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05-20-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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SMCP FA 50mm 1.4 Price Jump?

I've been patiently saving up to buy a new lens. However, when I went to buy the FA 50mm 1.4 it seems that the price has increased on it everywhere I look. For the past several months, I could pick it up just about anywhere for around $200 new. Now the cheapest I can find is $250, and most are around $350.

Is there any reason for this price jump?

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All the FA lenses (including the LTDs) jumped up around 20% in price not too long ago. Not too sure what the reasoning behind it was but it was done.
05-21-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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It's kind of a bummer that it happened right as I was ready to buy. Anyone have any idea why? Is there a possibility that they will come back down?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kornbread Quote
It's kind of a bummer that it happened right as I was ready to buy. Anyone have any idea why? Is there a possibility that they will come back down?
Your best bet is to keep an eye on the marketplace for a nice used one. They can still be had for reasonable prices there.

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I suspect if you want one of these lenses new, you should buy it soo, no matter what the price is. At some point Pentax will delete the lens from the line to start driving sales of the DA*55/1.4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kornbread Quote
It's kind of a bummer that it happened right as I was ready to buy. Anyone have any idea why? Is there a possibility that they will come back down?
A couple days ago I saw a bunch on the Prodigital 2000 store on eBay. Don't see them now though, but they usually auction things off in waves, so maybe check back every day if you have the patience.

They were going for $220 US or best offer (they usually accept at least 10% off their asking price, so maybe offer $190, and go from there). Don't remember if shipping was included or not (they do this for some items, not for others--no rhyme or reason to it).

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A lot of people here have bought from them, including myself, and I haven't heard of many problems (except that they delay shipments for weeks sometimes because they don't actually have some of the items they sell in stock), but do a search for "prodigital" here in the forum and see for yourself if you're curious.
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I'll definitely have to keep an eye on ProDigital. Thanks for the tip.
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