Pentax K-3 III vs. Leica

Trump’s lying taught me to not believe most of what I see and hear, so I find I need to investigate almost everything.  Recently I saw websites that claimed that the Pentax K-3 Mark 3 is too heavy and bulky for street use.  I also saw sites that taunted the merits of a Leica Q2 for street photography.  Those articles got me thinking about the differences in the size and weight of the two cameras.

Since I don’t have a Leica Q2 to compare directly with the K-3 Mark 3, I went to the website  to compare them.  Please click on the link and take a look at the relative sizes from all views.

The site shows the comparison with different views that you can choose.  It also mentions that the Leica Q2 (which has a fixed lens) weights 734 g and the K-3 III weighs 820 g (without a lens).  Adding the weight of the Pentax 40mm pancake lens to the camera, the Pentax with lens weights 835 g.  If you look at the topdown view of the two lenses you can see that the Leica with lens (91.9 mm) is deeper than the Pentax even with the pancake lens (88.7 mm).  Even adding the lens hood to the Pentax they are still about the same size.  And, having the handgrip counteracts the 14% greater weight of the Pentax over the Leica and makes it easier to hold and use.

Basically they are similar in weight and size and the Pentax is easier to hold since it has a great handgrip; but also keep in mind the vastly different capabilities and features of the two cameras as well as the cost differences.  If you prefer the 40mm focal length over the Leica’s 28mm and you want the capability of having a camera with interchangeable lenses, you might prefer the Pentax over the Leica as I do, even for no other reason than the ergonomics.

PS.  Go back to the comparison site and also compare the K-3 III to the Leica SL2.


Made these this morning when it wasn’t raining.  The ones above are of a Cowbird being raised by a compassionate Carnival in our front yard.

I was getting some test images with my new 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens that arrived yesterday when I made these.  I never thought I would be using it for bird and flower images.

Going Back

I made these pictures of WV in Nov 2016.  I’m planning on going back soon and hoping it will be warmer and drier, but I doubt that the new pictures will be as nice in B&W.


I hope all of this cool rain doesn’t mean that we will next swing into a hot dry summer.

The image above was made through a window with at a 40mm focal length.  I have been making so many images using the end of the 20-40mm zoom lens that I ordered a small prime pancake lens of 40mm to try as a possible small lens to use when I need to keep the weight lower and be more discreet using the Pentax K-3 III camera.

Pentax Rather than Fuji

I sold all of my Fujifilm gear, the X-Pro3 and the X100V, and all of my lenses and extra gear for them.  I now only have one camera, the Pentax K-3 Mark 3.

I decided that as I wind down my photography in my remaining years, that I wanted to go back to the type of camera I had when I first got serious with a Pentax DSLR.  Since I started, I have owned many different Pentax DSLRs. The K-3 Mark 3 may be my last.

It is my hope to just use one camera and a few lenses.  My camera is the recently released Pentax K-3 Mark 3, and my lenses for now are the 18-135mm and the 20-40mm Pentax lenses.

If the arthritis in my hands, knees, and back get to where I can’t manage the weight, etc. I’ll just slow down and do less and less.  I don’t intend to be taking long hikes with the camera, but I might get a smaller, lighter lens to help with the weight, and I might get the 55-300mm lens to extend my photographic reach when photographing from a car, etc.

Cynthia King’s Graduation

 I have been away for a few days attending my granddaughter’s Commencement.  She graduated magna cum laude from Shenandoah University with a degree in Public Health, in the middle of a pandemic.  It was an unusual ceremony under a tent with masks and social distancing.

Monochrome with Pentax K-3 III

 I used the 18-135mm lens and downloaded jpeg images with my preferred LR preset.  I then used another high contrast preset of mine on top of my now normal color preset that LR uses automatically when I load all images into my computer to make these .  It means that I have but one click to make images in this style.

Streets of Hanover, PA

The other day I took the K-3 III with the 18-135mm lens to a few of the streets in Hanover.  I have been trying to come up with a theme or reason for photographing on the streets, something I haven’t done much of since 2012.  I took a variety of images so that I could bring them home and see what I could find within them.  So far, I haven’t found a reason for making these images, but I have some more to look through so I might still find a reason for going back.