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04-21-2008, 10:12 AM   #1
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My Pentax Sponsorship is Over...Benjamin Kanarek

Hello Everyone;

I wish to announce that I am no longer sponsored by Pentax and am a free agent. I will use Pentax gear as it suits my needs for now.

Let us just say that there were some rather profound differences of opinion that ended in the decision that this would be the best for all parties. I had made my intentions clear several months ago. There were some back and forth resonant expressions of intent on either side, with the resultant situation I am in today, free to choose what best suits my purposes.

As of this point in time, I am just another pro photographer.

There you have it...Let the show continue

Benjamin Kanarek



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Ben,
I want to thank you for all your help and shared knowledge over the last +/- 18 months. I hope you will continue to participate in the Forum.
Are you able to share more details about your differences with Pentax.
Best wishes and I am sure you will have no trouble finding another sponsor should you desire.
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So I guess the logical question is - now that you are free to choose, what would you and why? And, no more NDA. Tell us what you know that we don't! hehe
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wonder what happens when canon comes knocking with a free 1ds mkIII or nikon in some months with a brand new d3x. Anyone taking bets if he still shoots pentax in6 months

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Ben,
I want to thank you for all your help and shared knowledge over the last +/- 18 months. I hope you will continue to participate in the Forum.
Are you able to share more details about your differences with Pentax.
Best wishes and I am sure you will have no trouble finding another sponsor should you desire.
Thanks, but no thanks to another sponsorship....Too complicated.

Let's just say, that I, like all of you, are photographers using stuff we need to do what we do, capture images. If we don't need it why use it? I have cameras' and lenses. That usually does the trick.

Ben

PS...I don't plan on leaving this place for a while.

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wonder what happens when canon comes knocking with a free 1ds mkIII or nikon in some months with a brand new d3x. Anyone taking bets if he still shoots pentax in6 months
You can address me directly and not in the third person if you like.

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Even if I disagreed with most of your posts, I think you did an excellent job (both for pentax and for your real profession). Good luck with whatever system you choose. You are a gifted photog so I dont think that it will take too much time until you start another sponsorship (or did it already happen ))

Edited: forget about the sponsorship, you already answer before.

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Ben, thank you for your lively, insightful and informative contributions to this Pentax community. We look forward to your continued involvement!

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I would have to say this is Pentax loss. Ben, I would have to go with whoever gave me the latitude to shoot "my" way and willing to give me the equipment to support that. Anyway, I wish you the best and hope you will remain a part of this forum even when sponsored by another manufacturer.
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How About Samsung ?
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I would have to say this is Pentax loss. Ben, I would have to go with whoever gave me the latitude to shoot "my" way and willing to give me the equipment to support that. Anyway, I wish you the best and hope you will remain a part of this forum even when sponsored by another manufacturer.
Thanks again. As I said earlier, I have no plans of being sponsored by anyone right now. After Canon and Pentax, I think I would prefer to be a free agent.

Ben :-)
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So THAT'S what the NDA was all about?

Just kidding. Hope you will stay around. And hope you will enjoy your freedom.

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Ben, you're a true artist, and I've enjoyed your work and your posts here a great deal. I hope Pentax realizes what they are losing. Anyway, the name on the gear doesn't really matter, it's the vision that counts - I'm sure you could successfully sponsor Holga if you wanted. Good luck with your future endeavors
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Well Ben,

It's been a fun 18 months.

I hope you will continue to praise Pentax products as an independent user as much as you did as a sponsored user.

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So, similar to the desert island thread...

Lets hypothetically say that you were sponsored by Pentax, and given ANY pentax gear to work with. Then you sponsorship ended on undisclosed terms...


Which pentax gear would you keep knowing you have to pay for it?

I am guessing you start with the K20D, the DA*16-50/2.8

then you suffer trying to decide between the 12-24 for those creative angles... but it does put you so close to the models as to be distracting? or maybe you like the extra length of the DA*50-135/2.8? maybe the FA77ltd and the DA*200mm instead?

the limiteds? Where do you start with these? the FA's? the DA's?

I am curious, as a pro fashion shooter, I am assuming you are starting over with gear... what do you buy first? What would you have to have to do a shoot this weekend?
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