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09-12-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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Upcoming Pentax Australia announcement

This could be a fizzer, but we won't have long to find out:

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Stay tuned announcement tomorrow.
'Tomorrow' would mean Wednesday 14 Sept in Australia. Maybe they are referring to something local or something global? Who knows.

They normally don't do this for regular PR, like the latest P&S etc, so hopefully it will be something interesting.

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Could be the RZ-18, especially if it hasn't been announced there yet!

As far as DSLR news goes, I wouldn't expect anything new until October, as Pentax seems to make a press release every 2 weeks or so.

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Also came across this public list of official Pentax corporate Twitter accounts:

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Not much there atm, so yeah the local Pentax could just be hamming it up.
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Turns out to just be a delayed priced drop.

"Price breakthrough on the ever popular K-5 body only $1349 rrp K-5 body and 18-55 WR lens $1499."

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Might you think that it has something to do with the future of CR Kennedy disturbing or not distributing Pentax in Australia?
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Turns out to just be a delayed priced drop.
Oh. So they have shaved 10% off the RRP of the K-5, after a year (or so) of it being on the market.

Welcome news, but underwhelming.
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Its probably a bit over 10% closer to 15%, Based on the DCW price of $1569 (who generally are a smidgen under RRP) .
I think you summed it up pretty well though
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Welcome news, but underwhelming.
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They are officially announcing the Ricoh takeover.

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Actually, in fairness to the distributor CRK, the initial RRP for the K-5 was something (scary) like AUD$1,849 (body only); $1,999 with 18-55mm lens; $2,499 with 18-135mm lens.

So theoretically the reduction announced today is a $500 price drop (body only), or a 27% reduction, from initial launch RRP. That looks more impressive.

In practice the inital K5 price turned out to be around $1599-$1699 on the street (body only). Now I'm seeing it in Australia as low as $1241, and lower offshore. Getting tempting...
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If you've been watching the OZ price of the K-5, please be aware that digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au has not updated their main Pentax DSLR page, but has updated the K-5 individual webpage:

So the price of the K-5 body at Pentax Digital SLR Cameras - Digital Camera Warehouse says $1569.

but Digital Cameras -Buy CHEAP at Digital Camera Warehouse says $1159.

Edit: prices on the main Pentax DSLR page have now been updated.

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That is a very reasonable price. That is internationally competitive! almost a first for our beloved camera stores here in Aus.
Now I just have to find a way to keep myself from buying one before they release the next gen dslr. I was already suckered in to the k-7 just before the k-5 was release!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chaos_Realm Quote
That is a very reasonable price. That is internationally competitive! almost a first for our beloved camera stores here in Aus.
Now I just have to find a way to keep myself from buying one before they release the next gen dslr. I was already suckered in to the k-7 just before the k-5 was release!
I feel the same way. I like my K7 but I wish I'd waited a bit longer to get the sensor in the K5. I'd hate to buy a K5 and have the same thing happen with the next model!
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I feel the same way. I like my K7 but I wish I'd waited a bit longer to get the sensor in the K5. I'd hate to buy a K5 and have the same thing happen with the next model!
Same here!
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Yep me too
Roll on October
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Yeah, me too. I still feel a little stung by the K-7 because a much better sensor came along so soon afterwards. I can afford a K-5 but I'd rather wait to see if there's something even better just round the corner. Probably foolish but so be it.
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