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.