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The Future of K5 Prices

MartynUK
Posted 17/01/2011 - 12:44 Link
So the cashback K5 Offer has now ended.

Where do you think prices will go now? As a general rule, prices drop by £100-£200 after the camera;s been around for about 4 months.

Are you waiting to buy? I've been on the point of it several times!

Martyn
hefty1
Posted 17/01/2011 - 12:47 Link
The best time to buy any camera body is when it's being phased out. Prices will be around 50-60% of launch and any bugs should have been ironed out with firmware updates etc.

I'd like a K-5 but I'll wait until everyone's drooling over the K-3 before parting with my cash...
Joining the Q
womble
Posted 17/01/2011 - 12:53 Link
I was planning to buy sooner rather than later but think I'll follow hefty on this one. Meanwhile I have my FED2 to keep me happy, and I have a Jupiter-12 35mm lens on the way to go with it.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.
Posted 17/01/2011 - 13:08 Link
MartynUK wrote:
So the cashback K5 Offer has now ended.

Where do you think prices will go now? As a general rule, prices drop by £100-£200 after the camera;s been around for about 4 months.

Are you waiting to buy? I've been on the point of it several times!

Martyn

Well you could compare with the trend for the K-7 http://www.camerapricebuster.com/Pentax_K-7_Body_pc.html
- note that this site doesn't include all reputable dealers e.g. I've not seem park cameras quoted here and srs didn't use to be

their K5 price comparison is still under construction, not bad - for the K20 it took them about 6months to include it.

I've just taken the plunge on a K5 to replace my K10, the price is a bit steep compared to when I bought my K10 (blame GBP:YEN) and I (my wallet) would much prefer wait a few months until the price dropped and probably buy in the summer. But with little one just learning to crawl and dim interiors due to grey skies I've decided to go for it otherwise I'll miss the opportunity. I just hope the high ISO performance is all it's cracked up to be, and damn those grips are expensive, how do I wangle one of those too ???
Edited by bladerunneruk: 17/01/2011 - 13:10
bretti_kivi
Posted 17/01/2011 - 13:12 Link
... US prices are 1:1 with Euro or GBP ones....

and besides, if Pentax can't deliver for two weeks, that's a sign that K5s are in great demand. Considering they knew about the K5 capabilities and will have ramped up production pretty damned fast.

Oh, and prices are still solid around the globe, too.

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
Edited by bretti_kivi: 17/01/2011 - 13:14
womble
Posted 17/01/2011 - 13:15 Link
bretti_kivi wrote:
... US prices are 1:1 with Euro or GBP ones....

Bret

Until you factor in VAT, import duty, Parcel Force random charges and postage...
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.
Mannesty
Posted 17/01/2011 - 14:53 Link
I'm going to wait for the K-1 full frame body with dual card slots, WiFi & GPS built-in, together with all the other must-have goodies that'll be included at the time.

Then I'll buy a K3 to replace my K20D's. I might only have to wait about 5 years considering the development speed of DSLR's nowadays.
Peter E Smith - flickr Photostream
Edited by Mannesty: 17/01/2011 - 14:54
simonkit
Posted 17/01/2011 - 15:23 Link
I'll definitely be buying the K5 but I'm not in any rush at the moment, once sales slow following the cashback period ending prices will inevitably fall - I'm watching closely !!

Simon
galeforce1
Posted 20/01/2011 - 18:27 Link
Same here, no great hurry, but I'd like to see it under £900 before buying. I could buy now, but I want a new lens as well, so hopefully any drop will help cover that cost and not break my finances, and Pentax will still end up getting my brass one way or another!
bretti_kivi
Posted 20/01/2011 - 20:48 Link
K5s were promised for the start of this week. They are now expected start of next week. Ergo: Pentax can't keep up with demand.....

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
Smeggypants
Posted 20/01/2011 - 21:20 Link
Mannesty wrote:
I'm going to wait for the K-1 full frame body with dual card slots, WiFi & GPS built-in, together with all the other must-have goodies that'll be included at the time.

And excellent ISO 2,048,000 performance
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283
Smeggypants
Posted 20/01/2011 - 21:22 Link
galeforce1 wrote:
Same here, no great hurry, but I'd like to see it under £900 before buying. I could buy now, but I want a new lens as well, so hopefully any drop will help cover that cost and not break my finances, and Pentax will still end up getting my brass one way or another!

That's why I said. So when it dropped to £899 (inc cashback) I ordered mine on 3rd of January. Had it for 6 days and apart from the dreaded front focussing at low light fault I love it to bits.
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283
MartynUK
Posted 22/01/2011 - 08:23 Link
I guess as long as demand outstrips supply the price isn't going to move much!

I have been on the brink and SO close to ordering - to the point of phoning one camera dealer who didn't get an order because they told be to go to the website and another who misunderstood a comment and put the phone down!

With all this cloud and dull weather I'm desperate to move on from my K10D. Soon as it gets nearer £800 I shall join the club!

Martyn
bretti_kivi
Posted 26/01/2011 - 12:26 Link
ha, SRS don't have stock either and are right now fulfilling orders placed over three weeks ago. Yes, the price has dropped a tad, but.....

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
Dave Evans
Posted 26/01/2011 - 12:40 Link
bretti_kivi wrote:
ha, SRS don't have stock either and are right now fulfilling orders placed over three weeks ago. Yes, the price has dropped a tad, but.....

Bret

They are still paying the cash back on all the orders placed before the 15th, My order went in on the 5th Jan and I thought it would have been with me now.

Dave

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