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M42 adapter in stock at B&H
Posted By: Adam, 12-05-2013, 02:30 PM

The genuine Pentax m42 adapter is now back in stock at B&H! You don't see it often, so it might be worth the premium to get it:

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12-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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By far the best adapter, I paid less for the ones I have but I would not hesitate at this price either, Top Quality.
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Seeing this go in and out of stock has always puzzled me. Maybe they only order once a year? Maybe Ricoh had other things to worry about? Maybe they just found a bunch in the warehouse? But it is good to see it still available, there are many many M42 lenses out there that will work very well on Pentax bodies.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Seeing this go in and out of stock has always puzzled me. Maybe they only order once a year? Maybe Ricoh had other things to worry about? Maybe they just found a bunch in the warehouse? But it is good to see it still available, there are many many M42 lenses out there that will work very well on Pentax bodies.
The adapter was supposedly discontinued, but I guess they might still be making a handful over in japan.

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The adapter was supposedly discontinued, but I guess they might still be making a handful over in japan.
Or found some lost in the warehouse. Or realized that there was still demand and authorized a new run. Or had some delivered by pixies.
12-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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I've been checking on this from time to time since it first appeared in-stock in May earlier this year.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/94-pentax-price-watch/223739-pentax-b-ada...ml#post2373924

Every time I checked on B&H it was in stock. It's probably from the same shipment they got in May but doesn't move at these prices. Adorama and a few other stores got them in about the same time in May and sold out very quickly at the $25-29 price range. Adorama has had them in stock again at least once since May.
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It doesn't say Ricoh on it, does it?

Okay, okay, sorry. Sometimes I just cant help it.

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They have said it was discontinued several times, yet once or twice a year for at least the past 3 years it shows up for a couple weeks at a time...
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
They have said it was discontinued several times, yet once or twice a year for at least the past 3 years it shows up for a couple weeks at a time...
Who is they? In the email referenced below from (then) Pentax Ricoh Imaging it says the adapter has not been discontinued. A previous email from the same said (at the time) it was on back-order from Japan.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/137-photographic-industry-professionals/2...ml#post2365386

And oddly enough a week or so later from the post referenced above the adapters started showing up in stock at various camera stores (B&H, Adorama, Samy's).
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Who is they? In the email referenced below from (then) Pentax Ricoh Imaging it says the adapter has not been discontinued. A previous email from the same said (at the time) it was on back-order from Japan.
Pentax USA, B&H...pre-Ricoh...
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Ricoh Imaging, Japan Web site shows the adapter as a current product. I guess it was discontinued in the same sense as the magically resurrected FA 35/2 that disappeared from all but the Japan home market.


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B&H has been known to mark things as "discontinued", meaning "out of stock with no expected date to get more". Having seen the "Genuine" adapter come and go over the years, I get the impression that they only make/order a small batch each time.
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What's the difference between this and the adaptor B offered by Adorama?
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What's the difference between this and the adaptor B offered by Adorama?
Same part number, so I'd say the difference is: this is actually in stock?
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