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Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2013, 06:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Samyang 500mm f8 Mirror lens w/case/ND filters
Posted By thebigsquarehead
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Forum: Sold Items 03-15-2012, 03:49 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Vivitar 285HV Zoom Thyristor Flash in Very good condition
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Forum: General Talk 12-14-2011, 12:27 PM  
Canon/Nikon: The Industry "Standard"??
Posted By thebigsquarehead
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I apologize if this is already plowed ground, but I feel this thread nibbles at the edges of what is really the heart of the matter and that is long term brand viability.

I've been shooting with Pentax for over 32 years now and the events of the last 3 years or so (from Samsung, to Hoya, to Ricoh) have me at a cross roads in terms of staying with the brand.

While I'm not a pro, I do make money using my gear (mainly pets and kids) and I'm at the point where I'm holding onto some great glass, a couple of backup and film bodies and wondering if in 2 to 5 years that the brand I grew up and learned on will still be with us,or will they be the next Minolta (only with no Sony to pick up the pieces).

I find Pentax to be grossly under represented in the brick and mortar marketplace and with the age of the internet shopper looking for the hottest "deals" by either what they find online or what they find in the big box retailers I'm concerned about future market share and viability.

Not to paint with too broad a brush here, but most shoppers tend to follow the herd mentality. The corner camera shop is a rare animal these days with margins on camera bodies so small (I'm told $20 per Kr body by my local independent) they rely solely on volume and brand recognition. If all they see in Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, et. al is Nikon and Canon then that's what they'll buy.

I'm not here to argue the merits of the brand, 30+ years of loyalty show where my heart and money lie. But, as market erodes and the "industry standard" begins to eat into that 20% of the remaining market share my question is: Where to next?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2011, 11:52 AM  
Help me assemble a map of places to buy Pentax DSLRs locally?
Posted By thebigsquarehead
Replies: 11
Views: 1,593
Andover Photo in Andover MA (Andover Photo) has a limited selection of Pentax dSLR, OEM, and aftermarket glass along with some used K-Mount. Small selection but Bob knows what he's talking about.
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