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05/22/2007 08:26:54 AM · #1
A Bit Arrogant, I know...But Necessary:

Hello Sir;

As you may already know, I am a Canadian Fashion Photographer based in Paris, France with over twenty five years of experience and must also say that I am recognized world wide for my work. Up until about three months ago I was Officially Sponsored by CANON France and received a lot of press for being associated with them. As of three months ago I made a very serious move to come on as a PENTAX Officially Sponsored Photographer. Now if you do not know this, I am the first known recognized Fashion Photographer to quit Canon (digital) for Pentax(digital) and Pentax France understood the importance of this from a Marketing point of view. I am also a Consulting Creative Director and Marketing Specialist and understand the importance of this event. It is saying in effect that if Benjamin Kanarek can use the Pentax K10D so can we.. As you may already know, I will be appearing on behalf of Pentax France at the "Salons de la Photos" in Paris, October 3 to 7, 2007 at the their stand with my images in large format posted throughout the Pentax booth, that were taken with the Pentax K10D.

My switch to Pentax was a very serious decision and I appreciate that the Hoya-Pentax merger is also a very important event. I do not particularly need Pentax, Nikon, Canon or Sony specific brands to survive in my metier. Any good quality digital camera will suffice for me to perform my task. The reason for this point I am making is the following. I have put forth my name and reputation by backing Pentax and I would expect the same from Pentax-Hoya. I hope that you continue to develop new and novel photographic solutions for the novice and professional alike. We all know that Formula "1" race cars sporting the names Renault, Ford, Porche, etc. aid in the promotion and perception of their consumer products by acting as a "Luxury Benchmark" for those associated with the brand they purchased. That is why the need for a high end Pro Benchmark for Pentax...Let the show begin!

You may view several of my images on many of the following sites and am looking forward to a fruitful and engaging association with the new Hoya-Pentax merger.

//www.pentax.fr/_fr/photo/photo...o&photographes
//www.benjaminkanarek.com
//www.olaphoto.com
//www.pressbook.com/homebook.as...&owner_id=5144
//anashcreation.com/thenashgallery/BenjaminKanarek
//www.lumas.com/?id=719&artist=616&motiv=1617
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Message edited by author 2007-05-22 08:28:19.
05/22/2007 08:39:05 AM · #2
I thought the merger had stopped (as of last week), but here is the latest Japan Times article, May 22 and last week from The Daily Yomiuri

Message edited by author 2007-05-22 08:41:10.
05/22/2007 08:52:32 AM · #3
Hey Benjamin, thanks for posting this. I love that I can read things like this on DPC.

BTW, here are your links fixed:

Originally posted by Benjamin Kanarek:


[ url=//www.pentax.fr/_fr/photo/photo...o&photographes]www.pentax.fr[/url] incomplete
www.benjaminkanarek.com
www.olaphoto.com
www.pressbook.com
anashcreation.com
www.lumas.com


Message edited by author 2007-05-22 08:56:52.
05/22/2007 09:05:00 AM · #4
Nice letter, Benjamin. It didn't strike me as arrogant.

By the way, I want everyone to know I invited Benjamin to join Zero Division, our DPL team of newbies who had never entered a challenge!

Regretfully he declined, but he did so very politely. :-)

-- Larry in NYC
05/22/2007 09:39:40 AM · #5
Originally posted by Pug-H:

I thought the merger had stopped (as of last week), but here is the latest Japan Times article, May 22 and last week from The Daily Yomiuri


I just spoke to the Director of Communications at PENTAX France and they are very pleased with the fact that it has finally taken place...We shall see, what we shall see...

None the less, thank you for such a Democratic and balanced Forum..

Best Wishes
Ben

Message edited by author 2007-05-22 09:42:23.
05/22/2007 10:09:18 AM · #6
Originally posted by eschelar:

Hey Benjamin, thanks for posting this. I love that I can read things like this on DPC.

BTW, here are your links fixed:

Originally posted by Benjamin Kanarek:


[ url=//www.pentax.fr/_fr/photo/photo...o&photographes]www.pentax.fr[/url] incomplete
www.benjaminkanarek.com
www.olaphoto.com
www.pressbook.com
anashcreation.com
www.lumas.com


Thank you so much..

Ben
05/22/2007 10:28:24 AM · #7
As a high fasion photographer, isn't Hasselblad or maybe a Sinar a better way to go with a digital back and stuff?

1.6 crop and bad viewfinders just don't appeal as much to me atleast :)
05/22/2007 10:33:39 AM · #8
Originally posted by Bolti:

As a high fasion photographer, isn't Hasselblad or maybe a Sinar a better way to go with a digital back and stuff?

1.6 crop and bad viewfinders just don't appeal as much to me atleast :)


To tell you the truth, it depends on the support that the image will be used in. In 90% of my applications, being magazine publications 8.0 mega pixels and up is sufficient for most double page spreads and larger. I love the mobility of DSLR's and cannot stand working with a tripod. I have used all formats form 35mm to 8"x10" and really appreciate the DSLR format.

Ben

Message edited by author 2007-05-22 10:34:21.
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