View Full Version : Costs of new "USM" lenses?

09-18-2006, 08:39 PM
Well...I've changed my mind again. I've been a dedicated Canon 30D wanter up till now. I've been saving. After extensive reading up on the new K10D I'm gonna switch sides. I handled a K110D today w/ the kit lens and was quite impressed. While the Canon is w/o question a great camera the new Pentax offers more of the good stuff for me. I've read about some people hearing what the new pro lenses from Pentax will cost but they don't post those prices. :mad: Does anyone have any idea what the most likely cost will be for the 16-50 f/2.8??

09-18-2006, 08:57 PM
No one knows for sure..

09-18-2006, 09:52 PM
All we know for certain are the MSRP's for the Tokina forms of these lenses. But even then, we can't figure out exact numbers from there since the Pentax versions have the USM mechanisms and weather sealing. Moreover, Pentax overstates their lens prices which end up being 10% lower, even right at their introduction. For example, the new pancake lens is $600 MSRP but is selling everywhere for $540.

I will quote the Tokina prices and offer my guesses.

118,650 yen
(Guess: As low as $799, likely $899)

144,900 yen
(Guess: As low as $899, likely $999 or even $1099)

86,100 yen
(Guess: Pentax ended up selling for $579, $499 street price)

Typically, Pentax charges higher than third parties but lower than other first parties, so you can guess based on that. The 17-55 from Canon and Nikon cost around $1100 while the 3rd party versions cost $400-$500, so Pentax is between that. The same goes for the 50-135.

Either way, I'm interested in seeing how these lenses come out since they match the K10D very well (weather sealing). They should be seen in prototype form this month, but I've seen one report that it might be delayed until PMA.