All this talk of 'Pentax stopping making cameras'…

Started 2 months ago | Discussions thread
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
Paul_R_H Senior Member • Posts: 1,060
All this talk of 'Pentax stopping making cameras'…
13

Well there has been a lot of chatter on this forum lately, and elsewhere, about the notion Pentax might go out of business, or perhaps that DSLRs will become extinct.

Point one, will DSLRs become extinct?

Did rangefinders become extinct? Did film become extinct? Whenever an attractive new technology comes along most manufacturers migrate towards it, and many give up on the 'superseded' technology. But not all of them. Rangefinders and film are niches, but thriving niches.

Photography didn't replace painting. Movies didn't replace theatre. See also vinyl records versus CD, and CDs versus streaming. See also, in about 10 years' time, petrol-engined cars (Audi and Mercedes-Benz among others have said they'll be EV-only). But manufacturers will make petrol cars and the fuel will be available.

The DLSR will survive in a mirrorless age.

Point two, what if by a series of business miscalculations, Pentax does die?

Our Pentax gear will still be usable for many years. And if it isn't, the most valuable part, the lenses, will be usable on other cameras. So we won't be immediately sitting on a pile of useless equipment.

Some years ago I used a Contax G2 kit. Kyocera's camera division shut down. I kept using the camera. Then it needed repair, and parts were unobtainable so it was valueless. A brick. But guess what, the lenses sold for high prices to people who adapted them for Sony mirrorless cameras.

Conclusion… let's not be too pessimistic.

Paul

ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow