We recently published our Pentax K3 review, but did not do a thorough weather sealing test. In all honesty, that was our fault. When I was packing the camera back up to be shipped back to Pentax, I didn’t realize that they sent us a weather sealed lens along with it. And as a result, we’re working on updating our review of the camera.
So, just how much weather sealing does the Pentax K3 have?
The K3: Pentax’s flagship camera that many thought would be a full frame option. Instead, the company gave them an APS-C DSLR with a couple of interesting features. For starters, users have a digital AA filter. Then you can add in all the typical Pentax features such as incredible weather sealing, stabilization on the sensor, lots of megapixels, and other features targeted at the outdoors crowd.
Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.
They appear all over the web: street fashion blogs and images are the thing of Tumblr and Instagram amongst many of the images that you see on Pinterest. The street fashion world is one of finding cool locations out in the busy streets of a city and capture a moment that looks candid. And to do that, you don’t need the most sophisticated of gear. However, the details and a vision can surely help.
Pentax recently announced their K3 DSLR that is the new flagship of their APS-C lineup of cameras. As with nearly every Pentax product, it is incredibly rugged as it sports a magnesium alloy body with full weather sealing. The K3 also has a 23.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor at its heart with a user-selectable anti-aliasing filter. Essentially, the processor can mimic the look of having an AA filter on the sensor, but do note that the sensor doesn’t have one in order to get the best sharpness possible.
We’ve been spending a bit of time with the camera so far, and we have to say that it has a lot going for it, but there are some things that are irking us a bit.
Today, Ricoh is announcing new lenses for their Pentax line of cameras (you know, because Ricoh owns Pentax now.) Customers that have bought into the K mount system will be able to enjoy the new 20-40mm f2.8-4 ED Limited WR DC lens. On their APS-C cameras, it will render a 30-62mm field of view–which is an interesting choice for many. When it launches, you’ll need to shell out $999.95 for the unit.
Q camera owners (yes they exist, and there are actually a number of them) are also getting a treat today in the form of the 08 wide zoom lens. The lens offers a super wide zoom range of 17.5-27.5mm with a Dual Aspherical design to minimize distortion. When it launches in December, you’ll be able to purchase one for $499.95.
In the aftermath of Kodak’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company (or what remains of it) will see a $75.8 million royalty payment from Ricoh, the new owner of the Pentax camera brand. Kodak originally sued Ricoh back in April 2012, shortly after the company’s acquisition of Pentax, who Kodak claimed had never signed an imaging licensing agreement with them. During the trial at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week, the jury ruled in favor of Kodak. However, the two companies had already settled the matter outside of court, agreeing on a payment of US-$ 69 million plus interest.
This is a very interesting development, especially considering that Kodak has in the meantime sold its digital imaging patents. They will receive the money nonetheless, as they were still holding the patents at the time of Ricoh’s acquisition of the Pentax brand.
For a recollection of the events leading to Kodak’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy emergence, see this article.