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12-25-2018, 01:08 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Pentax K1 MkII Boxing Day Sale

Have just bought a Pentax K1 Mk11 in the boxing day sale. Bought it from CR Kennedy the distributor of Pentax/Ricoh here in Sydney Australia. The price is much cheaper than retail. Prices in Australian Dollars. Camera $2209.15. Lens Pentax 15-30mm HD D FA ED SDW WR $1571.65. I am very happy with these prices. Hopefully they will arrive before the New Year.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wombatwal Quote
Have just bought a Pentax K1 Mk11 in the boxing day sale. Bought it from CR Kennedy the distributor of Pentax/Ricoh here in Sydney Australia. The price is much cheaper than retail. Prices in Australian Dollars. Camera $2209.15. Lens Pentax 15-30mm HD D FA ED SDW WR $1571.65. I am very happy with these prices. Hopefully they will arrive before the New Year.
Congratulations. I have the K1 (Mk I) and the DFA 15-30. You'll love your purchases. Do you have other FF lenses for it? I highly recommend the DFA 28-105 as a wonderful all-purpose lens for FF which you'd use much more that the 15-30.

Good luck getting it by New Year. I ordered the DFA 50mm f/1.4 a month ago from CRK and am still waiting. The K1 MkII is showing as "out of stock (due 28/12)" but the 15-30 is listed as "in stock".
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G'day Bruce. Congrats, and I've joined you in the fold, but got the grip rather than a lens. I already have the Sigma 15-30 that I'm interested in seeing how it performs on FF. I also have the FA 20, which I probably would use more often. I'll be passing on the K-5 with 18-135, 15, 21 and 55-300 to my daughter who has already taken an interest in photography, and I'll keep the three amigos with 28-75 and 70-200.

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I ordered the DFA 50mm f/1.4 a month ago from CRK and am still waiting.
Paul, was the DFA 50 listed as being in stock when you bought it from CRK? Aren't they essentially the same mob as Pentax Australia? They have two separate websites, which can be confusing.

On an aside, how do you find the 150-450?
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Paul, was the DFA 50 listed as being in stock when you bought it from CRK? Aren't they essentially the same mob as Pentax Australia? They have two separate websites, which can be confusing.

On an aside, how do you find the 150-450?
No, it was out of stock, but showing as due in on 21/12/2018, so I had outside hopes of seeing it by Christmas. However, on Dec 20, the anticipated arrival date suddenly slipped by a week to 28/12. We shall see if that holds.

The DFA 150-450 is absolutely brilliant in so many ways. For wildlife and sport of course, but even landscape, (near)-macros, and portraits! You may like to check out my Flickr album devoted to the lens.

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Great stuff Paul. Thanks. Around the Christmas period, even by the 17th of Dec, Australia Post has often not been able to promise parcels and mail getting to loved ones before Christmas, and now with the increased leniency AusPost has given them with deliveries, I'd be surprised if you got the 50 by New Year's. So I won't be seeing my parcel well until after I return back home from a working holiday until the 3rd of Jan.

Indeed the 150-450 has given you some beautiful colours, contrast and bokeh, but I consider this testament to the user of the tool. Thanks for sharing that, it may just tip me over the edge for this lens, but perhaps not for a while, given the current asking price: https://pentax.com.au/products/21340

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Thanks for sharing that, it may just tip me over the edge for this lens, but perhaps not for a while, given the current asking price: Ricoh Imaging | Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED Lens
I got it "cheap" for $2599 from dcxpert (CRK's eBay store) during a 20%-off sale. However, they have a silly price on it at the moment for some reason; the official CRK site is cheaper currently.
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Yes, I did see that, and BHPhoto, after customs tax comes up to the same amount. CRK has it most expensive at present: $2,804.15 (Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED Lens | C.R.Kennedy Photo and Imaging). DCW don't have it at all, and DCXpert have it at the whopping price of $3,629 (PENTAX HD D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 DC AW ZOOM LENS - FULL FRAME 27075286931 | eBay). I'll have to wait a little...
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Just got an email from CR Kennedy. The order is ready for posting.

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Congratulations. I have the K1 (Mk I) and the DFA 15-30. You'll love your purchases. Do you have other FF lenses for it? I highly recommend the DFA 28-105 as a wonderful all-purpose lens for FF which you'd use much more that the 15-30.

Good luck getting it by New Year. I ordered the DFA 50mm f/1.4 a month ago from CRK and am still waiting. The K1 MkII is showing as "out of stock (due 28/12)" but the 15-30 is listed as "in stock".
Apart from the lens that I have ordered which is FF. I have some old K Mount 1970s lens'. 55mm 1.8, 50mm 1.7, 24mm, all old manual lens'.

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Apart from the lens that I have ordered which is FF. I have some old K Mount 1970s lens'. 55mm 1.8, 50mm 1.7, 24mm, all old manual lens'.
That should be enough to go on with for a while. Have fun.

Still, though I love it dearly, the DFA 15-30 is an odd choice for a first/only modern AF lens, ... unless you shoot a lot of interiors. Most people go for either the DFA 28-105 or the DFA 24-70.
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I got the email from Ricoh as well.
Now comes the suspended wait for the gear...

QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
The DFA 150-450 is absolutely brilliant in so many ways. For wildlife and sport of course, but even landscape, (near)-macros, and portraits!
I couldn't see myself dropping that amount on a single lens (my wife will do more than raise an eyebrow), so I capitalised on a Sigma 400/5.6 someone was selling on this forum, a little slow yet should be capable enough to do the job in good lighting. Indoors, I'll just have to get closer to the subject and use my 70-200.
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I couldn't see myself dropping that amount on a single lens (my wife will do more than raise an eyebrow), so I capitalised on a Sigma 400/5.6 someone was selling on this forum, a little slow yet should be capable enough to do the job in good lighting. Indoors, I'll just have to get closer to the subject and use my 70-200.
The Sigma 50-500 is much cheaper than the DFA 150-450 and highly recommended.
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That should be enough to go on with for a while. Have fun.

Still, though I love it dearly, the DFA 15-30 is an odd choice for a first/only modern AF lens, ... unless you shoot a lot of interiors. Most people go for either the DFA 28-105 or the DFA 24-70.
I do have the K5 with Pentax 18-135mm, Sigma 105mm macro and a cheap Sigma 70-300mm. They are modern crop sensor lens'. I also have the Sigma 10-20mm, will probably look to sell that. I will still use my K5.
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The Sigma 50-500 is much cheaper than the DFA 150-450 and highly recommended.
The trick is finding one. Lenses like these are like needles in a haystack, or they appear in marketplaces when you're not looking...
In any case, I've settled for the 400 and will make do with it. Thanks.
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I do have the K5 with Pentax 18-135mm, Sigma 105mm macro and a cheap Sigma 70-300mm. They are modern crop sensor lens'. I also have the Sigma 10-20mm, will probably look to sell that. I will still use my K5.
I reckon you'll be wanting a normal FL like 50-100mm range, so the 28-105 would make sense to complement what you've just bought, since your existing lenses would only work in crop mode, but it all depends on your back pocket.
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I reckon you'll be wanting a normal FL like 50-100mm range, so the 28-105 would make sense to complement what you've just bought, since your existing lenses would only work in crop mode, but it all depends on your back pocket.
Yes, Ash. The size of the lump in my back pocket. Plus the mood of the minister of finances and war. LOL.
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