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12-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #286
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QuoteOriginally posted by dosdan Quote
Not sure which Australian inflation calc you used, but the RBA quarterly inflation calc, which only extends to Sep quarter 2013, has $210 (Dec 1974) -> $1697.96 (Sep 2013).

That's 607.5%, in 38 yrs 3 qtrs, at an avg. annual inflation rate of 5.2%.

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Dan.
OK, I'll take your source over mine. Either way, it's interesting that the price of an SLR hasn't changed dramatically, as you might have expected. Of course, the image capture technology has changed dramatically, but it's still a rugged, reliable mid-range SLR. However, now I come to think about it, the Spotmatic F came with a 50/f1.4, so if we add the price of a DA*55/f1.4 ($749 from the Pentax web-store) to the K-3, the total price would be around $2,100. At this distance, I'd be hard put to recall the discount I negotiated on the SP-F, but I suspect it was around 10%, maybe $20. Using the RBA figures, that $230 inflates to about $1,860.

So, if the comparison is valid, the price of a Pentax SLR has risen about 12.5% since 1974, but if we consider that the flagship SLR of the time was the ES, the situation might be a little different. Unhappily, I don't have any information to do this calculation for the ES.

12-23-2013, 04:35 PM   #287
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Good to see such great interest for the K-3 in Australia.

Make sure to vote for the K-3 in this poll for the "Best DSLR/SLT of 2013". Unbelievably, the K-3 is leading at the moment, but the fortunes could still change.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
I recall paying $210 for my new Spotmatic F in 1974
Was that with the 1.8 or 1.4 lens. If it was the 1.8 you were ripped off, I got mine for $200. The camera works, but the iris on the lens is a bit sticky.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
but if we consider that the flagship SLR of the time was the ES
can't help got my ES second hand. Still love the camera so I have never parted with it.

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Was that with the 1.8 or 1.4 lens. If it was the 1.8 you were ripped off, I got mine for $200. The camera works, but the iris on the lens is a bit sticky.
Nope. It was the 1.4. I still have both. IIRC, the 1.8 was a 55.
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