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08-01-2011, 07:45 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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What do you tell people when they ask "What's a Pentax? Never heard of 'em" ?

Being a new Pentax user I would like to hear from you experienced Pentaxians of what to tell a Canikon who probably hasn't done his research about cameras and just bought into the hype of name or been sold a Canikon by the salesperson. What do you tell or what would you like to tell ?

Would you tell the history of Pentax ? Would you tell the pros of Pentax over Canikon ? Something along those lines.

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"It's a smaller brand".

That's about it.
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Nobody asks me. If anyone did, I would lie.
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Nobody asks me. If anyone did, I would lie.
What would you say ?

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They were a leader in film days, but have had no USA marketing for digital. It has built-in stabilization, excellent and expensive prime lenses, good zooms, of which some are weather-resistant, and can shoot DNG in the camera.

That is not what I would say though. I just shrug and smile.

Oh, and can use cheap old lenses.
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What would you say ?
Oh, probably something about how I smuggled it out of a secret lab in Turkestan during the revolution there last year. The engineers didn't want it falling into the hands of Al Qaeda so they hid it in a package of freeze-dried bacon. I can't say any more than that -- classified.
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I just say its the Japanese version of the best camera in the world.
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"Its made by the same people that probably did your Endoscopy. If they make good enough stuff for dark cavernous places like that - I figure its good enough to take pics out here" <gestures hand across current field of view>

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"Its made by the same people that probably did your Endoscopy...."
You'll have to rephrase that after 1 October.
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I blurted out the perfect answer a while back when someone impressed with my professional approach to a shot asked: "Is that a Canon or a Nikon?"
"Those are camera people buy because they fall for TV ads. Those who know a lot about photography buy Pentax," I said as I showed him the name.
Not true, of course, but they guy said "Oh," with his eyes studying my camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
You'll have to rephrase that after 1 October.


"Its the same brand as the camera that did your Endoscopy...."

Better ?
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"Its made by the same people that probably did your Endoscopy. If they make good enough stuff for dark cavernous places like that - I figure its good enough to take pics out here" <gestures hand across current field of view>
lol

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You'll have to rephrase that after 1 October.
why ? Ricoh buys Pentax October 1 ?
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why ? Ricoh buys Pentax October 1 ?
Yeah, well, the "imaging" business that is DSLRs along with the Brand Name. Hoya retains Medical Optics and the Pentax Company itself.

Hence my re-phrasing above
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QuoteOriginally posted by StDevious Quote
Being a new Pentax user I would like to hear from you experienced Pentaxians of what to tell a Canikon who probably hasn't done his research about cameras and just bought into the hype of name or been sold a Canikon by the salesperson. What do you tell or what would you like to tell ?

Would you tell the history of Pentax ? Would you tell the pros of Pentax over Canikon ? Something along those lines.
I just tell them it's a secret society of Limited membership

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"Pentax? They make medium format cameras that sell for 10 grand or so. This is their smaller model, it doesn't cost quite that much but it's still fairly good. I'm saving for the expensive one."
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