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Teds Australia clearance - 18-35mm FA-J $99 new, Q10 +5-15mm $269
Posted By: rawr, 02-09-2015, 02:54 AM

Some good deals from Teds in Australia on some Pentax items (includes free postage in Australia for 'On Clearance' gear):

On clearance -
Pentax FA-J 18-35mm f4-5.6 smc AL (a very cheap FF wide angle lens ) AUD $99
Pentax FA-J 18-35mm f4-5.6 smc AL > Pentax Lenses | Ted's Camera Stores - Ted's Cameras

Pentax Q10 + 5-15mm AUD $269.95
Pentax Q10 + 5-15mm Zoom BLACK | Pentax CSC Cameras | Ted's Cameras - Ted's Cameras

Not on clearance but still a good deal:
Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash (Pentax) $249 + $9.95 postage [available on back order]
Sigma EF-610 DG Super (Pentax) > Sigma Flash Guns | Ted's Camera Stores - Ted's Cameras
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Australia only..........
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I have a FA-J 18-35mm and I really like it for both film and digital applications. Looking through the viewfinder with the lens at 18mm is inspiring even before you press the shutter button!
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I totally want one. Bummed that they will not ship international. (I confirmed with their web support.) I've been looking for a good one of these for a while, and would love to have a new one. Anyone in AU want to make a few bucks ($35) to ship me one?


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Thanks Rawr. I grabbed one. Don't know when I'll grab the mythical FF camera but I am happy to pick up the glass for it. I know the wide angle glass is going to be hard to get on eBay, etc. The full frame telephoto stuff will be pretty easy to get I think.

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ive ordered an 18-35 for myself.

For some reason the Q bundle has jumped back up to $299.

They also are listing the sigma 4.5 in k mount.

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For some reason the Q bundle has jumped back up to $299.
Teds pricing can be weird. The 18-35 was sitting there for $99 for a while, then it spiked to $150, then it went back to it's current $99. It's strange that they can have such dynamic pricing on advertised 'clearance' items.
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"It's strange that they can have such dynamic pricing on advertised 'clearance' items. "
1) Then they can say their regular $99 price is a sales price.
2) They can get you to buy thinking I missed my chance once,I better get it now for sure.
3) I can buy something full priced while I am at it.
Simple consumer manipulation. Just like selling automobiles. Or boxes of cereal.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Teds pricing can be weird. The 18-35 was sitting there for $99 for a while, then it spiked to $150, then it went back to it's current $99. It's strange that they can have such dynamic pricing on advertised 'clearance' items.

It went back to 99 because i complained about it, lol. They couldnt explain it and changed it back. If anyone wants the Q, contact the online Help guys and ask them About the price hike.
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Simple consumer manipulation. Just like selling automobiles. Or boxes of cereal.
No doubt you are right. I have this idea that 'clearance' pricing means 'we should get rid of this slow-moving stock, let's price it to move it'. Seems like 'clearance' at Teds doesn't have such a meaning.
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I've ordered one, thanks for the tip, guys!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Teds pricing can be weird. The 18-35 was sitting there for $99 for a while, then it spiked to $150, then it went back to it's current $99. It's strange that they can have such dynamic pricing on advertised 'clearance' items.
Teds do some price matching. That can produce weird responses too. When I asked about matching a price on a lens once I got this response:
"Wow! That is a cracking price! I can't actually match that, the best I can do for the Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di is $0.00."
Tempted as I was, I didn't seek to hold them to this.

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Just a note - the 18-35 lens arrived from Teds, in the original Pentax box, with manuals and paperwork. But no lens hood was supplied, nor was there a front or rear lens cap in the box. Plus (unsurprisingly) the front and rear lens elements were dirty

In other words, this isn't a new and unused lens. Perhaps an ex demo item or a return. If you buy anything from Ted's on clearance in future, be aware of this.

However in my brief tests around the house the lens seems OK optically and seems a keeper - no scratches or marks, no obvious decentering, no visible CA, reasonably sharp when stopped down a notch. It seems to perform better at 18mm than other focal lengths, but that's OK. Plus it is incredibly light and compact for a wide-angle.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Just a note - the 18-35 lens arrived from Teds, in the original Pentax box, with manuals and paperwork. But no lens hood was supplied, nor was there a front or rear lens cap in the box. Plus (unsurprisingly) the front and rear lens elements were dirty

In other words, this isn't a new and unused lens.
But they did not say that it wasn't new, did they? And you expected a NEW lens, did you not?
That is just bad marketing and arrogantly bad customer service. I certainly won't be trusting Ted's in future.
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And you expected a NEW lens, did you not?
Indeed I did. They should have been clear about what they were selling.

It was also pretty poor that the lens, while bubble-wrapped, was simply enclosed in the box in a zip-loc bag, no silica gel inside, nor lens caps. And the serial number on the enclosed warranty card does not match the serial number on the lens ...
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