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09-10-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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What about a K300d?

With all the talk of the K-r and K-5 there seems to be a gap in Pentax's offering. Where is the mid-range camera successor to the K200d. A K-r would suit my need just fine (upgrading from a K20d for better high-iso and AF), but I sure which it had weather sealing. A K300d model would fill that gap quite nicely.

Has anyone heard anything about such a model?

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QuoteOriginally posted by jms698 Quote
With all the talk of the K-r and K-5 there seems to be a gap in Pentax's offering. Where is the mid-range camera successor to the K200d. A K-r would suit my need just fine (upgrading from a K20d for better high-iso and AF), but I sure which it had weather sealing. A K300d model would fill that gap quite nicely.

Has anyone heard anything about such a model?
I get the feeling that Pentax has dropped the weather sealed/grip mid range product model in favor of exclusivity for the upper-end products. If I had to guess, I'd say it may of been to difficult to maintain a viable cost advantage against the competition.
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There's still a lot of talk about weather-sealing on "all" Pentax cameras.
My K10D is weather-sealed, as we know, and it was one of the reasons in buying into Pentax.
I still see it as a very attractive feature in a camera.

Saying that, none of my lenses are weather sealed, and if it rains, I'm very concerned about them in such conditions.
It really makes a weather-sealed body irrelevant in a way.

It looks as if it will be only included on higher-end Pentax cameras.
I've no problem with that at all.
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Yeah, it's really too bad though. WR through their whole range (or most) would be a good thing for even just promotional purposes. Look at Subaru the car company for example. They advertise that their whole lineup is AWD (all-wheel-drive) and it's pretty well known to potential customers.

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You make a good point sjwaldron as friend of mine mentioned yesterday how he wished he had a Pentax body to shoot in the rain, he currently shoots with a Canon 5D. Pentax seems to have developed a reputation from other photogs regarding the weather sealing.

That said, I made a choice when I purchased my K100D, oh so long ago, to skip the extra features and WR of the K10D and save $400. I had a budget and bought what I could afford. The same holds true with other brands yet offering a wider range than just two bodies. The vast majority buying into a particular price point/entry level would probably never consider WR as a needed option.

Where's the entry level Pentax though? Continue with the K-x but bring in all the color choices to NA for further sales. The K-r would be the next step up with higher FPS, WR and you end the line with the K-5. A nice well rounded family for new customers to see what best fits their budget and interests.
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Not only the WR of the K200D, but the top LCD, and general feel of it. It was head and shoulders above the competition when I bought it, and I haven't seen a compelling replacement - even the K7 fell short basis the sensor.
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If the K7 stays in production then its priced in the middle to be your weather sealed k200d replacement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grainbelt Quote
Not only the WR of the K200D, but the top LCD, and general feel of it. It was head and shoulders above the competition when I bought it, and I haven't seen a compelling replacement - even the K7 fell short basis the sensor.
Nope, no, no, no and no.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jms698 Quote
With all the talk of the K-r and K-5 there seems to be a gap in Pentax's offering. Where is the mid-range camera successor to the K200d. A K-r would suit my need just fine (upgrading from a K20d for better high-iso and AF), but I sure which it had weather sealing. A K300d model would fill that gap quite nicely.

Has anyone heard anything about such a model?
Weather sealing is now being reserved for their top line models. If you want it, you will need to pay for it. The same for a top LCD. A top LCD and small form factor do not mix. For most shooters, a top LCD is unnecessary. If you find it necessary, be prepared to spend more to satisfy your needs.

K-7 or K-5 are your models.
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K-7 will be in production. Good price and WR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
K-7 will be in production. Good price and WR.
I hope so

But not keeping my hopes up
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QuoteOriginally posted by jms698 Quote
Has anyone heard anything about such a model?
It's a pity that they don't seem to consider a K300D model. After the release of the 18-55/55-200 in WR versions I thought that they would WR all their next bodies and make this the distinctive feature of Pentax DSLR. A 14MP version of the K-r with WR would slot perfectly between the K-r and K-5. Add some extra features (back remote, connection for a dedicated grip and maybe even a top LCD). Leave the dual wheels, magnesium alloy and 100% pentaprism VF to the K-5.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
K-7 will be in production. Good price and WR.
Forget it, it will cost as much as the K-5 to build. It would be more effective for Pentax to think about a WR version of the K-r. Besides the K-7 would be in the awkward position of being outperformed by the K-r on 3 key areas: high ISO, AF, fps.
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I don't need WR but I'd like a K-r with a pentaprism. That said, it seems pretty clear that Pentax has taken a different route. In fact, if the K5 doesn't sell much better than the K7, I'd expect their next mid-level camera to look a lot more like the K-r than the K5. They can't go on pretending to compete with S/N/C while operating at a tiny fraction of the market size. If they've chosen a niche, it's the young Japanese fashion accessory buyer.

The 645D will be their foray into "serious photography".
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QuoteOriginally posted by uccemebug Quote
I don't need WR but I'd like a K-r with a pentaprism. That said, it seems pretty clear that Pentax has taken a different route. In fact, if the K5 doesn't sell much better than the K7, I'd expect their next mid-level camera to look a lot more like the K-r than the K5. They can't go on pretending to compete with S/N/C while operating at a tiny fraction of the market size. If they've chosen a niche, it's the young Japanese fashion accessory buyer.

The 645D will be their foray into "serious photography".
The pentaprism was one 2 things I would have like on the K200d. The second was the front shutter dial.
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