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07-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #31
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Now if only Pentax would offer a similar deal for their lenses...
They'd go broke on their SDM lenses......

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They'd go broke on their SDM lenses......
Maybe. But if they did offer a 3-year warranty on their lenses, I would already own a 50-135mm. But I instead bought a Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 just before it was discontinued, so things actually worked out better in the end. Pentax's loss was my gain.
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I would own several more Pentax lenses if SDM had a $30 warranty for an extra three years.

I'm not quite ready to bank on Square Trade or Mack for a 60-250 or DA* 300. Square Trade, for one, is happy to replace your lens during the warranty period. But only once. Warranty is void after a replacement or repairs that add up to that amount. With my luck, I'd get a replacement at month 13 and be stuck at month 23.

In any case, I'm loathe to buy from a maker that's unwilling to offer more than a 12-month warranty when others seem to have much more confidence in their products.
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I would own several more Pentax lenses if SDM had a $30 warranty for an extra three years.

I'm not quite ready to bank on Square Trade or Mack for a 60-250 or DA* 300. Square Trade, for one, is happy to replace your lens during the warranty period. But only once. Warranty is void after a replacement or repairs that add up to that amount. With my luck, I'd get a replacement at month 13 and be stuck at month 23.

In any case, I'm loathe to buy from a maker that's unwilling to offer more than a 12-month warranty when others seem to have much more confidence in their products.
If the SDM lenses (all the lenses for that matter) came with 3-4 year warranties then I'd consider them once Maximum Assured Pricing does away. Tamron seems to be able to maintain a profitable company servicing a lot of Canon and Nikon users AND offer a 6 year warranty on every lens.

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If the SDM lenses (all the lenses for that matter) came with 3-4 year warranties then I'd consider them once Maximum Assured Pricing does away. Tamron seems to be able to maintain a profitable company servicing a lot of Canon and Nikon users AND offer a 6 year warranty on every lens.
Yup. Still glad i have old full-frame manual lenses but been itching to get *reliable*, better quality glass. Just cannot trust those SDM types without a big budget for future repairs. Not that Sigma or Tamron are any better at quality control either. By way of analogy, car companies push complicated, expensive products at us year after year and have decent warranties. Why can't Pentax have a warranty at least as long as a crappy Ford sedan????? YMMV....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
They'd go broke on their SDM lenses......
QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
Maybe. But if they did offer a 3-year warranty on their lenses, I would already own a 50-135mm.
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I would own several more Pentax lenses if SDM had a $30 warranty for an extra three years.
I'll swear that I just read here on PentaxForums today that the K-30's 18-135mm WR kit lens is an SDM lens (which surprised me). Did I misread that, or is that person wrong? or right?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Welfl Quote
I'll swear that I just read here on PentaxForums today that the K-30's 18-135mm WR kit lens is an SDM lens (which surprised me). Did I misread that, or is that person wrong? or right?
It is SDM.

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It is SDM.
So, based on the three statements I quoted in my previous comment, would I be wise not to get the K-30 with the 18-135 kit lens?

P.S. I googled the 18-135 WR lens, but forgot to check the PF Lens Database. I guess I'm not thinking clearly since it is pretty late here.

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Its a DC Lens - which is like SDM, only direct drive, from DC power source.

Perhaps it would be easiest to say it has an in lens focusing motor.

Once I have my Sigma 8-16mm I'll be able to provide some kind of comparison with the HSM motor in that.
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I'll swear that I just read here on PentaxForums today that the K-30's 18-135mm WR kit lens is an SDM lens (which surprised me). Did I misread that, or is that person wrong? or right?
It is NOT SDM. It is DC, which is a wee bit different in design and motor used. It's often lumped with the SDM crowd because its the only DC lens currently in Pentax's lineup. Look at the reliability article on SDM and you will see that its the only lens that has ZERO failures reported. Every one of the SDM lenses has many failures (the 17-70 is by far the worst offender with something like 40+% failures of those lenses reported).

https://www.pentaxforums.com/sdmsurvey.php?do=viewresults

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Look at the reliability article on SDM and you will see that its the only lens that has ZERO failures reported
Thanks! That's very good to know.
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I stand corrected then. I don't own one but if I could I would.
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So I purchased my K-30 on 22 May and it is still not in stock. Can I still purchase the 2 year extended warranty?

If I'm unable to purchase that, do I also lose the "pre-order waiting period" from my basic warranty?
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So I purchased my K-30 on 22 May and it is still not in stock. Can I still purchase the 2 year extended warranty?

If I'm unable to purchase that, do I also lose the "pre-order waiting period" from my basic warranty?
If your camera has not been delivered then I'd ask that the invoice/sales slip reflect the sale as occurring on the delivery date. That would clear everything up, make your warranty go for 1 year from the date of delivery (which would be appropriate) and the extended would go from the end of that period out to 3 years from delivery.
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Does anyone have more specific info on getting the extended warranty from BH? The only one that I find on their site still does not specifically mention the K30. Thanks!
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