04.05.23 - PENTAX K-3 Mark III monochrome - Creativity through reductionDSLR APS-C
Monochrome photography has become extremely convenient in the digital age. This is because color images can be converted by post-processing or captured while viewing monochrome images in live view. Even so, there are still people who dare to use monochrome film to take pictures. When taking pictures using monochrome film, you can take pictures of monochrome while looking at the world of color. Like a sketch in painting, you can take pictures while constantly being conscious of the light, shadow, texture, air, shape, and line. It's a great pleasure to check whether you can take pictures as you like, particularly when you can take pictures that are better than your image. The pleasure of such a photography process refines the technology of photography. This is one of the reasons why monochrome films are still used today.
Cameras that use specialized image sensors for monochrome photography do not simply deprive you of the freedom to shoot in color. The rendering performance of monochrome photographs is clearly different from that of monochrome images obtained by converting color images. Differences can be felt in terms of detail reproduction, noise particle detail, and smooth gradation.
With digital SLR cameras, like shooting with monochrome films, you use an optical viewfinder to look at actual light and create monochrome photographs.. The K-3 Mark III Monochrome is a lightweight APS-C-format camera that fits into your hands, and it has an optical viewfinder comparable to the full size. While enjoying the photographing process, we believe you will be impressed by the wide range of expressive power and drawing capabilities that are unique to digital photography. We believe that this camera is the only one that is truly needed by those who want it. Since it is not a camera that everyone can enjoy with, we do not mass-produce it. We do this in the form of a workshop-like manufacturing system assuming we might make customers to wait for some time, and we will make sure to meet small but passionate demand of users.
More details and pre-order, please find on our website ...
PENTAX photographers had the opportunity to test the camera in their everyday photography before its market launch. We share their assessment here.
Matt Bishop Photographer from Italy:
"... it seems to be slightly more responsive than K-3III on field and has better dynamic range/ISO performance. The details in the RAW files are just stunning and a joy to work with."
PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome // HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW // Focal length: 29mm (44mm 35 mm equiv.) // ISO200 // Exposure time: 1/13sec. // Aperture: F4.5
Bill Ward Photographer from England:
"... The restrictions of just shooting in black and white gave me an element of freedom and a way of shooting that takes a different mindset ..."
PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome // Pentax DFA* 70-200mm F2.8 // Focal length: 150 mm (approx. 225mm 35 mm equiv.) // ISO200 // Exposure time: 1/400sec. // Aperture: F4 // 3 frame in camera multiple exposure, bright blend
Robert Comby - Photographer from France:
"... Its specific use for black and white is an asset for photographers who work mainly in monochrome, minimizing post-processing...."
PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome // HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW // Focal length: 18mm (27mm 35 mm equiv.) // ISO200 // Exposure time: 1/160sec. // Aperture: F16 // Exposure compensation: +0.3EV
Mike Muizebelt Photographer from the Netherlands:
"... It is soooo light sensitive..."
PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome // HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW // Focal length: 16mm (24mm 35 mm equiv.) // ISO500 // Exposure time: 1sec. // Aperture: F9 // Exposure compensation: +0.7EV
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Franck Mée Photographer from France:
""The Pentax K-3 III Monochrome is an original camera which excels for specific purposes, but more important, it is a great teacher that will make you a better photographer.
PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome // HD PENTAX-DA16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW // Focal length: 16mm (24mm 35 mm equiv.) // ISO250 // Exposure time: 1/200sec. // Aperture: F10
Matt Emmett Photographer from England:
"...Being forced to think about photography in an entirely new way was fun, subjects simply work differently when you remove colours from the end result. ..."