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08-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
As nice as it would be to have the option of going FF with a Pentax dSLR, logistically it may take a while (if it does happen). There would have to be DA lenses made with FF capability in order to support a FF model, which many of the DA lenses are not.

Of course all the FA, F, M and Sigma/Tammy lenses would work just fine on a FF, but to remain economically viable there would have to be some new production in lenses to provide enough FL coverage and choice to compete with the other big guns...
Considering they've used Tamron or Tokina rebadges in the past, they could utitilze 2 or 3 of those, they already have the FA50 still in production, two D-FA macro lenses, and the 3 Limiteds (that's already 6 quality lenses right there). And with some help from Samsung, a 10 or 12 lens assortment to start the new FF line wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.

08-09-2009, 09:35 AM   #32
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It appears that Pentax only has the manufacturing capacity for 2 DSLR models. I don't consider that a problem. They probably have a stock of K20D's to ship for a while but if they don't then that's a good thing. Unsold inventory isn't something any manufacturer wants.
Assuming what you say is correct about 2 manufacturing lines, then for discussion purposes only, perhaps there is a new way of operating. Perhaps if you store unsold stock in a "virtual" warehouse, then you have the effect of being able to keep 3 or 4 lines of stock available.

If they've been manufacturing a large backlog of K20's, couldn't they be warehoused in a low tax area like the Phillipines or Viet Nam, and then brought out to major online distributors as needed????

Perhaps in America, unsold stock is a liability because of taxation, but if you have to operate with limited manufacturing lines, some backlog is a good thing.

Just think, if they ever get the 645D into production, Pentax will be limited to the K7 and the 645D. Down to one consumer camera for sale.

I expect to see new K20's for sale into the end of year, and probably beyond. Am i wrong?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
As nice as it would be to have the option of going FF with a Pentax dSLR, logistically it may take a while (if it does happen). There would have to be DA lenses made with FF capability in order to support a FF model, which many of the DA lenses are not.

Of course all the FA, F, M and Sigma/Tammy lenses would work just fine on a FF, but to remain economically viable there would have to be some new production in lenses to provide enough FL coverage and choice to compete with the other big guns...
You're ignoring a vast sea of "A" manual focus lenses that would also work with full functionality (yes they focus manually, but that IS full functionality for a manual focus lens), and an even larger collection of "M" and "K" series lenses that would also work if they included a non-crippled K-Mount in the FF camera as an extra incentive to spend the additional $$.

QuoteOriginally posted by K-9 Quote
Considering they've used Tamron or Tokina rebadges in the past, they could utitilze 2 or 3 of those, they already have the FA50 still in production, two D-FA macro lenses, and the 3 Limiteds (that's already 6 quality lenses right there). And with some help from Samsung, a 10 or 12 lens assortment to start the new FF line wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.
In addition, those with existing manual focus Pentax PK lenses can use those, not to mention all of the third-party lenses produced over the years by quality lens makers like Tokina, Sigma and Tamron (not to mention some from others, like Vivitar, who had some dogs but also some gems). Backward compatibility provides lots of available glass for Pentax shooters, there doesn't *have to be* "new" FF glass instantly available in order for Pentax to sell FF dSLRs. If they keep dragging their feet, their FF sales will just be reduced by having that many more people switch to other brands, never to return once they go through that expense.
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