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11-21-2016, 03:44 PM   #211
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Kenmore Camera - Bothell, WA.
They have a reasonable amount of Pentax Gear (at present). Their Pentax support is off and on - now it is on. I bought my K10D there and after that for the next few years they did not carry Pentax. I order all of my Pentax stuff from either B&H or Amazon. Glazer's Camera in downtown Seattle only carries the 645Z and a few lenses. When you walk into Glazer's with a Pentax, you can hear the people behind the counter laugh. My experience is that they are very hostile to Pentax shooters, but it is the only place (other than B&H/Amazon/Adorama) where you can still get 4x5 film.

Looking for Pentax gear in the NW is not a pleasant experience. Better to deal with the internet.

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The closest in my place is also the worst: they have "remnants" such as the K5II (not that this not a great camera) and they still sell them at full price as if they were new products.
The closest "good" dealer is in Alberta ... 4023 Km's !!! Of course, all deals made via the internet (online purchasing).
There are some "closer", as in Ontario, but they can't beat the prices in Alberta.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
The closest in my place is also the worst: they have "remnants" such as the K5II (not that this not a great camera) and they still sell them at full price as if they were new products.
The closest "good" dealer is in Alberta ... 4023 Km's !!! Of course, all deals made via the internet (online purchasing).
There are some "closer", as in Ontario, but they can't beat the prices in Alberta.
Selling old stuff at original retail price is a sure sign of bankruptcy. Same thing happened to most shops (not just camera stores) in my country and only a few survived in the capitol.
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For me, it's about 500m from my workplace. I guess I'm a lucky guy!

I would say they have a fair coverage of Pentax gear. They usually have the most recent bodies on display (actually, they have a K-1, K-3ii, K-70 and K-50). And not in some hidden corner of the store, they're on the wall right in the middle of the Canon and Nikon bodies, making the separation between them. Someone looking for a Canon or Nikon DSLR can hardly miss to see them...

However, they only have a like 5-6 lenses on diplay, the lowest number of any brand. But at least, they're quite visible, sharing a glass display case in the middle of the counter with Pana lenses. Again, you can hardly miss them and the DFA 70-200 is certainly draw attention. To put things in perspective, Zeiss, Fuji and Oly each occupy one display case in the counter while Canon, Nikon, Sony, Tamron and Sigma cover the wall behind the counter.

The prices are usually fair and they have a "price match" policy. However, the fact they have to charge the 10% provincial sales tax still put them at a disadvantage compared to buying online from out of province stores that only charge the federal tax, though not the fault of the store and not much they can do about it...

They also have a used section where you can often find Pentax gear at very good price. It's not unusual to get in store the price you would have get from a person to person deal. But, in store, you know the gear has been inspected and is in excellent condition with a 30 days warranty...

Most sellers in the store seem to know the gear. Or, at least, don't look at you like an E.T. when you asked to see or try Pentax gear. However, I've absolutely no idea if or how they pushed people toward the brand or show people Pentax stuff only if specifically asked for...

So, although things can always be better, I sure can't complain compared to what I've read from other people in this thread!


QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
The closest in my place is also the worst: they have "remnants" such as the K5II (not that this not a great camera) and they still sell them at full price as if they were new products.
The closest "good" dealer is in Alberta ... 4023 Km's !!! Of course, all deals made via the internet (online purchasing).
There are some "closer", as in Ontario, but they can't beat the prices in Alberta.
If you're in Quebec, have you looked at Lozeau or Gosselin ? Both are good stores selling Pentax gear, certainly nearer to you than Alberta or Ontario!

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QuoteOriginally posted by CarlJF Quote
For me, it's about 500m from my workplace. I guess I'm a lucky guy!
I would say they have a fair coverage of Pentax gear.
Geezzz !!!
I thought the closest one would have been much farther away from where I live.
I have had some good service with those stores in Alberta, so I am wondering if those in Québec (city) would actually match prices I have paid.
Which one of the two do you prefer, Gosselin or Lozeau?
How about their after-sale services and their employees knowledge of the (Pentax) products ?

Thanks !
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Geezzz !!!
I thought the closest one would have been much farther away from where I live.
I have had some good service with those stores in Alberta, so I am wondering if those in Québec (city) would actually match prices I have paid.
I can't tell for sure if they will match the prices of stores in Alberta but I wouldn't be surprised they do. Their prices are already quite close, the difference being usually less than 10%. But you don't lose anything to ask them if they will match the price... And sometimes, they're already have the lowest price. For example, on their website they actually list the K-1 at 2499 CAN$, which is very hard to beat and probably as low as you can find right now in Canada...

QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Which one of the two do you prefer, Gosselin or Lozeau?
I can't tell you much about Lozeau since they're located in the Montreal area and I live in Quebec City. However, they have a good reputation and I certainly wouldn't be worried to order anything from them. I don't know what they actually have on display in store, but they have a good choice of Pentax gear on their website at competitive prices.

QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
How about their after-sale services and their employees knowledge of the (Pentax) products ?
The camera guys at the Gosselin store in Quebec City seem to know the brand. Maybe not as well as people on PF, but certainly enough to make you a convincing sale pitch! I only had to deal one time with their aftersale service and things went fine. I had bought a used Sigma teleconverter but didn't knew (nor the seller it seems) that it only worked with some selected Sigma lenses. I returned it and they gave me my money back in less than 5 minutes.
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I've seen Pentax SLR and lenses at Camtec Photo and 645z at Photo Service.
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I can't understand why Pentax cameras and lenses are sold at much higher prices here than Nikon. I mean the d7200 is behind sold here cheaper than the k-3 II. The same is true with my supplier from Japan. The ks2 is more expensive than the d5300. Just wondering.

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I actually live right down the road from a Ricoh USA Inc location. Never been there, but maybe I should look to see what services they offer. I don't think it's just an office building since some places list it as a wholesale supplier.
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QuoteOriginally posted by totsmuyco Quote
I can't understand why Pentax cameras and lenses are sold at much higher prices here than Nikon. I mean the d7200 is behind sold here cheaper than the k-3 II. The same is true with my supplier from Japan. The ks2 is more expensive than the d5300. Just wondering.
Probably including the cost of counter space in the cost of the product. Anything considered a specialty item commands a higher price in almost any market.
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Kenmore Camera - Bothell, WA.
They have a reasonable amount of Pentax Gear (at present). Their Pentax support is off and on - now it is on. I bought my K10D there and after that for the next few years they did not carry Pentax. I order all of my Pentax stuff from either B&H or Amazon. Glazer's Camera in downtown Seattle only carries the 645Z and a few lenses. When you walk into Glazer's with a Pentax, you can hear the people behind the counter laugh. My experience is that they are very hostile to Pentax shooters, but it is the only place (other than B&H/Amazon/Adorama) where you can still get 4x5 film.

Looking for Pentax gear in the NW is not a pleasant experience. Better to deal with the internet.
Robie's Camera in Tacoma has Pentax gear too. They have complained for a long time that they don't get support from Pentax.
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We have a large camera store here in Indianapolis, Roberts, and while they occasionally have some used equipment they REFUSE to have new Pentax equipment. When I go in there they always relate bad experiences with Pentax Corp and even though its now Richo they haven't changed their mindset. I've heard the line so many times from them I rarely bother to go into the shop.
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The nearest proper Pentax store is SRS in Watford, England, which the internet tells me is 854 Km away, about 530 miles, fortunately they have a nice website, do answer e-mails and are quite willing to talk sense on the phone, but it still leaves you guessing what the product is really like.

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