Lens prices up?


richardmills

Link Posted 08/06/2015 - 15:16
I completely agree with Bill.

I tend to keep a monthly note on the prices of the lenses im interested in at SRS and also use Camel Camel Camel to check the amazon price history. I wouldn't even consider buying a lens if it was a significantly more than its best price.

The price of the Bodies doesn't fluctuate monthly, so why should the lenses.

Personally i think these fluctuations prey on the people that dont know any better. Hello sir, thats £999 for your new K3II body today.
Last Edited by richardmills on 08/06/2015 - 15:37

mattox

Link Posted 08/06/2015 - 15:57
Tell me about it. My 35 fa 2.0 has gone up through the roof. I paid 150£ 7 years ago and a quick glance on eBay you see some asking £300-350. Crazy stuff

Soran

Link Posted 08/06/2015 - 23:00
I find this website really useful for keeping an eye on prices:
Camera Price Buster

It's like a comparison site for cameras and lens.
Pentax K-3, Pentax K-5.
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 WR, Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4.0-5.8
Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA 50mm f/1.8, Pentax D-FA 100MM f/2.8 Macro WR, Pentax DA*300mm f/4.0

microlight2010

Link Posted 12/06/2015 - 22:46
Yes indeed, important to keep your eyes open if you're thinking of a specific lens. I got the HD20-40 Limited from SRS for £499, when it dipped from £659, which is where it's gone back now. Brilliant lens, absolute bargain.
K-3II - HD DA20-40 Limited, HD DA55-300PLM, SMC DA10-17 Fishy, AF201FG Flashy

jules

Link Posted 13/06/2015 - 07:26
microlight2010 wrote:
Yes indeed, important to keep your eyes open if you're thinking of a specific lens. I got the HD20-40 Limited from SRS for £499, when it dipped from £659, which is where it's gone back now. Brilliant lens, absolute bargain.

Me too, and I concur with you on the lenses performance, best of the Pentax "Standard" zooms by a margin, the 16-85 being next. The Ltd zoom is a joy to use just like the other limiteds in the line, not an all in one zoom by any stretch but it perfoms and handles beautifully and my lightweight landscape kit just got even better (15/20-40/70), I've never been happy with any of the other Pentax DA standard zooms whether they be * or not, they all have their issues...
Cheers Jules...
tri-elmar-fudd

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Horst

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 01:57
wvbarnes wrote:

Quote:
Selling old stock at higher price is arguably illegal and at least immoral.

There is nothing illegal or even immoral , selling old stock at any price.
You in the UK as we in Australia live in a free enterprise society.
You can charge any price you like for any item you want to sell.

This applies to businesses and to private individuals.

I bought in the late sixties a Dallmeyer 50mm super six with Leica thread for $2.- from a little camera shop in Melbourne.
I sold it 2 years ago for 2600 Dollars on Ebay to a Korean collector.
Guess what? I did not feel the slightest bit of immorality coming up. On the contrary, I could not have been happier. This too is free enterprice.

Regards, Horst

Conqueror

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 13:26
jules wrote:
microlight2010 wrote:
Yes indeed, important to keep your eyes open if you're thinking of a specific lens. I got the HD20-40 Limited from SRS for £499, when it dipped from £659, which is where it's gone back now. Brilliant lens, absolute bargain.

Me too, and I concur with you on the lenses performance, best of the Pentax "Standard" zooms by a margin, the 16-85 being next. The Ltd zoom is a joy to use just like the other limiteds in the line, not an all in one zoom by any stretch but it perfoms and handles beautifully and my lightweight landscape kit just got even better (15/20-40/70), I've never been happy with any of the other Pentax DA standard zooms whether they be * or not, they all have their issues...

Have you been able to compare the DA* 16-50 vs DA 20-40 ... It seems the much maligned 16-50 does perform very well when stopped down, but it is big and then of course there's the SDM concerns.
K-3ii

microlight2010

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 15:20
Size/weight/portability were big factors for me, and the marvellous performance and handling were real bonuses. And of course, it's so ... cute!
K-3II - HD DA20-40 Limited, HD DA55-300PLM, SMC DA10-17 Fishy, AF201FG Flashy

jules

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 18:30
Conqueror wrote:
jules wrote:
Quote:
Yes indeed, important to keep your eyes open if you're thinking of a specific lens. I got the HD20-40 Limited from SRS for £499, when it dipped from £659, which is where it's gone back now. Brilliant lens, absolute bargain.

Me too, and I concur with you on the lenses performance, best of the Pentax "Standard" zooms by a margin, the 16-85 being next. The Ltd zoom is a joy to use just like the other limiteds in the line, not an all in one zoom by any stretch but it perfoms and handles beautifully and my lightweight landscape kit just got even better (15/20-40/70), I've never been happy with any of the other Pentax DA standard zooms whether they be * or not, they all have their issues...

Have you been able to compare the DA* 16-50 vs DA 20-40 ... It seems the much maligned 16-50 does perform very well when stopped down, but it is big and then of course there's the SDM concerns.

Indded the DA*16-50 does not do a bad job at all, when you stop it down a bit but wide open it's just plain soft in comparison to just about every other manufacturers standard "Pro" spec, zoom I've ever used. I've had three and probably will end up with another one when everyone starts dumping them in the rush to buy the magical Unicorn which will soon appear as the planets are now in exact alignment...
In comparison to every other standard fast zoom I have ever tried the 16-50mm's ace in the hole is it's compact size and overall handling, if you can live with the optical compromises (Some call this character, like when they call a prime a specialist portrait prime because the edges are crap wide open ), then it's a great lens and with the 50-135 or the 60-250, you've got a super set up.
I sold my third but as I say probably not final 16-50 within a fortnight of recieving my 20-40mm Ltd zoom, why? Because in comparable focal lengths the limited is just better everywhere, I see you have some of the Limited lenses too, it has the certain "je ne sais quoi" of the Limited primes and has the same joy of handling that only they can bring, if you appreciate that sort of thing, then you'd love this little zoom. Since you already have the 15mm, I'd say it was a No-Brainer...
Cheers Jules...
tri-elmar-fudd

Back in the room!
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”...Ansel Adams
www.exaggeratedperspectives.com

mille19

Link Posted 15/06/2015 - 08:18
I bought my DA*16-50mm for £550 in the Black Friday sales, it's back up to £830.
Would I buy the DA* 16-50mm for £830 ? no.
I'm saving for the 150-450mm and am hoping to pick one up in this years Black Friday sales, fingers crossed !!
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