why wide angle lens are so damn expensive?

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hellbike
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why wide angle lens are so damn expensive?
Feb 10, 2012

I want tokina 11-16 2.8 (that will be 8-12 for m3/4).

Right now there is only panasonic 8-14 that is 1 stop slower and 200$ more expensive, and for the same price we got olympus 9-18, which is even slower - and we have exact same angle view and price for dx, but faster (12-24 4.0).

Is this because of sensor size?
Do we have chance to see wide angle with 2.8 light for 700$?

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