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Opinions sought - price of 14-54mm Mk II

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Ricoh, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Is £300 ($US 480) about right for a 'mint' example of the Mk II 14-54 ollly?

    Opinions please.
     
  2. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    337
    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    They're US $599 new, and I didn't see any deals on eBay so it would seem this is a decent price. Of course, "decent price" is always relative. :)
     
  3. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    In rip-off Btitain, cost of a new example is £550 (approximately $880). Me thinks I need to to take a holiday in the US and splash out, lol

    I always thought they (the retailers) just change the symbol so $599 becomes £599 - less a bit.
    To be fair though (??) we do pay 20% VAT (purchase tax) so £550 less tax is £440 which equates to $700 approx, but still a margin to the retailer compared to the US of A.
     
  4. kenez

    kenez Mu-43 Regular

    125
    Apr 18, 2012
    KEH has an "Excellent+" copy with hood, caps, case for $379. Not sure about international shipping charges though.
     
  5. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Thanks for letting me know, kenez.
    I've actually landed a 14-54 Mk II from the bay, cost me £300 but it's in excellent condition, complete with UV filter. Hooked it up to mY EM-5 and I'm quite pleased with the focus in terms of response time. Hope to give it a proper 'test drive' over the festive hols (8 days worth here in Blighty !)
    Steve.
     
  6. manypix

    manypix Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Feb 21, 2013
    Portland, OR, USA
    Ricoh:

    I think you'll love your new 14-54 II. It's one of my favorite AF lenses, and the focus speed is just fine for static or near-static subjects. It's not too heavy, it has wide applicability, and the IQ is very good, though to my eyes not as stunning as the 11-22. But the focus of the 11-22 is bad enough on the E-M5 that I use it in MF mode....

    Cheers!
     
  7. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Cheers Manypix!
    Yes I'm very happy with the 14-54, I tried it out indoors last night and I was pleased with the focus response, faster than I could do manually. It also looks quite smart on the EM-5, so I'm very happy indeed.
    It's got me thinking about the ZD 9-18 if I can pick one up for the right price.
     
  8. beameup

    beameup Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Oct 23, 2013
    The 14-54 II is the only lens I use on my new E-M1
    (well, I do use the Body Cap Lens on occassion :smile: )