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03-24-2009, 08:08 PM   #31
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Yep - Delaware had a couple of Pentax items at one store in Amherst, a bit more in their main store - but nothing to write home about.

Although I would have loved to purchase my equipment there, they just don't cater to Pentax and what they have is just not priced competitively enough, heck nowhere near B&H, Beach, or Adorama.

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Our two biggest photo specialist stores, Glazer's and Kenmore Cameras, each stock a few current digital Pentax bodies. Glazer's also has Pentax flashes and a few Optio models. Kenmore carries many Optio models and more Pentax glass, including a great selection of used K-mount (and even a few screwmount) lenses, both Pentax and third party. I give the nod to Kenmore Camera if you want to actually hold Pentax gear in your hand.

You can check out both stores online as well: Kenmore Camera and Welcome To Glazer's Camera | Glazer's Camera
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London Drugs here in Prince George, BC, stocks Pentax. All the camera stores in the bigger BC cities also do.

Tangentially, I was watching one of those adventurer/explorer type shows on OLN last night about a guy called Austin Stevens who was in some tropical part of the world spelunking, etc. He was taking stills with what looked like a K20D. Definitely a Pentax.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
London Drugs here in Prince George, BC, stocks Pentax. All the camera stores in the bigger BC cities also do.

Tangentially, I was watching one of those adventurer/explorer type shows on OLN last night about a guy called Austin Stevens who was in some tropical part of the world spelunking, etc. He was taking stills with what looked like a K20D. Definitely a Pentax.

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What else can you find that is weather proof for under a grand? I've heard that Pentax is planning on playing towards the action/adventure set with their products. All the pro photographers that spoke in their booth at PMA made a big deal about weather sealing, in-body shake reduction and value....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Robert S Donovan Quote
What else can you find that is weather proof for under a grand? I've heard that Pentax is planning on playing towards the action/adventure set with their products. All the pro photographers that spoke in their booth at PMA made a big deal about weather sealing, in-body shake reduction and value....
Yep. Its a killer - now lets have the products !!!
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If it were not for some of the Pentaxians "importing" their own Pentax gear, there would be very little in Florida.
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I live in Surrey, BC, a suburb of Vancouver and I have found that most of the camera shops around do not keep any of the good stuff in stock. Future Shop and Best Buy have pushed out all of their Pentax cameras, London Drugs definately caries the bodies, lens selection varies depending on the store, I have seen a FA50/1.4 and a DA*16-50 at one location.

Most places that have any pentax lenses seem to have the 18-55, 16-45, 50-200, 55-300 and that's about it.

When I was in Toronto last year Aden Camera had lots of Pentax lenses in stock, I was told that they try to keep all of the current lenses in stock.

PhotoLife, a Canadian magazine always has Pentax Ad's in it, BC Outdoors usually has a Pentax ad as well.

I do see a lot of Pentax shooters when I am out around Vancouver, especially in Stanley Park.
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I have yet to be able to actually find a K20D that I can look at in person and check it out,around here in Burlington,Vermont theres Ritz camera an a few small shops,that sell Canon,Nikon,and Sony or Olympus.I asked at the Ritz location where I had bought my K100D and they told me that I would have to get my Pentax gear on line as they were using the shelf space for higher volume products. If you can't check out Pentax versus the others how can you see the great product that Pentax has. An how can Pentax increase the market share and sell more cameras if they aren't found in more stores. I am looking in the small stores around here for the K20,and I will find one... Then I will buy it online if I have too...

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In big electronic markets usually you expect only Sony, Nikon or Canon.
But if You go to specialized Photo markets, then you get plenty of Pentax stuff as well
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even in NYC, options are dwindling. i may have been the only pentax buyer going to my preferred shop, and they stopped stocking things i guess about 6 months back. they always tell me they can order it for me if i want, but that's not the same.

im sure b and h and adorama have the items, but it's not the same either. neither was as convenient for me (walk a block or get on the subway...ill walk).

just would like to see this change for the better. i love my gear, but....
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Being so close to Japan, Taiwan has a great Pentax presence. Lots of the B&M stores carry substantial amounts (although the K-m is only available at a few shops) and I see plenty of Pentax SLR's being used while I'm out and about. I also saw the K-m featured on the home-shopping network the other day (hey housewives are a burgeoning market segment!) I even saw a Pentax rep(?) on a Pentax-decaled scooter while waiting in traffic recently. The distributor in Taipei seems to be on the ball, they are always pretty busy yet quite helpful whenever I need to go there (warranty, English manual, service etc.) I hope the 645D is released here eventually, whenever I go up to Datun-Shan to catch the sunset there's always a good ratio of guys shooting with MF gear. So no complaints here, I could go out and buy pretty much any lens I wanted within minutes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by apeman Quote
London Drugs definately caries the bodies, lens selection varies depending on the store, I have seen a FA50/1.4 and a DA*16-50 at one location.
I'm in Victoria and LD is where I just picked up my FA50/1.4. I walked in there and told the salesman that I was thinking of getting a lens for my K10D. He asked what I had and recommended the 50mm. He had one on the shelf and also a K20D body that I tried it on. I bought it right there (a new on in a box, not the demo).

Having product in stock definately helps to sell it. The problem with FS/BB is it tends to attract buyers looking for a mainstream product - "oh, I heard Canon was good, I think I'll go to FS and look". Sure, Canon makes an excellent product, but people don't go there with Pentax in mind. Then again, nor did I, and when FS was stocking the Pentax I was sold the second I picked it up
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An how can Pentax increase the market share and sell more cameras if they aren't found in more stores. I am looking in the small stores around here for the K20,and I will find one... Then I will buy it online if I have too...
This is the problem with "mom and pop" type camera stores. They have to finance the product out of their own pockets, and it doesn't make sense to stock a brand that sells poorly. It sells poorly because there is the idea in the general population that Canikon is better and stores don't stock it. It's a cycle.

As I mentioned earlier, I was thinking long and hard about Canon XTi or a Nikon D40X, but as soon as I picked up the Pentax I knew I wanted it. It fit my hand better and all the controls simply made sense, even to a non-photographer type like myself. Every time I pick up the Canikons I am confused by where the functions are and how to get to them. I don't find them intuitive like the K10D.
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'How is Pentax doing where you are?'

'How is Pentax doing where you are?'

In a word: invisible.

I am planning on buying my first DLSR and decided on a K-x. I live in London, and Jessops is the most well known camera store. They stock every brand but Pentax. So I visited John Lewis, a well known department store with a good camera section. Same thing. I went to Camera World, a small but well known chain. Same thing.

The overwhelming message that I got was that Pentax make life really difficult for their distributers, therefore they don't stock their cameras.

I'm not going to order the camera online as I want to play with it first, so if I can't find a store that stocks it soon I'm going to have to go with another brand. No wonder Canon and Nikon are so popular. They make sure they're stocked everywhere.

Sorry for the rant, I had my heart set on this camera and I'm really disappointed. If anyone knows of the store in London that stocks Pentax and could let me know, I would much appreciate it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pollypanda Quote
'How is Pentax doing where you are?'

In a word: invisible.

I am planning on buying my first DLSR and decided on a K-x. I live in London, and Jessops is the most well known camera store. They stock every brand but Pentax. So I visited John Lewis, a well known department store with a good camera section. Same thing. I went to Camera World, a small but well known chain. Same thing.

The overwhelming message that I got was that Pentax make life really difficult for their distributers, therefore they don't stock their cameras.

I'm not going to order the camera online as I want to play with it first, so if I can't find a store that stocks it soon I'm going to have to go with another brand. No wonder Canon and Nikon are so popular. They make sure they're stocked everywhere.

Sorry for the rant, I had my heart set on this camera and I'm really disappointed. If anyone knows of the store in London that stocks Pentax and could let me know, I would much appreciate it.
Hm. You again See https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/everything-else/90321-where-buy-pentax-k-...tml#post919665

I'm in Surrey, just south of London. There are very few traditional camera shops left down here but the malls have shops which carry Canon & Nikon. There is a LCE in Guildford which does Pentax, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the K-X carried by PC world, the largest PC chain shop in the UK (trying to branch into different areas I guess). Jessops bailed on Pentax a few months ago -- but then Jessops also went bankrupt so I don't know if this was due to Jessops pulling out or Pentax.
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