Silver K3 still available


RalphHardwick

Link Posted 03/02/2014 - 23:35
Sad, I know, but when I can afford a K3,p I would like a silver one.
I am surprised to see that these are still available on the Ricoh website and the 'limited stock warnings' have one disappeared.
In a worldwide market I really would have thought that the 2000 limited editions would have gone by now.
Does this mean that sales aren't as good as expected or is the 'limited' tag not quite as 'limited' as they suggest?

Answers on a postcard........
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richandfleur

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 00:52
Interesting.

Personally I don't like the look of a silver one and I wonder now if it's a style preference that's widely not as popular, despite the limited edition marketing.

K10D

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 02:04
I have a silver model and it just does look like plastic.

All sold out in Oz unless a dealer has one left on a shelf.

It basically came down to allocation numbers for different countries and OZ didn't get many.

It was at a rather low price over here so the cost factor didn't apply.

It does however get odd looks when I'm out using it. Everyone sees a gripped silver DSLR with a Minolta strap on it. Why change the strap? I often do if I'm not using a harness. The K5 has a D700 strap on it.

Confuses the hell out of some folks.

Best regards

Smeggypants

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 05:18
K10D wrote:
I have a silver model and it just does look like plastic.


That's the impression I've got from modern silver cameras. For some reason real retro silver cameras don't give that impression
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giofi

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 06:01
Smeggypants wrote:
K10D wrote:
I have a silver model and it just does look like plastic.


That's the impression I've got from modern silver cameras. For some reason real retro silver cameras don't give that impression

I nave a silver k-5 and i IMO it dos not look like plastic. It does not feel like plastic either. I've seen silver canon cameras and they did look like plastic, in fact they were...
Giorgio

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RalphHardwick

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 08:21
If I am to be totally honest I like the look of the silver camera (although I've only seen photos) but I'm not so sure about the silver grip.
However I assume that 1 day before I can actually place the order, they will sell out

I'm just lucky that way.

Hopefully it will be measured in weeks rather than months. I was gutted a short while back when the Ricoh site had an offer on that knocked about 250 off the price and I didn't have the funds
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Fletcher8

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 09:43
Ralph, if the price does not drop, you never know they might still be around when you can afford one. However, you may face the dilemma of a FF Pentax model by then too?

Regards Fletcher8
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jules

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 10:40
RalphHardwick wrote:
If I am to be totally honest I like the look of the silver camera (although I've only seen photos) but I'm not so sure about the silver grip.
However I assume that 1 day before I can actually place the order, they will sell out

I'm just lucky that way.


Not just you Ralph!
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Cheers Jules...

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Last Edited by jules on 04/02/2014 - 10:41

RalphHardwick

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 12:38
Fletcher8 wrote:
Ralph, if the price does not drop, you never know they might still be around when you can afford one. However, you may face the dilemma of a FF Pentax model by then too?

Regards Fletcher8

FF doesn't really bother me as I can achieve everything I want with my APSC.

FF will give better high ISO performance, YES but I'm still blown away by the images I get, in near darkness, from my K5iis.
FF will give narrower DoF, YES, but I haven't found an instance yet where I really need that.
FF will add that 'something' that's been missing from my images since I gave up 35mm, POSSIBLY, but I doubt it.

FF will require me to buy all new lenses, yes, and I can't justify that cost when I look at what I can produce with the kit I have.

I'm not saying that I will never have one (because secretly I know I will eventually) but not this year.

For me a K5iis, 12-24, 16-50, 50-135 and 60-250 provide almost all the things I need to produce the images and videos I want. I say almost because I would like a longer reach. Either a Sigma 50-500 or the fabled, and preferable for the WR aspect, Pentax 1.4 TC may be on the horizon.






....oh, and, of course that silver K3
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Last Edited by RalphHardwick on 04/02/2014 - 12:42

RalphHardwick

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 12:38
jules wrote:
RalphHardwick wrote:
If I am to be totally honest I like the look of the silver camera (although I've only seen photos) but I'm not so sure about the silver grip.
However I assume that 1 day before I can actually place the order, they will sell out

I'm just lucky that way.


Not just you Ralph!
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I'm glad I'm not alone
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RalphHardwick

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 13:05
Going back to the FF point, I just created a virtual shopping basket at Wex with all the Nikon FX kit required to replace my current Pentax setup. I stopped adding when the basket went over 2500 (D610, lenses, flashes, spare batteries, etc. etc.). I'm sure if I did the same thing with Canon it wouldn't be much different.

I certainly wouldn't want to run 2 systems and I want a backup camera that will use the same lenses etc.

Even taking into account any trade-in 2nd hand value of my current kit, I just couldn't justify that for the minimal IQ differences that it would afford
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K10D

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 13:26
RalphHardwick wrote:
Going back to the FF point, I just created a virtual shopping basket at Wex with all the Nikon FX kit required to replace my current Pentax setup. I stopped adding when the basket went over 2500 (D610, lenses, flashes, spare batteries, etc. etc.). I'm sure if I did the same thing with Canon it wouldn't be much different.

I certainly wouldn't want to run 2 systems and I want a backup camera that will use the same lenses etc.

Even taking into account any trade-in 2nd hand value of my current kit, I just couldn't justify that for the minimal IQ differences that it would afford

It's a fact of life that we all differ in our opinions of which we are fully entitled to.

Best regards

RalphHardwick

Link Posted 04/02/2014 - 15:02
That wasn't meant as a criticism of anyone who has chosen FF. Sorry if it came across that way.

In a few years I may well be extolling the virtues of FF and telling everyone how I can't live without it. At the moment though, the Bank Manager (SWMBO) won't let me
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 05/02/2014 - 01:33
2,500 is nothing for the tools of a professional.

Anyone not convinced by Full Frame yet check these by a chap I know ....

http://www.bendavisphotography.com/


I can see why Gary has gone Full Frame.


I've a feeling "when" Pentax release a FF camera I'm going to be wanting one.
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johnriley

Link Posted 05/02/2014 - 08:49
Well the images linked too are not that inspiring and certainly nothing in them that suggests that FF has been any advantage or disadvantage, but that's beside the point because we stray from the point.

Back at the dawn of time I think this thread was about the K-3 Silver edition?
Best regards, John
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