Why Are Pentax with Prime Selection Grabbing Some of Mirrorless Market?

Started Aug 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Richard Veteran Member • Posts: 4,858
Re: Cherry picking

Wheatfield wrote:

The entire LTD line is pro level. You really don't know what you are talking about.

Sure I do, I said in a previous post, the lenses I had could not be replaced by Pentax, they are pro level lenses.

I would never own a pentax.

Whatever. You seem pretty bitter.

Not really, I make a statement and people want to argue who don't know what they are talking about. I have shot with many pro photographers, most in the sports area, you don't see them shooting pentax. Watch the olypics, you will see mostly Canon, some Nikon, no Pentax.

I named 3 reasons why, perhaps you could enlighten us as to why Pentax is still niche market.

I did in a previous post.

You did say... "For the past 30 years they have been late to market and always somewhat behind technologically." That is a pretty good reason not to buy pentax

Late or non existent, No FF, it is not late, it doesn't exist. Yes and I agree they are behind so why would someone buy old technology. People don't trust them. But for me, other than path to FF, the biggest problem is I could not replace my lenses, Pentax does not have fast Pro glass in comparison to canon.

Apparently your reading comprehension was missing that day. However, I can tell you why I will never own a Canon: They completely, deliberately and totally screwed their entire user base when they dropped the FD mount.

You sound bitter.

I don't trust them to not do the same thing again.

It could happen... to any camera manufacture but most like Canon have adapters to hook old lenses and other brands to their cameras.

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

I'm not especially down on Nikon, I used to use Nikon. I switched to Pentax because their lenes blew my Nikors out of the water. There really was no comparison. Add to that the smaller size (I switched when the F4 came out and I had to ask why I would want a camera nearly as big as my 6x7 that only shot a postage stamp sized image) of the cameras and lenses, and it was really a no brainer, especially since Canon had just screwed about 6 of my friends.

Except they are behind like you said and have no FF, and do not have a lens selection like Canon like I said. I agree, I don't like the big pro bodys but Canon and Nikon offer semi pro like the 5d3,7d or the D800,D300.

Most of the people who run their mouths about better lens availability and upgrade paths for other brands are shooting bottom end bodies and kit zooms and will never upgrade anyway. That whole argument is specious.

They don't have replacement lenses for me for my most used lenses 70-200 2.8, 400 2.8, 85 1.2 14-24 2.8. The 100mm 2.8 macro is $300 more in pentax (I could buy the Canon new IS version which is about the same price, but I don't need IS and I don't use that lens much so spending hundreds of dollars more does not make sense. I reviewed the prices, their lenses are more expensive and they don't have a FF camera to migrate to, you have to go to another brand so if I start with Canon APS-C and buy FF lenses, I have a migration path, same with Nikon

Pentax has a very well rounded lens line, admittedly light in a couple of focal lengths,

Yes, in the areas pros use, fast glass and telephoto.

and due to the smaller size of their gear and weather resistance of their present body line and several lenses is a good choice for people who want to be able to go outside with their cameras and not get chased inside when it starts to rain a little bit.

Perhaps, but if it was so good, why is it still niche market? The reasons I stated are valid. But you said, being behind in technology would be another good reason not to buy Pentax. And people aren't.

It is still relegated to niche market. I am glad the brand exists. Having choice is a good option. But personally the lack of lenses and that I don't want to be behind in technology or have to wait for Pentax to come out with new stuff, and they don't have FF is enough for me not to buy it and it would appear may other people. I hope Pentax can get it together. It is good they make a medium format camera, but it has too few lenses and it is too big for me. FF and APS-C are already big enough.

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