Pentax China Confirms FF DSLR and Pro APS-C body

Started Apr 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
Zvonimir Tosic
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Why would he?
In reply to Jim in Hudson, Apr 26, 2013

Jim in Hudson wrote:

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  • your own judgment (based on personal prejudices, and no sales data of any kind)
  • or the answer from the Pentax Ricoh official, the only person that can indeed give a correct answer? (who has all sales data of all kinds

... and who provided no sales data of any kind.

Why would he do that?

To satisfy your curiosity? And what would any number he provided mean to anyone? Because we are lacking important internal knowledge.

On the other hand, why would he lie in such a way? He might have said "the camera sold just as expected". But to claim that demand was higher than the production plan .. well, it's very unreasonable from us to call him a liar.

But his answer is now much more valuable. Why?

So far, no one else but Pentax Ricoh knew the exact purpose of the K-01. So any number of units sold we may get is meaningless. Camera was so unusual a product that it doesn't seem to be "the founding father" of any specific, well thought of camera category.

It looked more like a test project, a camera designed to attract attention, turn heads, see what people react to, and for that, a limited production was designated, lifespan, and cost capped from the beginning. If the demand exceeded the supply, that may as well mean that — K-01 was only a test project, sorry folks.

If its purpose was to test the design, some specs, some tech and styling details, and based on responses gathered apply that data to the upcoming new line of cameras (which is under development in the meantime), to sacrifice one model instead of a whole line makes much more sense.

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