By sebberry
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Lovely photos. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-23-2022, 08:05 AM  
Can someone check the accuracy/difference of all AF points in AF-S Select
Posted By sebberry
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Hopefully their discoveries based on your camera are something that they can push out as a firmware update to everyone.

I get the whole field curvature thing but there's really no reason it shouldn't be focusing properly at that point otherwise it completely defeats the purpose of additional focus points.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-15-2022, 09:52 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By sebberry
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Great action shot of a lovely pup :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-14-2022, 11:40 AM  
Thoughts on DA*60-250 and the elusive screw-drive conversion?
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 27
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I don't know if it's related, but how much can you turn the manual focus ring before the focus scale in the little window moves? How much can you manually turn the screw before the focus scale moves?

I can't think of what else it would be.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-14-2022, 11:22 AM  
Thoughts on DA*60-250 and the elusive screw-drive conversion?
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 27
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Purchase hesitancy due to SDM failure potential is very much a thing. I don't know if the motor in the 60-250 is different from the one used in the 50-135 and the 16-50, but for me my 50-135 has had 3 SDM motors die and my 16-50 has had 1 die. Both converted to screw-drive with the 50-135 missing focus about 50% of the time as a result of the slop in the screw-drive system. Using either of them with the screw-drive in a social setting is frankly embarrassing with the noise.

Do I send it away for repair again for its 4th motor? Do I wait for the rumored 50-135 with PLM or a revised SDM?

I tend to prefer zooms over primes for their flexibility so the DA* 200 and 300 have never really been on my list, but certainly SDM failure and to a lesser extent speed is certainly a factor in why I haven't looked for one on the used market.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-07-2022, 01:01 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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The difficulty is that the modern platforms from Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, etc... generally do everything quite well. Honestly I'm not a big fan of EVF, but it'd be nice for the camera to pick out an eye and actually focus on it. Or let me get down to eye level with a duck.

In a world where Pentax has lost virtually all 3rd party support for lenses and other peripherals, IMO they should be appealing to a broader audience with their new bodies, not chasing specialties.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-07-2022, 12:41 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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Ok, building my kit here. We're up to a K1-II for landscapes, animals and water birds, providing they don't move too much due to the lackluster AF and slow FPS. The K3-3 for 'action' providing you're using a new PLM lens that can keep up with the focus drive speed. I suppose that leaves the Sony A7-III/IV for portraits as that's the only hope you have of keeping the subject's closest eye in focus while paying attention to composition.

So that's three bodies to carry around now. What am I missing?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-07-2022, 12:12 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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How many bodies/platforms should a photographer keep around for different purposes?

It's just silly to say 'because it's always been this way, it should always remain this way'. Using the logic that the K3 never had a flip screen also means you believe the K3-3 shouldn't have improved OVF, or AF, or anything it did better than its predecessor.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-07-2022, 11:46 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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Trust me, I get that. But getting on eye-level with your subject can create pleasing and more creative photos, and in the case of animals can create much nicer background separation.

So as good as the OVF is, unless your subject is 6 feet tall the OVF doesn't do squat to aid in creative composition.

But I highlight the comment 'previous versions of the K3 didn't have a flippy screen' - previous versions of the K3 didn't have lots of things the K3-3 has. Improvements are made by adding features. Using that logic we'd still be on the first K3.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-07-2022, 11:09 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
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A K-3 of any kind has never had such a large, wonderful OFV. Why start with the K3-3?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-05-2022, 09:55 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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I've mentioned it before but apparently I should bring it up again - I already had a set of Pentax lenses and a K5. (Before that it was a K10D, so I'm not at all new to the Pentax world). After a bit of a photography hobby hiatus, I bought the K3-3 to try and rekindle my joy for it. At the time I bought it, I was more interested primarily in better AF and hadn't considered the pros/cons that an articulated screen would have. As I started shooting more and getting more exposure (pun intended) with various photography genres via YouTube, etc... it became apparent that the flippy screen was a factor I didn't consider fully.

I don't know who the target buyer for the K3-3 is and what cameras they already have, but in the middle of the mirrorless growth explosion, I'm willing to bet Pentax was intending for it to be not a camera to bring new people to Pentax, but rather to keep Pentaxians from switching systems. It's rare that I meet a fellow Pentaxian in the wild in my town. The cameras and lenses are nowhere to be found in local stores - any Pentax purchase is online only here. The only person I know with a Pentax (K-3) gave it to his daughter and bought a Canon 5D Mark 4 with a 100-400 lens because the Pentax AF was terrible for his birding.

I'd like to see Pentax be successful - this means they need to come a little closer to the competitors with features that expand the platform's ability to be a creative tool, not just a camera.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-04-2022, 09:17 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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In the context of suggestions from others here that I should have bought a K70 for the flippy screen, yes, I'm serious.

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In the context of suggestions from others here that I should have bought a K70 for the flippy screen, yes, I'm serious.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-03-2022, 03:23 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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Cheap? It's more than 2.5 times the price of the K-70 with the flippy screen.

---------- Post added 06-03-22 at 03:23 PM ----------




Cheap? It's more than 2.5 times the price of the K-70 with the flippy screen.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-03-2022, 01:10 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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I always was confused by things like color profiles and other effects being built into the camera. Custom white balance? Please, I'll change it in post. Oh, what's that? Some people like to shoot in JPG?

I'm far from a photography snob. I just see the camera as a creative tool that should encourage creativity. I appreciate that some people might not want a flippy screen, but I just don't see how its inclusion would be a determent, other than a small increase to the size, but then again - why are you buying a DSLR with the biggest OVF around if you want compact?

Why did I buy it only to complain about it? Because I didn't know what was going to interest me until I started to get back into the hobby and draw inspiration from others.

---------- Post added 06-03-22 at 01:10 PM ----------



I always was confused by things like color profiles and other effects being built into the camera. Custom white balance? Please, I'll change it in post. Oh, what's that? Some people like to shoot in JPG?

I'm far from a photography snob. I just see the camera as a creative tool that should encourage creativity. I appreciate that some people might not want a flippy screen, but I just don't see how its inclusion would be a determent, other than a small increase to the size, but then again - why are you buying a DSLR with the biggest OVF around if you want compact?

Why did I buy it only to complain about it? Because I didn't know what was going to interest me until I started to get back into the hobby and draw inspiration from others.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-03-2022, 11:35 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
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Curious - why would you specifically seek out a camera that doesn't have the tilt screen? Isn't it just something you can simply not use?

Just as an example, I have no use for video recording, but I do think about the people who might not buy the camera, adding to the user base, if it didn't record video.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-02-2022, 03:17 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
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I don't care about bending down. Perhaps I'll sit or kneel. The issue is that holding the camera at ground (or water) level means I simply cannot see the screen, even on the bright setting. This means I cannot thoughtfully compose a scene, consider framing, consider the background, ensure I'm focusing on a bird/duck/otter/etc...

Being able to tilt the screen up 45 degrees would make a world of a difference.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-02-2022, 08:13 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 2,122
Views: 163,626
Haha, of course. How was it?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 09:19 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
I played around with ImageSync a little bit earlier. First impressions: Why does it disable all of the on-camera controls? Second - no burst mode - single shooting only. Possibly related to why Pentax hasn't given the K3-3 AF-C in LV?

I don't know, seems much more fiddly, especially for waterbirds or anything else that moves or at any longer focal length where you'd end up needing three hands ;)

---------- Post added 06-01-22 at 09:27 PM ----------



I respectfully disagree with your assertion. I don't think folks using a flippy screen on a DSLR/mirrorless came from shooting on smartphones. And I'd argue that smartphones, with the LCD in the same plane as the sensor suffer from the same problem as I'm complaining about with the K3-3. I've seen several nature/wildlife photographers commenting that their move from DSLR to mirrorless that the flippy screen has been immensely helpful.

The argument that the viewfinder is great is another odd one - yes, it's great, but its impact on my photography over that of my K5 is marginal. And the other bodies you mentioned - none have the AF improvements the K3-3 has.

I also find the logic that because previous K3 bodies didn't have a flippy screen, the mark-3 shouldn't either. Well - why not apply that to any new feature of the K3-3?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 09:17 PM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 2,122
Views: 163,626
Hey, you're in my town! :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 10:48 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
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Meanwhile the mirrorless guys are not only having an easier time framing up more creative compositions, but they're getting a stack of video features unheard of in the Pentax world ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 08:56 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
I was referring to earlier comments in this thread that suggested that because the OVF was so good, anyone thinking about using a flippy screen might as well just be using a smartphone to take photos.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 08:13 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
That's a nice shot, but the technique you describe isn't exactly convenient for doing so repeatedly. It's a bit of a cumbersome workaround, especially when the OVF purists don't think the camera should be used as a phone :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 05-30-2022, 07:42 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
Pretty much the only reason I stuck with the Pentax K3-3 was because I wasn't about to buy new lenses for another platform at this time, and I just wanted to get out more to photograph things.

And I think this is where Pentax is shooting themselves in the foot a bit - The DFA 150-450 is a really tempting 'save up for it' item, as is the DFA* 85 and potentially, if the rumors are true, a 50-135PLM to replace my dead SDM copy, but how committed am I to expanding the optical capabilities of my kit if the practical, composition related limitations become more frustrating? And once I've saved up and added those to my kit, how much more advancement will we see in the already excellent AF capabilities of mirrorless systems?

I like my K3-3, it's a great camera and a huge step up from my K-5, but I had the K-5 for nearly 10 years. Is the K3-3 going to be the base system I want to keep expanding 5, 10 years from now?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 05-30-2022, 09:43 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 2,122
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I'm looking at these two lovely bird photos and I can't help but notice the drastic difference in noise and clarity, with the lower ISO shot being much noisier. Is the EXIF data wrong or what has contributed to this?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 05-20-2022, 09:04 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By sebberry
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
To the so-called purists out there who think anything but an optical viewfinder oriented along the same plane as the lens is wrong - remember all the old film cameras that had a fiewfinder you could look down on? :D
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