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05-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Why no kit with the 18-55 WR?

So the new K30 looks pretty awesome to me. If I didn't already own a K-5, I'd probably be ready to buy one. But why oh why don't they have a kit with the 18-55 WR lens? If you want a WR kit, you have to buy the $1199 kit with the 18-135mm lens. It would seem like an easy thing to do to market this as a cheap way to get a WR kit. Maybe it's only in the US? As that French ad showed the camera with the WR lens.

I can imagine a great commercial to emphasize this. Pentax shooter with a K30 shooting in the rain, while Canon, Nikon, and Sony shooters run indoors.

Oh, or maybe an entry level model will have weather seals and be sold with the 18-55WR? This would create a cheaper tier for a WR kit than the K30.

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My thinking is that Pentax wants to make the extra $100

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Because Pentax is in the business of making money. You want a WR 18-55? That's $200.
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what I see at b&h is a WR kit..and it is only $50 more than body only
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit (White) 15679


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Maybe because Pentax is aching for a class-action suit.

Already on the Newegg.com pre-order page it says "Full, worry-free weather sealing for any weather conditions" under the K30 w 18-55mm(non WR) lens listing.
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How many class-action suits have there been with K10D, K200D, K20D, K-7 & K-5's being sold without WR lenses?
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QuoteOriginally posted by liukaitc Quote
what I see at b&h is a WR kit..and it is only $50 more than body only
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit (White) 15679
The description says it has a WR, but the picture is with the DA L.
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QuoteOriginally posted by illdefined Quote
Maybe because Pentax is aching for a class-action suit.

Already on the Newegg.com pre-order page it says "Full, worry-free weather sealing for any weather conditions" under the K30 w 18-55mm(non WR) lens listing.
at B&H, it also shows the pic of DAL
but if you check what's in the box, it lists as WR DA

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Bundling with a DA-L is to have a banner price. Then the bait and switch upsell takes place at the retailer when "for just an extra $100 you can get the WR version".
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
How many class-action suits have there been with K10D, K200D, K20D, K-7 & K-5's being sold without WR lenses?
They weren't marketed as being WR out-of-the-box like the K30 is. Already, that NewEgg.com listing is patently false.

Newegg.com - PENTAX K-30 Lens Kit (15679) White 16.3 MP 3.0" 921k LCD Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens

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High performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor.

Full weather sealing for worry-free use in any weather condition.

Rugged coldproof design for sub-freezing use (-10C, 14F).
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QuoteOriginally posted by devorama Quote
If you want a WR kit, you have to buy the $1199 kit with the 18-135mm lens.
??? Why not just get the camera body only and buy the 18-55 WR separately? Does Pentax have to waste cardboard putting both in a single box put the two in the same box in order for that to be a valid option?
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they will be bundling the camera in different cnfigurations for different markets/retailers in fact the 18-135 wr is on option being offered with a huge savings on the lens!
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k30 with 18-135 WR lens is priced at $1200 at B&H
1200-850=350
that is 170 cheaper than buying the lens alone (520 at B&H)...

I think it is a good way to bring new people to Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by D0n Quote
they will be bundling the camera in different cnfigurations for different markets/retailers in fact the 18-135 wr is on option being offered with a huge savings on the lens!
yes. bet the kits in France will all be WR (or body only), where this kind of confusing/misleading marketing is illegal.
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