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07-06-2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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Australian Retailers Carrying Pentax?

I know Camerahouse, Teds etc.

But are any of the big box movers carrying it? only reason im interested is that I am keen to use 12mth interest free rather than spend the cash I have.

Any suggestions?

If not, oh well the ATO return will have to be well used

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Welcome. Great to see more and more Aussies logging on.
Have you considered vanbar? An online shop now offering the K-7 with outlets in Nth Melb and Carlton (as well as Sydney).
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there have been some general electrical outlets advertising Pentax gear although haven't seen many recently. If they have a K200D or K-M on the shelf, they'll probably be able to order a K-7 in as well. Hardly Normals seem willing to do anything to get a sale... probably worth a try.
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Dick Smith carry them I think - the Super Stores, not the regular ones.

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Paxtons as well.

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The last version of my Aussie Pentax suppliers (updated in April this year) has a fairly comprehensive list.

It probably hasn't changed much since then. Any additions to the thread welcome.

Big box retailers aren't really in it much - there were some K200D sales at Dick Smith, JB and Office Works. But with the demise of the K200D these have largely dried up - although I note Office Works has the K200D and K20D on their site.

Don't even bother with Hardly Normal - they only sell Canikon.

Online is one of your best bets - and don't forget that CR Kennedy (the Australian distributor) are offering to match on-line prices from overseas on some lines (also in the same thread).

Good luck with your hunting.....
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Harvey Norman had a bitch fight with CR Kennedy, they won't sell Pentax in the near future, if ever.

JB HiFi sell Pentax, but not much of them.
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I suppose JB Hifi might get into the bg box category, they carry heaps of Pentax.
Digital Camera Warehouse are about the best in pricing for Melbourne shops and in Northcote, friendly staff too.

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I went into Ted's Camera in Canberra today, they had the K-7 on dispay and I had a hands on play with it.

Focus is definately very fast and the shutter noise well dampened.

The sales rep was very praising of the K-7 and even went on to say the image quality is the best AND the Live View focussing is the fastest he has seen in any DSLR with video.

I acted dumb and pretended not to know anything about Pentax, he did not try to swing me away towards Canon or Nikon.

I think I will need to feel the camera with a battery grip on it first. I am so used to my K10 and K20 with grips.

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Speaking of which, I will pay the city stores a visit. Hopefully pleasant experience this time
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I have dealt with Rainers Camera House in Brisbane City, and was more than pleasant. Great service actually.

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I can now vouch for the fact that CameraHouse in Lismore NSW have enthusiastic Pentax staff on hand.

I had a play with a k7 there today, and the salesgirl (a K20D owner) was very enthusiatic about the camera. Apparently other store employees are also Pentax enthusiasts too, and the arrival of the K7 caused quite a stir in-store.

Felt very good in-hand, very quiet shutter, lovely rear display. Also very compact feeling. Its solidity and compact size reminded me very pleasantly of the feel of some of my old M-series Pentax film cameras, like the MX. I liked that very much.
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Well a business I do work for every now and then on the weekend deals with Pentax and has CR Kennedy as a supplier had a chat with the rep, looks like I found a good way to source some accessories for myself.
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Well a business I do work for every now and then on the weekend deals with Pentax and has CR Kennedy as a supplier had a chat with the rep, looks like I found a good way to source some accessories for myself.
Do share.. I want the battery grip and spare battery. $$?
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Do share.. I want the battery grip and spare battery. $$?
I'll see, but generally these things are on the condition its for personal purchase and nothing else.
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