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02-26-2016, 05:37 PM   #646
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QuoteOriginally posted by BigMackCam Quote
I don't believe Kenko and Hoya filters are using the same materials or production line. The reason I say this - in the past 2 years I've had three Kenko UV filters that affected captured images in the same way (adding feint but noticeable diagonal lines in bokeh areas). Conversely, after testing a number of other UV filters from Tiffen, Hoya, Kood and several lesser brands, I've found Hoya HMC to be consistently good performers; not ONE of them has shown any image degradation at 1:1 magnification. Whilst hardly a scientific or conclusive test, I can only surmise that Kenko and Hoya filters are not equivalent...
Not what I am saying. They could very well be selling different filters under different names.

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So the K-1 is on B&H for $1796.95USD, and the Nikon D750 on B&H is $1996.95USD.

Then in Australia the Pentax K-1 has started out at $3188AUD, next to the Nikon D810 retail price of $3191AUD.

Then Pentax/Ricoh Australia dropped the price to $2899AUD, and the Nikon D750 retails for $2297AUD in Australia.

Can someone explain why a Pentax K-1 is cheaper than a Nikon D750 in the US, but in Australia the K-1 is $602 more expensive than a Nikon D750.

Please don't answer by implying that I'm poor and can't afford one, or there's the pre-order price versus the retail price yadda yadda yadda. Or the US market is the premier market with millions of people in it, the Euro zone is similar in size, and the Asian market might be too.

(Its not a trick question, what I think is the answer will be written below)

I actually had no interest in getting a K-1, and have been really happy with my K-3. When I saw the US price I was expecting something similar here in Australia, and I thought maybe I'll give it a go. But no, they jacked up the price into the clouds here in Australia.

Its funny how everyone was ticked off how Pentax never released a full frame camera etc etc. They were ticked off how they haven't got an upgrade path, and some of them were really outraged at that, and shook their fists at Pentax.

The full frame is here, and I might be one of the first to be shaking my fist at Pentax Australia. I mean really, I never thought I'd use this expression, but Pentax is really doomed here in Australia. At least Pentax USA has given customers a real good incentive to buy a K-1 over a D750, and Pentax might gain a real foot hold in the US. But in Australia, there's no chance ....... the cameras are gone from the shelves, and most camera stores can't even be bothered to stock Pentax.

The only piece of advertising I've seen from Pentax was an infotainment commercial for the Pentax K-50 a few weeks ago. I sat there and watched the whole half hour of it for fun. I was actually excited to see Pentax advertised on TV ! I'm guessing that CRK was over-stocked on K- 50's, (I think they sold 3 during the commercial). Normally Nikon does the infotainment on that channel.

The question again: Why is the K-1 $602AUD more expensive than a Nikon D750 in Australia, while in the US, the K-1 is cheaper than a Nikon D750 ?

(Answer = Rip-off)

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02-26-2016, 08:47 PM   #648
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K-1 is £200 (AUD400) more expensive than D750 in the UK. All markets are different and there's not a lot any of us can do about it really... and K-1 is new but D750 isn't so the difference in UK and Oz will narrow in time, perhaps even reverse.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zoolander Quote
So the K-1 is on B&H for $1796.95USD, and the Nikon D750 on B&H is $1996.95USD.

Then in Australia the Pentax K-1 has started out at $3188AUD, next to the Nikon D810 retail price of $3191AUD.

Then Pentax/Ricoh Australia dropped the price to $2899AUD, and the Nikon D750 retails for $2297AUD in Australia.

Can someone explain why a Pentax K-1 is cheaper than a Nikon D750 in the US, but in Australia the K-1 is $602 more expensive than a Nikon D750.

Please don't answer by implying that I'm poor and can't afford one, or there's the pre-order price versus the retail price yadda yadda yadda. Or the US market is the premier market with millions of people in it, the Euro zone is similar in size, and the Asian market might be too.

(Its not a trick question, what I think is the answer will be written below)

I actually had no interest in getting a K-1, and have been really happy with my K-3. When I saw the US price I was expecting something similar here in Australia, and I thought maybe I'll give it a go. But no, they jacked up the price into the clouds here in Australia.

Its funny how everyone was ticked off how Pentax never released a full frame camera etc etc. They were ticked off how they haven't got an upgrade path, and some of them were really outraged at that, and shook their fists at Pentax.

The full frame is here, and I might be one of the first to be shaking my fist at Pentax Australia. I mean really, I never thought I'd use this expression, but Pentax is really doomed here in Australia. At least Pentax USA has given customers a real good incentive to buy a K-1 over a D750, and Pentax might gain a real foot hold in the US. But in Australia, there's no chance ....... the cameras are gone from the shelves, and most camera stores can't even be bothered to stock Pentax.

The only piece of advertising I've seen from Pentax was an infotainment commercial for the Pentax K-50 a few weeks ago. I sat there and watched the whole half hour of it for fun. I was actually excited to see Pentax advertised on TV ! I'm guessing that CRK was over-stocked on K- 50's, (I think they sold 3 during the commercial). Normally Nikon does the infotainment on that channel.

The question again: Why is the K-1 $602AUD more expensive than a Nikon D750 in Australia, while in the US, the K-1 is cheaper than a Nikon D750 ?

(Answer = Rip-off)

Pentax is Doomed ! (now I'M one of those "Pentax is doomed" caption writers)
That is easy zoolander. The nikon stock in australia would have been shipped and priced before the bottom dropped out of the Aussie dollar. Aussies are simply getting better value on anything imported before the dollar fell.
Price of K1 is fair, $1796/0.71c plus 10% GST = $2782. $100 difference to US before shipping and including local warranty. Same price as US seems fair to me.
Aussies are getting D750 for equivalent of US$1490, so it would be the US Nikon consumers being ripped off if it wasn't for the currency changes mentioned above.


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02-27-2016, 12:24 AM - 1 Like   #650
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It is not start selling, but K-1 already no. 8. I think the pre-order is really high: http://kakaku.com/camera/digital-slr-camera/ranking_0049/
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigmackcam Quote
...thanks for setting me straight....
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QuoteOriginally posted by zoolander Quote
So the K-1 is on B&H for $1796.95USD, and the Nikon D750 on B&H is $1996.95USD.

Then in Australia the Pentax K-1 has started out at $3188AUD, next to the Nikon D810 retail price of $3191AUD.

Then Pentax/Ricoh Australia dropped the price to $2899AUD, and the Nikon D750 retails for $2297AUD in Australia....
....
IMO, the answer is simple: the K-1 hasn't even hit shelves yet, and the D750 has been out for what, over a year and a half?

The stock and pace of shelf-flying-off is a known situation for the D750, so that price has stabilized at whatever the market dictates.

The K-1 hasn't even begun selling yet, or shipping. So who knows, maybe it was so popular in AUS that immediate pre-orders were through the roof, or at least sufficient to consume an entire first shipment, in which case, they can get away with waiting 6-12 months before dropping the price further.

So, if you want a K-1 but are simply miffed by the fact that it currently costs more than a D750, ...wait six months?
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In Norway the D750 costed 18989 at introduction and was down to 16993 on black friday, and is currently at 18488 NOK. The K-1 is 19994 NOK, more then the D750 ever have been. The dollar have been very expensive here lately, but the 19994 NOK price is only 2,4% more then the American 1799 $price + 25% vat (19531 NOK).
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
It's all rumors. No one really knows.
All I know is this: the FA limited lenses are here to stay.



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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
Not what I am saying. They could very well be selling different filters under different names.
Yes, I guess they could be - but that doesn't seem likely, somehow. I'd be surprised if the same company produced the same type of product under two brand names, using different materials, without differentiating them somehow (i.e pitching one as a premium brand, one as economy)...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
All I know is this: the FA limited lenses are here to stay.
For sure, with HD coating
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
For sure, with HD coating

And the red ring as it used on HD DA limited
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
For sure, with HD coating
Honestly, I'am happy with my current version But why not for thoses that don't have one yet
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QuoteOriginally posted by afan137 Quote
And the red ring as it used on HD DA limited
Not so sure of that one :
No color ring for FA Ltds

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QuoteOriginally posted by afan137 Quote
And the red ring as it used on HD DA limited
And a removed aperture ring...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
For sure, with HD coating
Personally, I've been satisfied with the performance of the current SMC coatings.

It remains to be seen whether a change of coatings will affect the rendering character of the FA Limiteds - that is a critical point.
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