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03-08-2011, 04:14 AM   #16
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Good summary Steve!

I bought all my limited lens from USA, and have never had a problem with them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
Australia actually has very resonable prices for Pentax bodies and DA limited lenses. Zooms, especially DA*, and FA limiteds are a bit on the high side.

However Pentax is better relative value here than Nikon or Canon gear (particualry for bodies), which explains why there are a lot of Australians on the forum.
Ah! I didn't realize it varied so dramatically by lens. Wonder what influences that.

Also, I had been wondering at the large Australian presence here!

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QuoteOriginally posted by v5planet Quote

Also, I had had been wondering at the large Australian presence here!
It does seem disproportionate given the population. I had put it down to them liking to go against the mainstream flow and be their own men lol
that likely had something to do with it as well
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It does seem disproportionate given the population. I had put it down to them liking to go against the mainstream flow and be their own men lol
that likely had something to do with it as well
I had several reasons for going the Pentax way:
1) I was after a robust and water resistant body for rough hikes
2) Competitive pricing
3) Ability to use older lenses with current bodies
4) Lens quality

And you're right, I was quite happy to deviate from the main stream!

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Also, I had been wondering at the large Australian presence here!
The person who coined the term LBA is Australian, and a Sydneysider as well!
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The person who coined the term LBA is Australian, and a Sydneysider as well!
Yes but he has since defected to the other side and sold most of his Pentax gear. Probably kept his K-7 and 31,43,77 only.
Last week he popped up on DPR donating his batteries to K20D shooters.
Still, he's very helpful with any tips for shooting Pentax and has taken a few visiting forum members on a "tour" of Sydney on occasion.
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I have only had One problem with a FA limited lens and it was the FA77 - I was using it on a ME super and somehow the focusing ring became uncoupled with the focusing mechanism. The lens was repaired under warranty without fuss, apparently they sent it to Japan and got the whole thing checked and I haven't had a problem with it since.
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