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07-24-2016, 10:30 PM   #4411
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This morning I was asked by one of our interns if I was into photography as he saw me with my cameras several weeks ago. I simply said yes and he said he was going into photography and bought a Nikon D5500. He inquired what system I was using and I said Pentax. He said that it's quite a rare system as he hasn't seen a lot in cameras stores here. I told him I buy them online despite the fact that Pentax is being made here. I wish we had more promotional materials and other more distributors here in my part of the woods.

07-25-2016, 12:51 AM   #4412
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I saw quite a few Pentaxes in the wild in Norway and Sweden, including a K-1!!
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I saw one yesterday at Blossac Park ... a K-50, I think.
07-25-2016, 05:05 AM   #4414
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Just spent 5 days at Disney--Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Disney Springs. Tons of Canons and Nikons, with mandatory kit zoom with crap UV filter and no hood in sight. Also some kid was shooting an L telephoto with no hood. The occasional Sony. 1 Samsung.

Not a single Pentax.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fat Albert Quote
Just spent 5 days at Disney--Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Disney Springs. Tons of Canons and Nikons, with mandatory kit zoom with crap UV filter and no hood in sight. Also some kid was shooting an L telephoto with no hood. The occasional Sony. 1 Samsung.

Not a single Pentax.
That's Walt's rules for you - no facial hair on the employees, no Pentax cameras!

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Once upon a time THE camera (in the 60ʻs and 70ʻs) that photography classes provided to high school students was the Pentax K1000. Well I am happy to say that I was able to convince my teacher colleagues and administration for my school to get our one and only camera for our AP Art Studio class; a Pentax K-S2 with a 35mm f/2.4 and 100mm Macro WR. Just a few years ago when I made the same request for our yearbook staff, I was denied because the admin had never heard of Pentax.

Things are slowly changing from rare to uncommon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
Once upon a time THE camera (in the 60ʻs and 70ʻs) that photography classes provided to high school students was the Pentax K1000. Well I am happy to say that I was able to convince my teacher colleagues and administration for my school to get our one and only camera for our AP Art Studio class; a Pentax K-S2 with a 35mm f/2.4 and 100mm Macro WR. Just a few years ago when I made the same request for our yearbook staff, I was denied because the admin had never heard of Pentax.

Things are slowly changing from rare to uncommon.


If it can cheer you up, your yearbook staff admin probably never heard of Hasselblad or Leica. :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Helios 84-5 Quote
If it can cheer you up, your yearbook staff admin probably never heard of Hasselblad or Leica. :-)
There's probably a lot of truth in that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Helios 84-5 Quote
If it can cheer you up, your yearbook staff admin probably never heard of Hasselblad or Leica. :-)
True, but as a once upon a time student, photographer, art educator, etc, for at least 2 decades the Honeywell and Asahi Pentax 35mm SLRs were the default at nearly every school, at least in the US. Other than in Germany for the Leicas and college profs and art institutes for the Hassy, Iʻd totally understand if the only other brand they knew of were Kodak, Polaroid, and maybe GAF.

My art teacher colleagues are roughly 40-65 years old and went to some notable schools like RISD, MICA, RPI, Alfred, Cornish, UO, etc. Admin is also in that age range....the film generation. But if they were like most in that age range, they may not have remembered or didnʻt take a photo class. In that case, their first cameras as adults were Kodak Instamatics, Canon AE-1, and maybe Nikon EM. IF their bachelor uncles were hobbyists, they might have had a Rollei TLR.

I miss the smell of the new packaging and cameras made in Japan. The German cameras had their own distinct aroma. But I digress.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote

I miss the smell of the new packaging and cameras made in Japan. The German cameras had their own distinct aroma. But I digress.....
A lot to be said for a leather wrist or camera strap.... to add some long lost aroma. It would have been nice if the K-1 had provision for adding some leather to it's body.

I retired to a small (2,000 peope) seaside town 5 years ago and have met 3 other pentax shooters within a couple of miles of here..... one via this forum. It's not something I put much effort into though..... as it is quite rare to find someone your in sync with to go for a photographic outing with...... and mostly now I'm looking for a set of conditions to happen that suit a particular thing that I might want to explore..... and pre-arrange outings rarely provide these.

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Last week I attended a trade show in Chicago. Saw the customary crowd of CaNikons in a fair amount and a lot of cell phones-as-camera examples, but no single Pentax both during the show and during my outings in the city. I didn't bring mine either but used my cell phone camera instead. No need to risk my treasure.
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Someone must be buying these cameras. I've heard Pentax is popular in Japan.
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Last Weekend I was at Long Beach Aquarium here in California, as usual thousands of cell phones, few Canikons and couple of Mirrorless cameras. But suddenly there was a familiar button layout on a camera that was held by a person in front of me, woo hoo its a Pentax!! It's a K5, beaten up with top LCD cracked. Approached the gentleman and talked about his camera, showed my K50 with my 40mm XS. He was happy to see another Pentaxian. He loves his K5, said it has survived many harsh situations and he was using a 43 mm limited on it. He also mentioned that he had been shooting Pentax since the film days and recently invested in K1 and loves it too.
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We're all over the place!

I'd say there are plenty of us. We're just spread out all over the world. I belong to no less than 20 Pentax oriented Flickr groups most of which are K-3 groups with several lens specific groups thrown in too. When I decided to buy my first DSLR and move from my Panasonic FZ35 Super Zoom I did a good bit of reseach and bought a K-50 back when they came out then I've moved on to a K-3 which I love. The thing that absolutely sold me on Pentax was the in body image stabilization and the ability to use legacy lens. Hard to beat the K mount DSLRs for a good value and ruggedness.

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When I joined this forum, I wasn't aware that the Pentax Corporation was defunct since 2008 : / Hell, before joining this forum I thought Pentax was as big as either Canon or Nikon heh Pentax was very present when I was a kid and I always assumed that they were as big as the other camera manufacturers.

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