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Old Jul 24, 2016, 10:46 AM   #1
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Wondering if anyone has an idea of why the price has skyrocketed for Pentax lenses-in some instances almost 25%
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Old Jul 24, 2016, 4:08 PM   #2
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Do you mean new or used lenses?
After buying the K-1 I decided to abstain from buying older lenses without weather sealing, and wait for new releases according to the lens road map. But since I think the new zooms are way too big and way too expensive, and I missed a grab-and-go-lens comparable to the DA 16-45mm for APS-c, I just closed a deal for an FA 28-70mm f4, getting it for ~ USD80 (SEK 650). Not overly expensive, I think.
I'll use it till there is a new, D-FA normal zoom f4. If the price tag isn't too scaring, that is!

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Old Jul 24, 2016, 4:28 PM   #3
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Wondering if anyone has an idea of why the price has skyrocketed for Pentax lenses-in some instances almost 25%
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The full frame ones are going up because of the introduction of the K1. Sellers want to make a profit while they can. I see Pentax M and A lens that used to sell for peanuts now trying to sell for bigger bucks. Even third party lens with Pentax mount, the prices for them is rising as well.
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Old Jul 25, 2016, 11:25 PM   #4
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On May 4 I bought a Pentax DFA 100 F 2.8 macro from the usual NYC source.
Paid $366.95 which I understand was a really good deal. Today's price is $496.95. It is a full frame lens but still seems exorbitant.
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On May 4 I bought a Pentax DFA 100 F 2.8 macro from the usual NYC source.
Paid $366.95 which I understand was a really good deal. Today's price is $496.95. It is a full frame lens but still seems exorbitant.
I think the answer is in this post. . . You took advantage of a really good deal!

I also bought one of these at a deep discounted price, even though I already owned a D FA 100 Macro as I felt that the HD coating and WR was a worthy upgrade. I also relatively recently picked up a FA 77 Ltd and a D FA 150-450 and saved hundreds of dollars from the normal pricing.

Pentax, every once in a while allows some pretty deep discounting of new lenses. If you're willing to wait, and check prices regularly at B&H and Adorama, it's possible to save hundreds of dollars on the more expensive models. so it's not really a matter of price increases. It's just that they occasionally offer the discounts to allow their distributors to clear old stock.

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Old Jul 27, 2016, 9:45 AM   #6
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Thanks-guess I will keep watching the prices-"caveat emptor"
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Old Jul 30, 2016, 5:38 PM   #7
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It's not just Pentax equipment that seems to be going up, I purchased a Olympus for my Grand Daughter this spring and it went up over $150 by summer. I got a great deal new Olympus E-pl6 with kit lens for $249 but it's $399 now. ???
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I am waiting for the DA lens prices to drop (wishful thinking). The only lenses I would really like now are the WR models, in particular the 18-135mm and the 55-300mm (not the stripped down version but the proper HD WR version). Those two would really round out my current collection.
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