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01-22-2015, 07:21 PM   #1
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Pentax K-500 discontinued

I was wondering why K-500 is discontinued as it was released at the sametime as K-50, I own a K-500 :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Reddevil_sen Quote
I was wondering why K-500 is discontinued as it was released at the sametime as K-50, I own a K-500 :-)

Poor sales is the bottom line reason. With K-50s, K-5iis's, and K-3s selling for rock bottom prices the K-500 had nowhere to go.
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I believe the K-S1 has taken its place.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Reddevil_sen Quote
I was wondering why K-500 is discontinued as it was released at the sametime as K-50, I own a K-500 :-)
The K-50 is now selling for less than the K-500 ever was Makes sense that they discontinued the K-500 before that ended up happening.


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Thank you guys for the response. I guess I would have to replace my K500 with K3 soon :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Reddevil_sen Quote
Thank you guys for the response. I guess I would have to replace my K500 with K3 soon :-)
why?

were you looking to move to a K-3 originally?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Reddevil_sen Quote
Thank you guys for the response. I guess I would have to replace my K500 with K3 soon :-)
Why the K3?

Based on new products trailed at the Consumer Electronics Show by Pentax / Ricoh a new camera, which looks like a replacement for the K50, might be a better bet, unless you feel you have totally out grown the K500. Hopfully we have a fuller specification of it before the end of February. My guess will be it will have everything the KS1 has plus better handling (for ex K500 / K5 users anyway), weather resistance plus a few extras that will bring it it to the experienced amateur class.

No doubts about it, the K3 is a really great camera and is currently at a good price. However it has a much more challenging size of sensor and a professional ruggedness (with the weight that goes with it it). Do you really need those?
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The k-500 was meant to be a short term fix to have a DSLR at the entry level price point. IT was never intended for a long production run.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rangercarp Quote
The k-500 was meant to be a short term fix to have a DSLR at the entry level price point. IT was never intended for a long production run.
+1. It was meant to compete with Canon's low end offering during the 2013 Christmas/Holiday season. No extra production runs were planned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LoneWolf Quote
Why the K3?

Based on new products trailed at the Consumer Electronics Show by Pentax / Ricoh a new camera, which looks like a replacement for the K50, might be a better bet, unless you feel you have totally out grown the K500. Hopfully we have a fuller specification of it before the end of February. My guess will be it will have everything the KS1 has plus better handling (for ex K500 / K5 users anyway), weather resistance plus a few extras that will bring it it to the experienced amateur class.

No doubts about it, the K3 is a really great camera and is currently at a good price. However it has a much more challenging size of sensor and a professional ruggedness (with the weight that goes with it it). Do you really need those?
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with the weight that goes with it it
Hi @LoneWolf,

Thank you for the information, I had actually forgotten about the event that a new Camera is gonna be released soon replacing K50 series and articulated LCD and new Sensor is sure welcome. I shall wait for this model instead of spending big on K-3. Thanks a lot, You saved me some money :-)

Cheers!
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