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01-29-2009, 08:13 AM   #1
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Pentax will introduce a new camera at PMA...

...but it won't be a reflex.

My local sales rep tells me that at the PMA Pentax will show a bridge camera a la Lumix FZ-28 or Oly SP570, and that we'll have to wait until May-June for a new reflex. He has zero info about the new reflex.

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Your "local field rep"

is a bona fide Ninnyhammer.

QuoteOriginally posted by hopey Quote
...but it won't be a reflex.

My local sales rep tells me that at the PMA Pentax will show a bridge camera a la Lumix FZ-28 or Oly SP570, and that we'll have to wait until May-June for a new reflex. He has zero info about the new reflex.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hopey Quote
...but it won't be a reflex.

My local sales rep tells me that at the PMA Pentax will show a bridge camera a la Lumix FZ-28 or Oly SP570, and that we'll have to wait until May-June for a new reflex. He has zero info about the new reflex.
Sure... Which is why Ned Bunnel is justifying his purchase of the Leica D-LUX4 by saying that Pentax is not a contender in that market segment... Perhaps they forgot to inform him...



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is a bona fide Ninnyhammer.
Or a Cotton-Headed Ninny Muffin?



bonus point to those who got that joke

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We'll see. I don't see any reason not to trust him. He has been right several times before.

In a bit more than 30 days we can reactivate this thread to see if i was right.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ishpuini Quote
Sure... Which is why Ned Bunnel is justifying his purchase of the Leica D-LUX4 by saying that Pentax is not a contender in that market segment... Perhaps they forgot to inform him...



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It would not surprise me if Hoya hasn't keep Mr Bunnel is the loop. The old Pentax Japan was famous for not keeping their US subsidiary informed.

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<It would not surprise me if Hoya hasn't keep Mr Bunnel is the loop. The old Pentax Japan was famous for not keeping their US subsidiary informed.>

Who knows? Maybe Ned is already on his way out the door, and posting about the Leica is his parting shot.

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Ouch!!!!!!!!!!

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Maybe this one rebadged?



Anyway: Bunnell buy a Leicasonic -> Pentax announces similar camera -> Bunnell compares them on his blog and [surprise] the latter wins = marketing genius.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zntgrg Quote
Maybe this one rebadged?



Anyway: Bunnell buy a Leicasonic -> Pentax announces similar camera -> Bunnell compares them on his blog and [surprise] the latter wins = marketing genius.
Could be. Of course, to further indulge my pet theory... What if there's a Leica affiliation in the works? Maybe Lumix comes with the package, or Leica gets some of those designs in a divorce, ...and needs a less-luxury marque to sell volume under?

Part of my rationale here is that everyone and their brother seems to have a pretty nice bridge camera, these days. Would Pentax really want to be competing for that market with their own R&D when entry level DSLRs are getting so relatively-cheap? Maybe there's a consolidation going on there. Could Olympus end up the odd ones out, if so? Become all about the Micro Four Thirds, perhaps?

Pentax, meanwhile, tahdah! Has a bridge camera.

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A bridge camera with a 1/2.3 or even a 1/1.6 sized sensor would be suicidal seeing as how Olympus is rumored be announcing these at PMA:

Two Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras rumored for soonish release - Engadget

Rumors: Olympus M1 and M100 will be two new Micro Four Thirds cameras - 1001 Noisy Cameras

Rumored specs:

+ Olympus M-100: The "orange carrot-cam" we've seen prototyped at Photokina 2008 with the 14-70mm kit lens (28-140mm 35mm-eq)

+ Olympus M-1: Weather-sealed, with HD video recording, and 3.2" LCD, and a 12-45mm (24-90mm 35mm-eq) lens.

If they drop something like that rumored M1 on the market I'll never even own a DSLR again, much less a bridge camera.

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what i want to know, is where do these lurkers come from?
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what i want to know, is where do these lurkers come from?
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What is the name of your "sales rep"? Jack Schitt?

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'Suicidal?' I really don't see bridge cameras as being that big a deal either way, not till EVF tech really comes of age, anyway. Whole different market than an interchangeable-lens not-SLR, even before you start buying expensive lenses. And they just don't have the small primes, yet, last I saw. By the time you stick an adapter, lens, or a slow zoom on one of those, you're talking a whole lot more money than a bridge camera.... probably before covering anywhere near the zoom range people seem to want in the bridge cameras.

Not that they're not nice things, but Olympus coming out with a fancy little micro four thirds does not 'suicidal' make.

Just not the same market. It'll be interesting to see what take Pentax might have on a bridge camera, though... if anything, it seems there's just so many decent ones out there, it'll be hard to find a niche.
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