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10-16-2013, 06:05 AM   #1
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Why isn't the 01 prime available separately?

Can't help but wonder... It seems like enough of us would buy it if it were available. Anyone know?

10-16-2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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At least some stores sells unboxed ones.
PENTAX Q 01 STANDARD PRIME 8.5mm f1.9 - NEW - UNBOXED - 2 YEAR WARRANTY-UK DEALE | eBay
Pentax 01 Standard Prime Lens for Q-Series Cameras - UNBOXED - Only 69.00 - SRS Microsystems
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You can purchase it directly from the Pentax Webstore.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cfraz Quote
You can purchase it directly from the Pentax Webstore.
But it doesn't ship for 4-6 weeks.

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Ah... Didn't know it had become available separately. The 69.00 ($110 USD) deal from SRS Microsystems looks pretty good, but shipping to the US is probably steep.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Can't help but wonder... It seems like enough of us would buy it if it were available. Anyone know?
AFAIK it's only available separately in Japan or via special order elsewhere. I think this might be because the number of Q users outside of Japan is very very small.

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I picked up a Q with 01 for a good price.
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As explained on the Q Users' Call last April, outside Japan there wasn't enough production allocated sell the 01 freestanding. It was thought the Q/01 kit would be the premium kit and the 02 or 06 could be added separately. The Q was not initially well received here - and only became cultish when the liquidation prices hit. Those kits were almost universally 02 kits.

RIAC did attempt to stock some 01's at the Webstore but it took apparently quite some effort to get them

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
But it doesn't ship for 4-6 weeks.
My order from the Pentax Webstore took about a week to arrive. Maybe lead time is longer now? Might be worth a call.

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AFAIK it's only available separately in Japan or via special order elsewhere. I think this might be because the number of Q users outside of Japan is very very small.
See above.

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Ah... Didn't know it had become available separately. The 69.00 ($110 USD) deal from SRS Microsystems looks pretty good, but shipping to the US is probably steep.
I think if you put the order in your cart, then cancel, a pop-up invites you to place the order with zero shipping cost. Did for me anyway.

QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
As explained on the Q Users' Call last April, outside Japan there wasn't enough production allocated sell the 01 freestanding. It was thought the Q/01 kit would be the premium kit and the 02 or 06 could be added separately. The Q was not initially well received here - and only became cultish when the liquidation prices hit. Those kits were almost universally 02 kits.

RIAC did attempt to stock some 01's at the Webstore but it took apparently quite some effort to get them
I just checked. The 01 lens still is listed, and I was able to place in cart (didn't buy a second copy though - the first one is working just fine)

01 Lens is available in the U.S. from the Pentax Webstore.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cfraz Quote
I just checked. The 01 lens still is listed, and I was able to place in cart (didn't buy a second copy though - the first one is working just fine)
Jim told us he really had to work to get that inventory (then - it was last April).
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Adorama sells them. I got mine from Japan though as it was a bit cheaper overall.
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