Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Name Rumour and Some Told Specs - "K7D"

All the news almost come from a single origin, in fact.

First, it started to appear at the front page of a German web store for Pentax items, TeKaDe, just after photos of the new Pentax photos exposed (here, here and then here) that the store is accepting new pre-orders for the new Pentax DSLR - but without any technical information disclosed about the cam, but just a EUR 1500 price tag and the targeted shipment time frame:-

"Pentax neue DSLR KxxD ab sofort per Mail bestellbar. Preis um EUR 1500,00. Auslieferung Ende Juni/Anfang Juli 2009!"

Actually, I had seen it quite early and I opted not to particular post anything about it as I couldn't verify anything on this claim nor the actual source of information. Thus, I treated it as a wild rumour. Just see my previous response to one of my Blog readers here.

And, I was also not convinced that Pentax is to re-adopt the "D" letter again in this new body (which they have already dropped with the K2000/K-m), for what the webstore suggests. Isn't it rather odd and inconsistent to have a "K7D" to be in a "family"(?) with a "K-m", as least as named and to be marketed in the Europe??

However, the rumour continues.. One of my readers have made a post at my Blog here in Anonymity to tell that he has pre-ordered a "K7(D)" and then with some brief specs told in a firm tone (which I believe is that the shop told him verbally):-

"@ RiceHigh

Well, i pre-ordered one, a K7 ;D
at tekade.de. and yes, i wouldn't preorder something i wouldn't know a thing about...

but here are some of the specs, that are pretty sure!:

100% viewfinder, kind-of-metal-housing, hd-videomode, better, faster and more accurate af, 5-6fps, many little changes in order to improve ergonomy..."

But then the (single) source of information is actually the same, as he pre-ordered from the TeKaDe.

The webstore owner has also posted at an Austria forum himself, here is his post:-

http://www.fotografie.at/forum/fotografie-at/3-aktuelle-news/20514-neue-pentax-k7d/
(Google Translation in English Here)

It is also told that the new body will be announced by Pentax in the 3rd week of May.

In his signature, you can see that he is also the online dealer of Pentax gear with address http://www.pentaxshop.at/. On the front page of it, it can be seen that yet again it is just the TeKaDe! So, this guy is just the owner of both the German and Austria online webstore(s)! And, he is no Pentax official anyway nor he is actually a direct staff of any Pentax branch in Europe, as opposed to some hearsays with mis-information told (examples here at the PentaxForums and here at the DPR Pentax Forum).

But since this Pentax dealer has good reputations as told and he can be considered as a Pentax insider to a certain extent. I start to believe what he tells! :-) Probably, it is true. But, how dare he is to break the Embargo! And let's see how Pentax/Hoya will "punish" him in the meantime for breaching the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement)! ;-D

Last but not least, if the 1500 Euro set price range is true, I don't think marketing wise Pentax will succeed again! Why not just go buy a popular/common FF DSLR like the D700 or 5D MkII just for a few more bucks if so? And, Hoya senior official told us last time at PMA that the new DSLR in Summer will be in the "same price range" of the K20D.. So? He actually *should* tell, "the new DSLR in Summer will be priced higher than the *original* set price of the K20D when it was first marketed"! ;-> :-0

15 Comments:

jh said...

Looks cool hope that specs are true

Harley said...

New Pic, seems an official one:
http://www7.xitek.com/forum/200904/4382/438228/438228_1240389657.jpg

Anonymous said...

Nice! I have been waiting for something like this from Pentax. I hope this is true.

falconeye said...

RiceHigh,

please don't confuse the website and store owner of tekade.de (Raimund Schuster) with the person who runs an Austrian Pentax distribution channel (Walter Geißler). Both persons have a close cooperation. Which is a good thing.

Please don't try to cleverly deduce facts about sources which are well known and reputed to some forum members at pentaxforums.com. Just ask ;)

Raimund Schuster was certainly allowed to accept preorders but the name (K7) is still a secret. If you are nice, Raimund may take you to Pentax Europe (Hamburg) to show off the K7 at end of May. Book your flight ;)


Take care,
falconeye

Anonymous said...

I can say that Pentax had not such camera in digital time.
The control of camera - is mixed of K-m style and K20D + ISO button.

RiceHigh said...

> falconeye said...
> please don't confuse the website and store owner of tekade.de (Raimund Schuster) with the person who runs an Austrian Pentax distribution channel (Walter Geißler). Both persons have a close cooperation. Which is a good thing.

The fact is both webstore(s) are named "TeKaDe" afterall, with the same logo. So whether these two sites are actually owned by two different persons is not really that important then.

Anonymous 2nd said...

@ Ricehigh

quote:
But since this Pentax dealer has good reputations as told and he can be considered as a Pentax insider to a certain extent. I start to believe what he tells! :-) Probably, it is true. But, how dare he is to break the Embargo! And let's see how Pentax/Hoya will "punish" him in the meantime for breaching the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement)! ;-D quoteend!

Preorderer again...:
I did not get my information from tekade, but from another well-informed guy, who - no - did not sign any NDA - so, totally free gave away information on the K7

best
pentaxian...

RiceHigh said...

But do you think your source of information is really trustworthy enough? Umm.. what I mean a true insider instead of a hearsayer whom I maybe one of them sometimes! ;-D

Anonymous said...

Rice, I think that you will be satisfied with K7. It's really good and original machine.
Fast and really cool.

RiceHigh said...

YOU have tried it? :-)

janneman said...

Rice, the only price we have heard so far ist the Tekade price.. Tekade also sells teh D300 , now for € 1599,00 and the D700 and 5D MkII for about € 2500,00. So there is more to it than just the "dew buck" you mention.. Ofcourse others sell those cameras much cheaper but who ays they wont sell "the new one" still cheaper...

RiceHigh said...

Thx for the info, Mr. Tape-man! ;-)

And, welcome aboard, long time no see!

Now, let's calculate the street price then. The D700 is selling for around HK$17,000 and the 5D2 is selling for HK$19,000 now at the streets of Hong Kong and thus on a prorate basis, the K7 (or whatsoever named) will be for around HK$10,880, which is roughly equal to US$1,400, which would be more acceptable generally, I guess.

Of course, the actual features and system performances of the camera will count (and most importantly).

janneman said...

[quote]Of course, the actual features and system performances of the camera will count (and most importantly).[/quote]

As usual, I hereby offer my services to test the SR system... It would be nice if they send me a K-whatever asap so it will be in time to have the results ready on the date of launch.

RiceHigh said...

Your "grasschopper" (not grasshopper, hehe) test was just crazy! But anyway since the old Pentax DSLRs had passed the test for what I knew, we don't need your service anymore! ;-D

In fact, they should send me the new cam for me to measurebate its AE and AF, truly!! LOL..

Anonymous said...

Ricehigh,

The simplest evaluation of your comments so far suggest that a: you are not a full-time photographer; b: you use Pentax gear but find it has serious shortcoming; c: you make very few if any favourable comments about Pentax gear;d: you don't change to another system, even though you can obviously afford to.
What exactly is your point?
It is hard not to conclude you are out to hurt Pentax.

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