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11-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #121
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I live in China, and my nearest store, and the only one I know about in this province, is about an hour away. They sell or can order almost every item of Pentax equipment, and their prices are really good I think.

140 dollars for the 40XS, 350 for the 18-135, 340 for the K01, I got a blue K30 for 400 dollars. They love me cos I am an addict and spend about 15% of my income there every month...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bagga_Txips Quote
I live in China, and my nearest store, and the only one I know about in this province, is about an hour away. They sell or can order almost every item of Pentax equipment, and their prices are really good I think.

140 dollars for the 40XS, 350 for the 18-135, 340 for the K01, I got a blue K30 for 400 dollars. They love me cos I am an addict and spend about 15% of my income there every month...
Id be like that, but I'm married, so I'm kind of the minority shareholder.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Id be like that, but I'm married, so I'm kind of the minority shareholder.
I constantly have to remind myself not to think of my wife's salary as passive income to me.
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I am not aware of one anywhere near here, so I use amazon, adorama, and bh. Amazon is amazingly quick and handles returns/issues wonderfully. Adorama service is stellar but it takes so dang long to get anything (~2wks) standard shipping vs 2 days with amazon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
I am not aware of one anywhere near here, so I use amazon, adorama, and bh. Amazon is amazingly quick and handles returns/issues wonderfully. Adorama service is stellar but it takes so dang long to get anything (~2wks) standard shipping vs 2 days with amazon.
Interesting! Perhaps its because you're in California, but here in Georgia standard shipping from Adorama is almost instantaneous. My Canon Pixma Pro 100 arrived in three days. Great printer, BTW. Prior purchases from them have also arrived really rapidly.

Sadly photo dealers, let alone Pentax dealers, are in short supply here in the Atlanta area. We have spectral remnants of Wolf Camera, and Showcase. These are the only dealers that come to mind that deal with amateur/enthusiast shooters. I'm told that Pentax DSLRs have been sighted at Showcase, but I've not seen them.
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Interesting! Perhaps its because you're in California...
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yes, I am sure that is the reason. but when you want new gear, that is just not gonna work - amazon kills it!
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It's about 700 miles away, so the internet and on-line shopping is my friend.
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I've always been the "go to the store, hold it in your hands, and see if it grows on you" kind of shopper. I see in these photos some high end glass, which Henry's for the most part doesn't stock, so even Henry's isn't good enough. I've always wanted to see a 31 ltd, just to see what I'm missing...or a 15 ltd. With the 31 I just said "oh what the hell" and bought the 35 2.4. With the 15, I went on specs and ordered the Sigma 8-16. I don't know if a bit of time to play with the lenses in question would have made a difference, but I do know Pentax is 0 for 2 on those purchases, and that it's quite possible if was able to hold either of them in my hands I might have made a different choice. The specialness of many Pentax lenses doesn't show up on test charts and in the reviews. I doubt I would have bought my 21 after looking at it's numbers compared to my 18-135 at about the same focal length. I would have looked at the numbers and said "I don't need it."

Try and take it from me now... I dare you.

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Today I went to Henry's to play touchy feely with the K-3 (with the 18-135mm lens) I'm disabled so my ability to hold the camera is very important. Last week I had hoped to do this but none of the Winnipeg stores had one so I had to have them bring it in. When they were doing the "paperwork" I asked if our local camera club discount gave us anything off (on some things we get a little off not much but everything counts). The clerk gave me, the minimal mark up on bodies sob story to which I muttered I know the body only prices are cheaper for sure elsewhere, I just assumed our camera club counted for something. So then I was told "oh we'll match any price."

In the week between ordering it and it coming in I had lots of time to do some research. Thanks to someone else posting the Camera Canada price, I had proof of a Canadian price that was a) lower than Henry's and b) didn't charge our 8% PST. The shipping charge is only $13 and change. Based on our conversation the previous week that I was told there isn't room in the bodies to give the camera club discount, I expected to walk into Henry's and play touchy feeling and then leave. So I said I'm in a bit of a quandary, you nicely brought it in for me to touch and try, but since I was here last I found I can get it at a lower price and no PST out of Ontario - the shipping fee is only $13 and change. I am not sure you can match that. Honestly they couldn't but I walked out with it for $1445, with taxes and our nominal environmental fee of 0.40 the total bill was $1633.30.
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MIne came from Henry's as well. They offered the pre-order first, and I got mine early because of it. It now has over 1200 shutter activations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grhazelton Quote
Sadly photo dealers, let alone Pentax dealers, are in short supply here in the Atlanta area.
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I was surprised when I went to a camera clinic that my local shop now carries Pentax. Not a lot, but I am glad to see the local support. They've been in biz for 50 years so I suspect they are not that new to Pentax.
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I am in in the west end of Toronto, located about midpoint between the Henry's in downtown Toronto and the one in Mississauga. But the hours don't usually work for the me at the downtown location -- by the time it takes me to get their after work, they're closed. Mississauga is a smaller store, and I wouldn't want to take transit there. I did manage once to hold the K-30 and Q at the downtown location and was quite impressed how solid they were. Downtown Camera left me a bit unimpressed after I went in asking to look at the Q and the salesperson asked me, "Is that the little guy?" They obviously did not have it. Perhaps a bit unfair, she likely knows tons more about photography and cameras than I. So, the internet it is for me. I read enough interviews when I got the K-5 to have confidence in buying it (my first DSLR) without actually holding it.

I'll mention a couple more websites for the North Americans on the forums: Photoprice.ca and prodigital2000.com. The first is a good way to see who's got what cheapest, mostly stores in Canada but also including BH and Adorama. I am not a fan of free trade for all the damage it's done to Canada, but it is a fact that camera equipment is NOT charged duties when crossing the U.S.-Canada border because of it. I've had pretty good experience with Prodigital, who carry a decent range of Pentax gear. They don't charge shipping in Canada, so that's automatically $20 cheaper for me. Plus they sometimes price match with BH/Adorama if you ask. And I get a proper, longer warranty by buying from a Canadian distributer. Henry's I find a bit pricier... BH ships to Toronto in 3 days, and shipping is pretty low so the total cost can still be less than buying locally for some stuff.
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The good thing is if you live in Mississauga, you can take any warranty work right to Pentax. I've been many times with a box of broken K-1000s. HIgh School students are hard on cameras.
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Something's going on. Two stores near me, one in Orlando and one in my town, Melbourne, Florida. Both been around a while, but I don't think the Orlando store carries any Pentax. Didn't last time I was there. Lot of gear though. All high end Canon's and Nikons. Bought my k7 online in 2009. After that the k-x came out and the Melbourne store got one to sell. I think they sold it and no more Pentax. Haven't been there in a while so I stopped in while in the neighborhood, and they have an entire case, with a k3 down to the k30/50 set up just like the 'real' cameras. I nagged them a little in the past about Pentax but they said there was no market. Now there appears to be a market. Maybe Ricoh did something, but maybe people just liked the reviews and prices they see online. They said they could even get me 3rd party lenses now. I'm wondering if that will get better. I get a little frustrated when I see Sigma/Tamron come out with a new lens, but only for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Kodak, etc., but no Pentax.
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