Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:55 PM
Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:02 PM
It has an M42 screwmount...the old kind used on almost every brand of 35mm still cameras before everyone got greedy and started making proprietary lenses.
You can get a PL mount added for like $500...but that's twice the price of the camera...and odds are if you can afford PL glass then you will probably want some more modern features.
That said...the K-3 can't be beat for size and price. I've got one with a crystal motor and arri standard mount and it's great for guerrila handheld work.
But for $200, you're not going to find a better camera. Hands down.
And frankly, if you buy it, use it, and don't like it...then you can sell it for what you paid for it (excluding shipping).
Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:11 PM
Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:26 PM
They are very simple, pretty durable (only the plastic veneer seems to come loose), and most reviewers have said they can be cut in as B-Roll cameras with just about any camera on the market.
Posted 29 January 2006 - 11:01 PM
Any camera can look good if you embrace its faults and have some time/money to play with it in post. I'm a big fan of the K-3...just don't expect it to look like at SR2 with Zeiss primes.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 08:15 AM
Posted 30 January 2006 - 12:19 PM
All 100' reels are daylight spools, they are just black metal spools with solid sides so light can't get onto the edges of the rolled film. But just because they say "daylight load" doesn't mean you should... anything faster than Kodachrome (including almost all negative stock) should always be loaded in a changing bag or in complete darkness. Its like in the marines when they blindfold you and you have to assemble your M-16 without looking.
I've read that the k-3 can only take daylight spools, can someone explain the full ramifications of this, since i'm not completely sure of the what that means, no tungsten film? no nifght shooting etc etc
It has nothing to do with the tungsten or daylight film... you can use any Motion Picture camera film in 100' loads that Kodak or Fuji makes and its alot of fun trying different stocks.
As everyone has said, K-3's are build like tanks. The cheap fake vynyl-like outer covering can start to come up, but the cameras are pretty solid. Remember, experiment and shoot test reels to make sure you're getting the results you want before you do a major shoot. Its a good idea to have your $200 K-3 checked out by a tech and even upgraded to S-16 (maybe another $250) before you spend all that money on film. Remember, by the time you buy, process and transfer 16mm, $300 might only get you 4 or 5 100' reels.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 02:37 PM
Posted 30 January 2006 - 05:22 PM
Speed is variable from 8 - 48 fps. It actually might go a little higher than 48 but it sounds like it might explode at 48fps. Very loud. At 48fps the slow-mo effect is very cool. If you're used to video slow-mo you'll be impressed by a real film slow-motion effect. Looks very fluid.
thank you all of you for your responses and the speed of them, just another question, what is the variable speeds on a k-3, and with an arri bayo mount what selection of lenses might i be able to use as an example?
If you don't already have arri lenses then don't bother with it. They can be very expensive and if you're new to film, it might be money better spent on actual film and processing for learning purposes. There are some great M42 lenses out there on eBay pretty cheap. The lens that comes with the camera can be really good too, although I find it a little hard to focus with.
Once you get used to the camera you can always upgrade it if you need to.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 12:36 PM
Posted 31 January 2006 - 01:29 PM
As for adding a larger magazine to the camera, it's not going to happen. You're better off enjoying the camera for what it is. . . a compact, reflex, wind-up bargain.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 09:05 PM
The 16mm Zenit is a good lens and it covers the S16 area if you have that mod. There is little edge distortion with this lens on a K3, compared to the Peleng where its pretty noticable (curved edges). But the Peleng is fun too.
For a wide angle, your choices are somewhat limited, but the 8mm Peleng is one way to go.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 01:14 AM