Mike Muizebelt is a nature and wildlife photographer with over 30 years of experience. 
His drive and passion is in life is to explore, share and document as much of our natural beauty as possible. 

During his travels to Africa and Asia, but also to the unspoiled areas of Europe, he captures images to stimulate the senses and give the viewer an enhanced feeling of awareness of the beauty around us. 

He is an all-round photographer who photographs landscapes, macro images, abstracts or intimate portraits with equal enthusiasm. There is always one goal: with his photography he hopes to create a spark of interest and awareness of the attractiveness of our nature while it lasts.

Mike’s system of choice is the Pentax system. The small and extremely rugged magnesium alloy bodies with their additional weather sealing can be used in adverse conditions, whether it’s wet or cold. These characteristics, together with their long battery life, make them ideal for outdoor shooting.

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Review about K-3

PENTAX K-3 experience

Two days before I departed for a safari in South Africa I received one of the first K-3’s that arrived in Holland. In the two weeks that followed I had the chance to get familiar with its new and/or improved features.

For a nature photographer reliability in the field is very important and as with earlier bodies like the K-5 series, the camera worked flawlessly. The controls and ergonomics are very intuitive so I can put all my attention into the composition and exposure. 

During the late afternoon, the soaring heat in the car was no problem and in combination with the DA* lenses, dust was kept outside the camera. This will save me a lot of work during post processing as the sensor was free of dust particles during the entire trip.

Overall the camera felt very responsive, autofocus lock was instant and spot on, even during the difficult lighting conditions of dusk and dawn. The extremely large RAW buffer of 23 images was a big plus during times of action. With the 8.3 frames per second a smaller buffer just wouldn’t be enough when there is some exciting action in front of you.

The new 27 point AF tracking worked extremely well when subjects were moving parallel to the camera through the bushes. In situations like this, the lenses on former Pentax models would start to hunt, while a focus lock was maintained with the K-3.

The resulting RAW files respond very well to my normal workflow and post processing and they seems to have an equal dynamic range as its predecessor the Pentax K-5, a camera which sensor was best in class for a very long time.

I did not use the in camera lens corrections as I normally do this in post processing, but the automatic horizon corrections was turned on all the time. Shooting from awkward angles in a car yields a lot of skewed horizons and a camera that automatically corrects them is bliss!

Lenses used during the trip: 

  • Pentax DA 12-24 f4
  • Pentax DA* 16-50/2.8
  • Pentax DA* 60-250 f4
  • Pentax DA* 200/4.0 macro 

  • Sigma 500/4.5,
  • Tamron 1.4x converter