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Embrace the great outdoors with Pentax’s topline DSLR
Words by Matty Graham
include the SAFOX 11 TTL AF system using 27 AF sensors, 25 of which are cross-type, top continuous shooting of 8.3fps, dual SD card slots and a 3.2in LCD with 1037k dots. It’s available from November, priced at £1099 body only.
The new K-3 sits at the top of Pentax’s DSLR line, and it boasts a series of features designed to optimise image quality and performance when shooting outdoors. The K-3 sports a 24.4-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that has no optical low-pass filter, but if moiré is seen it has an innovative way of introducing one should it be needed. At the touch of a button, you get the effect of an anti-aliasing filter (with the option of two intensities). This is done not by moving an actual low-pass filter into position but by the camera deliberately moving the camera’s sensor shift image stabiliser during exposure. The sensor shift mechanism also provides other user- assisting shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine adjustment and Astro Tracer, which is designed to simplify advanced astronomical photography when used with an optional GPS unit. The body of the K-3 includes 92 seals that provide dust proofing, weather resistance and tolerance of temperatures down to –10°C. Other key features
π To find out more about the K-3, go to www. pentax.co.uk.
LEFT The Pentax K-3 is a rugged DSLR that’s sure to appeal to outdoor photographers.
Updated tripod, newbags Single-handed operation for
Manfrotto’s most popular tripod, plus bags of new carrying options
Words by Roger Payne
Manfrotto’s most popular tripod has had an update, and the new 190 tripod series has a host of new features. The mechanism of the new 90° column allows it to tilt, and you need just one finger to operate it. This new design also makes for more compact closed dimensions, improving the portability. And thanks to the new Quick Power Lock system, you can quickly extend the leg sections with just one hand. Also new is an Easy Link plug, allowing instant connection between tripods and accessories such as LED lights, and redesigned leg angle selectors for better useability. The company has also expanded its range of bags with new Advanced and Professional lines. The Advanced collection includes 21 bags in six styles, including shoulder bags, holsters and sling bags. They all feature hard-wearing fabrics and include tripod holders, dividers, pockets and rain covers. The Professional collection is made up of 16 bags in five styles: shoulder bags, backpacks, holsters, sling bags and trolleys. They’re designed to protect your kit, with a Camera Protection System to absorb impacts, and shock-resistant Exo-Tough Construction.
above Updates will make the 190 tripod even more popular.
π To find out more go to www.manfrotto.co.uk.
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