Monday, November 26, 2007

Pentax Rumors Heating Up

(Update: In case I needed to spell it out, rumor mongering is never good. So, I'm not actually giving any spoilers here. My advice is that if you're looking for a camera, Pentax already has the best stuff on store shelves right now and that any time you spend waiting for a "better" camera is time better spent using a camera now to practice shooting.)


For the last few weeks, the rumor mills have been churning with talk that Pentax might be updating its K100D Super and K10D with new models in early 2008, maybe before PMA in January. 

This sort of sucks in two ways. First, it means that people could get shy about buying a Pentax camera before Christmas just so they can have a shot at a new Pentax next year, which means Pentax loses sales for the holiday season. Granted, Pentax will still get a sale eventually, but the current inventory will linger longer, which is not so much fun. Second, it means people will lose out on some pretty good deals for perfectly wonderful cameras. For example, despite what I saw on the Price Is Right this morning, the Samsung GX-10 (aka. Pentax K10D) with the 2 lens kit may be $1500 retail (she won the camera by guessing it was $1250), but it can be had now for less than $1000 if you're a good shopper. The K10D can be had for under $650, and the original K100D is often less than $450.

So, what do the rumors entail? (insert feature here). Enough said!

Links: Engadget, Photography Bay Rumors

10 comments:

creezy said...

I prefer photographing instead of discussing rumors, it's such a wast of lifetime …

John said...

I agree with creezy, though some of the rumors do sound intriguing.

Live Preview does nothing for me, however.

Michael said...

As a rule, I don't like discussing rumors, and I certainly won't be starting any. But because this rumor has progressed to the mainstream (ex. Engadget), I felt it needed referencing. But I hope you could tell from my lead in that I feel rumors can be very detrimental.

John said...

Oh rumors are definitely a bad thing for sales, especially this time of year.

Before Canon's Digital Rebel came out, people kept coming into the camera shop I worked at, asking me about the many rampant rumors of a cheap dSLR. We couldn't sell other dSLRs to save our lives, because everyone was waiting to see how much the damn Rebel was.

Rumors can be exciting for us tech heads, but for sales they're a definite negative, especially during the holidays. I'd much rather talk about photography, anyway. :)

Matthew Miller said...

Creezy, John -- funny that you took the time to read the whole article and then post a reply.

creezy said...

zl@matthew
Well , it's no that easy. Not really. My job happens behind a PC. Reading blogs is somewhat input of informations. To discuss things or interesting topics I consider as input, too. Daytime job. But spreading rumors that's somehow like crossing the brigde until you come to it. There is nothing more senseless like this.

F. e. I remember last year when every adult man I met in any pentax forum was crying like a new born baby because they worried they wouldn't get the new K10 D before X-Mas. They sounded to me like the world would come down and Pentax would be the worst company and they would only have one goal: excruciate this one guy and not deliver this guy his camera. Sometimes I don't get this kind of self-destruction on the web. Especially not whenever it hits a company I really like because of their products.

Anonymous said...

"if it means that people could get shy about buying a camera before Christmas just so they can have a shot at a new one next year, which means Pentax loses sales for the holiday season. Granted, Pentax will still get a sale eventually"

Get real. For the most part it means that sales -- especially gifts -- will go to Canon, Nikon or Olympus.

Michael said...

Ah, Mr. Anonymous. Trust me, I'm realistic.

I can only say that if someone chooses a Nikon or a Canon or whatever because they don't see what they like anywhere else, well that's their choice. And if the rumors still leave them too impatient to wait for the next Pentax model, then so be it. If anything, a good rumor from Pentax can conversely keep people from jumping onto a D300 or 40D this season if they think they might like the next Pentax more.

But who knows what will happen. Pentax hasn't made any announcement.

Michael Perham said...

Well, I don't mind the rumors as long as it is not blind speculation. I suspect that the impact on sales would be minimal as the vast majority of folks buying an SLR for Christmas are not the types that read blogs or other review type of sites.

Jim Royal said...

I definitely believe that Pentax is clearing the sales channel for new models. The K100D is now only $399 in downtown Montreal.

When I think about what I paid for my *ist DL2 just 18 months ago...

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