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  1. #1
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    Recent lens pricing ...

    So ... i figured I'd do a little window shopping, at B&H Video ... and ran through the three primary lenses in my list of "have to haves" ... and here's the result as of 1/15/2009

    TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) ............ $399
    TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO ..... $349
    TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO ...................... $619

    Totaling out at .................................................. ............... $1,367

    Folks, that is a whole lot less than I paid only a year ago. You round these three out and you have a real fighting chance, indoors and out. It beats the heck out of dealing with f/4-glass.

    Add in an A700 ($999) and you have a real deal at less than $2400. Heck, an A900 with NO lenses costs you $3000!

    Now, this is my idea of a "kit!"
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Dang Don remember how much waiting and how trouble we had making the score on the Tamron 70-200mm and what we paid for them!! But I guess I would much rather of got the lens when I did instead of getting it now at a 'deal' If only that 200-500 would ease down a bit.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  3. #3
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    Woah, $619? Are you for realls? man.... I paid list price at Amazon. I didn't think lens prices dropped.... guess that doesn't hold too firmly for Tamron.

    B&H is sold out though.

    Adorama is still at $699.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  4. #4
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    What was list price at Amazon? Don and I both popped more then the current Adorma price!! And then I went and put a Hoya SMC UV filter on the front of mine. it all works out in the long run, I got my 50mm at a very good price, and I got a really good buy on my Tokina 80-400.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  5. #5
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    $699 is list. That's what we all paid.

    Yeah. And I got mine covered with a Hoya Pro-1D UV as well.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  6. #6
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    Be happy dr4gon, prices will recover when the economy improves. May take a while but the lens will still be the same. Now, might be a good time to look out for a bargain.

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    Be happy dr4gon, prices will recover when the economy improves. May take a while but the lens will still be the same. Now, might be a good time to look out for a bargain.
    Well, I'm all for lens prices dropping.... just before I buy them instead of after

    It's cool though, I know how the cycle goes... lol
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  8. #8
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    Actually, it is a little strange ... seeing the prices drop on lenses that really don't need a price drop. The ones that do ... haven't moved ... and they are still coming in, priced a mile high.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Actually, it is a little strange ... seeing the prices drop on lenses that really don't need a price drop. The ones that do ... haven't moved ... and they are still coming in, priced a mile high.
    amen! some of Sony's high end need a drop.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  10. #10
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    Yeh! The 70-400mm G. Come on Sony. Give us a break.

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