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10-18-2012, 07:13 AM   #16
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Lucky guys. It's $1300+ in the US on Amazon and Amazon UK will not ship to the US. Enjoy your bargains!

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Heckuva deal!

Amazon does this sometimes, but usually it's old stock that is clogging the warehouse. The long delivery time either means they were able to buy it (from Pentax Europe?) at a good price and are awaiting their delivery... or perhaps it's stock from the US Amazon.com that wasn't moving due to the crazy MAP pricing in the past few months, again awaiting delivery. Kinda weird, but there you have it!
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maybe it is a "grey" market lens. Same quality but slightly different.
Needs a long time to deliver, means it has to be ordered somewhere in asia i guess.

last year I bought a pentax 55-300 DA L for around 200. Slightly different from the original one, no green ring, no distance scale, no lens hood.
But perfect image quality.

See also this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/185707-da-55-3...-55-300-a.html
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Just an FYI to Canadian members, I have ordered from Amazon.co.uk before, and they do ship to Canada. Even better, they calculate a landed costs (customs/taxes) and add that to the bill up front. You don't pay a nickle more at delivery. In one case, I even got part of that "Import Fees Deposit" back, as Amazon will refund, if the actual amount comes in below. I calculated what it would cost for me to buy this lens, summary from Amazon below. After exchange conversion, this comes out to about $750-760 Cdn. Smokin' good price.

Item(s) Subtotal: 488.12
Postage & Packing: 22.58
-----
Total Before VAT: 510.70
VAT: 0.00
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Total: 510.70
Import Fees Deposit 76.47
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Grand Total: 587.17

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Just spotted a mistake or massive price drop on Amazon UK. Pentax DA 300mm for 585!! I bought one immediately!

Here is the link - think there is one left! Good luck! Pentax smc DA 300mm f/4.0 ED (IF) SDM Lens

Amazon will not handle Grey Imports... if they ship and sell it, it will be under European Guarantee. They have a very strict international trade policy. That's why US customers can't buy on Amazon UK and visa vera.
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Just an FYI to Canadian members, I have ordered from Amazon.co.uk before, and they do ship to Canada. Even better, they calculate a landed costs (customs/taxes) and add that to the bill up front. You don't pay a nickle more at delivery. In one case, I even got part of that "Import Fees Deposit" back, as Amazon will refund, if the actual amount comes in below. I calculated what it would cost for me to buy this lens, summary from Amazon below. After exchange conversion, this comes out to about $750-760 Cdn. Smokin' good price.

Item(s) Subtotal: 488.12
Postage & Packing: 22.58
-----
Total Before VAT: 510.70
VAT: 0.00
-----
Total: 510.70
Import Fees Deposit 76.47
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Grand Total: 587.17
That's awesome... and contradicts everything I said in my previous post :-) This means that the guys in the US can perhaps ship it to an uncle in Canoodle...
At first I thought there was only one left but it seems you can order as many as you like! Pentax smc DA 300mm f/4.0 ED (IF) SDM Lens
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Wow, good for you!
That DA* 300mm is one of Pentax's all time greats in my opinion
It is the one lens i truly regret selling...awesome find.
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That was a real bargain. This will be a X-mas gift to myself

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QuoteOriginally posted by lightningthief Quote
Just spotted a mistake or massive price drop on Amazon UK. Pentax DA 300mm for 585!! I bought one immediately!
Here's hoping you don't get a ceiling fan.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WiseOx Quote
After exchange conversion, this comes out to about $750-760 Cdn. Smokin' good price.
Items: 488.12
Postage & Packing: 22.58

Total before VAT: 510.70
VAT: 0.00
Import Fees Deposit 60.79

Order Total: 571.49 = $904.41 CDN

A deal but perhaps not smokin...
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QuoteOriginally posted by hansenn Quote
maybe it is a "grey" market lens. Same quality but slightly different.
Needs a long time to deliver, means it has to be ordered somewhere in asia i guess.

last year I bought a pentax 55-300 DA L for around 200. Slightly different from the original one, no green ring, no distance scale, no lens hood.
But perfect image quality.

See also this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/185707-da-55-3...-55-300-a.html

It's not Grey as Amazon does not deal in Grey Market. The DA L is supposed to have no green ring, no distance scale, and no lens hood - plus a plastic mount; these are the features that distinguish the DA L model from the DA model.
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For those of you who got it... well done! Price is back up to
987.49!!!!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
It's not Grey as Amazon does not deal in Grey Market. The DA L is supposed to have no green ring, no distance scale, and no lens hood - plus a plastic mount; these are the features that distinguish the DA L model from the DA model.
ah ok, but its of the same optical quality as the DA
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For those of you who got it... well done! Price is back up to
987.49!!!!!!

Hmmmm, must be a bug on their site. Soon you will get an email from them saying their are sorry bla bla bla
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Here's hoping you don't get a ceiling fan.
QuoteOriginally posted by hansenn Quote
Hmmmm, must be a bug on their site. Soon you will get an email from them saying their are sorry bla bla bla
Or you'll get a nice ceiling fan in time for winter.
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