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08-27-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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When was the last time there were 4 current pentax K mount bodies?

If I can count correctly there are now 4 current K mount bodies on sale or about to go on sale excluding the last of the K5ii. I for one was surprised with the release of the K-S1. I can't think of time during the digital period when there were four models with K mounts available and current.

For me this looks good in that Ricoh seems to be investing in our gear. They seem faster on bodies than they are on lenses.

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Would that not be 5?
  1. K5II
  2. K5IIs
  3. K50
  4. K3
  5. K-S1
The K50 seems to be destined for replacement given its latest drop in price?

08-27-2014, 10:26 PM   #3
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I think the current models are
1. K3
2. K50
3. K500
4. K-S1

I didn't think the others are current and to me there is no real difference between K K5ii and a K5iis
08-27-2014, 11:11 PM   #4
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The range is definitely broader than it has been for a long, long time. And we may well see something new popping up in a few weeks time...
I think Pentax has the entry- and mid -level sections well covered. It is the higher end, and Pentax marketing in general, that bother me.

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Seven!

K5II
K5IIs
K50
K500
K30
K3
K-S1
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What about the K-01?
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It's been quite a long time since I've seen a k-01 on sale? Srs has 7 bodies currently on sale (the ones I listed above).
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Ricoh's US site seems to list 5 current APS DSLR bodies:

K-3
K-5 IIs
K-50
K-500
K-S1

The K-500 has no more production runs planned but seems to be currently marketed. I have a feeling the K-5 IIs is in the same boat. Those two may be the first to fade from the line up. A K-50 replacement would be my next guess. Maybe it will be a K-S1 with more advanced/traditional controls, like two wheels

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I dunno...I think this has happened several times since I 2007 when I bought my K10D. Just doing a look-back:
  • 2013 (K-5, K-30,K-50, K-5II/IIs, K-3) 5
  • 2012 (K-5, K-r, K-30, K-5II/IIs) 4
  • 2010 (K-m, K-7, K-x, K-r, K-5) 5
  • 2009 (K20D, K200D, K-m, K-7, K-x) 5
  • 2008 (K10D, K110D, K100D Super, K20D, K200D, K-m) 6 Yes, count'm, six
  • 2007 (K10D, K100D, K110D, K100D Super) 4
It appears that 2006 and 2011 were the only points in recent history where Pentax had less than four dSLRs available and current*.

Edit: Several members of the *ist D line were still available in 2006, bringing its total to five or six.


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08-28-2014, 11:16 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I dunno...I think this has happened several times since I 2007 when I bought my K10D. Just doing a look-back:
I think some of those models were not available in Australia.
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