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01-05-2009, 10:10 AM   #61
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Would anyone be interested in having me check their gear?

I am from Australia but in Canada, I can get the lens, take test images then send it to you. I'm thinking 10% of the cost of the lens as a fee for my time.

BTW as much as i love home, Australia must be the most expensive civilised country on earth for consumer goods. We know the gouging on camera gear but my brother bought a 52 inch LCD for $2500 that is $1100 CDN (about $1400) over here. My Lenovo laptop is some $800 cheaper here than back home, a leather lounge $1500 more!!!!!!!!.

I had out house painted top to bottom for $2200, back home that's what .... $6K?

Don't start me on houses.


02-19-2009, 08:16 AM   #62
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New K200D owner, Pentax DA 50-200mm F4-5.8 ED wanted

Hi Guys, I'm a new K200D owner. I only just got in at the end of the stock for $615 with SMC Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II lens from JB. Had to take a glass cabnet unit for the body though. (2 days ago).

Anyhow, the lens that comes with it has no where near the zoom we need.

I'm looking to get a SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm F4-5.8 ED Lens. Would prefer to buy local and support local business if possible (Ipswich / Brisbane .AU area). But if I have to I'll just order off the net. I see them for AUD$246.50 on a web site + $19.95 postage (NSW).
I'll go to $300 tops if I can pick one up locally. (New), so if anyone knows of stock for that price or better please let me know.

I tried Ted's and they were a waste of space unfortunately.

Our prices are disgusting in .AU, no wonder we tend to buy online these days.

02-19-2009, 10:43 AM   #63
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Just buy one used, browse craiglist in the us somewhere and it's like $100USD used.
02-23-2009, 02:37 PM   #64
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Should have got our Canadian friend to get me one. Camera store in .CA had the Pentax DA 50-200 for CAD$145, even with shipping and fees it would have come out to about AUD$220 tops.

I've ended up ordering one through a local store they matched a .AU internet price with shipping for $266 so I am happy with that as I get to buy local and inspect at pickup.

The .AU Pentex distributor is getting really peaved at parallel importing but what can they expect. .AU prices are a joke and getting worse by the day.

My next lens I want is a Pentax DA 55-300 I will most likely be forced to shop abroad for this one. So if anyone see's any really good deals in the future, please keep me in mind.


02-24-2009, 04:53 AM   #65
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I would like to say that Pentax lenses have gone up in Australia a fare bit but they are still cheaper than the competition such as Nikon and Canon and give them a run for there money with quality. I would still have no hesitation to buy Pentax products at the current prices as my K20D kicks but compared to it rivals.

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