Time To Consider Fuji or Nikon

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Just passing on some market intelligence.

Considering the fact that the Yen is at a three year low relative to the US dollar, now would be the time to close a deal on a Nikon or Fuji lens if you were in the market for one.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.net), January 25, 2002


You know, as I've watched the steady decline of the Yen over the past few years, I've expected the price of the Nikon F5 to come down. It hasn't...at least in the US. Some things just defy market economics.

-- Chad Jarvis (cjarvis@nas.edu), January 25, 2002.

The key to taking full advantage of this financial relationship is to consumate your transaction in Yen. That means that you need to acquire your lens or camera in Japan or have someone there do it for you. My brother in Tokyo gets a kicker for taking the time to buy a lens for me. He gets points or a discount toward another purchase the next time he shops there. And for a $800-$1,000 lens, it is very worth the effort.

I noticed that the F-Stop quoted the value of Yen for their Fuji sales. Probably a bit higher than a Japanese sale, but it is at least an option. Any vendor that is on the dollar probably is taking the spread of the two currencies at the time they are acquiring their inventory.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.net), January 25, 2002.

Chad & Michael,

In my experience I have only ever seen logical reactions to fluctuation in currency market prices when prices go up.

Fed Ex and Am Ex open avenues for shopping globally; We encouraged not to; to support our local distributors who look like us and sound like us. They are our friends who are there to back us up. They won't stab us in the back. They don't have to - they're stabbing us in the front.

So much for trade diplomacy ... Walter Glover

-- Walter Glover (walterg@netaus.net.au), January 26, 2002.

Great point Walter. I do purchase things from Badger, Robert White and many others as we do need them to stay in business. However, when I am looking for large items such as lenses or specialty film, I have used this option for considerable savings. I acquired a new Nikkor 150 SW for $1,400 when the best price I could get was $1,950. I also bought some 5x7 Velvia film at about a 30% discount. Yes, Badger and many others could have sold me the same items, but for me greasing the wheels of commerce is a multi dimensional proposition. The money I saved I used to purchase a compendium for my 5x7 Canham and a folding focus hood for the Linhof.

I have tried to use Fed Ex and was unsuccessful. Seems that they have a higher sales price sheet. Plus you have to deal with customs. My brother was able to go to one of the pro shops in downtown Tokyo and wheel and deal. He speaks Japanese and I gave him specific instructions to close the deal on the spot. He comes back to the states once a year and brings it with him as carry on.

He is currently checking on some Fuji lenses and a Nikkor enlarging lens for me. Have a good one.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.net), January 26, 2002.

Doing this sounds great. Are there any Federal regulations or laws we might run afoul of and/or get prosecuted for if we piss off the wrong person in the bureaucracy?

-- Dan Smith (shooter@brigham.net), January 26, 2002.

you mean for buying outside the US... it's a free market economy guys! Buy where you want, governemtn be damned! You only need to worry about paying customs duties.

-- Tim Atherton (tim@kairosphoto.com), January 26, 2002.

As long as you are not "abusing" the system by bringing in significant numbers of products, the regulators are understanding as long as you tell them that they are for personal use. Another way to work it is to take the product out of the box and wrap it and ship it independently as a used item. You can send the literature, warranty and box separately. Bottom line is that we work damn hard for the money to invest in our equipment. If we can intelligently get a little more mileage then that is great.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.net), January 26, 2002.

Currently the Yen is 133 to the dollar. A few years back, it hit about 145. If the trend continues, and you have a lot of gear to purchase, it might justify a trip to japan! BTW, does anyone know if Canon 35mm lenses are just as competitively priced in Japan as Nikon?

-- Bill Glickman (bglick@pclv.com), January 28, 2002.

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