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    Hi, i just read similar thread (the Hongkong one), so thinking to ask whether the lens is cheaper if we buy from this 2 countries. Planning to meet my USA cousin at Japan the end of the year....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuguKYM View Post
    Hi, i just read similar thread (the Hongkong one), so thinking to ask whether the lens is cheaper if we buy from this 2 countries. Planning to meet my USA cousin at Japan the end of the year....
    Is you are looking take a look at the exchange rate from SGD to YEN…That will be not cheap and that also applied to SG to USD.
    But if you are exchange rate from YEN to USD or SGD that will be cheap.

    So far, I been checking B&H, their price had increased. (Due to the strong YEN)

    Overall you still lose out on exchange rate.
    Lens in Japan still ex comparing to SG. (I checked some shops in SG while back for visiting couple of week back)

    Hope this information will helps.

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    wow... thanks... thinking to get some lenses... that is why I am asking about this... usually which country that sell lenses cheaper thatn Singapore? for 3rd party or for N/C brand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuguKYM View Post
    wow... thanks... thinking to get some lenses... that is why I am asking about this... usually which country that sell lenses cheaper thatn Singapore? for 3rd party or for N/C brand?
    Try Indonesia and Hongkong.
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    Definitely not Japan. You could try Korea too, but only for certain brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeerloN View Post
    Try Indonesia and Hongkong.
    Indonesia? never heard of it... hum.. will ask my Indonesia friend to help... hehehe... any shop recommendation at Indonesia

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    [edited] Sigma is no longer cheap in Japan.
    Samyang is cheap in Korea.
    Canon is cheap in HK.
    [edited] lenses in US is getting cheaper.
    Last edited by ManWearPants; 8th October 2009 at 01:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    Sigma is cheap in Japan.
    Samyang is cheap in Korea.
    Canon is cheap in HK.
    I don't find lenses in US cheap. Unless you are buying in bulk or big ticket items, the exchange rate only makes marginal difference. Consider shipping and custom duties if you are shipping and not flying there to buy.
    Erm... Actually Sigma not that cheap in Japan now. After exchange rate, the Sigma 50-150mm cost about the same or more than in Singapore.

    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is cheap in Korea though. Same price as a second hand one in Singapore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thengz View Post
    Erm... Actually Sigma not that cheap in Japan now. After exchange rate, the Sigma 50-150mm cost about the same or more than in Singapore.

    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is cheap in Korea though. Same price as a second hand one in Singapore.
    Wow... that is nice... is the warranty is 1 year international?


    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    Sigma is cheap in Japan.
    Samyang is cheap in Korea.
    Canon is cheap in HK.
    I don't find lenses in US cheap. Unless you are buying in bulk or big ticket items, the exchange rate only makes marginal difference. Consider shipping and custom duties if you are shipping and not flying there to buy.
    I thought that Tamron cheap at US... If i need lenses from US, I am planning to ask my cousin help so no custom and shipping I guess....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thengz View Post
    Erm... Actually Sigma not that cheap in Japan now. After exchange rate, the Sigma 50-150mm cost about the same or more than in Singapore.

    Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is cheap in Korea though. Same price as a second hand one in Singapore.
    Yeah, just check with my contact in japan. Everything in Japan is expensive now. Edited my earlier post. What's the price of the 50f1.4 in Korea. I bought mine from Japan at ~S$750 back in July.

    Quote Originally Posted by HuguKYM View Post
    I thought that Tamron cheap at US... If i need lenses from US, I am planning to ask my cousin help so no custom and shipping I guess....
    Due to the falling dollar...BBB. You can do some comparisons online and roughly gauge the savings you get.
    Last edited by ManWearPants; 8th October 2009 at 01:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    Yeah, just check with my contact in japan. Everything in Japan is expensive now. Edited my earlier post. What's the price of the 50f1.4 in Korea. I bought mine from Japan at ~S$750 back in July.



    Due to the falling dollar...BBB. You can do some comparisons online and roughly gauge the savings you get.
    The Sigma 50mm is about $650 in Korea. Got it in April. Now might be slightly higher since the Won seems to be recovering somewhat.
    Last edited by thengz; 8th October 2009 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuguKYM View Post
    Wow... that is nice... is the warranty is 1 year international?



    I thought that Tamron cheap at US... If i need lenses from US, I am planning to ask my cousin help so no custom and shipping I guess....
    Not sure about warranty, but Sigma Singapore will do the calibration for free.

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    Try Korea

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    Quote Originally Posted by thengz View Post
    The Sigma 50mm is about $650 in Korea. Got it in April. Now might be slightly higher since the Won seems to be recovering somewhat.
    Wow! That's a good price. Can even make a profit when selling in B&S.

    Quote Originally Posted by thengz View Post
    Not sure about warranty, but Sigma Singapore will do the calibration for free.
    Warranty is International with valid receipt and unaltered serial number. No local warranty extension though.

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