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05-23-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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FA43 limited UK price hike.

So I'm just about to jump in for a 43 and ignoring the dodgy websites at sub 500 my best bet looks like SRS here in the uk. 550 or thereabout plus they're a Pentax Pro dealer and sold me my K-x at the lowest price in the country so a store to be trusted. Only I check today (I'm hoping to buy in July) and it's shot up to 699.99 !!! And they're not the only ones, several UK based outlets have broken 700 and someone has it at over 900 !!
Is it as straightforward as the suggested knock on effect from the tsunami ?
I bought a DA35mm f2.4 2 months ago at 119.99 and the shop told me it was rising to 159 later that day, sure enough it did. And they had good stock so it wasn't supply.
Any thoughts on why these lenses are rising in price so steeply ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by London Rob Quote
Any thoughts on why these lenses are rising in price so steeply ?
Disaster in Japan, economic problems in Europe.
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bought mine new off ebay and shipped from japan , worked out 490 after duty/vat/handling charges
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The biggest hike came not that long ago with exchange rates.

The VAT doesn't help either.

I was updating my database today and the values. Not that long ago I oaid 40 for the 31 Ltd!! and now it is over 1000!!!!

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What do they call the UK, Treasure Island?
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QuoteOriginally posted by London Rob Quote
So I'm just about to jump in for a 43 and ignoring the dodgy websites at sub 500 my best bet looks like SRS here in the uk. 550 or thereabout plus they're a Pentax Pro dealer and sold me my K-x at the lowest price in the country so a store to be trusted. Only I check today (I'm hoping to buy in July) and it's shot up to 699.99 !!! And they're not the only ones, several UK based outlets have broken 700 and someone has it at over 900 !!
Is it as straightforward as the suggested knock on effect from the tsunami ?
I bought a DA35mm f2.4 2 months ago at 119.99 and the shop told me it was rising to 159 later that day, sure enough it did. And they had good stock so it wasn't supply.
Any thoughts on why these lenses are rising in price so steeply ?
It's been quite a while since 43ltd was 550 at SRS. These days they sell used ones for that amount!
New 43s have been over 650 mark for a while now. Having said that. In last 6-8 weeks most of the Pentax glass went up by 50 or so in their shop. On the other side, K-5 is down by 100.
Generally prices in UK shops are getting out of hands. I remember when DA*55 came out and everybody moaned how overpriced it is at 350. Now it's. Near impossible to get new for under 600! FA50 used to be 149 new back in 2008. The same money now will buy you used A50/1.4 at best! F50/1.4 go for around 220 and FAs for 250. Not that far (18 months or so) ago SRS sold used EX++ M85/2 for 89, last one they sold maybe 3 months back for 149!. A24/2.8? Around 200 mark... Somehow I wish the good old cheap pentax days came back...
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What do they call the UK, Treasure Island?
I wish it was!
Compared to salaries the lenses here are fair bit more expensive than in states...
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