Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Time flies whether you're having fun or not. PMA 2009 is on the horizon.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

Time flies whether you're having fun or not. One year has almost passed since the PMA 2008 International Convention and Trade Show. Last year's show was running from January 31 through February 2. This year's show is a bit later and will take place on March 3-5,2009. Thirteen months will have passed between the two gigantic photographic events.

Will we see a lot of new DSLRs and equipment, or will the global recession be felt there too? About this time every year, the Internet forums are full of predictions, rumors and wish lists from photographers around the world. Soon, all eyes will be on the PMA 2009.

Pentax will be there, but I have not heard of any new DLSR being introduced at the show this year. The K2000 and the White K2000 are the most recent additions to the Pentax arsenal. I read most of the Pentax forums from all regions of the world and it seems that Pentaxians are hoping to see the introduction of a K30D, which would be Full Frame. Some are still hoping that the Medium Format Pentax D645 will be resurrected. For a while, there were rumors of a Pentax K20D with built-in GPS.

It's hard to predict what will happen this year, as the market is already saturated with DSLRs, while the global economy is continuing to spiral downward. There are no photographic "Stimulus Packages" and should any of the DSLR companies fold, there won't be any Government bailout.

I will attend the PMA this year, as I did last year. I will spend a fair amount of time at the Pentax booth and will report nightly on everything Pentax or anything that Pentaxians can use with their Pentax DSLRs, right here on this blog. If you plan to attend, let me know. It would be nice to say "Hi" and shake hands.

The following photo is from last year's show. It was pretty exciting with the K20D, the K200D, the DA* 200mm and the DA* 300mm. Wouldn't it be nice for Pentax to unveil something extraordinary at the show? You never what Pentax engineers have up their sleeves.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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