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Forum: Pentax KP 03-15-2021, 01:25 PM  
KP,the last good value Pentax?
Posted By fsge
Replies: 26
Views: 1,635
Within euro zone and even in the UK, KP was discounted around 700 EUR quite a few times over the last 2 years. Some here probably paid even less than that when purchasing attractive bundles
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2021, 02:16 AM  
The KP seems to have been discontinued
Posted By fsge
Replies: 159
Views: 9,183
Don't forget KP was "hated" when out in 2017 if I am not mistaken. Everyone was waiting for a K3ii successor and had more in mind than KP was bringing at that time. I honestly admit I was part of these negative ppl criticizing battery life, lack of a second memory slot etc
Then in 2019, due to a slow start, pentax heavily started discounting KP which faster adoption rate. I bought my black one for 2019 summer holidays and I noticed in these forums that many customers did the same over last 2 years, taking advantage of offers in the 700-800 USD region. Large number of these clients, including myself, are so satisfied with their KP that they dont have K3iii in mind anymore...
I come from k-x and K5ii and KP is a net improvement and fulfills all my current needs on top of a likeable design. I would hesitate to buy a 2000 USD K3iii with high specs, but would gladly put at least half of that for a KPii.

My understanding of all of this now is that Pentax messed up with initial KP pricing and this "K3ii successor" storytelling. Would it have been introduced at 999USD and selling in the 700-800 early in its lifecycle, this very capable body could have been a tremendous success for Pentax...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2021, 01:28 AM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By fsge
Replies: 101
Views: 15,087
I see Marina is doing great ! I like the car too ;)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-02-2020, 12:34 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By fsge
Replies: 977
Views: 91,674
Makes sense

Ricoh better launches it asap otherwise covid will make the next 6 month window a dead timing
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2020, 02:37 PM  
K-new vs KP
Posted By fsge
Replies: 63
Views: 4,870
you should save another $800 for K-new
I was waiting for K-new since 2016. I decided to buy my KP last year and am very satisfied ; since then K-new is not part of my plans anymore.
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-26-2020, 03:30 PM  
K-70 replacement model?
Posted By fsge
Replies: 83
Views: 9,192
I am surprised by KP replacement. It fils well under Knew with attractive pricing. That being said a KP available in the 600-700 USD does not leave much room for a K70 replacement around 500 USD...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-24-2020, 01:31 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By fsge
Replies: 765
Views: 79,174
Maybe 1% of K1 purchasers have time to waste and wish to dive into this level of details.

I have an accelerator in KP and like the output very much. I do not care if signal processing supressed higher frequencies or whatever as long as images are at par.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-21-2020, 11:58 PM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By fsge
Replies: 765
Views: 79,174
K1/KP type of look with a real grip thi stime
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-10-2020, 01:35 AM  
Im new in pextax
Posted By fsge
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Hello Alex, welcome to the forum!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2020, 01:11 AM  
Pentax Aperture Block, Black Picture Problem Class Action Lawsuit
Posted By fsge
Replies: 407
Views: 32,425
I love pentax but entry level dslr have not a great lifespan, though they are not cheap.
My old k-x was not affected by any crazy mirror or solenoid problem, it just refused to turn on one day. When I asked a quotation for repair, the only option they had was an electronic card change for 250+ euros in the hope it would fix the problem on a 7yo - 23000 clicks body. That is when I decided to use a 2nd hand K5 ii instead.
Manufacturing in China is a cancer for many reasons, I hope corporations eventually understand it...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2020, 06:12 AM  
Pentax Aperture Block, Black Picture Problem Class Action Lawsuit
Posted By fsge
Replies: 407
Views: 32,425
I am fairly aware that most corps dont give a damn but I bet things will change. Look at all the brands shaming we see these days with BLM wave.
Second hand is a trend that will last and Chinese products in general are not durable enough for that.

For a couple of years I try to change my purchasing habits, fighting made in china (or equivalent) as often as possible / as I could. This higher cost you underline has to be balanced with much higher durability.
It is not easy to be picky in this IT sector as most products are manufactured there or have subparts produced there.
2 recent purchases : electric bike, bought German product, and wireless loudspeakers, bought French HiFi. I am aware some bits here and there are probably from China but they wont have most part of my money
Same for a company I am an administrator of. I pushed and we stopped buying machines from China, though 3 times cheaper and since 2017 favor British and Italian gear instead. In terms of much higher reliability, lower maintenance, almost no downtime (less than 1 day per machine and per year) we didnt complain so far...

It has to start with our habits first, sometimes it is better not to buy at all than to buy from there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2020, 03:08 AM  
HD DA 55-300PLM + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter vs DFA 150-450
Posted By fsge
Replies: 75
Views: 3,384
I loved my 150-450 but had to part ways with it. It is simply too big and heavy for a day of hiking or travels and I did not have time to use it specifically at what it is good at ; I loved its range and IQ but could not deal with what came along with it.
Problem I have now is that I am limited in range with my 55-300 (WR, not PLM) and was thinking about 1.4 TC to complement it. I know DA* 300 would be a better fit but I like flexibility of the zoom when travelling.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-29-2020, 01:16 AM  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By fsge
Replies: 623
Views: 31,983
It will boost second hand market for FA* 85 and Sigma 85 EX !
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-26-2020, 04:05 PM  
Samyang is clearly phasing out it's K-mount support now.
Posted By fsge
Replies: 234
Views: 13,144
One less competitor for the upcoming 85mm from Pentax!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-20-2020, 03:59 PM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By fsge
Replies: 977
Views: 91,674
disliking tilting shift of K1? I find it not that bulky and quite clever, better than the KP one actually
Forum: Pentax K-01 12-20-2019, 04:45 AM  
My New Pentax K-01
Posted By fsge
Replies: 21
Views: 6,628
K-01 looks very good with with DA50 on it. I really hope this will not be the last ML from Pentax
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-05-2020, 01:58 PM  
Rare Lenses for Sale in Austria....
Posted By fsge
Replies: 6
Views: 952
That is some nice gear indeed!
Forum: Pentax KP 02-17-2020, 03:31 PM  
I just bought a KP... and maybe you should too!
Posted By fsge
Replies: 10
Views: 1,289
Congratulations for your clever purchase !
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-16-2019, 05:34 AM  
Lots of my SD cards have degraded
Posted By fsge
Replies: 35
Views: 2,219
I use mostly Transcend for smaller sd cards and sandisk for bigger ones. Even basic electronics often requires you use those on a regular basis to keep them in working condition
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-16-2020, 03:12 AM  
645 lens on K mount with 1.4 TC
Posted By fsge
Replies: 9
Views: 787
I already own 35 105 and 200mm macro on k mount.
I have read great comments about this 645 120mm lens and wanted to compare
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-10-2020, 05:06 AM  
So, what did we learn from this....
Posted By fsge
Replies: 42
Views: 7,807
I am positively surprised about KP ownership here. It was not so popular but reversion definitely happened
Forum: Sold Items 06-28-2020, 10:56 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM (K-1 ready)
Posted By fsge
Replies: 2
Views: 1,147
Free bump!
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 01-10-2020, 06:08 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By fsge
Replies: 274
Views: 31,303
Thank you for noticing :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-10-2020, 05:03 AM  
New guy, old ISTd
Posted By fsge
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Hello Hutch, welcome to the forum!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-08-2020, 03:15 PM  
People Light Paint photography
Posted By fsge
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Nice execution, what kind of background is it?
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