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Ricoh’s Gunmetal-Gray Limited-Edition Pentax K-3 Looks Like it Could Beat Up Your DSLR

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Leica and Hasselblad should take a page out of Ricoh’s book: when you release a limited-edition camera, you don’t slap a hello kitty sticker or some fancy wood on it. You do what Ricoh did with the limited-edition Pentax K-3 ‘Prestige’ and cover the thing in gunmetal.

Make no mistake, this K-3 can beat up your K-3… or pretty much any other DSLR you own.

Announced officially last night, this slick-looking limited-edition might tempt a few of those users on the fence to bite the bullet (get it? gunmetal? bullet? oh never mind…) and buy the dang thing.

Definitely better looking than the silver limited edition K-3 that came before it, the 2,000 Prestige units Ricoh is making are set to ship in August for $1,400 a piece. For that price, you’ll get the camera (a favorite among crop sensor shooters), a matching gunmetal-gray BG-5 battery grip, black leather strap, and two batteries.

To find out more about the K-3, check out our release coverage here. Or, if you’re ready to pull the trigger (last pun, I promise) and secure one of the 2,000 Prestige edition K-3s, shoot on over (I lied) to B&H Photo and place your pre-order by clicking here.


 
  • Rūdolfs Rancāns

    They should have called it Magnum Pi Edition

  • Jonathan Maniago

    It’s a pity that Canon didn’t pull this off first.

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    That is cool.

  • http://www.sin3rgy-creative.com/ David Liang

    I have to admit it does look kind of cool….like if Robocop had a camera this would be it.

  • markz

    i… um…. actually like that. I mean that speaking as someone who generally loathes “limited edition” that are just a cosmetic bling fest make over.

  • videoflyer

    Boom! :)

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  • http://www.trusharrabadia.com trusharp

    As amazing as the body is, where is the lens support? It was heart breaking letting go of my Pentax system but with no fast primes in a good focal range and a very poor AF system really annoys the heck out of me. SORT IT OUT PENTAX!

  • Super_Timor

    Beautiful…

  • Lauren

    Awesome Camera! I LOVE my trio of K3 cameras! Except for the Ricoh on the back of a Pentax. I thought by now they would fix that. ;)

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  • Graham

    What’s a ‘good’ focal range

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  • Pete

    I agree about the lens support but disagree about the AF. Pentax could do a lot if they dedicated the next 3 years to pumping out a good range of new and updated lenses. Updating the range with their newer DC motors would also overcome your perception of bad AF.

  • Zos Xavius

    Give Ricoh some credit. Without them, there wouldn’t have been a K-3 or even Pentax.

  • Zos Xavius

    Pentax has arguably the most complete line of APS-C lenses of any manufacturer. Their whole system is designed to compromise on lens speed for size, so that’s why you don’t see many f1.4 lenses from them. Look at their beautiful pancake limiteds though and you can start to see the advantages of this approach. Also their AF situation has improved drastically with the last two camera releases. The K-5 IIs and K-3 can now focus down to -2EV or so. I have a K-5 IIs and it will focus in light so low you can barely see. Their bigger problem now is the slow speed of their SDM motors. Lenses that use the screw drive move right into focus very quickly.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    It doesn’t look any different to any other shade of grey/black that i’ve ever seen on a camera :S