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11-17-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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Pentax K-M available in Australia now

Not sure if anyone sees this but here it goes:

Pentax K-M with DA18-55mm lens A$899.95
Pentax K-M with twin lens kit A$1099.95

Link is here -> Digital SLR - Ted's Camera Stores Australia

11-18-2008, 03:45 AM   #2
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Hmmmmmm....

Thats interesting. They have the K-M for AUD$900, but the K200D for AUD$700 (both with DA 18-55). The K200D twin kit (Sigma 18-55 and 75-300mm) is AUD$900, whilst the K20D (with DA 18-55) is AUD$1500. Bang for buck? The K200D at this stage!

If CRK/Pentax are after the entry level market they may be shooting themselves in the foot.....
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Wow... In Norway the lowest priced K-m with 18-55 kit lens is priced at A$669...someone is screwing you
(Prices in Norway are generally high so the K-m is priced really nice. It's cheaper than a Nikon D40 kit)
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Wow, Even Nikon D90 is priced around 1100 dollars. So this is a bit strange for pricing.

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I think someone has their price chart read the wrong way. K-M with twin lens kit is almost the same as the price of K20D body only. K20D body only is about A$1250 or so.
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QuoteOriginally posted by freeload Quote
Wow... In Norway the lowest priced K-m with 18-55 kit lens is priced at A$669...someone is screwing you
(Prices in Norway are generally high so the K-m is priced really nice. It's cheaper than a Nikon D40 kit)
Yes the Australian prices for the electrical and camera gear (I have been interested in, in the past) do not make sense: I'll be happy to buy from overseas if I can and that includes Norway! I often wondered why goods coming from the same Asian sources, ending up on Amazon in the U.S. and shelves here seemed to be much more expensive here.

Although it must be said our currency has fallen from around 90c to 67c (for no good reason) against the U.S. dollar. (Thanks Wall Street, please get your act together soon.)

I suspect the retailers are trying offload the K200D before they stock shelves with the K-M, there are no listings for example on Shopbot.com.au for the K-M /K2000 whatsoever and it is nearly the last week in November. I went to a JB HI-FI store early last week and they had not heard of the K-M, but they were happy to look it up and check it out on DPReview.
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I still have not made up my mind what camera to get for my wife. If the K-M is sold at a more reasonable price (i.e. less than k200D) i think i am inclined to get just the body without lenses. She can then inherit the kit lens and DA50-200 from me.
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I would prefer to get a k20d instead ...

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I will get the k20D/k30D when the time comes. Wifey can stick to the K-M or my k100D
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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
I will get the k20D/k30D when the time comes. Wifey can stick to the K-M or my k100D
Nothing wrong with a K100D. The great thing is, of course, that it don't matter what you get; if it's a Pentax you can share lenses and accessories. One, two, three SMIRK!!
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Well, my wife has tiny hands and she still feel the k100D is a tad too big and too heavy for her. She has a wrist operation when she is young and is not very comfortable with heavy artillery I show her the youtube video of the K-M and she seems to like it.
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