News! 46MP Megapixel Canon 1DsX DSLR About to be Announced!!! Or the Anatomy of a Rumor

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On September 17, when a forum member calling himself Psychic1 wrote his post on the FredMiranda.com Canon forum, he had no idea how wide the information he was sharing would spread. Speaking in hindsight during a call with Photographic Wanderings yesterday, Psychic1 said he thinks ‘it’s pretty funny.’

This is what Psychic1 posted on FM.com, under the heading ‘OMG – 1DsX in NYC…‘: ‘…Canon will release a 46MP pro body at the Javits Center in October.’

What happened next tells a couple of tales: photographic gearheads falling over one another to endlessly discuss the ins and outs of non-existent equipment on the one hand and, on the other, a community clamoring for clicks no matter how iffy the basis for its reporting.

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Pentax K-3 Review – It’s Good, Buy It, Unless You Don’t Need It

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Pentax K-3 with Pentax-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited – 1/100, f/6.3/ ISO 1600

I don’t really like to beat around the bush, so I spare you a lot of reading if you want to know my conclusion: the Pentax K-3 is a truly capable camera, probably the best of the APS-C DSLR bunch. Probably, because your humble reviewer doesn’t have enough experience with modern-day APS-C DSLRs to go beyond that qualifier.

That’s it. If you like Pentax and you want or need to move up from your current Pentax, buy it. If you like top-quality DSLRs that deliver a lot for a reasonable price and you don’t insist on full frame, buy it. If you rather have smaller top-quality lenses than the ones Canon and Nikon produce on a body that performs admirably, buy it.

So, there you have it. I’m done.

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Pentax K-3 DSLR – First Impressions & Samples

On Friday, I received the Pentax K-3 I pre-ordered the day it was announced. While I haven’t had much time to shoot with it yet, I want to share some first impressions and early pictures from the camera.

First a word about my weakness for things Pentax. My first ‘serious’ cameras were a Pentax ME and a ME Super. I beat the hell out of them. I fancied myself a photojournalist and battled with other photographers to get good shots of riots or a close-up portrait of the pope when he visited Holland. This involved lots of elbow work and my poor Pentaxes clanging against much sturdier Nikons and Canons, the ones the real pros were using.

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