Excerpt: The new K3 with 18-135mm lens is very compact, having the anti-shack system in the body. I was recently at a motor bike meet with a friend. He had the new 5d111 camera which is great. When it came to results my pics were better, the bikers prefered them. . . But it was shot on Pentax K3. His kit was with 70-200mm f2.8 but nearly twice the size and weight!
Summary: I really like this camera and enjoy very much using it. I use it to take photos of my kids playing sports, Cheerleading, football, basketball, soccer and softball. I just wish that I had time to sit down and read all the "quirks" on how to use it at a more "professional" levels. The pictures are all very clear so my only complaint would be myself having time to really figure it out.
Summary: I bought it because it has weather resistance a very tough body And a fast shutter speedI'm not sure about the focusing tracking part I've got to play with it more to see if there something I'm doing because so far it doesn't seem to track is Well as I wish it would.
Summary: The only thing that stops me from giving this camera 5 stars is that it's high ISO noise performance is not great...it's not bad in this regard, but at this point in the evolution of digital imaging I expect better. Everything else about it is top shelf quality, solid, rugged, weather sealed, good menu layouts, and good control placements.
Summary: I'm very happy with my new camera. It has all the features I want (and several I don't understand yet). It's my 4th Pentax, so I might be a little biased, but there is nothing a camera can do that's not available. The sensor is APS-C, so if you want a full frame you'll need to look elsewhere. It has a pentaprism finder, brighter than the mirror boxes on some cameras.
Summary: I upgraded to the K3 from a K20 which I bought in 2008. The K3 is a far superior camera, but for the price it should be. I appreciate the flexibility of options and the video facility. I bought the K3 with the 18-135 WR lens and I'm glad I made this decision. All my other lenses work with the K3. Recommend spending a lot of time reading the manual to find out all the facilities of this excellent camera.
Excerpt: I am an editor for a small weekly newspaper, and this morning at 5 a.m. the fire siren went off. I went over to my office and grabbed my new K-3, which despite having for a week, have shot nothing more than test shots around the office. I got to the scene and started shooting. I told myself I was not going to shoot 6400 ISO, but because of the conditions, I just went between 3200 and 6400. I have NR set to custom, with low NR for 1600-6400. I also have slow speed NR on.
Summary: Been using Pentax for over 40 years and have never been disappointed. I don't upgrade often, but it was time. Awesome options and picture quality. The AA filter was the big seller this time. DO NOT purchase from DavisMax though. Terrible experience. They seem to open the boxes and sell parts out of them. I ordered a body and got a kit box without the lens. They claimed to have sold the lens out of it. Really!! it was only released 2weeks prior.