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05-23-2015, 07:25 PM   #16
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Looks like the one on eBay does not include the hood which is what, a $40 item?

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If there's no hood then I'd shy away from it. Those simple pieces of molded plastic are terribly important which makes them terribly expensive. The margins on those things must be 98%.
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Hope not. The 18-135 is one of my top go to lenses. A great all rounder.
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Wouldn't trust Amazon for that type of information. And by "Ricoh USA", do you mean the Pentax Webstore? Because they are beyond clueless. If you mean actual Ricoh Imaging USA, then I would be astonished that someone answering the phones there would supply you with information that has not been officially announced through other channels.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Their feedback is 98.7% positive which gives you pretty good odds, I think. Good price too.
98.7% feedback on eBay? That's AWFUL. Anything under 99.7% is DANGER ZONE.
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Shriver Quote
98.7% feedback on eBay? That's AWFUL. Anything under 99.7% is DANGER ZONE.
Your only assurance is eBay's satisfaction guarantee. If you, as the buyer, open a case then you are guaranteed to win. eBay will always side with the buyer except for the most extreme circumstances. All you stand to lose here is time and opportunity.
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Affiliates seelling on Amazon 'Discontinued' often means, 'I can't order direct from Pentax and the distributor is temporarily out-of-stock.'
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Heh, another photo site says "The Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens is now discontinued (confirmed by Ricoh)" and links to this thread. Their standards for being confirmed are pretty low.

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Heh, another photo site says "The Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens is now discontinued (confirmed by Ricoh)" and links to this thread. Their standards for being confirmed are pretty low.
Now all we need is someone to start a new thread about the PhotoRumors confirmation, maybe over in the SLR Lens Discussion subforum

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Heh, another photo site says "The Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens is now discontinued (confirmed by Ricoh)" and links to this thread. Their standards for being confirmed are pretty low.
This thread should be discontinued and replaced by a high definition thread.
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I love my DA 18-135. It's my only WR zoom and because of that fact it gets to see a lot of action. Any weather condition or other risk like dust/sand that requires my precious primes to stay safely locked away, results in me taking along the 18-135 instead. It looks and feels quite used now, but still going strong as if its still brand new.
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When it does get a HD coating the question is wil it have a red ring or a green one....

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Would you please update the title.. the 18-135 is as far as we know NOT being discontinued. It is only going to start more unfounded rumors on other sites..
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QuoteOriginally posted by caliscouser Quote
Looks like the one on eBay does not include the hood which is what, a $40 item?
Those would be considered grey market and are more likely taken from lens kits.

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Would you please update the title.. the 18-135 is as far as we know NOT being discontinued. It is only going to start more unfounded rumors on other sites..
I added a question mark. Seems that the thread title alone was throwing a lot of people off...

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Those would be considered grey market and are more likely taken from lens kits.



I added a question mark. Seems that the thread title alone was throwing a lot of people off...
Thanks for all your responses. Still new to the Pentax world (almost exactly 1 year), sorry to create a stir. Yes, I talked to the Pentax Webstore and they confirmed - I just assumed that was the same as RICOH. I suppose not.

And the seller had decent feedback on eBay itself but if you google the seller store's name, there are a lot of negative reviews (on BBB, Yelp, etc).

In any case, I got the lens today. It is part of a kit (as the seller disclosed upfront in the eBay listing) so it came in a plain white box. It looks brand spanking new and DID come with a hood. Also the operating manual and a card with its serial number. Haven't tested it yet (just plugged the camera's battery into the charger) but will do so later today. So far I don't feel terribly displeased with this transaction. Shipping was quick, I got a $496 lens for $297. No warranty but I can live with that..I have the other WR kit lenses in case this one goes south.

Cheers!
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