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04-28-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Buying Pentax gear in Perth, Australia

Hi,

I'm a new user here - signed up a little over 2 months ago but have since been away from home for most of that time - so I'm not too sure where I should post this...

I live in Perth, Western Australia, and there seems to be a few of us on here
I'm looking at getting a Pentax 55-300mm lens to go with my K200D, but I'm not sure where I can buy such a lens from in Perth. There are lots of options online, but from what I have seen most camera or electronic stores here sell fairly generic items, and don't have a large range of lenses by themselves.

So my question to you fellow Perth people - where do you prefer to get your gear from? Are there some good shops here that I'm not aware of, or do you normally buy online.

Thanks

04-28-2009, 10:17 PM   #2
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I moved it to a more appropriate place for you.

The forums actually have pretty good descriptions suggesting what to post. If you're not sure, you can always PM a moderator and we'd be happy to help. We'd rather you did that than post in the wrong place.

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04-28-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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I've bought virtually everything online, nothing much on display around town.

Check on DP forum a thread about someone in Aus/NZ buying a DA40 lens. It contains a post from a CR Kennedy person pledging to match any authentic online price (US ones included I believe). Good luck.
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Goddo31,

For DA 55-300mm, I know Gerry Gibbs Camera House in Cannington stock them, and selling it for $649 the last time I checked. I think that price is not bad, compared to online price in US or Ebay after shipping. They have the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 for $1100, which is quite competitive too... ok.. I don't work for them just in case you are wondering.

I bought most of my lensese online, except for a few of them where I calculated the price/risk of getting overseas is not worth it.

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Cameraland Camera House in Leederville stocks Pentax SLR bodies & the 'kit' lenses, some Pentax fit Sigma also. They can certainly order-in anything in stock from CRK.

Camera Electronic have an extensive Pentax range on display inc Limiteds and a good range of SH gear - the only store in Perth that I am aware of that stocks more than just the very basic range (and a vast array of all sorts of new & used stuff - some pretty exotic).

I've found Digital Camera Warehouse and B&H to be very good from the on-line perspective.

Hope this helps.

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I've only looked at leederville they have a very limited set of lenses and not limiteds either :P

I bought my body there. Otherwise i mostly buy out of hong kong on ebay
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Good luck with your lens hunt in Perth. Sounds like there's a Pentax drought over there too!

BTW, if you do find more places, please drop a line into the Australian Pentax Suppliers (new and used) thread! I'll make sure its updated.

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Gary,
Thanks for moving the post, and I apologise for posting in the wrong place to start with. I try to avoid being like a new person like that, but ah, oops

Thanks for the replies
Gerry Gibbs camerahouse sounds pretty good. A bit out of my area, so I wouldn't normally come across it, but sounds like its worth the trip.

I have been to camera electronic and was impressed by their range and service - I bought the genuine Pentax M42 adaptor there - but last time I checked they weren't listing the 55-300mm.

Thanks for the info about the DP thread, I'll have a look when I can.
Even though I have mostly been 'lurking', I really like how helpful and informative this forum is, cheers!

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I bought my lenses from Camera Action Camera House - Digital Camera Specialists Melbourne.

The 55-300mm lens is A$695 on this site.

Cheap PentaxSLR Lenses at Camera Action Camera House the Digital Camera Specialists

Hope this help
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Just to add one more store in Perth. I found the Midland Camera House stock quite a few pentax lenses as well. If you are down there, maybe worth a visit too.
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Thanks all, you have given me quite a few ideas
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