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09-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #16
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Prices go up like a rocket, and go down like a feather.

No, exchange rates do not explain all of the price increases.

Pentax's photography division has been costing Hoya money, if I recall correctly they produced a loss of about 3% in the last announced quarter; every other large part of Hoya broke even or made money. They aren't raising prices to gouge, they're raising prices to stay in business.

As far as I can tell, Pentax's prices remain competitive. Lenses are easier to compare than bodies, and B&H lists Pentax's lenses as lower priced than comparable lenses from other camera manufacturers--not always, but generally.

09-19-2009, 12:57 AM   #17
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i am tired of going over it again and again, reminding what happens everywhere on the planet except us and perhaps asia, and so on. so i'll just say this much: jon, if the prices still seem reasonable to you, get what you want now, they are likely to not be reasonable for long

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