Calumet calamity?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Siggy, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Siggy

    Siggy Guest

    How can this be?

    Just received my July/August edition of the Calumet Focus newsletter,
    including deals on camera gear.

    There are 2 sections. One entitled 'Special Offers' has the Sigma SD9
    and SD10
    camera _bodies only_ priced at a 'fantastic' £491.73 and £540.46

    The other section entitled 'Great Deals', has 2 Olympus cameras on
    'clearance'; The E1 and E300 Evolt at £666.00 and £425.00 respectively.
    (all above prices are subject to VAT taxes at 17.5%)

    Are the Oly's, especially the E300 (which also comes with a 14-45mm kit
    lens included in the price), really that inferior to the Sigmas in
    desirability terms? Or is this simply down to the comparative rarity of
    the Sigma mount on a DSLR keeping prices buoyant?

    I know which one I'd rather have.
    Siggy, Jul 15, 2006
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  2. As they are preselling the Sony Alpha 100 at £585 inc VAT, and the SD9
    has been discontinued for a long time, I can only guess they have some
    stock - you can generally buy a whole Sigma twin-lens kit for that price
    (the higher SD10 one).

    David Kilpatrick, Jul 15, 2006
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  3. Siggy

    Siggy Guest

    I realise the SD9 has been discontinued for some time, but why the
    reluctance to put them on clearance? Instead they put them on 'special
    offer' with the SD10, and even that one I could have bought for around
    £350 inc VAT and a kit lens just over a year ago when I was reccying my
    first dslr purchase. The same bundle is now £999.99 inc VAT!! Is this
    the first instance ever of a digital camera actually increasing in value?
    Siggy, Jul 15, 2006
  4. Siggy

    Helen Guest

    Still grossly overpriced for poor sub-3.5 Mp cameras.
    Helen, Jul 15, 2006
  5. Siggy

    Siggy Guest

    Precisely so. But .... why?

    </jaw still obstinately attached to floorboards>
    Siggy, Jul 15, 2006

  6. Calumet has only recently decided that the amateur enthusiast is a
    market to address. They used to say 'purely pro'. They are not geared
    yet to compete with the normal outlets - either that, or their customers
    are so non-savvy they will buy at these very high 'non clearance' prices!

    David Kilpatrick, Jul 15, 2006
  7. I can't say anything about the Sigma, but Olympus has been clearing how,
    getting rid of all of the old E-1's and E-300's. The tea leaves seem to
    indicate that there will be a replacement for the two year old E-1 at Photokina
    (E-300 has been replaced by the E-500). So I've seen a lot of Oly people
    buying second bodies, or in some cases migrating to the E-1 from E-300/E-500 at
    these prices.
    Michael Meissner, Jul 20, 2006
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