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02-23-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Pre-order K1 from C.R.Kennedy

Traditionally, ordering from the Australian Pentax website has meant reasonable prices taking into account exchange rate, shipping costs, warranty etc. But $2899 Au is over $1000 more than US price! This is body only. Seems they are losing there price advantage over Canikon here.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Megapixelmk Quote
Traditionally, ordering from the Australian Pentax website has meant reasonable prices taking into account exchange rate, shipping costs, warranty etc. But $2899 Au is over $1000 more than US price! This is body only. Seems they are losing there price advantage over Canikon here.
The current exchange rate is .72, so $2899AUD is $2092USD, before US taxes.
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You're assuming the Australian Dollar is at parity to the green back... which it hasn't been for quite a long time now.

Price at B&H Photo is $1,796.95 USD... at current exchange rates according to the almighty Google, that's $2,2497.69 AUD.

Add on 10% GST and its $2,747.45.

$2899 RRP is pretty darn good I'd say.
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I have to say I dont think its about exchange rate, it is about Pentax missing perhaps a golden opportunity to turn more people on to the brand here in Oz. That $1800 US price seems to be getting as much attention for Pentax as all the fantastic features of the camera, and sadly that extra buzz will be absent from the Oz launch.

The $1800 price tag in the US is cheaper than the Nikon D750 whereas $2899 in Oz is well above the D750 and most of the way to a D810.

Given that new converts, and even current Pentax users with a nice kit of DA lenses, are going to have to spend a lot more money on new DFA lenses to get the maximum benefit of the K1, an aggressively priced body only would have been very welcome.

Having said all that, I'll be pre-ordering in the next couple of days - I cannot wait to get my hands on this thing

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And ever though its apples/oranges....the Sony A7 can be had for a lot lower than almost 3K....would the K1 produce images 3 times better?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Megapixelmk Quote
Traditionally, ordering from the Australian Pentax website has meant reasonable prices taking into account exchange rate, shipping costs, warranty etc. But $2899 Au is over $1000 more than US price! This is body only. Seems they are losing there price advantage over Canikon here.
Canikon doesn't have the same adds as Pentax???
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QuoteOriginally posted by Megapixelmk Quote
But $2899 Au is over $1000 more than US price!
US prices are without tax (unless you buy within the same State as you live - at least that is my understanding)
Convert the US price to Oz dollars and then add 10% GST and the $1000 difference just about disappears.
It has absolutely nothing to do with Ricoh or Kennedy's at all.






If we can ramp up our economy and get the mineral exports booming we might get a favourable exchange rate against the US$ and everything will be rosy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rod_grant Quote
If we can ramp up our economy and get the mineral exports booming we might get a favourable exchange rate against the US$ and everything will be rosy.
When the exchange rate exceeded parity at the height of the boom, we paid significantly higher prices than the US. People seem to have short memories.

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When I checked earlier this week the C.R.Kennedy price was $2899 excluding tax, $3189 when GST was added so it has improved over the week!
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Also add in the fact that in Australia we have a compulsory 2 year warranty that CRK has to cover as well.
It works out about the same.

Personally I had expected the K-1 to be circa $3k au, so the price looks pretty good to me. I actually sort of predicted the $1800US on another forum.

I ordered the K-1 today by calling my favourite local retailer and getting them to price match what CRK had it listed at.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cjn314 Quote
$2899 excluding tax,
Nah, Price is $2899 inc GST.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jawsy Quote
When the exchange rate exceeded parity at the height of the boom, we paid significantly higher prices than the US.
Very true. I was in Oz from 1978 to 1988.

QuoteOriginally posted by jawsy Quote
People seem to have short memories.
Very, very true. Sad.
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