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03-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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K-5 on the cover of Backpacker

While not an actual comparison or review, it is nice to see the K-5 on the cover of magazines. What Backpacker had to say: "Whether you're ready to go pro or just shoot like one, go for the Pentax K-5. It's tough - our tester strapped to a bumper to film his drive to the trail head, splashed it in the Atlantic, and even dropped it into the Arkansas River. It still shoots: seven frames per second with 14 stops (great for wildly varying light from sunrise to harsh midday sun to a backlit hiker). It shoots 1080p video, too. 'And its shutter is the quietest I've ever heard,' says our photo editor, 'a perfect feature for shooting wildlife.'"

They also featured the Optio W90 and the Papilio 8.5x21 binoculars.


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Gotta love that Gorillapod, too. Looks just like my combo!
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It's all good publicity for Pentax. It's been going good this way since the K-7. Aptly chosen place to feature the K-5 too. Thanks for sharing.
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Pentax may just succeed in spite of the best efforts of their marketing department...

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This is definitely a niche that Pentax has been shooting for. Small, tightly built bodies with good sealing for prices that won't break the bank.

Back packers are a special breed. They will pay an extra 75 dollars for a sleeping bag that is 5 ounces less. For those who are interested in more IQ than is offered by standard point and shoot, this is a good option.
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Very, very happy K5 w/ 18-135 WR lens owner and backpacker here...
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Excellent ! However Flannelspoon ... if that is your (or a friend's) address on the cover you may want to black it out.
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I was surprised that Pentax didn't spend more energy on the outdoor market when the K-7 was introduced. It's fine market to groom - one of several niches that Pentax can exploit.

We all like to see Pentax adverts in photo magazines but I loved the "soccer mom" adverts, in general family magazines, for the K-X. I don't automatically assume a connection between them and the K-X sales numbers but we certainly need to introduce Pentax into the "general population".

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When I went to the Pentax shop in my local camera mall to buy a new lense this week I asked the owner how the coloured Kx & Krs were selling .. fantastic she said !

According to her sales of the White ones = those of the Black. Next comes Red.
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Thank you Frogfish. I completely forgot about the address.
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If you want a truly sealed (that is to say both camera and lens) and light SLR, what other choice is there. As far as I know, while the D7000 is not a huge camera, the only sealed lenses from Nikon are big hulking pro lenses. Not so much fun on a ten or fifteen mile hike...
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