The KP J's "hat"

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Leandros S Senior Member • Posts: 2,102
The KP J's "hat"

I submit that, just like the K-30's "baseball cap", it protects the lens mount from rain. It was described this way on one of the blogs I like to read:

https://breakfastographer.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/pentax-kp-j-limited-editions-to-be-announced-tonight/

The K-30's adverts were pretty overt about this, either showing it with water droplets like it had been to the gym, or right in the rain or similar wet situation:

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Oiche Senior Member • Posts: 1,210
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Leandros S wrote:

I submit that, just like the K-30's "baseball cap", it protects the lens mount from rain. It was described this way on one of the blogs I like to read:

https://breakfastographer.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/pentax-kp-j-limited-editions-to-be-announced-tonight/

The K-30's adverts were pretty overt about this, either showing it with water droplets like it had been to the gym, or right in the rain or similar wet situation:

I just recently joked about the Pentax marketing department in another thread but the latter photo advert is why I became a Pentaxian and I was so close to going Nikon!

Rain actually got into my K-30 and destroyed it but Pentax replaced it for free after 2 years out of warranty. I never took the new one out in the rain though! 😁

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Joseph Tainter Forum Pro • Posts: 10,830
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Leandros S wrote:

I submit that, just like the K-30's "baseball cap", it protects the lens mount from rain. It was described this way on one of the blogs I like to read:

https://breakfastographer.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/pentax-kp-j-limited-editions-to-be-announced-tonight/

From this blog:

"The main change is the restyled pentaprism housing, somewhat reminicent of an F-117 “Nighthawk” stealth airplane."

So the purpose is not weather protection, it is to make Pentax cameras invisible to radar.

Joe

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DougOB Senior Member • Posts: 1,081
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Joseph Tainter wrote:

Leandros S wrote:

I submit that, just like the K-30's "baseball cap", it protects the lens mount from rain. It was described this way on one of the blogs I like to read:

https://breakfastographer.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/pentax-kp-j-limited-editions-to-be-announced-tonight/

From this blog:

"The main change is the restyled pentaprism housing, somewhat reminicent of an F-117 “Nighthawk” stealth airplane."

So the purpose is not weather protection, it is to make Pentax cameras invisible to radar.

It does fit with their marketing strategy, i.e., flying under the radar...

Doug

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Massao Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
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Oiche wrote:

....the latter photo advert is why I became a Pentaxian and I was so close to going Nikon!

Certainly; this is a powerful image--enough to create new buyers--especially for the price of K-30 compared to other WR cameras of the time.

Kind regards,

Massao

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lela_jr Regular Member • Posts: 287
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Joseph Tainter wrote:

So the purpose is not weather protection, it is to make Pentax cameras invisible to radar.

Oh, so that is why you never see one ...

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rmalbers Regular Member • Posts: 373
Re: The KP J's "hat"

Marketing, what marketing?

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