why is the Rodenstock Rodagon 150 cheaper at B&H

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The Rodenstock Rodagon 150mm enlarging lens is $590.00 everywhere I inquired. At B&H, it is $460.00. USA warranty. Does anyone know why? Are they somehow inferior lenses?

-- Ravin (mtand13@netreach.net), March 26, 2001


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"Are they somehow inferior?"

No, dealing with B&H is just fine. It has gotten so big that in the unlikely event something goes haywire, it is sometimes hard to get anyone's attention. But they fix everything PDQ. B&H is not necessarily the cheapest for every product though. Everything is honestly represented as to "US" warranty vs "grey market" for instance. Sometimes the person on the phone is not as knowledgable as you might hope (Calumet is better in that regard) but thier website is packed with info. Ditto for Calumet.

If you know the lens is what you want, I would not hesitate in dealing with B&H. If you want to dead certain that is the best price, also check with Badger and Robert White.

-- John Hennessy (northbay@directcon.net), March 26, 2001.

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Try E-Bay! Pat

-- pat krentz (patwandakrentz@aol.com), March 26, 2001.

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If it says "Rodenstock Rodagon f=150mm 1:5.6" on it then that's exactly what it is, no matter who you buy it from, or at whatever price.
Be very aware that if you want to sell that lens again, even if you never use it, you'll be offered about 100 ($150 US), at the very most, from a dealer. The demand for darkroom equipment is at an all time low, it's a buyer's market, and you can save several hundred pounds (or the dollar equivalent) by buying secondhand.

-- Pete Andrews (p.l.andrews@bham.ac.uk), March 27, 2001.

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Almost $600 is a LOT to spend for a 150mm enlarging lens. You could also consider a Componon-S. They are also excellent.

These things come up frequently on EBay in the Darkroom section. If you purchase through EBay, check the feedback. I would recommend that the dealer selling have at least 50 responses in feedback, and that they all be positive. If they have more, like over 100 responses, perhaps one or two negatives would be acceptable, depending on what they are. (I got bit in one of my earlier purchases on EBay.)

-- neil poulsen (neil.fg@att.net), March 27, 2001.

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Rodenstock lenses that are sold to dealers in the US by HP Marketing Corp carry a lifetime warranty. If this lens carries that warranty it is legitimate.

-- Bob Salomon (bobsalomon@mindspring.com), March 27, 2001.

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Ravin, I have just kitted out a small darkroom and I would second the advice re: buying used kit. Here in the UK prices for used darkroom is at an all time low. I bought an LPL 7451 enlarger, ALL the negative carriers from 35mm to 5x4, 2 diffuser boxes, a wall mounting kit and an "as new" Nikkor 80mm enlarging lens for the princely sum of 500. The new price was about 1600!! This was from a dealer and included a 6 month warranty!! I also bought a used (again as new!) 150mm Rodenstock Rodagon for 125 ( new price in UK 290) Shop around for used!! Regards Paul

-- paul owen (paulowen_2000@yahoo.com), March 27, 2001.

Bob, just out of curiosity: How many years is a lifetime? Are the mechanical parts (blades or shutter) included in the warranty?

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@smile.ch), March 29, 2001.

Shutters are warranteed for 3 years.

-- Bob Salomon (bobsalomon@mindspring.com), March 29, 2001.

Calumet has the same price. I think prices on Rodenstock have dropped in the past few months. May be a currency exchange issue?

Perhaps the other places you were looking were using older pricing?

-- Charlie Strack (charlie_strack@sti.com), March 30, 2001.

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