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05-11-2015, 12:22 AM   #3736
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The American or Canadian side?....
The Canadian side - though I'm sure the boat strayed into USA territorial waters

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Trouble is Pentax, at least here in Australia, isn't supported in the retail stores. Have been to three trying to find Pentax and they just aren't carried .I'm happy to buy online, but most people like the reassurance of seeing their camera choice supported in retail stores. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?

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. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?
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The chance that you stumble upon the brand by accident isnīt that high here either. Some stores, even some chain stores here in Berlin got Pentax, but youīve to know them.

Itīs sad, given the quality and value of the products. I recently sold my Fuji X-A1. The image quality is better, but the build quality and feel not even close. Will get a K50 as a second camera now, the DA 40mm XS will make it small enough as an every day camera.
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Trouble is Pentax, at least here in Australia, isn't supported in the retail stores. Have been to three trying to find Pentax and they just aren't carried .I'm happy to buy online, but most people like the reassurance of seeing their camera choice supported in retail stores. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?

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Isn't supported in Canadian retail stores either

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I Didn't know anyone who owned a Pentax before I got mine. Even some of the guys I know with cameras were like, pentax still makes cameras? ,when I talked about getting mine. Then I got my k-50 and posted up in fb and some friends of mine who I didn't even know were into photography appeared out of nowhere like, hey I have a white k-50 and it's awesome! , or something like that.

Totally surprised me.
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We will be the 'in' brand soon...
us diehards will be like...not surprised
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Isn't supported in Canadian retail stores either
There's a lot more stores in Canada that carry Pentax (in store) than in the US from what I've seen. Longs Drugs had a lot in Victoria when I was up there last summer. We'll see what I find when I'm in Ontario/Quebec this summer. Certainly more than the Los Angeles area (1 store for what is ~1/2 of Canada's population)
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There is still a camera shop in my town, just.
I bought my K100D there back in the day...probably the first and last Pentax DSLR they ever sold..
I could drive 150k and maybe find a K-50 with a kit lens but that would be it.
sadly the New Zealand importer specialised in suicidal over pricing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hal55 Quote
Trouble is Pentax, at least here in Australia, isn't supported in the retail stores. Have been to three trying to find Pentax and they just aren't carried .I'm happy to buy online, but most people like the reassurance of seeing their camera choice supported in retail stores. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?

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Ted's Camera store has Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hal55 Quote
Trouble is Pentax, at least here in Australia, isn't supported in the retail stores. Have been to three trying to find Pentax and they just aren't carried .I'm happy to buy online, but most people like the reassurance of seeing their camera choice supported in retail stores. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?

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Yes. I live in Borneo, the world's third-largest island. I know the other two Pentax users on the island personally, and we all have to send out stuff to Kuala Lumpur in West Malaysia for repairs. New purchases can only be made online, as no retailer carries Pentax.

Before Borneo, I lived in Taiwan for 22 years. Taipei has an entire street full of nothing but camera stores. Two of them carry Pentax.

But you know what? I kind of like that feeling. My dad shot Hasselblad in the 60s and got stared at everywhere he went. Now it's my turn :-))
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"Ted's Camera store has Pentax."

Glad to hear it, I've been to Harvey Norman, the camera shop at Helensvale and the big Camera Warehouse at Biggera Waters and none has Pentax - odd since Ricoh's office is just up the road!

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There's a lot more stores in Canada that carry Pentax (in store) than in the US from what I've seen. Longs Drugs had a lot in Victoria when I was up there last summer. We'll see what I find when I'm in Ontario/Quebec this summer. Certainly more than the Los Angeles area (1 store for what is ~1/2 of Canada's population)
You will not find much in Quebec,I ordered my gear from B&H.
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Four stores in a radius of about 20km from work; all from the same owner who (which) happens to be the agent.

I haven't been there for ages but the first time I popped in in one of theme (a few years ago) they had the K-x and K-7 on display as well as the full DA* line.
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You will not find much in Quebec,I ordered my gear from B&H.
Nor in Ontario
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QuoteOriginally posted by hal55 Quote
Trouble is Pentax, at least here in Australia, isn't supported in the retail stores. Have been to three trying to find Pentax and they just aren't carried .I'm happy to buy online, but most people like the reassurance of seeing their camera choice supported in retail stores. Is this lack of retail presence typical elsewhere?

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Not much in the middle of the US either. We did have Cord Camera but they closed a couple of years ago. AFAIK, if you want to buy Pentax at a brick and mortar store, New York city and maybe LA or San Francisco.


Might also be some in Seattle too but I sure Chicago is out.
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