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01-11-2011, 06:34 PM   #76
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Well... A few weeks ago I bought a used 50-135 that showed "sleepy AF" syndrome after not being used for more than a day... got lucky by selling it for the same price I paid for it... K5 in service for a month because of the stained sensor.... now this... damn...

Were there any reports of SDM failures in DA*200, DA*300 or DA*60-250????

01-11-2011, 06:45 PM   #77
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Clearly you haven't purchased from Prodigital, so your ignorance is pardoned.
With the exception of SigmaI buy all my lenses from Prodigital but I haven't made the mistake of buying an SDM lens from them because even with the Band Aid warranty, it's still an inevitable liability.
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What about reliability of the 18-135 DC? I have read that is a cheaper version of SDM...... any failures of QC issues thus far?
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Not with mine and I got one of the first ones released in the US

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The only solution I can see from a user standpoint is an extended warranty. Those are available from third party sources,
Unfortunately only in US. At least I haven't found such thing on this part of the world... I wouldn't mind paying a few bucks for extended warranty. But as it stands now, I rather buy Sigma lenses which are on par or even better than the Pentax offerings and come with a 3 year warranty, not to mention they are also cheaper. Really, why on Earth would I buy a more expensive, inferior product with less warranty?
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Really, why on Earth would I buy a more expensive, inferior product with less warranty?
Because come hell or high water, that's what fan boys do.
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Unfortunately only in US. At least I haven't found such thing on this part of the world... I wouldn't mind paying a few bucks for extended warranty.
I can get extended 3 or 5 year warranty on bodies and DA* lenses in Slovakia from one seller and it is even refundable if not claimed
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QuoteOriginally posted by simico Quote
I rather buy Sigma lenses which are on par or even better than the Pentax offerings and come with a 3 year warranty, not to mention they are also cheaper. Really, why on Earth would I buy a more expensive, inferior product with less warranty?
I think that Sigma's EX lenses have a 4-year warranty.

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QuoteOriginally posted by alexeyga Quote
Well... A few weeks ago I bought a used 50-135 that showed "sleepy AF" syndrome after not being used for more than a day... got lucky by selling it for the same price I paid for it
LOL...remind me not to buy any used Pentax SDM lenses on eBay!

On a serious note, I've been amazed to see people paying almost as much for used 50-135mm lenses on eBay as it would cost to buy them new. I can't believe people are laying out $750 for these lenses with NO warranty.
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On a serious note, I've been amazed to see people paying almost as much for used 50-135mm lenses on eBay as it would cost to buy them new. I can't believe people are laying out $750 for these lenses with NO warranty.
One thing you need to realize, there's actually life outside of US... Amazon prices, however, are for US only and that brand new 50-135 is selling for 1200$CAN up here... nevermind Europe and the rest of the world...

But you're right, and average price of 700$ for used one from the marketplace doesn't make much sense vs 800$ for a brand new one from Amazon... Which makes me think... my old folks are coming down to see some relatives down in US... Perhaps that would be a good opportunity to get one.... On the other hand, I still think that Pentax should've made the 70-200/2.8 instead... I found 135 a tad short for my liking...
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QuoteOriginally posted by alexeyga Quote
Well... A few weeks ago I bought a used 50-135 that showed "sleepy AF" syndrome after not being used for more than a day... got lucky by selling it for the same price I paid for it... K5 in service for a month because of the stained sensor.... now this... damn...

Were there any reports of SDM failures in DA*200, DA*300 or DA*60-250????
I'm assuming you were up front about its condition when you sold it. Otherwise, that would be pretty shady dealing.
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I'm assuming you were up front about its condition when you sold it. Otherwise, that would be pretty shady dealing.
Why don't you get all moral with the one who sold it to me first? Damn...

That said, don't worry, it has been sold locally and the buyer had a chance to test the lens throughout... the rest is not my problem anymore... I had enough with Pentax to begin with...
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Why don't you get all moral with the one who sold it to me first? Damn...
LOL. One good thing about eBay (if you're a buyer at least), is that you can ALWAYS get your money back since eBay almost automatically sides with the buyer. Sucks sometimes when you're the seller though and you know the buyer is just taking advantage of the system.

So if you had bought the lens on eBay, and discovered this problem within a reasonably short period of time, eBay would have given you your money back...doesn't matter if the buyer sells it "as is" or has a no-return policy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
LOL. One good thing about eBay (if you're a buyer at least), is that you can ALWAYS get your money back since eBay almost automatically sides with the buyer. Sucks sometimes when you're the seller though and you know the buyer is just taking advantage of the system.

So if you had bought the lens on eBay, and discovered this problem within a reasonably short period of time, eBay would have given you your money back...doesn't matter if the buyer sells it "as is" or has a no-return policy.
Sad thing is that the lens has been purchased from a local forum member and it has been advertised in market place... When i've checked the lens, it worked alright without showing any symptoms... it's after sitting some time without getting used that it started showing some typical pre-failure sleepy-AF signs...
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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
I'm assuming you were up front about its condition when you sold it. Otherwise, that would be pretty shady dealing.
New or used, anyone who buys an SDM lens should know the risk they're taking and that failure is highly probable.
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