Pentax inn need of the big next step

Started Jul 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Holger Bargen Veteran Member • Posts: 4,235
Re: Pentax only needs stop treating K-mount as the 645-mount

Zvonimir Tosic wrote:

I have Pentax Equipment since more than 30 years. I like my K5 but I am worried about the future of Pentax/Ricoh.

The reason is an Observation of the ebay offers the last months. I follow the offers of Pentax lenses on ebay since years and during the last weeks in Germany there are numerous offers of not just kit lenses which came with cameras during the last decades but also a lot of prime lenses - often entire Equipments with a lot of very nice lenses.

I can't offer any statistics but my impression is that many people leave the Pentax system for other systems right now.

I am waiting for a follow up model of the K3. The K3 is an interesting camera but the mirror flop problem should be solved and I think that there are innovations in the filed of photography which could be added to a follow up model. Even a K3ii or K3 super would be ice - please with articulated Screen.

Regarding the lenses offered on ebay: there is some motivation to make a bid for them - but to be honest: there are also thoughts about leaving the system and start something new.

And that is all.

Which means, not issue one really good camera in 4 years, and then leave it alone. Since K5 in 2010, we have had a K3 only that is really good and exciting. And now is mid-2014. The K3 is not the most versatile camera in the world either; it is a bit bigger and heavier than the K5.

The K3 startet with problems - many people had problems with Focus and sharpness of the Pictures. I still think of our old forum moderator who had big problems and left the Pentax System and this forum. Now many people have problems with the flapping mirror and do not take this camera for serious events where they have to deliver good photos reliably.

The price or the K3 is in a range where I would buy it - but I do hope for a follow up model with an articulated Screen as if you are doing a lot of macro work - most time near the ground - this is a Feature that would be a great one and a reason to buy this camera - even if it would add nothing else to the satandard of my K5.

You get a camera with articulated screen for most Systems. And for most Systems you find more lenses - new or old ones.

Best regards


Instead of such an approach, a bit more flavour / diversity in the offer within the K-mount would be more interesting for many. For example, a really small DSLR camera like the Canon's own SL1 would be appreciated.

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