Friday, January 15, 2010

Visit with Pentax in Las Vegas on Thursday January 7th.

ARIA Hotel suite on the 24th floor.

P.S. All the pictures at the Pentax suite were taken with the K-x, no flash and ISO 6200.

Michelle Martin to the left, Pentax's Events manager and Public Relations Coordinator and my wife Anne, Editor of my all my books.

Michelle Martin, Ned Bunnell, Pentax Imaging's President and Anne

John Carlson, Manager of Product Marketing and support, chatting with another Pentax employee. I believe it is Carolyn Pitcavage.

Invited guests and Pentax employees. I also met with Chris Pound, Product Manager, but couldn't find him when I took these pictures.

Member of the media chatting with Pentax employees.

Some were watching the football game between Texas and Alabama. Alabama won.

The above is an excerpt from DPReview Pentax Forum, thread No. 34242883.


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Hi Pentaxian friends.

I have received tons of emails asking what was new at Pentax following the CES. All are referring to the brief meeting I had with Pentax at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, during the CES event. Pentax did have a suite at the ARIA Hotel, but there weren't any cameras or equipment on display. The meeting was mainly to introduce Pentax's personnel to Vendors, Store Owners, Bloggers and the Media in general. Many were invited but not all could attend. The CES is not the main media event to display and launch new cameras and equipment. I'm sure that their presence will be bigger at the PMA 2010 convention held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The exhibition hall will be open from February 21 through February 23, 2010.

I assume that if Pentax were to announce new cameras and equipment, they would do so at the PMA 2010. Of course, they have new cameras and equipment on the radar screen, but the launching will be done by Pentax when they feel the time is appropriate.

The Pentax 645 Digital Medium Format SLR has been the subject of many discussions in the past year. As far as I know, it is still to be launched this coming Spring and will be produced in a limited quantity to test the market first. It will only be available in Japan, and everywhere else if successful. We all know that if you want one, Adorama and B&H Photo will be able to get some.

I picked up a post on DPReview, shown at the top of this page. (Thread No. 34242883)

Pentax also had a small private area at the CES for meeting with clients that had requested a face to face during the CES. They had some products there but none that could be shared at this time without breaking the Non-Disclosure-Agreement (NDA). Some cool stuff is on the horizon. Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

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