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02-19-2010, 05:11 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
My disappointment is that there won't be any new lenses -- even WR versions of existing lenses. I personally won't get a medium format digital in the forseeable future -- not really even interested in full frame, but I'd like to see some new lenses filling in the gaps.
The question is "which gaps".

For regular focal lenses, the lineup is quite complete with some uniques items (the pancake prime lineup) They don't have tilt-shift as well, but that's an hyper specialiszed market.

For ultrawide and super-tele they may have a few holes, but they don't have the pro market for it as well. In the case of super-tele, Sigma is said to have a very decent offering quality and certainly extremely decent in diversity.

Fast ultra-wide is another thing, but given the price and size of these, I bet no eveyone feel the urge for them.

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My disappointment is that there won't be any new lenses -- even WR versions of existing lenses.
I'm counting on a WR version of the 55-300 coming soon. It just doesn't make sense to sell K-x double kits with the 55-300, but only a 50-200 with the K-7.

I don't think that PMA 2010 absence says much about which lenses that are in the pipeline.
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Like others have said. Why sould they attend when there arn't any stores carrying Pentax anymore except on-line. Even my local store don't keep anything in stock anymore.
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i'd rather pentax save money by not going to trade shows and stick with announcing products online.

send press releases to major blogs and news sites and i bet you'll get just as much exposure as you would attending a trade show that costs a lot more money.

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Like others have said. Why sould they attend when there arn't any stores carrying Pentax anymore except on-line. Even my local store don't keep anything in stock anymore.
In one sense, it would give people the chance to see the cameras in the flesh, but in reality, it's a massive gamble that wouldn't work out.
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i'd rather pentax save money by not going to trade shows and stick with announcing products online.

send press releases to major blogs and news sites and i bet you'll get just as much exposure as you would attending a trade show that costs a lot more money.
Yeah, better that HoyaTax spend millions on developing a body that might sell 1000ish bodies/yr (over time and just WAG on my part to illustrate the point)...that way the prices on "standard" DSLR lenses and gear creep up to that lofty Canikon range in order to underwrite the development costs of the 645D. Yeah, that makes a ton of sense.

BTW, while the idea of why spend the money on a trade show if the product is only sold online makes some sense looked at from a given direction, OTOH, I see two other positions. first it is an indication something might be up with the sale of the Pentax camera division and for HoyaTax to setup shop at PMA will put the sale at risk...as in they really can't announce products for a division they are selling off and thus force the potential buyer into a direction which they might not care to head. Second, Pentax camera sales are in the tank in the US market and HoyaTax sees no reason to keep spending the cash here...I mean really, you are talking about at most a couple hundred grand at the absolute most to attend the show. For a global brand like Pentax/HoyaTax that is pocket change...I mean look at the money spend creating the 645D and the "huge" market for the thing. Really, I wonder just how many they would sell world wide the first year? 10k? Maybe? And then they would be down to a trickle after that point.

Nope, I still feel something is going on with the Pentax brand itself, at least in the US. Of course even Apple and as I recall MS no longer go to CES here in the US. Sooooo, I could see a company saying that these "trade shows" are just not worth the headache anymore. Now that I could see as a valid reason...but not 3-days prior to the event. Other factors are at work, more so than just the 645D being a non-US product. And as others have written, who cares about a 645D that only a handful of people out of 300,000,000 will buy...why nothing new and worth showing off for us peons?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ewalk Quote
i'd rather pentax save money by not going to trade shows and stick with announcing products online.

send press releases to major blogs and news sites and i bet you'll get just as much exposure as you would attending a trade show that costs a lot more money.
That's exactly what Pentax is doing I think. Our local Pentax distributor stopped attending any local trade show a couple of years ago. The reason is simple: too much effort w/ too little in return.
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I don't find it odd that a company decides not to invest in going to a trade show. There are many valid reasons, some of which are pointed out here.

What I do find odd, is a company pulling out at the last minute. One would think that there are some registration penalties involved. Also, just from a PR standpoint it does not look good on the surface to back out after people are counting on your participation.

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Has it been officially confirmed that Pentax has pulled out of PMA or is it just speculation?
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Has it been officially confirmed that Pentax has pulled out of PMA or is it just speculation?
Pentax pulls out of PMA 2010! (computer-translated) - 1001 Noisy Cameras
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I spoke to soon lol

I see that Canon also pulled out to.
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The biggest gap to me right now it the "fast normal prime" area. I understand that you can get Sigma lenses to fill in the gaps, it just seems like you should have a 35mm f2 for less than 1200 dollars (assuming the FA35 is on the way out right now). Obviously long glass is also missing. There has been a "super telephoto" on the map for awhile, but no real action as far as I can tell. Finally, I would like to see some addressing of SDM issues and a release of a super zoom sequel to the 18-250.
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Like others have said. Why sould they attend when there arn't any stores carrying Pentax anymore except on-line. Even my local store don't keep anything in stock anymore.
I'm seeing Pentax Kx in places I've never seen before: Best Buy and Futureshop both have it to handle and I've seen the K-7 in every camera store around here.

(Remember everytime you see a K-x on display enable the extended ISO).
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Both Canon and Pentax pulled out months ago. It was not a recent decision. All the big cheeses from Pentax will be in there with a special "suite" for invited guests and customers. They just won't have a booth on the show floor.

All is good in Pentaxland!!
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Pentax pulled out of PMA months ago ??? Link ?

Pentax pulled out of PMA months ago and not just three days before start of PMA 2010 ???

Link Me, please?


Canon publically announced they'd pass on PMA in California last September, 2009.

This public announcement of Pentax PMA pull~out from months ago is the LINK I'd like too see...


I agree, ALL is always good in Pentax~Land



QuoteOriginally posted by Punky Quote
Both Canon and Pentax pulled out months ago. It was not a recent decision. All the big cheeses from Pentax will be in there with a special "suite" for invited guests and customers. They just won't have a booth on the show floor.

All is good in Pentaxland!!

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