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11-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Black Friday

Being a Canadian, I know nothing about this day, other than sales
Does anyone expect the K5 to be on sale?
Would the sales be online?

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11-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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The K-5 is now discounted to $800 at Adorama, and has been officially discontinued. There might not be any left to discount further on Black Friday (the day after US Thanksgiving). Don't wait, if that's what you want ("no matter what she says").

But yes, frequently the sales are also online (and there's "cyber-monday" and other variants).
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The K-5 is already down to $799. I doubt the K-5 II will be discounted as it is too new and there are still K-5s in the channel.
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Pentax has got to announce some deals- I'm hoping for at least 100 off the new K-5 II's (considering that its production cost is probably the same as that of its predecessor, there's nothing preventing Pentax from a 1-day price drop similar to the one we saw with the K-5 )


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Pentax has got to announce some deals- I'm hoping for at least 100 off the new K-5 II's (considering that its production cost is probably the same as that of its predecessor, there's nothing preventing Pentax from a 1-day price drop similar to the one we saw with the K-5 )
It's hard to believe that changes to a algorithm and some tweaks took 2 years and costs hundreds more than the old model.
It seems like the K5IIs is more of a "catch up" to the big 2 instead of it being a true update

Just my 2 cents

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It's hard to believe that changes to a algorithm and some tweaks took 2 years and costs hundreds more than the old model. It seems like the K5IIs is more of a "catch up" to the big 2 instead of it being a true update Just my 2 cents Randy
You're paying for the R&D costs, not the hardware

And yup, they're way behind. I wouldn't call this catch-up at all, though the filterless design in a DX DSLR is an interesting move...

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And yup, they're way behind. I wouldn't call this catch-up at all, though the filterless design in a DX DSLR is an interesting move...
Aren't they way behind stuff we're still waiting to be announced from Canon and Nikon? The D7000 and 7D are still current models with no replacement.

I can relate to this perception, but I'm wondering how it holds up in practice. We have no idea what Pentax is doing behind "the magic curtain" right now. Only Sony has actually updated their premium APS-C models recently.


I'm not defending Pentax - in fact I'm very concerned they may not be significantly improving their AF and flash performance right now. But how do we know this isn't already happening? I think we may sometimes expect Pentax to produce the world's only "super camera" - better AF than Canon's best model, continued low-light and high-ISO supremacy, AA filterless (even when only one other such consumer model exists in the world) perfect flash and strobe performance and compatibility, excellent color rendering, the best DR, and the most affordable lenses. The funny thing is, Pentax actually comes surprisingly close.

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I've always done ok on Black Friday. I bought my K10D several years ago on that day. While the camera price was about average, the store was giving Sigma 70-300's free with a DSLR purchase. I bought my K5 last year when it dipped under $1000 for the first time. There always the risk of waiting and finding that what you want isn't on sale or sold out which may be the case this year with the K5's. I can't see them going much below the $799 current price but somebody may put together a bundle with a lens or other items to sweeten the deal.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
It's hard to believe that changes to a algorithm and some tweaks took 2 years and costs hundreds more than the old model.
You're comparing the cost of the discontinued K-5 to the cost of the II and IIs, which have just been released. The new K-5 versions actually cost hundreds of dollars below the introductory price of the K-5, which IIRC was about $1700.
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