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01-17-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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I'm considering the purchase of a 16-45 but I'm on a real tight budget. The price has come down significantly and I've also seen some rputable camera stores selling what they admit are "grey market" lenses for even less.So whats the deal are these lenses the same except for a non US serial # or are they inferior lenses?

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From what I understand, if you get a gray item, you won't be able to avail of the Pentax warranty. Best case, in-store warranty only...
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From what I understand, if you get a gray item, you won't be able to avail of the Pentax warranty. Best case, in-store warranty only...
I know that Pentax of America will not honor warranty but my question is are the lenses the same?
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QuoteOriginally posted by seacapt Quote
I know that Pentax of America will not honor warranty but my question is are the lenses the same?
Yes, they are the same, it was just originally sold outside the US. That's the only difference.

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QuoteOriginally posted by seacapt Quote
I'm considering the purchase of a 16-45 but I'm on a real tight budget. The price has come down significantly and I've also seen some rputable camera stores selling what they admit are "grey market" lenses for even less.So whats the deal are these lenses the same except for a non US serial # or are they inferior lenses?
Here's a thought. Used Pentax compatible lenses seem to me to sell for a premium, whether on ebay or this forum's marketplace.

Reputable firms, like Prodigital from Canada, allow a 7 day return for deficient product. I assume, that even for grey market lenses, that vendors will allow that same short period for return of any deficient lenses. I would insist on this 7 day return policy in case of focus problems which many have reported.

Other than that 7 day return period, used lenses are no different from "grey lenses" except that the grey lenses are in new condition. Excuse me because this wasn't your original question, and my understanding is that they are the same lenses, except that PENTAX usa won't honor warranty on them.

I've bought 6 new lenses for my K10, some Pentax, Tamron, Sigma. I haven't had to use a warranty repair on any of them.

If you can get a substantial price reduction on a gray market lens from a vendor that offers some kind of immediate return policy for defective stuff, then i think its a credible way to go and am considering it myself in the future.
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Henry's Toronto has it on ebay for buy it price of 297 CAN$. maybe a price error?
SMC PENTAX-DA 16-45mm f4 ED-AL/K20D/K10D/K200D/NEW - eBay (item 220343952680 end time Jan-19-09 18:45:35 PST)
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinfox203 Quote
Henry's Toronto has it on ebay for buy it price of 297 CAN$. maybe a price error?
SMC PENTAX-DA 16-45mm f4 ED-AL/K20D/K10D/K200D/NEW - eBay (item 220343952680 end time Jan-19-09 18:45:35 PST)
That's $297 US dollars.The conversion is $357 +- Canadian dollars, which is a few bucks cheaper than normal.

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