Originally posted by pentaxmz This whole K-7 vs K20D is very confusing. I understand and appreciate the technological improvements of the K-7, however, Pentax is officially stating:

1. There will be no K30D

2. The K-7 is not a K20D replacement

3. The K-7 is not designed to compete with the Canon 50D. In fact, it is stated that the K-7 is positioned *under* the 50D.

4. The K20D stays in production

What????

Okay, someone please riddle me this.

If a consumer is confronted with the decision to purchase:

a) K-7

b) K20D

Okay, let's assume that the K-7's initial additional cost is not a concern.

Why would anyone purchase the K20D? What is the purpose of keeping the K20D in production?

But how can the K-7's additional cost

*not *be a concern? It's the choice between a K-7 body only, versus a K20D with a DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 (approx.). I believe the K-7 is being positioned to be the next

*tier up*, if you will. Yes, they're both 14MP cameras, but what sets the K-7 apart from the K20D may not be worth twice the price to many people, especially if they are upgrading from a DSLR that's three or four years old. I believe the "hole" left by the K20D's departure would leave too great a gap between the K200D and the K-7.

Current (approx.) street costs, body only:

K-7 $1300

K20D $670

K200D $510

K2000 $460

I figure the K-7's cost will eventually settle out around $800-$900 over the next 9-12 months.

Also, speaking of tiers, look how the model designations seem to reflect that:

4 numerical digits, entry-level

3 numerical digits, next tier up

2 numerical digits, the

*next* tier up

1 numerical digit, top of the line

I dunno...makes sense to me.