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11-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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K-5 body to be back in stock shortly at B&H

As you guys may have noticed, the K-5 body went out of stock at B&H over the weekend. I've contacted B&H, and learned that it'll be in shortly, likely before the end of this week, for those of you wanting to get the body rather than the kit.

The K-5 kit is still available, although it's now back to its full price of $1749. Over the weekend, it was reduced to $1662.


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11-09-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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Thanx. That saves me a call.

Is there anyway to get Pentaxforums credit if I go to the store? I need to do some experimentation on something else, so need to go there. I'd figure no, and it only can be applied if I click-thru the link to them off this site. But thought I'd double-check.
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On a side note- the K-5 sold out just as fast as the Nikon D7000. I'm not sure if the Nikon order was larger (it might have been, considering how much more popular Nikon is), but I still think that this says something Pentax is moving in the right direction.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
but I still think that this says something Pentax is moving in the right direction
The other thing it says is that Pentax knew what they were doing when they set the price. The predictions of K-5s collecting dust on the shelves until the price dropped significantly seem foolish now.

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I hope they never get them back in stock. It will save me a lot of money.
I don't mean to be a shill for B&H, but I have had such good luck with them I can't bring myself to buy from anybody else; so if they don't have it, it saves me money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JamieP Quote
The other thing it says is that Pentax knew what they were doing when they set the price. The predictions of K-5s collecting dust on the shelves until the price dropped significantly seem foolish now.
I dunno ... the next wave might not go so fast; and/or the Nikons might sell thru 10x in the same time as the Pentax count. ... a $400 difference is huge! If someone new to DSLRs comes along who doesn't have a lens collection to be compatible with or some other overly compelling reason to get the K-5, the choice that buyer will make is clear; and it won't rhyme with Rentax.
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Somone new to DSLRs would most likely go with a Nikon, but doubtful it would be the D7000. I'm thinking more along the lines of the D3100. Most people coming aboard are typically migrating from P&S cameras which range anywhere from $50 to $500 on average. Jumping to a $1499 D7000 w/ Kit lens would be quite the sticker shock, let alone a K-5.
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Hi,

(Didn't know where to post this, but I wanted you to know ;-)
Today I got a newsletter from amazon! It was full of K-5 and K-7 offerings! This was the first time _ever_ I saw a Pentax DSLR in an amazon newsletter (I am receiving these letters since 8 years or so and the offerings up to now were only Nikon, Canon, Sony and Olympus!)
I think that's another good sign ;-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by m8o Quote
I dunno ... the next wave might not go so fast; and/or the Nikons might sell thru 10x in the same time as the Pentax count. ... a $400 difference is huge! If someone new to DSLRs comes along who doesn't have a lens collection to be compatible with or some other overly compelling reason to get the K-5, the choice that buyer will make is clear; and it won't rhyme with Rentax.
So... you think that the predictions I mentioned were correct? Seems like the huge success the K-5 has clearly become is a long way off from the the failure that would be the end of Pentax that many declared when the specs and MSRP where announced.

I know I don't see any of the naysayers coming back now to gloat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
On a side note- the K-5 sold out just as fast as the Nikon D7000. I'm not sure if the Nikon order was larger (it might have been, considering how much more popular Nikon is), but I still think that this says something Pentax is moving in the right direction.
It must also be good for B&H advertizing at PF. I'm sure they now feel good they're sponsoring you which is a good thing.
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k5 is cheaper than the d7000 here

k5 = 1078
d7000 = 1099
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QuoteOriginally posted by einstrigger Quote
Somone new to DSLRs would most likely go with a Nikon, but doubtful it would be the D7000. I'm thinking more along the lines of the D3100. Most people coming aboard are typically migrating from P&S cameras which range anywhere from $50 to $500 on average. Jumping to a $1499 D7000 w/ Kit lens would be quite the sticker shock, let alone a K-5.
Well, take me for example. I jumped from a Casio P&S to a K10D + Grip + Tamron 28-75/2.8 (no kit lens for me) + FA 50/1.4 + Sigma 300/2.8 + TCs all within a month. I was going on Safari. I imagine anyone in a similar situation who has very compelling reason to by a DSLR and appropriate lenses for an epic journey, after a build-up of having considered getting one for years upon years, would be very likely to get a D7000 for $1200 tho the cheaper option is certainly dependent on someone's personal value line; but more likely that than the $1600 K-5 it's sitting next to. But please don't make the mistake that someone won't jump from a P&S to a $1200 - $1600 body...

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I didn't say it couldn't happen, I just said I was "doubtful" they would jump to the D7000 from a point and shoot. IMO, there is a steep learning curve for most beginners (not all) who migrate from P&S to DSLRs. I think our Beginners section of the forum can attest to that. So again, I'm not saying it couldn't happen where a newbie would want the D7000, but I'm thinking they'll go for the cheaper offerings. BTW, I also migrated from a Casio Exilim to a Pentax K-x and since then a K-7

Back to the topic, what's up with B&H going back to the full MSRP on the k-5?
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I could have got it a few bucks cheaper elseware but since they support our forum I went with them on the K-5. I think I got one of the last ones also....sorry
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Glad I bought mine through B&H for the $1662 for the kit on Monday. Gotta to love living close to B&H. They are in NY and I am in MA. Ordered mine this past Monday (late morning) and got it in the next day, yesterday (via ground). B&H rocks!
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