New DSLR - Pentax K5
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07-11-10, 02:37 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
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Playing devils advocate here, I can see what you're all saying about Pentax, I've used their SLR's for years, since I bought my first one actually which was 23 years ago, ( wow that's scary ), I don't know why I bought it then but because that's what I started with i continued along that. Until now, I want an DSLR and although I've looked at EVERYTHING it's come down to Nikon or Canon, and I still can't decide.
If they aren't selling record numbers they probably can't spend too much money advertising, it's all relative. Canon and Nikon obviously have the cash to throw at advertising, even Fuji regularly appear on the back pages of magazines and while I do see Pentax ads they're not out there, just in the middle of the mag.
Pentax are very well specified but I probably read too many reviews and maybe it's a bias by the reviews or something but they never quite come out as well for something or other which is a shame because they've got such good features ! the K5 interests me but to be honest I doubt it will be what I choose...
The K5 looks to be an excellent bit of kit, which is definitely a contender for the D7000. I think that the pricing, which is the same as the Nikon is a major mistake though. For people new to DSLR photography, they pretty much will only be familiar with the Cankon brands and after comparing the specs, they will most likely go with the brands they know are tried and tested in their view.
Lets face it, walking into Jessops, they won't even see a Pentax on display and they aren't available online either. Maybe Jessops don't see Pentax offering the consumer anything different than the other manufacturers they stock??? Coming in a few hundred pounds cheaper though would definitely make the K5 an absolute winner and a much more attractive option.
Equally for those looking to upgrade their current Nikon and canon cameras, the price needs to be enticing enough for them to ditch their bodies and more importantly, lenses. I looked at the Pentax online store and was pretty shocked by the prices, especially as they don't have image stabilization technology inside them as its located in the camera body. No inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 as Geoff mentioned earlier, is a huge negative for me and there is no way I'd pay 800 quid for the 55mm f/1.4
As Chris said, virtually every other company is pioneering new technologies and bring those to peoples attention. Pentax don't appear to be doing anything like that and seem to be more concerned with offering you a DSLR in a choice of colours
It would be a huge shame for Pentax to disappear from the DSLR market but, unless they get their head back in the game and aggressively position themselves in the market to attract a bigger share, I fear it won't be long before they fade into obscurity.
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