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#1 mapleleaf-mick

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:28 PM

A place to chat about Pentax gear, techniques etc.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:39 PM

Nice. To answer your question Michael. Sigma 50-500 is rated F4.5-F6.3 variable apperture. HSM motor is extremely fast and quiet. I prefer it for outdoor sports.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 10:16 PM

That must be the model after mine. I am pretty sure mine doesn't have the motor. I think anyway.

Anyway my question Vlad is "do you use back button focusing". I have heard negative and positive points of view on the subject and I was thinking of trying it out? After your great description about the differences between the two bodies, maybe I need a K 3 II to make it work with the quicker AFC.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 10:24 PM

I do use Back Button Focus. Just posted my entire configuration for K3II under new post. 

Back button focus is weird for the first day or so, and after you can't live with out it. That is all I could say. Once I have switched can't go back. It is a lot faster this way, and truly easy to keep fast moving subjects in frame.

Yep Sigma is fully automatic and super fast.  Here is the link: https://www.amazon.c...00 Pentax mount

Ebay seems to have better prices: http://www.ebay.com/...lkAAOSwRLZUEpJt



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 11:15 PM

Not really in the market for another Sigma 500mm lens. I am thinking of the K3 II body. I am assuming my current Sigma (Bigma) and Tammy 210mm would work okay on the K3II body.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 11:26 PM

Yes they should (all K's are supported)


I have started Pentax Customization area as well...See my K3 II settings, should be a lot similar to your K3. You may want to try some of the "soccer" settings see if it makes any difference. Also my coworker (should join to conversation 2) is K3 (not K3 II) shooter himself, could provide some points as well.

I have started with 55-300 DA lens (which is fairly inexpensive) and also got very good soccer results...It is not very fast lens (so it takes X time to first get fast moving object in focus...but once achieved, it holds it tremendously well (cause screwdrive works well for micro adjustments).



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:34 AM

Is it worthwhile for me to go for the K3II body? Do you think there is enough differences (improvements) to make it a good move. I can sell my K5 and K3 to fund the purchase. Currently the K3II sells for about $1,100.00 Canadian dollars. The current exchange rate stands @ $1.00 Ameican = $1.40 Canadian. So that equates to about $786.00 American. I have no idea what the 3 and 5 are worth gently used.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:57 AM

It depends honestly which photography you are doing the most. And how much the impact you are expecting. For Landscape/Sports/Astro I'd say

K3 II body upgrade is probably beneficial (PixelShift,Astro and faster AF). Perhaps for birds 2 (kinda similar to Sport).The rest is the same IMHO.

But is it worthwhile it is only up to you. In  US K3 II (new) around 850$

Check PentaxForums.com - looks like K3 body only was around 500-550$ and K5 for around 250$



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 04:08 PM

mapleleaf-mick, I'd say don't get the K3ii body unless you really want the pixel-shift feature and want to do some astro-photography. Other than that and some marginal increases in performance, there isn't much difference between the two bodies. Pentax just came out with a new lense that isn't compatible with the K-3 body(it is compatible with K3ii) but I'm sure they'll come out with some firmware to fix this. Pentax also just came out with a new APSC camera, the K70 that looks pretty interesting. It has the features of the K3ii, i.e pixel shift and GPS, plus some enhancements for video recording and an LCD monitor that can be positioned at different angles. It's priced at $650 and it comes in black and silver(for that retro look). I know it has less AF points than both K3's, other than that I'm not sure how it's stills compare with the K3's. It's still pretty new so there aren't too many reviews out. But if that isn't your thing, I'd say just stick with your K3 for now; I'm hearing some rumors about plans for their next flag ship APSC camera and if these rumors are true, it looks to be a very impressive camera.

Here's an interesting article I found at Petapixel.com, a testament to the durability and ruggedness of our beloved Pentax! Just do yourselves a favor and don't read the reader comments, they're all just a bunch of haters!

 

http://petapixel.com...keeps-shooting/



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 04:13 PM

Thanks for the answer, Juan ! 

Yep, K3 III rumors are definitely cool,



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:33 PM

Thanks Juan for the great reply. I think I will wait for the next flagship. As you mentioned pixel shift and astro at this point in time are not among my photographic needs.

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