The Pentax K-3 Mark III is indeed one of the better Pentax cameras, and the Gothic paint job obviously won’t make it any better from a technical standpoint. However, it makes it limitless cooler – and “cool” isn’t a term anyone has been using about Pentax cameras for a very long time.
The all-black markings, pointers, and details will no doubt make this more difficult in actual use, but hey – you’ll look great doing it. Check out the video above and see if you’d like to join the Dark Side.
Original story (March 24, 2022): A crowdfunding project has been listed in Japan for a new limited-edition Jet Black version of the Pentax K-3 Mark III, with only 232 cameras expected to be produced. The camera is priced at 300,000 yen (about $2,460 / £1,860 / AU$3,270) and will include a traditional Sanada-imo woven hand strap.
It looks like the Pentax K-3 Mark III is about to take on many forms, with at least six variants of the DSLR in development by Ricoh that include an improved model only for astrophotography, a manual focus model, as well as a version with a shutter-release button modified for shooting Faster with a shallow shutter stroke.
Ricoh Imaging, owner of the Pentax camera brand, has recently been ambitious in its horizons to expand its K-3 Mark III product line with derivative models equipped with a monochrome sensor, challenging the likes of Leica with its popular black and – white-only models like the Leica M- 10 Monochrom.
The translated list published on the Japanese crowdfunding site, ubgoeAnd He describes the camera where instead of just leaving the areas unpainted, everything from the Pentax logo to the belt loops is specifically tinted black.
“Instead of simply reducing the number of painted and printed areas, we are replacing it with ‘black.’ By sticking to these small details, a true black body that blends in with the darkness has been achieved.
“While the Jet Black model is difficult to mass-produce due to the complex manufacturing process, we thought there would definitely be people interested in it, so we planned for it.
“The other day, a Pentax fan meeting took place, and when we surveyed the five models in the planning stage, we decided Jet Black was the most popular, and chose a method that could be communicated to everyone, albeit in a small number.”
The Jet Black Pentax sale is being implemented as an “all-out method”, meaning that sales will continue regardless of whether the target value of 10 million yen (about $82,200 / £62,302 / AU$109,813) is reached, With refunds issued when necessary. The closing date is midnight April 27, 2022, with delivery dates expected back-to-back from the end of July 2022.
It’s not clear if the product will be shipped to regions outside of Japan, or if the product will be available at a later time in other regions. We will update this article with information as it becomes available. Fingers crossed that those of us out there will be able to get our hands on this absolutely stunning Gothic-style camera.
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