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12-12-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Pentax Television Ads?

So I was just watching a really old vlog by Ed ( photouniverse ) on why Pentax marketing sucks

I then had to scratch my head and try to remember a Pentax TV ad, but honestly I don't remember ever seeing a Pentax commercial in my part of the country. I have seen Nikon and Canon commercials a-plenty, but none from Pentax.

Do they run TV ads in the USA? Anywhere in world?

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12-12-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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I can't remember ever seeing a commercial from Pentax USA, even in the '80s.

But this is one for the IQZoom...


But Asahi made some great commercials in the '60s.

12-12-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
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That is really unfortunate. I think many basic consumers buy Nikon / Canon simply because it is in their face. The pro-sumer gearheads may go out and do some research, read some reviews etc, but I think a lot of first time SLR owners just buy what they see advertised, especially if it makes the product look cool.
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They never did in N. America...ever.

They did, however, advertise in National Geographic magazine in the sixties and early seventies.


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12-12-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Here's one

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not sure, but why waste money on tv ads? they should make some for social media and online ads, should be cheaper, and most buy PENTAX online anyway.

I am OK with no ads, I don't want them to jack up prices again.
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Be careful what you wish for, here are some odd ones from Japan. (1979-1999)


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Guys rolling half-naked in the hay?

LX docking routine?

Whales?

Shower scenes?

Pentax swimmer comes in 2nd?

Scarey clown and guys in tights?

I have seen enough! Please make it stop!!!


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I don't think I've ever seen a Canon or Nikon advert on TV.
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QuoteOriginally posted by p38arover Quote
I don't think I've ever seen a Canon or Nikon advert on TV.


I've been seeing the Canon SL1 commercial running pretty heavily on TV lately, it's the one with the amazing soccer kids and the soccer mom






And the Nikon commercials with Aston Kutcher ran a lot a couple years ago, can't remember a recent one.
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I should have qualified that as never having seen ads in AustraliA.

I'll have to Google Aston Kutcher - never heard of him.
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I'll have to Google Aston Kutcher - never heard of him.
Count your blessings...


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He has done a bunch of commercials for Nikon
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Somewhere around 1982 they made a small splash in NASCAR with Al Loquasto driving. It wasn't a very big splash! Note: This is not my shot. It is one I found via the internet.



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Here's one for the IQ Zoom 105 WR by the late Croc Hunter himself...
Tv spots and commercials. - pentax - crocodile hunt
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