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12-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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K-7 Discontinued in the Japanese Market

Hello Everyone,

I was just looking for some info about my K20D and stumbled upon this at Pentax Japan. Japanese Market only. Couldn't find any info here on the forum search.

Digital SLR Camera Lineup (Discontinued Model) : Digital Cameras : Products : PENTAX

I wonder what people think?

Is that a fast retirement?.

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Rod.

12-31-2010, 12:36 AM   #2
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No it's normal since the k5 is out there's no point building k7's...
They make more money selling a k5 than a k7
12-31-2010, 03:26 AM   #3
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I'd say, two possible answers:
- Arg, no! Pentax is doomed!
- Standard product life cycle, it'll be there while the stocks last, since it's been replaced in its range...

(Same question was asked when the K20D was retired I guess?)
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Should we start a Arg, no! Pentax is doomed!!!!! thread?

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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Should we start a Arg, no! Pentax is doomed!!!!! thread?
What, another one?

Meanwhile, I recently came across an article in CITY JOURNAL about PHYSICIST SOLVES THE CITY or some such. Said retired astrophysicist has written seminal papers about biological scaling and other non-astrophysical stuff, including the scaling and dynamics of human urban assemblages. And now he's gone on to look at corporations.

A fact emerges: Cities can last a long long time. Corporations rarely survive longer than 50 years. Why? Because cities are naturally anarchic places fed by human dynamics. Does your mayor "run" your city? Ha. But corporations are run top-down, and often lack the flexibility to adjust adequately to changing environments. Let's say a business is a success, expands, generates bookoo money -- at some point, it overloads. The efficiency of scale is swamped by the inefficiency of bureaucracy, the niggling of bean-counters. The "Rule of 1000" takes over -- any organization with over 1000 personnel generates enough internal communications that it no longer needs to retain contact with the real world.

Every business corporation dies, eventually. (Anyone remember Studebaker, PanAm, Exxon, Chicken Delight?) Most die within a generation. Few survive past 50 years. Asahi (Pentax) has been around since 1919 -- slightly younger than Nikon (1917), older than Canon (1937) and that upstart pipsqueak Sony (1946). OK, so Pentax died and was devoured by Hoya in 2008. But it still beat the odds.
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It is a normal product cycle. The surprising thing is that the K7 has been sold this long after the release of the K5.
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Im getting all nostalgic for my old K7 now..:{...lol
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Does your mayor "run" your city? Ha.
"Ha", indeed!

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Does this mean the K7 will be available as a refurb soon?
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That's certainly an interesting concept since it probably holds true, especially in today's digital world!

QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
The "Rule of 1000" takes over -- any organization with over 1000 personnel generates enough internal communications that it no longer needs to retain contact with the real world.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chadci Quote
Does this mean the K7 will be available as a refurb soon?
No, as a collector, prices will skyrocket.
Or not.
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not too many K20 or K10 prices sky rocketing....
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