Tuesday, July 17, 2007

K10D Camera Armor Coming Soon


(Note: Updated at 1:25pm with additional info. from Camera Armor)

So, I was feeling pretty jealous about Camera Armor because it makes a camera look incredibly tough (dare I say "badass") and is good protection against small drops and knife fights (not, really), but then it's only for Canon and Nikon models (ok, and the Sony A100, too). It's made of shock absorbing silicon rubber, includes a special polycarbonate LCD shield, and you can even get matching rubber lens hoods. It's not that the K10D really needs more armor, because it is pretty rugged already, but I had a good daydream about having the K10D in camouflage armor and trekking off into the hinterland. I wanted to see that made reality. The K100D Super could definitely use the armor, though.

Last week I called the company to request that they consider a Pentax solution, too, and Made Products in Seattle shared with me some brilliant news that it's already planned and in the next month they'll be releasing armor for the K10D. It should cost about $49.95 to $59.95 U.S. and come in Black or possibly Transparent or Smoke colors.

Highlighted Comment from Graeme at Camera Armor: "We are still debating the color options for you though, and thought we should solicit some feedback. We will offer black, and could do either camo or a transparent version that would make it easy to see the icons under the camera and on the buttons. Probably will only get 2 colors to start, though, so we are open to some coaching. email us at feedback@cameraarmor.com if you want to influence our decision!"

I requested Camouflage and I was told that idea would passed along to their team and if they get enough feedback that it's worthwhile they might do that color, too (like they do for the Canon 5D). And if they get enough interest from the K10D armor, a K100D model could follow as well, I imagine. I don't think they'll do battery grip armor, because it's not something they've done before, but we'll see.

Oh, and I gather Kata will also be the U.K. distributer for folks over the pond. To see more about Camera Armor, watch this nifty video on their website. Suffice to say, I'm on it when they release it.

6 comments:

rob prins said...

I love it, especially the camo armor, thanks for this

Graeme said...

Hi there,

Camera Armor Guy here. Just wanted to let you know that the design work for the K10D is done and that we are currently tooling this now. We are still debating the color options for you though, and thought we should solicit some feedback. We will offer black, and could do either camo or a transparent version that would make it easy to see the icons under the camera and on the buttons. Probably will only get 2 colors to start, though, so we are open to some coaching. email us at feedback@cameraarmor.com if you want to influence our decision!

creezy said...

how cool is that? want it!

Rob Prins said...

They need two, one for the grip as well!

Dr Hiding Pup said...

Can't imagine ever buying something like this myself but, if I had to, camo rather than black. Definitely.

John said...

Keen! If I can find a place to buy it when the K10D armor comes out (the big camera shop I used to work at went out of business last december, and there are no worthwhile camera shops left near me :( ), I'll get one. I think I'd go for black, though. Camo is a nice idea for wildlife photographers, and is probably the best option for a second color choice.

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