Import duties in Aus for lenses

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by imodan, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. imodan

    imodan Guest

    Hi there..

    Just having a look at B&H photo in the states you can buy a Nikon
    80-200 f2.8 for about $1150 AUD (not including shipping) I have no idea
    how much shipping is but lets call it $150 AUD (including insurance).
    the cost of the goods to me and works like this.

    Customs value 1,150.00
    Customs duty @ 5 per cent x $1,000 57.50 (Payable)
    International transport and insurance 150.00

    VoTI 1,357.50
    GST @ 10 per cent x $1,357.50 135.75 (Payable)
    Total payable (customs duty + GST) 193.25

    Total cost to me $1493.00

    Total cost of this lens from $2012.30

    Saving $519 or roughly 25% of the Aussie cost...

    Have I miscalculated here? Am I missing something? Does anyone have any
    experience in this area?
    imodan, Sep 20, 2005
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  2. 10% GST and about $110 customs charges to go on the price. Only a small
    Pix on Canvas, Sep 20, 2005
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  3. imodan

    Rob Guest
    has that lens at $1600 which you could knock that down. ( source from
    Singapore with Intl. warranty)
    Nikkor AF-D 80-200mm/2.8 ED Lens - (New) $1625
    they will negotiate. (a maxwells import aust warranty))

    Tim Watkins has them also don't know his shop site.

    Is it worth the hassles to buy from the US when You can pick the same
    thing up here at a comparable price?
    Rob, Sep 20, 2005
  4. imodan

    imodan Guest's not worth the hassle...

    I just couldn't find anything comparible to that price in Aus...

    imodan, Sep 20, 2005
  5. imodan

    tlai909 Guest

    This is probably the result of a single distro... Maxwell?

    tlai909, Sep 20, 2005
  6. imodan

    [BnH] Guest

    Just haggle and offer cash.

    That lens is not exactly a new product [2 generations behind] maybe
    retailers like Tim [] , Sam [digitalcity] or ECS OR even Ted's /
    Paxton etc can give you a good deal.

    I was looking at the Fuji S9500 for my pocket cam and amazed how low the
    price is .
    AU$ 780 in Singapore ,AU$ 900 in Harvey norman :D

    [BnH], Sep 20, 2005
  7. imodan

    unners Guest

    you don't pay duty or customs fee on lenses, but you may get hit for gst
    if its more than $500.

    its usually quite a bit cheaper to buy from the states but can be a
    hassle if things go wrong
    unners, Sep 20, 2005
  8. imodan

    alx Guest

    He already included the GST on the calcs. The processing charge is
    alx, Sep 20, 2005
  9. imodan

    Rob Guest

    I see that Tim has that lens at $1455.00.

    Myself also would not buy that lens as its tooooooo slowwwwwwwww
    focusing. At least you should go for an S lens.

    Rob, Sep 20, 2005
  10. The folly of buying overseas just because you have the Internet
    connected and a credit card is not always obvious to buyers. Right now
    it's a buyers market in Australia. Generally ask and you shall receive
    as has been demonstrated to me today at Photo Continental in Brisbane.
    Pix on Canvas, Sep 20, 2005
  11. Get it from Sydney
    Excellent service, good price.
    I just got mine, and I am very happy.
    Mike Tsakiris, Sep 20, 2005
  12. imodan

    s Guest

    Do tell..
    s, Sep 20, 2005
  13. imodan

    [BnH] Guest

    D2X + the 2-touch 80-200 ... still a keeper :)
    [based on my observation of a guy who stands near me when shooting the
    Sydney Youth Fashion award a few weeks back]
    [BnH], Sep 20, 2005
  14. Steve Franklin, Sep 20, 2005
  15. imodan

    s Guest

    2 touch ? Is that a zoom lens that combines the 'zoom' and 'focus' into
    one movable sleeve (slide for zoom, rotate for focus) ? Saw one one in
    use an awards ceremony. Seemed like a damn fine idea. I think this guy
    had a D1x
    s, Sep 20, 2005
  16. imodan

    [BnH] Guest

    <-- nope. That's the push pull model :)
    2 touch is basically the 80-200 model that has one ring for focus [auto] and
    the other for zoom.
    Then this 'technology' is carried on to the 2 model afterwards.

    Push n pull 80-200 is a fine lens too, had two of them a few years back. But
    when used outdoor, they tend to gather more n more dust :(

    [BnH], Sep 20, 2005
  17. imodan

    Rob Guest

    I have the one touch 80/200 first series excellent lens sharp etc
    bought it new, clean glass. Still nowhere as good to use as my S lenses.

    I will get around to selling it and replacing it with the 70/200 2.8.

    Rob, Sep 20, 2005
  18. imodan

    Don Guest

    Couple of things to remember

    1. No duty is applicable
    2. Depending how you clear customs (either yourself or an agent) there will
    be a charge (currently around $60 for the items/bulk you describe)
    3. UPS and other shippers have started adding a "security" charge which you
    may be billed for at this end. This charge will not be mentioned on the B&H
    site so will come as a surprise when you get the bill from UPS. I have
    refused to pay and still had the gear delivered
    4. Your bank will charge you a fee (in most cases, usually hidden until
    statement time) for o/s exchange as well as picking their best conversion
    rate to suit them not you.

    All in all these don't add a lot but you should consider them in the overall
    scheme of things.

    I have brought quite a bit of gear from US and even with charges etc it
    still is far cheaper. However, where I think there is the potential for a
    warranty claim or issue I buy local and pay for the service. Things like
    Canon pro lenses are certainly worth bringing in yourself. However, low
    value items just aint worth the hassle.

    Don, Sep 21, 2005
  19. How would it go if I buy some lower-valued items? Filters are what I
    have on mind.
    Woon Wai Keen, Sep 21, 2005
  20. Hi unners:

    My experience is:

    <$500 no charges at all (GST or otherwise)
    <$1000 GST and handling charge
    I know that DHL and UPS manage the whole process well.

    Australia Post is a pain.

    Ciao for now
    Andrew Weller, Sep 21, 2005
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