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01-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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New DSLR Releases from Pentax

Hello All,

I am new to the forums. I am thinking about purchasing the K30. This will only be me second Pentax ever and it's been a long time since I owned my last one. I was just wondering what Pentax release window looks like. How often do they release new DSLRs? How often do the lower their prices?

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01-09-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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The K-30 has recently dropped in price, so now would be a great time to get one! The typical product life cycle for intro-level cameras like the K-30 is 12 to 18 months, but it's hard to predict what's going to come out in the near future...Pentax can go in many directions. Personally I don't think they're going to prioritize a K-30 replacement as the camera is already selling very well.

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Great. Thank you very much. How important is a top LCD screen? I'm new to DSLRs.
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You are probably in the 'sweet spot' on the k-30 and the k-5 if you can still find one, price wise. k-5II and k-5IIs were announced in September and shipping now. Those are the new bodies. Best guess is a replacement for k-30 might be on the road map for late 2013 early 2014 but that is just a guess. Most prognosticators are looking to the CP+ show in February for any future announcements. They did announce new cameras and a new flash at CES but not DSLR cameras. But there are no rumors even suggesting any new bodies within the foreseeable future.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
How important is a top LCD screen? I'm new to DSLRs.
Depends on you. Some say they will never own a camera without one. I never look at mine for some reason. Some people leave the LCD screen turned off as well, so take your pick.
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Re top LCD, I largely agree with jatrax.

I have a K-5 and most of the time I use the main LCD status panel. I could live without the top LCD fine although it can be convenient while operating on a tripod I find.
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Thank you all very much. Time to decide.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Great. Thank you very much. How important is a top LCD screen? I'm new to DSLRs.
For me, a top LCD screen is an absolute must. Lack of one is a dealbreaker for me.

But lots of other people see no particular value in a top LCD screen, and that viewpoint is equally valid to my viewpoint.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MPrince Quote
For me, a top LCD screen is an absolute must. Lack of one is a dealbreaker for me.

But lots of other people see no particular value in a top LCD screen, and that viewpoint is equally valid to my viewpoint.
Good point, MPrince. I am from the camp of people who don't care at all for the top LCD.

I got the K30 and it didn't have the top LCD, so I just learned to get by without it.

I recently got the K7 as a spare body. It has a top LCD, and I haven't glanced at it once.

Different strokes for different folks.
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My top LCD is a must for me.
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Well, I went with the K30. It's amazing.
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