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11-22-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Limited Lens Prices - up 37%??

I have been monitoring the 31mm Limited lens price on B&H to purchase in December, las t week they were $964.95 - today $1299.95!

What has happened? Have I missed some breaking financial news?

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QuoteOriginally posted by willywalker Quote
I have been monitoring the 31mm Limited lens price on B&H to purchase in December, las t week they were $964.95 - today $1299.95!

What has happened? Have I missed some breaking financial news?
Add to cart for lower price = $964.xx

Better buy it now, though.
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Hey thanks for that! I nearly had a heart attack! Funny, I normally check for that but must've been sleeping! Phew!
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Add to cart for lower price = $964.xx

Better buy it now, though.
I have seen many such questions over the weekend. Perhaps the new price is looming...

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Whoa. They were $800 or so a couple years back...
11-22-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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they are probably running out of old stock. Since the new order prices are higher they will need to put up the retail prices too...
$~950 is still cheap. In UK 31ltd is 1095 (cheapest new, I know of!!!)

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Gee, that's worse than our prices Peter.
Locally it's available for A$ 1280-1460.
Expensive in any person's language, but >1000 pounds is robbery!
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Gee, that's worse than our prices Peter.
Locally it's available for A$ 1280-1460.
Expensive in any person's language, but >1000 pounds is robbery!
Just out of curiosity - what's stopping people from Australia or UK from buying from the US? When I shopped around for FA 31mm, I even considered Japan if it were cheaper. It finally came to Adorama, and I pulled the switch (yet to get my second mortgage!). Not sure if it is the customs or otherwise.

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If over $1,000 you will cop 10% gst on the importation of the lens and possible customs fee ($60)...

so factor in that and shipping and the difference between US$964 and AUD$1,300 isn't that high to risk warranty issues..

Other lenses are a different story I got 15/4 from Adorama, it was about AUD$640 to get it here, local price is about the same as a FA31 ($1,300 or higher)..
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well the lens prices here in UK just went stupid. I remember I could have gotten brand new FA50/1.4 for tad under 150GBP year back. Now??? 250 for used copy in EX++. And limiteds just went crazy. 43 goes for 750 and 77 bit more....
anyway, good to know that customs is 60USD. How about the 10%?? Do I pay it for under 1000USD or is that price rannnge for free?
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The current price for the DA 70mm is $548 and FA 77mm $779 shipped. That is the closed together in price that I've seen those two limited lenses. That makes the case stronger for the 77mm.
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sorry I was being a bit vague.. lol.. thats to bring one in to Australia other countries will be different..

70 and 77: I guess it depends what you want it for? they do both have advantages, they are both optically very good in slightly different ways, the 77 of course is a fantastically built lens and FF, the DA70 is smaller, lighter and definately faster focusing..
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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
sorry I was being a bit vague.. lol.. thats to bring one in to Australia other countries will be different..

70 and 77: I guess it depends what you want it for? they do both have advantages, they are both optically very good in slightly different ways, the 77 of course is a fantastically built lens and FF, the DA70 is smaller, lighter and definately faster focusing..
I forgot about the faster focusing. I was thinking about the FA having the aperture ring and being able to use in on my MZ-3 and SuperProgram more effectively.

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The Focal length and aperture ring has always steered me towards the FA 77, but sharpness, focus speed and price have steered me towards the 70mm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
If over $1,000 you will cop 10% gst on the importation of the lens and possible customs fee ($60)...
Lucky bastards. Here everything over 30 euros is taxed and at about twice what you pay.
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The FA 31 in China is round 8000 RMB (about $1200) , I hope the price will not be risen in my country. many of us chose samsung lens instead of pentax because of the price.
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