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dcap

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more of a comment really: buying expensive NEW lenses
« on: July 16, 2005, 04:02:19 PM »
Interesting.  Here in the UK a new 85/1.4 is priced at £650-800 depending where you shop and which shops show the newer G (D) version.  The normal G apparently still available.

And used price about £500.  Showing that this prime holds its value better than msot other Minolta lenses.

But B&H in the US has it listed new for $669 + $46 postage to UK.  £408!  Wow.  A NEW lens bought from the US is a better price than the UK used price!

I'm not sure how much you would get charged at customs for this, but even if it was as high as 25% it would still be the same price as a used one in the UK.  But you would be gettign a NEW lens!

85 @ B&H
- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=210662&is=USA&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

x-rates:
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

Anyone in the market for a 300/4 or a 400/4.5 or a 35/1.4 could do well to compare these import prices!

Any comments?

Offline natamambo

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more of a comment really: buying expensive NEW lenses
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2005, 09:55:03 AM »
Why not go the next logical step and buy second hand from the US? Many dealers list on the web, lots now even list on Ebay, buying from a dealer gives you a bit of extra protection against dodgy sellers when it comes to second hand gear. I have brought lots of second hand stuff into Oz for less than half what I could get it here for, and that's after I've even managed to find one here. Many sellers on Ebay that list as "US ship only" will ship OS if you ask them to, often they just didn't think of it in the first place. Be careful with KM new from OS, I'm not sure about now but a few years ago MinoltaUSA gear didn't have an international warranty.....

Check this one out:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3342&item=7534699255&rd=1

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more of a comment really: buying expensive NEW lenses
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005, 06:45:21 PM »
There are some sites where you can get excellent deals on used equipment. Adorama and B&H are well known, but here's one I keep an eye on for used stuff:
www.keh.com

I've bought a Sigma EX 105mm/2.8 1:1 macro and a KM 24mm/2.8 from keh. Both are still in pristine condition.

Offline Akshay Jamwal

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more of a comment really: buying expensive NEW lenses
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 06:48:22 PM »
..whoops. That was me. Heh, forgot to log in. Wanted to add that if you've an old MMM camera, chances are you'll find accessories and lenses for that as well, on the site.
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