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04-29-2016, 06:41 AM   #1276
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
I have contract with Pentax directly anymore, but the nordic and baltic distributors
I'd be hanging onto that box tightly!

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Still hope to see your experiences with the K-1 and the new lenses here, though!



I will! Really looking forward to that, ordered festival passes for my 17 yr old son and me as soon as we knew Black Sabbath would come, the final line up is beyond every expectation
Will the group include any original members besides Tony Iommi? Will Ozzie be there? Ronnie James Dio is dead.
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Maybe Ricoh decided to focus on certain types of photography, Heavy metal not among that (since Magnesium alloy is a pussy metal). Or ambassadorship is sort of a contest. They just keep the ones they like best. Or they just got fed up with the rumours that were showing up al the time, or they decided scandinavia is just not a big enough market for an ambassador. Could be anything.
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Hehe..I can't tell why it is like this with K-1..I guess they have a plan..somewhere..

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kenspo, we're all behind you! you have done a master job keeping us Pentaxians excited in difficult times and Ricoh should be grateful to you. I don't think, speaking personally, I have seen anyone online having a bigger influence on my patience with Ricoh than you. No marketing campaign could have done that. We like your down to earth style and professionalism on the photography side.
I certainly hope they are reading this thread and open their eyes
And thank you very much for these kind words Thank you to everyone!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by davidsladek Quote
kenspo, we're all behind you! you have done a master job keeping us Pentaxians excited in difficult times and Ricoh should be grateful to you. I don't think, speaking personally, I have seen anyone online having a bigger influence on my patience with Ricoh than you. No marketing campaign could have done that. We like your down to earth style and professionalism on the photography side.
I certainly hope they are reading this thread and open their eyes
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Well that's weird after the great job you've been doing here..

Anyways, I hope you can still enjoy the camera with no hard feelings, otherwise that puts you in a awkward position.

I'm sure someone at Pentax will regret it when they see your pictures. Their loss really..
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenspo Quote
Hehe..I can't tell why it is like this with K-1..I guess they have a plan..somewhere..
Perhaps Ricoh really meant it when they said they made the K-1 just for all we patient Pentaxians, and don't want the word of how good it is to leak out!

I received mine today, and so far I'm pretty knocked out. I can't believe how small it is!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RockvilleBob Quote
+1 for Kenspo


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Prolly some stupid bean counter said to upper management "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" when they sold out the first batch already world wide with all the pre-orders.


I HATE the Arthur Anderson consulting types, they always make decisions based on instant gratification to share holders, so they can justify their existence and exorbitant consult fee's quickly, get paid, and get out before the feces hits the rotary air device. Meanwhile the business they inflict their BS on gets a momentary boost in profit, but since the game plan is short sighted, that period of boosted profit is short lived. Jerks. Their loss. Ken, in my opinion you were going to help that second wave of orders, and I for one was looking forward to your results with your new K1's.


Sorry, If this post is inappropriate Adam, feel free to sensor or delete.


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It doesn't make a big difference for my part. I still get everything i need to do my job
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Kenspo, you have been a great ambassador for the Pentax brand, and I'm sorry the official relationship has ended. Ricoh's loss. I'm looking forward to following your work regardless of where you land. Cheers!
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It wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment really on the why's and wherefores as I know nothing about it but it seems strange that what you're implying is that they will continue to have ambassadors for the K3 and the action cameras but not their flagship professional cameras - for instance I don't think there are any ambassadors using the 645Z either are there? I know Matt Emmett in England was lent one but it's not his daily camera. It seems illogical to me when marketing a professional orientated camera not to have professional ambassadors representing it but I know nothing of the Ricoh plan. I do however know that what Canon did in the 1970's to put themselves on the map was target pro's heavily with free gear and that's why at sporting events there were suddenly a load of Canon lenses on the touchline and at Wimbledon etc. This put them on the map and created a halo effect around a brand that until then was just an also ran to Nikon and in sales volumes Pentax too. As a result Canon started selling large volumes of consumer and pro cameras until they became the dominant player in the market. The technique that Nikon had used in the 1960's was used by Canon in the 1970's and in my view it would make some sense for Ricoh to do the same thing in the 2010's!

I just wanted to add Kenspo (despite the fact you once did slap me down on here LOL (don't worry - no biggie!) that I too have found your genuine enthusiasm for the brand and your open communications with us has greatly added to the anticipation of this camera for me and I suppose many others so it seems to me from where I stand that you've done a good job! I'm about to go out shooting some landscapes this afternoon with my gripped K1 and 24-70mm in advance of a model shoot I'm doing tomorrow in a forest. I can't wait as up to now I've been trying it out around the house and there's only so many 36 megapixel images you really need of cat's food bowls and bookcases LOL!

I wish you well in the future and hope you enjoy your K1!

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Thank you for the kind words everyone I will still be out there doing a job with Pentax, so there will be many pics to come in the time ahead

Here is the beauty with grip and 24-70!
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I think Ricoh is losing here Kenspo, the K1 could be a succes mostly because a lot of people wanting to go FF even waiting for years, your work is important to the people who dont know what is a Pentax camera, and bring potencial customers for the K1ii or the K1iis, when the sales of the cameras maybe wont be that big.

I hope the best for you and expect more pictures from you

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Yes, Its Ricoh who are the losing part here. I still get my gear, but dont have to answer to them anymore. But i will still do a good job, since i still have a contract to promote K-1 in this area. So there will enough pics in the time to come
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Hi there, Kenspo,

I don't know anything about your ambassador contract with Ricoh/Pentax at all obviously, but one thing is on my mind: did Ricoh get sour over you announcing that they signed a contract over the deal with the Sony 100mp medium format sensor? I was a bit surprised to read your post "revealing" this info, and perhaps it is not related at all, but I can imagine sharing such snippets of inside information is a sensitive point in this day and age of internet sharing.
Anyway, sincerely hope it has not backfired on you, and that your relations with Ricoh/Pentax remain of value to you (and Pentax of course).
And looking forward to your images with the DFA lenses.

Chris
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