No Focus Points Displayed in K-500 Viewfinder

Started Mar 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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JNR
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Re: No Focus Points Displayed in K-500 Viewfinder

Dell U2410 wrote:

Yes, in Pentax forums.com:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/pentax-k-500.html

Compared to the K-50 the differences are:

- No weather-sealing
- No electronic level
- No automatic horizon correction

and:

AF Points in viewfinder
No

This seems like an attempt to compete with the truly stripped-down camera models found in big box stores as a matter of emphasizing price point. To the extent that the strategy didn't land Ricoh/Pentax any of those contracts (at least not in the US), it probably looks objectively weird.

You lose four relatively significant features for about $50-60 reduction in price point. Few would go the cheaper route given a full understanding of the trade-off, but that's typically done outside the big-box marketing realm.

Possibly, Pentax could have gone with a Penta-mirror (although that's an added design-production cost) and kept the AF points lighting for about the same price point or a bit less (good penta-prisms aren't cheap). That would have been a more-logical route to take, as entry level buyers aren't generally weighing the mirror/prism difference - at least compared to blinking lights in the VF.

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