Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Closed Thread
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-10-2017, 07:22 AM - 2 Likes   #1
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,266
K-3ii marked as discontinued

Digicams-info is running a story that the K-3ii is now marked as discontinued on Yodobashi Camera's website. Since Yodobashi is normally a very reliable retailer, this seems to have some legitimacy.

PENTAX K-3 II ?????? - ????info

It should be noted that it is still listed as a current camera on Ricoh's own web page for now.

01-10-2017, 07:32 AM - 2 Likes   #2
Pentaxian
photoptimist's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2016
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,448
Which definition of "discontinued" is this?

"Discontinued" as in Yodobashi no longer carries the camera in inventory
"Discontinued" as in Yodobashi will no longer special order the camera for customers
"Discontinued" as in Pentax refuses to sell to Yodobashi over some business dispute
"Discontinued" as in Pentax has no inventory of K3ii and has stopped making the K3ii
01-10-2017, 07:32 AM   #3
Moderator
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
BigMackCam's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: North East of England
Posts: 6,824
I don't believe it's discontinued. The K-3, for sure, but the K-3II is Ricoh's APS-C Pentax "flagship". They wouldn't discontinue it when no replacement has been announced and there are so many in stock at authorised dealers...
01-10-2017, 07:38 AM - 2 Likes   #4
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Nagoya
Posts: 577
I just went and had a look - it is indeed listed as 'hanbai shuryo', which does mean that the sale of the K-3ii has ceased on Yodobashi's site - it is not just out of stock, they have stopped selling it. I also went to look on the website of Bic Camera, another big Japanese electronics retailer, and they only list the K-S2, K-70 and K-1 - no K3 variations at all. This is certainly intriguing. If I have time at the weekend I may pop down to Nagoya's Yodobashi and see if I can tease anything out of the Ricoh/Pentax rep there.

01-10-2017, 07:42 AM - 3 Likes   #5
Pentaxian
FantasticMrFox's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,146
Well, we have been waiting for a K3/K3 II replacement fro some time now, and CP+ is around the corner.
01-10-2017, 07:50 AM - 2 Likes   #6
JPT
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,266
Original Poster
Here is a translation by me. I'm pretty sure it's accurate to what the article says.

---------------

I have received information from one of our readers about the Pentax K-3ii being discontinued.

When seeing that the K-3ii had disappeared from display at a Yodobashi store, the reader asked the shop staff to check with the maker. They were told it had been discontinued (even though it is still on the maker’s homepage)

The K-3ii is still listed on the official site and is still in stock at many retailers, but when checking on the Yodobashi net shop, it is listed as discontinued (literally “sales concluded”), so it does not appear to be a mistake.

Considering the K-3 series model change cycle, it would not be strange to see the appear of a successor model around now. I would expect to see a release in the near future.

With gratitude to the person who shared this information.

----------------

Yodobashi is a very high volume retailer. They are often the first retailer to run out of stock. It happened with the K-5 in 2012 as well Yodobashi ran out first then other retailers and there was a period of a few months from spring until the K-5ii came out at Photokina when the only Pentax you could get was the K-r.

I think this is probably the first indication, but as the article states, it is still available at almost all other retailers, and probably in some branches of Yodobashi as well.

Last edited by JPT; 01-10-2017 at 07:55 AM.
01-10-2017, 07:57 AM - 1 Like   #7
mee
Pentaxian




Join Date: May 2010
Photos: Albums
Posts: 6,005
Yassss!
01-10-2017, 08:02 AM - 1 Like   #8
ogl
Pentaxian
ogl's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Siberia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,294
It's logical. CP+2017 is close.

01-10-2017, 08:04 AM   #9
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 129
Ricoh tend to realease press realeses on Thursdays so....
01-10-2017, 08:15 AM - 2 Likes   #10
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
stevebrot's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 27,696
QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
Which definition of "discontinued" is this?

"Discontinued" as in Yodobashi no longer carries the camera in inventory
"Discontinued" as in Yodobashi will no longer special order the camera for customers
"Discontinued" as in Pentax refuses to sell to Yodobashi over some business dispute
"Discontinued" as in Pentax has no inventory of K3ii and has stopped making the K3ii
If this were B&H, it would mean, "Pentax distributor has not fulfilled our order"...


Steve
01-10-2017, 08:15 AM   #11
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Zygonyx's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ile de France
Posts: 3,101
And what if.....






[Same as Q story]

01-10-2017, 08:16 AM - 1 Like   #12
Forum Member




Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 90
Even though it is a good sign that Pentax may release a new flagship in the near future, I just bought a K-3II last June. It is unlikely that I will jump on this new model but certainly intrigue by what NEW features this body will bring. My plan for this year is new lens, not new camera body. But like most plans, it will be changed.
01-10-2017, 08:16 AM   #13
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Romania
Posts: 9,469
Hmm... perhaps the K-3 III will be so good, that very few would still want the K-3 II.
Or perhaps it's a mistake, and the K-3 II isn't actually discontinued
01-10-2017, 08:51 AM   #14
mee
Pentaxian




Join Date: May 2010
Photos: Albums
Posts: 6,005
QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Hmm... perhaps the K-3 III will be so good, that very few would still want the K-3 II.
Or perhaps it's a mistake, and the K-3 II isn't actually discontinued
Ernest's Family Album Comedy Special - YouTube "Ah, it's nothing!"
01-10-2017, 08:54 AM   #15
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
monochrome's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kirkwood (St. Louis) MO
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 20,608
Oh ye of little faith . . .
Closed Thread

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
bacon, cameras, cheddar, crybabies, divebar, english, equipment, gr gr gr, info, k-1, k-3, k-3ii, k-mount, lenses, lutefisk, managers, meetings, pentax news, pentax rumors, people, price, sake, sashimi, successor, sushi, system, tech, time, usage, whiners, yodobashi
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SMC Pentax-A 1:1.4 50mm lens marked "DEMO" -- Rare??? tom1803 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 18 10-29-2016 06:03 PM
Ricoh GR marked as Discontinued in Adorama Vemobydam Pentax News and Rumors 15 06-02-2015 02:30 AM
K-30 Marked as "discontinued" at B&H Adam Pentax K-30 & K-50 7 09-06-2013 07:09 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:53 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top