Tamron 28-200 for $130?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Ruman, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Ruman

    Ruman Guest

    Hi all,
    Was checking through ebay for a Tamron 28~200 minolta mount lens while
    found this:
    It says the lenses are new, while the Tamron site says they should cost
    500USD+, which made me a bit confused about the price difference. Is
    this ebay deal reliable?
    I never have bought anything from ebay so feeling a little helpless.

    Thanks in advance.
    Ruman, Oct 19, 2005
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    no_name Guest

    Tamron site lists MSRP, i.e. LIST price (not actual street price).

    B&H lists the lens for $239 with a $30 mail in rebate.

    I expect this is "gray market" and may be a closeout. The Tamron USA
    site links to a 2001 Shutterbug review, so it might be near the end of
    the product life.
    no_name, Oct 19, 2005
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  3. List prices are always ficticious. But that is a very good price for a
    Tamron 28-200, and if you want that lens and like the silver finish I'd go
    for it.

    The seller's feedback looks pretty good at 99.1% positive, and that's

    I've done a great deal of business on eBay and generally have been well
    satisfied. Occasionally you do get a seller who misrepresents an item, but
    all you can do is check the feedback, read some of the negatives (this
    seller doesn't have too many) and judge for yourself. This one looks OK to
    me, and if I wanted that lens I'd certainly buy it at that price.

    I have an older Tamron 28-200 in the Minolta mount myself, and have found it
    very satisfactory. The newer ones like this are probably even better.
    They're much closer focusing, for one thing. (My early version only focuses
    down to about 7 feet.)

    Neil Harrington, Oct 19, 2005
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    Douglas... Guest

    Given that Minolta have just totally trashed their presence in Canada
    and their Queensland (Aust) warranty agent is now refusing to take in
    any more warranty claims, I'd say the future of Minolta is not looking
    too good. Maybe this is why their otherwise new camera gear is being
    dumped on Ebay?
    Douglas..., Oct 19, 2005
  5. It's Tamron gear he's asking about, not Minolta.

    As far as Konica Minolta's future is concerned, I understand they are
    entering into an arrangement with Sony, which will have Sony producing
    digital SLRs using the Minolta mount. Since Sony is sort of the 1200-pound
    gorilla when it comes to digital imaging stuff, I imagine this will be of
    some marketing benefit to Konica Minolta. Hard to say for sure, since camera
    making is sort of a dog-eat-dog business and a lot of good companies have
    bit the dust. But Minolta has been around for 75 years, and has contributed
    a lot of innovative and important developments to camera making. My guess is
    they'll be around for quite a while.

    Neil Harrington, Oct 21, 2005
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    ian lincoln Guest

    Before i went away on my hols I read they pulled out of canada. No doubt
    the bloke at the help desk giving away money to any long term minolta owner
    caused the company to make a huge loss up there once word got out about him.
    ian lincoln, Oct 22, 2005
  7. Uh . . . well . . . yes, maybe that's it.

    Neil Harrington, Oct 22, 2005
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