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01-18-2016, 01:18 PM - 1 Like   #91
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There are people who want a D600-class camera, and there are people who want a camera in a class or two above. The K-1 is for the latter group. Is it that hard to accept?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
There are people who want a D600-class camera, and there are people who want a camera in a class or two above. The K-1 is for the latter group. Is it that hard to accept?
We are just wondering who is that group. Most people who need a camera in a 'class or two above' would obviously be using Canon or Nikon currently. There does not appear to be a big market for that latter group in 2016 as they would probably be shooting another system by now if they needed a camera in the class.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Not so much within an existing lens mount and camera eco-system. It can however get quite expensive moving to another lens mount (or running with several at once ).

tell me about it... try moving from Pentax APSC to Nikon FF to Fuji APSC... thank god for tax write offs and part time income from shooting lol

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QuoteOriginally posted by richmondthefish Quote
We are just wondering who is that group. Most people who need a camera in a 'class or two above' would obviously be using Canon or Nikon currently. There does not appear to be a big market for that latter group in 2016 as they would probably be shooting another system by now if they needed a camera in the class.
I wouldn't fault that logic at all.

I would assume the idea is flagship first, entry level second. that's been kind of the route with most manufacture it seems.
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Me, for example; a few friends, some of the people here and many more elsewhere. The people who would actually buy the K-1, instead of complaining about the price. Talking about that, who are the "we" from your post?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
I wouldn't fault that logic at all.
Logic? What logic? That's some made-up stuff in an attempt to dismiss the existence of a Pentax K-1 market.

It's not the same as your assumption that eventually Ricoh Imaging might have a 2-tier FF DSLR camera lineup.


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QuoteOriginally posted by richmondthefish Quote
If you are a Canon user you have an option of the 6D or D600 for Nikon users. These are sub $1500 FF cameras plus not to mention a used market full of FF models that can be had for under $1k.
Canon or Nikon [or Pentax] APS-C users can get an even cheaper Sony A7 FF if they want. No doubt some used Pentax digital FF's will be on the market too, in a short while.

And of course, if price and FF format is all that is guiding a user, film Pentaxes are full-frame... and lots are already available dirt cheap.

I agree it would be wise for Pentax to have tiers in it's FF offerings, like everyone else does. Sony/Canon/Nikon don't just offer pro-tier FF gear. Maybe a K-1 Lite will be released a little while after the K-1, like Nikon did when they first brought a FF to market (D3 battleship first, followed after a while by smaller, cheaper D700) .
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QuoteOriginally posted by richmondthefish Quote
We are just wondering who is that group. Most people who need a camera in a 'class or two above' would obviously be using Canon or Nikon currently. There does not appear to be a big market for that latter group in 2016 as they would probably be shooting another system by now if they needed a camera in the class.
Um, I'm in that "group". I have half a dozen "pro" lenses in K-mount that have kept me in K-mount from a K10 through a K-3.

It would cost me close to 10k to switch to Nikon in glass alone, so I have held on by my fingernails, waiting for the Pentax FF. It's simple economics: Pay 13K to switch or 3K to stay. A no brainer, but with a statue of limitations. If the K1 isn't in the D810 class then yes I WILL switch because I have no use for a middle class FF and APS-C (K3) is inadequate as alternative.

Here's the thing, a FF is a "need" and having that that need allows me to justify a bigger price tag. I and others that need a feature packed FF are your market. A D600 class camera is merely a "want" or a "hope" for a different "market" and would not entice "my" group at all. I've said this in previous posts, if the K1 underwhelms due to performance or feature set, Pentax will lose MORE higher end users to other systems than they will gain in APS-C upgrades within the current customer base. Plus a D600 class FF is certainly not going to garner ANY attention for other brand owners who already have that brand's stable of glass. Why would they spend the money to switch? Talk about ho-hum. We waited this long for THIS?

There's already been a hundred+ "Do I need a FF?" threads, and my answer to each is: "If you're asking, then probably not." And chances are, 90% of those "on the fence" about a FF aren't going to pull the trigger, even if it's a $1500 camera. There's already enough arguments about the "advantage of FF v. APS-C", why would you spend $1500 when you can get a K3-2 for half the price? Are you really going to stick a DA18-55 on the K1 and call it good? Seriously, if that's your plan, you aren't (or shouldn't be) in the market for the K1.

The K1 is for those who have or will buy the 24-70 and probably the *15-30, and maybe the *70-200 as their basic kit. Or those who have the FA* 600/4 or one of several other legacy lenses from Sigma/Tamron. The K1 market is muttering under their breath where's my *300/2.8 and why wasn't the 24-70 a DFA*. It's not because we have unlimited budgets, but because we have expectations from our photography and finite definitions of our needs that only an upper echelon FF body can fulfill.

I honestly don't want a FF, I need a FF. I don't have a choice, really and by the end of 2016 I will be shooting FF, whether it's Pentax or Nikon. There's your market because I know I'm not alone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Me, for example; a few friends, some of the people here and many more elsewhere. The people who would actually buy the K-1, instead of complaining about the price. Talking about that, who are the "we" from your post?[COLOR="Silver"]

I would have been in that boat with you... if not for my pair of Nikon bodies. I got impatient and my needs outgrew what I could do with the K3.

I don't doubt there will be quite a few who will upgrade just to use the FA Limited's again. Heck, when they drop in price/go used I'll be right there picking one up.

Depends on if you want to be an early adopter. I usually do, but I can hold off this time

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I have a very good offer of a second hand D800E, a lightly used camera in perfect condition. If instead of a K-1 Pentax/Ricoh made some cheap entry level thing, I would be a Nikonian now. The D800 series is amazing (amazingly huge as well ).

I don't mind paying the full price, if I'll get a perfectly working model. Perhaps I'll wait just a bit until other people are testing and OK-ing the camera But waiting until the price drops significantly, that's lost time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
The people who would actually buy the K-1, instead of complaining about the price. Talking about that, who are the "we" from your post?[COLOR="Silver"]


Me, for example; a few friends, some of the people here and many more elsewhere.

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Um, I'm in that "group". I have half a dozen "pro" lenses in K-mount that have kept me in K-mount from a K10 through a K-3.

It would cost me close to 10k to switch to Nikon in glass alone, so I have held on by my fingernails, waiting for the Pentax FF. It's simple economics: Pay 13K to switch or 3K to stay. A no brainer, but with a statue of limitations. If the K1 isn't in the D810 class then yes I WILL switch because I have no use for a middle class FF and APS-C (K3) is inadequate as alternative.


I honestly don't want a FF, I need a FF. I don't have a choice, really and by the end of 2016 I will be shooting FF, whether it's Pentax or Nikon. There's your market because I know I'm not alone.


Ok so thats the primary target market. Current Pentax FF hold outs with a lot of investment in Pentax glass.
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QuoteOriginally posted by richmondthefish Quote
Me, for example; a few friends, some of the people here and many more elsewhere.
Be a bit more descriptive, please; do you mean the people who won't buy the K-1 because it's not the cheapest camera ever?
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QuoteOriginally posted by richmondthefish Quote
We are just wondering who is that group. Most people who need a camera in a 'class or two above' would obviously be using Canon or Nikon currently.
I guess car manufacturers face the same problem. Cars have been available for years now so everyone who needs a car has bought one by now. I donít know why they are still making them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Be a bit more descriptive, please; do you mean the people who won't buy the K-1 because it's not the cheapest camera ever?

I would say anyone who doesnít need a FF Pentax camera looking in from the outside. If you have $13,000 in FF Pentax glass already and have been waiting for years for a FF digital Pentax body then that person is probably picking up the camera no matter what unless somehow the camera was junk(I doubt the K1 will be a dud). Where exactly the K1 lands in both performance and price at launch will determine whether or not the rest of photographers will decide to pick one up. If the price is indeed high then Pentax will have to back it up which I am rooting for them to do so.
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No, you were not chosen to represent that group. More specifically, I didn't chose you to represent me - I don't need a FF camera, and I don't have $13,000 in FF Pentax glass already - yet I will most likely buy the camera, and some new lenses.
Many people who you consider to be "on your side" likely aren't.
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