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17 or less 10.33%
18-24 41.34%
25-31 227.36%
32-39 289.36%
40-49 5518.39%
50-56 5919.73%
57-64 7123.75%
65-69 3110.37%
70-79 279.03%
80+ 10.33%
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03-21-2018, 10:02 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
That's similar to how I ended up shooting Pentax.

I went into a local camera store to get my first SLR (previously used a Kodak Instamatic) and ended up with a Pentax KX, which was recommended by the clerk. The "K" Series had just come out earlier that summer and in 1975 Pentax k-mount was the one to get. The K2 was more than I could afford, as well as the faster lenses, so I ended up with the K28/3.5 & K55/1.8 and K135/3.5.

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That was of course in the day when a camera salesman listened to what you wanted, thought about what you could spend and gave you a workable recommendation.

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So far, about 17% under 40...
03-21-2018, 10:12 AM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by IgorZ Quote
Maybe it was the same camera store? I bought my first Pentax from Broadway (?) camera store, in Kitsilano, back when I was doing my MA at the UBC.
Yep Broadway Camera is still there, I live close by.

I got my Pentax kit from Kerrisdale Camera's main store on 41st Avenue, near Arbutus. I still go in there every couple months to checkout the stores used gear. Kerrisdale Cameras still have a NOS 645 for $999.99 that someone should buy.....

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
That was of course in the day when a camera salesman listened to what you wanted, thought about what you could spend and gave you a workable recommendation.
Very true, as I was clueless with a limited budget.

Most of the older staff are gone from that period, the last one I knew retired about 8 years ago. However they still do have some staff from the film heydays, that know what and how good Pentax was.

Phil.

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03-21-2018, 02:33 PM   #34
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Average age of Pentaxians
Happy days, that's me in the most popular grouping...

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Happy days, that's me in the most popular grouping...
There's 48 of you... What number are you?
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There's 48 of you... What number are you?
A significant birthday in May this year...

Planning a week away exploring the wild windswept and beautiful beaches of the Isle of Harris, Lady Kerrowdown will no doubt be taking a library of books...
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A significant birthday in May this year...

Planning a week away exploring the wild windswept and beautiful beaches of the Isle of Harris, Lady Kerrowdown will no doubt be taking a library of books...
I remember turning 60, it's all downhill from there. The slope just seems to get steeper and steeper once you pass 55.
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it's all downhill from there
Difference being, I'm already at the bottom looking up...

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I remember turning 60, it's all downhill from there. The slope just seems to get steeper and steeper once you pass 55.
I was told it's downhill from 30...
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I gave two of my Pentax film cameras to my eldest. After many years of B&W film usage, she bought a Canon DSLR. I gave her younger sibling my K-5, which she still has. I was consulted by two of my younger women friends when they were looking at buying a DSLR, and they both use Pentaxes now. If you want to keep the brand alive, you need to do what every older citizen should do, and model the behaviour you want to encourage in your replacements. Just don’t expect them to be joiners.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IgorZ Quote
I was told it's downhill from 30...
When I was 39 I could still do everything I did when I was 15, I just couldn't do it every day anymore. By the time I hit 45 there was starting to be list of things I couldn't do anymore. Shots I used to hit in tennis that were simply impossible because I didn't have the agility. I played my last touch football game at 48, between 45 and 48 I went from being able to run with the guys who were on the professional team's scout team, to not being able to run with old slow fat guys. IN four years I went from being my teams top cover guy, to the guy they had to try and hide in the defence. At 62 I played my last baseball game in a league that allowed teenage hotshots to play at 61 I started my last double play at short stop.. At 66 I went up over the net for my last block and pounded my last spike into the floor playing volleyball.

I have been very conscious of the long slow decline. I remember a lot of "last times". During what was supposed to be my absolute peak, age 26, I was raising kids and working my ass off. Absolutely no time to enjoy my physical peak, but probably the most memorable time with my kids. After all, they only grow up once. I've hit lots of tennis balls, baseballs, volley balls, and caught a lot of footballs, before and after the kids. But the time with the kids really stands out.

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Absolutely no time to enjoy my physical peak, but probably the most memorable time with my kids. After all, they only grow up once. I've hit lots of tennis balls, baseballs, volley balls, and caught a lot of footballs, before and after the kids. But the time with the kids really stands out.
I agree. "kids are priceless. For everything else there is Pentax" to paraphrase the old commercial
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So far, about 17% under 40...
I ran this same poll a year or two ago.. and I (could be foggy on this) remember there being a bit more on the under 40 group and a little bit more in the over 70 group.

I wonder how this compares to other brands? It seems like the most alarming issue to me.. above lens release timelines and Autofocus systems.
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I shoot Pentax because my sister gave me a K10 D for christmas a few years ago. She has been shooting Pentax since she had a K1000 many years ago. She recently graduated to a K1, and I am hoping to inherit her K 3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sam Dennis Quote
I shoot Pentax because my sister gave me a K10 D for christmas a few years ago. She has been shooting Pentax since she had a K1000 many years ago. She recently graduated to a K1, and I am hoping to inherit her K 3.
If she's like me, she'll want to keep both.
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