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Last week, rumors surfaced on our forum stating that the Pentax K-5 was
slowly being discontinued in Japan, and that several stores were no
longer carrying it. Today, as unfortunate as it may be, it appears that
these rumors were true, and that the K-5 is indeed being discontinued.
We have confirmed this with multiple US retailers, and it is further
evidenced by the fact that the Pentax K-5 18-55mm kit is now marked as
"discontinued" at B&H Photo Video in New York City (it's no surprise that
it sold out first at the largest Pentax retailer).
而紐約的B&H將K-5 18-55mm kit組標上停售則更進一步證實了這個消息
Originally introduced in October, 2010, the K-5 served as Pentax's flagship
APS-C DSLR for nearly two years. It was undoubtedly one of the most
successful and one of the most-loved Pentax cameras of all time, but that's
not to say that it was perfect. Upon the introduction of the mid-range
Pentax K-30 DSLR this July, the K-5 started showing its age in many areas,
despite being designed to be in a higher price class.
Photokina, one of the world's largest photographic trade shows, is coming up
in about one month in Cologne, Germany. We have no doubt that the K-5's
successor will be announced there, and we simultaneously hope that this
successor will build upon the strong points of the K-5 and improve on it
where it was lacking, rather than being an entirely new camera (we will
report on this live from the event next month).
Even if a successor is announced soon, however, this discontinuation does
mean that Pentax will be down to just one DSLR in its entire DSLR lineup
for at least two months. After discontinuing the K-r early this year,
Pentax lost their intro-level body, and with the discontinuation of the K-5,
they no longer have a high-end body, either. This puts Pentax under a great
deal of pressure, and may even end up scaring away prospective users due to
the dwindling camera selection. It also means that Pentax has decided to
keep each camera's production cycle relatively short, rather than following
in the footsteps of other DSLR manufacturers, who keep many of their models
on the market far longer. For camera buyers, it will also be a shame that
the great K-5 prices won't be around for much longer.
When Ricoh acquired Pentax last fall, they stated that they wanted to
become a serious competitor in the DSLR industry. Now, the company is
under even more pressure than ever, as both Canon and Nikon are expected
to release an intro-level (i.e. affordable) full-frame DSLR at Photokina.
If Pentax follows up with an APS-C body at the event and offers no full-frame
DSLR in months to follow, they may lose all hope of entering the professional
DSLR market. Based on recent trends in the camera industry, it would hardly
be surprising if the APS-C DSLR would start being phased out in favor of
lineups consisting exclusively of full-frame bodies, with smaller sensors
allocated instead for mirrorless and compact cameras.
We have received rumors which claimed that a Pentax full-frame body has
been in development since the spring, but at this point these rumors are
hardly reassuring, at least until the other gaps in the Pentax DSLR lineup
are filled. While we have no doubts that Pentax cameras will never go away,
and that they their quality will remain excellent, we are still keeping
our fingers crossed that the Pentax full-frame is around the corner to put
Pentax back in the game...
In the mean time, if you're still in the market for a Pentax K-5, secure
yours now before it's gone forever!