300mm with a Pentax K-3

I have been using my K-3 a lot lately while photographing the flood, clean-up, and repairs.  While doing this I have been walking and standing a lot, and the K-3 with the 18-135mm WR lens isn’t light.  My knees and back bother me when I’m on my feet for long, and the camera weight is bound to make a difference.

I have owned and loved and sold many different Pentax cameras and lenses, and I now find that I still do love most things about the K-3.  The only issue I have at the moment is the noise of the mirror when using it.  I still don’t plan to use it inside when photographing events.  For that work I use the Olympus E-M1 Mark II in silent mode.  I bought this K-3 used, but it looked brand new.  At first, I cringed at the mirror sound, but now I’m wondering if it is getting quieter.  That might be my imagination, or else I’m getting accustomed to it.

I bought the used camera and 18-135mm lens to keep on standby as my occasional wet weather camera.  I have referred to it as my apocalypse setup that I didn’t mind getting beaten around some, like when rolling around on the floor of the car.  I wanted a good weather resistant sturdy camera that I could knock about and not worry too much about damaging it.  Now I’m hoping that I don’t have much need for it again; but, given the climate changes, that is wishful thinking.

For fun, I put the 55-300mm WR lens on it and made these images handheld at 300mm focal length.  I then cropped them and increased their size and they still look pretty good.