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07-22-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Pentax lens pricing dilemma

What the heck is going on?
Last year I finally bit the bullet and went digital.
My film gear is Minolta from their classic years.
An XD-11.
Bought a K-5. Love the camera.
Built a kit around the "three amigos".
With the addition of the 14mm, 55mm and 100mm macro.
Was about to go all the way with the 50-135mm and a 300mm.
Only to see the prices had doubled.
Now I check B&H and the prices are back to "normal".
Did Pentax experience a reality check?
Will these prices last?
Do I go for the last two lenses I would ever need?

07-22-2012, 11:22 PM   #2
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Pentax has been demanding 'minimum' pricing from retailers lately.

It was implemented on April fool's day and wasn't a joke. By all accounts pentax lens sales dropped to almost nothing, and the lens prices seemed to have stabilized, more or less, back at the old prices.

If you can swing it and you know you'll eventually purchase those two lenses, I'd purchase them now.

If you have trouble swinging the price then I wouldn't worry too much about it. I think Pentax knows that they'd be hurting the brand with another wild swing of prices.
07-22-2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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Yeah man, the 50-135 and the 16-50 DA* lenses are back down to what I paid for them last year. Things have been brought back down.
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Yes, if you need them, you should certainly get them. There are times you'll need the DA*50-135 even though you have the excellent 55mm, 77mm, and 100mm macro lenses.

The DA*300 is nice too, of course. I'm unaware of any changes happening there, so buying it would be good if you can use it. It (or even the 200mm, but I'd probably opt for the 300mm) could easily become a favorite. But you may also need to consider the DA*16-50 at some point. It was virtually the last lens I got, but it was needed on top of my primes and helped me stop buying any more lenses. However, you may have the luxury of waiting for the updated version which Pentax is creating according to the lens roadmap. Although I'm happy with it, I think it could still use some improvements, so I'm glad Pentax is doing an update.

Keep in mind there's a high likelihood Pentax will come out with a Full Frame camera next year - next Spring looks probable. All the lenses you have or are looking to buy reportedly work on Full Frame, except for the DA14 and DA*50-135. But those two are so essential you need them now anyway. And you may not even go Full Frame. If you don't, a DA10-17FE and (updated) DA*16-50 may be in your future as well.

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07-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reassuring responses.

Unfortunately I can’t afford them right now.
Other priorities got in the way.
And when I saw the ridiculous price increase I forgot about it.
But one dreams – we all have wish-lists.
I forgot, I also have the 18-55mm WR kit lens.
I bought it as a party/pub knock-about lens.
Not a bad lens, but not up there with the others.
I like the idea of an updated DA*16-50mm.
The bad press turned me off it.
Maybe I’ll add it to the wish-list.
Damn, another 3 grand in lenses.
Oh well…the price of fun.

About FF…
I had considered that.
Either Sony or Nikon.
I have never liked Canon.
Then I discovered the K-5.
I had been hung up on FF.
But now I could spread my budget around on lenses as well.
And have a premium body.
08-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
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I had the DA*50-135 and DA*16-50. Sold both and would not recommend them. Way over priced and unreliable. You can find better for much less money. read some of the reviews compared to sigma a tamron.
08-12-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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No way, the 50-135 is an optical gem. Slow AF, for sure. But optically, a gem !

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