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05-01-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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K-30 leaving us soon?

The K-30 18-55mm kit (which went up in price after today's IR's) is showing up as "discontinued" at B&H when you go to select the black body color:
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black) 15624

While it could just be an error, Pentax also brought over tons of K-r colors to the US just before discontinuing the camera itself. Do you think that the K-30 might be history after the summer?


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05-01-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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That camera has to have sold pretty well with it hitting multiple "most sold DSLR" lists and with all the very positive reviews and feedback. I would be surprised if they killed that line but a pretty intense update schedule wouldn't hurt.
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I really doubt it. It's a nearly perfect mid-entry level camera. Maybe they've just discontinued boring (black) .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The K-30 18-55mm kit (which went up in price after today's IR's) is showing up as "discontinued" at B&H when you go to select the black body color:
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black) 15624

While it could just be an error, Pentax also brought over tons of K-r colors to the US just before discontinuing the camera itself. Do you think that the K-30 might be history after the summer?
Even if it is leaving it is a real good camera at a great price
So I hit the click button and bought a K-30 with 18-135 WR at less than a grand. This camera will be perfect for me

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I 5hink that if they're bringing out new models in the fall, it's time to clear inventory. Otoh, b&h has a lot of lenses in back-order status. Maybe it's just a b&h thing.. Clearing their shelves of low-selling models?
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Maybe they're bringing out a K-30 II or IIs out soon? For me it was perfect...pro enough for me but friendly enough for my wife, a non-technical person to use. (she loves all the "Scene" modes whereas I've never even used that setting, for instance).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Reliant K1000 Quote
Maybe they're bringing out a K-30 II or IIs out soon? For me it was perfect...pro enough for me but friendly enough for my wife, a non-technical person to use. (she loves all the "Scene" modes whereas I've never even used that setting, for instance).
Seems too soon, but maybe they could do a simple update with the 24mpx sensor. The megapixel wars rage on.
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Better be something pretty amazing replacing it if this is true. The K-30 is without question the best value DSLR available. I have nothing but praise for mine.

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I hope they don't do the K200d to KX transition again.
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I suspect they're only discontinuing the non-WR kit because of issues with people buying it, then ruining the thing by throwing the camera under a stream of water saying "Hey, Bubba, watch this...!"

The 18-55 WR kit is still listed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
as "discontinued" at B&H
It seems to be B&H process to mark an item as discontinued when they cannot order from their source with any firm date of delivery. Over the years, I have seen many, many items miraculously restored to continuation on the B&H Web site.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The K-30 18-55mm kit (which went up in price after today's IR's) is showing up as "discontinued" at B&H when you go to select the black body color:
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black) 15624

While it could just be an error, Pentax also brought over tons of K-r colors to the US just before discontinuing the camera itself. Do you think that the K-30 might be history after the summer?
That kit was dropped and replaced by this one:

Pentax K-30 Digital Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR 15601

Also, what would be the point of introducing several new colors if the camera is going to be discontinued?
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