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01-12-2009, 08:51 AM   #1
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Pentax digital 18 - 250mm zoom

I was looking to buy the above lens (UK purchase) but today I was told by the dealer that it is now discontinued (although a few can still be found).

However, that lens is the very same one that Tamron have marketed for Nikon and Canon.

Good news is that Tamron now offer that lens in Pentax fit and at a slightly lower price (in UK) than the Pentax labelled lens can be obtained for.

01-12-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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wtf?

that must be the old dealer's trick of telling you the item you want is discontinued so you buy what they have in stock

it's NOT discontinued, look up pentax's site

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01-13-2009, 02:55 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by kristoffon Quote
wtf?

that must be the old dealer's trick of telling you the item you want is discontinued so you buy what they have in stock

it's NOT discontinued, look up pentax's site

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I actually checked with 2 dealers and got the same story.
2nd dealer could supply the Pentax labelled lens as he had a few left, but gave me the Tamron one at a cheaper price.
01-13-2009, 02:59 AM   #4
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still not conclusive evidence....

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Total bullshit. Besides, Tamron has been making theirs with the Pentax mount ever since they released them, this isn't new news.

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For the benefit of other UK users, you should name the dealers in question, as both have been caught lying to you.

The Pentax 18-250 is definately still in production and still in stock from reputable dealers that don't pull the "we don't have it so we'll lie about it" trick.

Pentax | SMCP-DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL (IF) Autofocus | 21697 (B&H in the US)

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[QUOTE=Entropy;450248]For the benefit of other UK users, you should name the dealers in question, as both have been caught lying to you.

The Pentax 18-250 is definately still in production and still in stock from reputable dealers that don't pull the "we don't have it so we'll lie about it" trick. etc.

Little bit of a mystery in this.

I know both dealers personally and they have always given excellent service.

The first one just said the lens was discontinued and did not offer any alternative.

The 2nd dealer (where I bought the lens) had old Pentax stock and could have sold me the Pentax version, but advised me to take the slightly cheaper Tamron - and threw in a skylight filter too.

However, I have emailed Pentax UK about the situation and have posted the story on UK forums (one of which will contact their Pentax rep).

I am beginning to think that this is a UK marketing problem in that the vast bulk of independent lenses are advertised as N or C fit only.

I have been scrutinising the magazine ads since last July and have only seen the Tamron 18-250 in N & C mounts. However, on reading the documentation with the lens it clearly has always been made in N, C & P mounts.

Probably Nikon and Canon have captured the market here to such a large extent that independent lenses in other mounts are not stocked to the same extent as C & N.
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Pentax Rep on the Digital Photography Forum (UK) has just posted this item:-

The official response:

Pentax UK can confirm the 18-250mm lens has been discontinued.

Sorry

Best wishes,

Josie


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