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08-24-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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K-7 Build Date

I just bought a K-7 today (August 2010) and the build date (based on information from Photo Me) is November 2009, is that reasonable to have such an old manufacture date ?, that means the camera has been in the shelf for months !!, any previous experience ?, thanks

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I just bought a K-7 today (August 2010) and the build date (based on information from Photo Me) is November 2009, is that reasonable to have such an old manufacture date ?, that means the camera has been in the shelf for months !!, any previous experience ?, thanks
That's perfectly normal. Cameras and lenses are built in batches and stored in a few global distribution enters for shipment to fill (relatively) small orders. The maker estimates a number of each item to be the production run. Then the assemblers are retrained and the line is moved to the next item.

If they overestimate (especially in camera bodies) there is liquidation pricing before the replacement model is released (sometimes there is overlap - watch K-7 and K-5 this fall).

My K10D was built in August, 2006 - delivered in March, 2007. I had an extensive email exchange with Adorama and the National Accounts Pentax Rep about your very issue and my new camera. I discovered this Forum while searching the web for answers to my concern - and met the Adorama Service rep here, who replied to one of my first posts!

FWIW, it has operated perfectly the entire time.
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What do you mean by K-5 ?, is there gone be a K-7 replacement almost just after I bough the K-7 ?, or they are completely different products ?, thanks
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What do you mean by K-5 ?, is there gone be a K-7 replacement almost just after I bough the K-7 ?, or they are completely different products ?, thanks
You don't read the rumors and Photokina threads? Supposed leaks of info abound...

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What do you mean by K-5 ?, is there gone be a K-7 replacement almost just after I bough the K-7 ?, or they are completely different products ?, thanks
Its probably a replacement...

Don't forget that cameras of all brands are like any other consumer electronic devices... new ones come out all the time... if you "wait for the latest one" to buy one, you'll wait your entire life!

Your K7 (just like my K20d) will have a long and fruitful life and you will enjoy it a lot, I would not worry about it.

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I also doubt it is going to be anywhere near the price you paid for the K-7 .. for the next 12 months at least.
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My K-7 was produced on june 29th 2009 and I bought it (like a fresh fish from the market) on july 23 2009.
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Just got my K-7 replaced (2 particles of dust under the LCD) and the new one has a Build Date of July 17 2010, pretty new. I think the difference is that the first one was a Body + Lens Kit and the second one is just the Body plus a separate lens.

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