Silver K-3 and BG5 grips being posted...


grahamcoad

Link Posted 15/11/2013 - 21:52
Special Edition Silver K-3 s are in the post!

Much impressed by a phone call today from SRS Microsystems to tell me my silver K-3 has arrived and is being despatched by Parcelforce, should be in my hands by Monday (Though I have fingers crossed for Saturday)

It's for the silver K-3 with matching silver DB5 grip, and hooray! They allowed me 125 as a trade in on a black ME and lens! That sort of makes it cost around the same as the standard black version with grip.

I must report how I get on.....I am like a kid on Christmas Eve!
K-1, Sigma 12-24mm DG EX, Sigma 24-70mm DG EX, K-3, White K-01 with 40mm XS and white 35mm f2.4, SMC Pentax FA 1.8 31mm AL Limited, 43mm f1.9 Limited, 77mm f1.8 Limited, Sigma 17-50 f2.8, SMC Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8, MX + SMC M 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.2, Spotmatic F 55mm f1.8, ES with 55mm f1.8 and 28mm f3.5, Program Plus (Chrome) with SMC A 50mm f1.7, Pentax 6x7, Leica ii, plus misc. odds and sods)

Stuey

Link Posted 15/11/2013 - 22:16
Enjoy it
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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K10D

Link Posted 15/11/2013 - 22:17
I got mine on the 11th. First impression was that it looks very much like a plastic body. The shutter sounds more like a sound effect its so quiet.
You'll love it.

Best regards
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grahamcoad

Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 09:40
K10D wrote:
I got mine on the 11th. First impression was that it looks very much like a plastic body. The shutter sounds more like a sound effect its so quiet.
You'll love it.
Best regards

K10D, I heard a rumour that you good people in Australia also got the FLU cards as part of your Special Edition Silver K-3 bundles, is that so?

Graham (sat inside the front door by the letterbox)
K-1, Sigma 12-24mm DG EX, Sigma 24-70mm DG EX, K-3, White K-01 with 40mm XS and white 35mm f2.4, SMC Pentax FA 1.8 31mm AL Limited, 43mm f1.9 Limited, 77mm f1.8 Limited, Sigma 17-50 f2.8, SMC Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8, MX + SMC M 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.2, Spotmatic F 55mm f1.8, ES with 55mm f1.8 and 28mm f3.5, Program Plus (Chrome) with SMC A 50mm f1.7, Pentax 6x7, Leica ii, plus misc. odds and sods)

grahamcoad

Link Posted 18/11/2013 - 14:52
BINGO!
Parcelforce knocking on the door Monday 10 am with my package from SRS Microsystems.

Unfortunately I had meetings all morning so the unboxing was delayed until after lunch.

A big box too with the whole package of silver K-3 and silver battery grip in the same Ricoh/Pentax silver box. All neatly wrapped in plastic bags inside bubblewrap bags.

The silver finish is better than I expected: another member said he felt it looked "cheap" but that's not my impression at all, (mind you I grew up in the era of silver and black cameras and have never bought into the alleged mystique or 'pro' appearance of all black cameras.)I think it looks good, a nice change from standard black DSLRs.

Comparing it with my K-5 classic (not v 11 or 11s) it looks almost identical in size and shape, but the deeper grip is noticeable by feel, and though the K-3 is heavier, I cannot FEEL a difference in weight.

Happily it takes the same size battery as the K-5 series, and here's one I charged earlier....FLIP, literally, the camera is ON and the display up noticeably faster than with the K-5 and the screen SEEMS lots bigger to my eye, and it is lightning fast switching between menu screens, with all the familiar K-5 stuff plus some fresh features, all fast, zippy and bright.

SD card in, formatted in camera, (that's a slower process than the K-5) now what lens.....?

Screw focus Pentax 31mm f1.8 (silver)..WOW what a handsome pairing, I don't think I'll take any pictures, just sit here admiring the camera and lens combo.....but no, camera on and up to eye...WOW again, tested and checked against K-5 BUT the K-3 seems to focus TWICE as fast with the screw drive 31!.....and no noisier, in fact perhaps slightly quieter?

Focus speed with my Sigma 17-50 f2.8 is also definitely faster, though not as dramatic as with the screw drive, and the final lens today is my Pentax 50-135mm, noticeably and pleasingly faster than the K-5.

Images onto the PC and examined, and first glance seems to show focussing spot on with all three lenses.

That's all for now, camera set to AV, "Natural" setting, JPEG best quality, and out the door for school run and family duties, camera coming too, just in case!

(NB. no FLU card in the UK packs)
K-1, Sigma 12-24mm DG EX, Sigma 24-70mm DG EX, K-3, White K-01 with 40mm XS and white 35mm f2.4, SMC Pentax FA 1.8 31mm AL Limited, 43mm f1.9 Limited, 77mm f1.8 Limited, Sigma 17-50 f2.8, SMC Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8, MX + SMC M 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.4, SMC A 50mm f1.2, Spotmatic F 55mm f1.8, ES with 55mm f1.8 and 28mm f3.5, Program Plus (Chrome) with SMC A 50mm f1.7, Pentax 6x7, Leica ii, plus misc. odds and sods)
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