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Arn_
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Has anyone noticed lens prices rising?

I've been following different lenses trying to decide which one next (probably the 135 f2L ) and noticed what I think is an upward trend in prices.

I wonder if the devaluation of the dollar is driving up the prices of imported lenses.



Feb 26, 2005 at 09:18 PM
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Feb 26, 2005 at 09:18 PM
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Currency exchange rate is the most likely culprit.
--Mark



Feb 26, 2005 at 09:25 PM
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B&H's price for the 135/2L has not changed in at least several weeks, maybe longer. (I only started tracking its price in mid-January). $839 gray market, or $899 USA.


Feb 26, 2005 at 09:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Lens prices rising?


I noticed my 85/1.8 went up $10 during the rebate rush. Mine came from Canoga Camera. They followed B&H in the mark-up game.


Feb 26, 2005 at 09:40 PM
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Yes, apparently some have anyway. As sstone noted above, Canoga bumped some of there prices up $10 (they also *lowered* shipping prices during the same time frame so...?).

Anyway, I'd been looking hard at the 50 f/1.4 which was at 299.94 for months (and months), just my luck, the day I go to pull the trigger it's $309.94...oh well.

Interestingly enough, last I checked (Thur. evening) Canoga was listing the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 EX at something aournd $1779.00. The cheapest I had seen that lens at (also for months) was Delta International that list it at around $1820.00 (or something like that).

I figure it's a crap shoot no matter what you do anymore.



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Lens prices rising?


even used prices are going up...

original 100 macro (bargain-rated) 1 year ago was $299 at keh. Today, the same lens (bargain-rated) is $325.

other used lenses that have been going up noticeably in price over the years are the 50 1.8 I ($100 1.5 years ago vs $140 now), 80-200 2.8 ($550 1.5 years ago vs $750 now).

Time to start collecting those discontinued lenses! =D



Feb 27, 2005 at 08:07 AM
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Could be this is caused by all the Nikon switchers, much more demand. If that is true, there should come more lenses to the marked when some early birds are going Nikon with the D2X


Feb 27, 2005 at 09:48 AM
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In Canada, I noticed the opposite: the Canon lens prices dropping, and dropping continuously. This may have a lot to do with the stronger Canadian dollars. Also, Canon Canada may have decided to be more competitive in their prices to reduce lost business from cross border shopping.

For example, I paid over $2,000 CDN for my 300f4 18 months ago. Today the same lens can be had for $1780 CDN (new).



Feb 27, 2005 at 09:59 AM
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nutek wrote:
even used prices are going up...

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Time to start collecting those discontinued lenses! =D


Not to mention the 200 / 1.8



Feb 27, 2005 at 10:00 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Lens prices rising?


Arn_ wrote:
Has anyone noticed lens prices rising?

I've been following different lenses trying to decide which one next (probably the 135 f2L ) and noticed what I think is an upward trend in prices.

I wonder if the devaluation of the dollar is driving up the prices of imported lenses.


It's all about the dollar. My Leica equipment would have cost 30-50% more if I were buying it today compared to 2 years ago when I did. The dollars not done as badly against the yen as it has the euro, but it's still way down.



Feb 27, 2005 at 01:09 PM







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